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Fractal Design Node 804 Micro-ATX Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 10:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Inside the Node 804

 

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Removing the bezel just takes a tug, and it will pop right off, but be careful because the wiring is attached. On the front of the Node 804 we see room for four 120mm fans, and the dual filters covering them. Inside of the bezel, you can attach a slot load optical with a bracket in the hardware, and there is also room for a pair of SSDs to mount on the raised plastic section to the far right.

 

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Our first glance in the left compartment of the Node 804 shows the real size of what we are dealing with. Things look a bit cramped when first looking at this, but once we start installing the gear, we find quite a bit of room is available in this design.

 

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Inside of the front we see the first of three 120mm fans supplied in this chassis. We can also see a hint of the hole for wire management of the front I/O, as well as having room to power SSDs, and an ODD. There is also plenty of room inside the bezel for hiding a bit of wiring as well.

 

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The motherboard tray has a very large cooler access hole, and all but one of the standoffs still needs to be installed, but the lower left one is permanent. While there are a few tie points around the tray, most of the wiring is intended to run in the large spaces to the right, and at the bottom.

 

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As we mentioned before, the floor on this side of the chassis can support two fans, but looking closer, we also see more key holes. These are used to allow this space to be used to install a pair of 3.5" hard drives, in case needs require the removal of the other eight bays; this way there is still an option to use them.

 

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The back shows the second 120mm fan included in the chassis, and we can see the PCB above it for the fan controller. This offers three 3-pin connections, and is powered via a SATA power connection. Below the fan we find five expansion slots that utilize thumbscrews to secure the ventilated covers for future video cards.

 

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The right compartment in this case offers room for fans up front, the pair of HDD racks at the top that use thumbscrews to secure them in place, and we see the third 120mm fan at the back. The hardware box is where most of the wiring will be, as the PSU sits to the right.

 

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On the floor we find those two Velcro straps to keep the wiring from the PSU low and tidy. Where the PSU sits, there are rubber pads to raise the PSU off the floor, and there is a large filtered area for any sized PSU to draw cool air though easily.

 

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Our last stop before we move on to the wiring is this look at the top of the chassis. With the mesh cover removed, we can now see that most of the top is cut away to allow for four fans, or a pair of radiators. We can also see that each side is slightly offset from the other.

 

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The wiring has enough length to easily reach across the motherboard if needed, and all of it is black, so it blends into the chassis. We are given connections for the HDD LED, power LED, power switch, HD Audio, and of course, the large native USB 3.0 connection.

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