titleBeing in the LAN scene, mobility is something that is important to most of us. The solution for some is a laptop, for others it is a sling for their tower and dealing with the grunt work that goes into lugging around an entire system. More and more however folks are turning to smaller form factor motherboards that will fit into LAN boxes. Fractal has sent over one of their Mini ITX cases that can perform as a LAN boxe, the Node 304. Let’s take a look and see how it stacks up against the competition.

Product Name: Fractal Design Node 304

Review Sample Provided by: Fractal Design

Written by: Wes and Brennon

Pictures by: Wes


Technical Specifications

-Mini ITX, DTX motherboard compatibility

-2 expansion slots

-6 – supports either 3.5" or 2.5" HDD / SSD

-ATX PSUs, up to 160mm in length (To fit in combination with a long graphics card, PSUs with modular connectors on the back typically need to be shorter than 160 mm)

-Graphics cards, up to 310mm in length, when 2 HDD brackets are removed (Graphics cards longer than 170 mm will conflict with PSUs longer than 160mm)

-Tower CPU coolers, up to 165 mm tall

-Case dimensions (W x H x D): 250 x 210 x 374 mm

-Case volume: 19,5 Liters

-Net weight: 4,9 kg

Cooling / Ventilation

-2 - Front mounted 92mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans, 1300 RPM speed (compatible with 80mm fans) – included

-1 - Rear mounted 140mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fan, 1000 RPM speed (compatible with 120mm fans) – included

-Removable air filters for front fans and PSU

-Fan filter for graphics card

-1 - fan controller for all 3 fans included

Front interface

-2 - USB 3.0 (Internal 3.0 to 2.0 adapter included)

-1 - 3.5mm audio in (microphone)

-1 - 3.5mm audio out (headphone)

-Power button with LED


Retail package content

-Node 304 computer case

-User manual

-Accessory box

Additional Information

-EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041080978

-UPC: 817301010979

-Product code: FD-CA-NODE-304-BL

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