Fractal Node 304 White Computer Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2013-12-09

While visiting Computex Taipei 2013, the MadShrimps crew encountered a lot of mITX-ready cases at the different enclosure manufacturer's booths. Fractal Design, Sweden's leading case manufacturer seemed to have picked up the trend too and sent us the little Node 304 Cube. Two 304 Node versions are available based on the color scheme; either opt for the classic black one or go for the more sparkling and stylish white version. Also big thanks to Gigabyte for sending us a mITX Z87 board to allow us to finalize our build. Without any further ado, let's open the box.

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A Closer Look and Specifications

After removing the top cover shroud, we remain confronted with the nice black/white color scheme. Three removable black steel hanging brackets. Supporting each up to two 2.5 or 3.5 inch drives, thus allowing the end-user to install a whopping total of 6 HDD/SSDs inside this little case.





The drives are mounted vertically which is quite unusual. Nevertheless they are widely spaced which allows in its own way decent airflow coming from the two Silent R2 92mm front intake fans (max 1300 rpm). Too bad Fractal didn't include any Fan grills. All of the included fans are hooked up to the 3-speed Fan controller.





  • Form factor:  Mini cube design
  • Motherboard support: Mini ITX and DTX motherboard compatibility
  • Storage: 6 x 2.5/3.5 inch drives or SSD's (no optical drive)
  • Expansion slots: 2
  • Cooling: Front 2 x 92mm Silent R2 ( 1300rpm ) and 1 x 140mm Silent R2 ( 1000rpm) in the back
  • Front I/O: 2 x USB3.0, power button and headphone & microphone jack
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 165m
  • Maximum GPU length: 310mm with two HDD brackets removed
  • Maximum PSU length: 160mm maximum, 150mm for modular PSUs
  • Dimensions: (W x H x D) 250 x 210 x 374mm
  • Weight: 4.5Kg
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