Fractal Design Node 804 Review


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The packaging it comes in is nothing flashy and that is more than fine with me. The Node 804 comes in a normal brown cardboard box featuring the Fractal Design logo with the model (Node 804) to the right. In the middle of the front is a nice outlined diagram image of the case with the URL to the Fractal Design site running across the bottom.

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On the back of the box is an illustration and descriptive break down of the individual components that make up the Fractal design Node 804. As we can see there will be plenty of options to allow users to customize this case to their exact needs. This case really does offer a lot of options for all users, plenty of rooms for fans and cooling gear, space for hard drive and its modular design is a big plus.

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On one side of the box we can see the product specifications as well as some info about all of the cooling system options. On the other side is a nice image of the hard drive cages and their unique place in the case.

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Taking  a look at the Node 804 itself from the front and it features a nice brushed aluminium design, which goes over great with me. Users will also note the Fractal Design logo on the right hand side and the nice big vented area across the bottom to make sure users are taking advantage of all the great cooling features.

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On the main side of the Node 804 is a nice big plexi-glass window so users can easily show off all of the goodies they put inside the case. As this is a dual chambered case it will offer even novices a chance to have a clean, well put together looking build and will of course result in it being worthy of being showed off.

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On the back we can see two of the included fans, which are a nice touch in my opinion. Most dual chambered cube cases don’t offer space for a fan in the 2nd chamber where the power supply and hardware we want hidden are. Fractal Design decided this was not OK with them and offer some great cooling options in both chambers, a great deal of thought must have gone into this.

Aside from the great cooling options we can also see the cutout for the rear IO panel on the motherboard, space for a bottom mounted PSU in the 2nd chamber as well as 5x expansion bays and a bit of a vented area for some more airflow in the main chamber. If you look above the fan on the right hand side of the image just above it there is a switch for a fan controller which can control up to 3 fans as standard. Also, looking across the left, right and top we can notice 6x thumb screws so we can easily take the case apart if and when needed.

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The side panel for the 2nd chamber is plain and has nothing going on. Towards the front though we can see the front IO which consists of 2x USB 3.0 ports, audio inputs, power button and space for a slimline optical drive.

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