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Has anyone got a 1070/80 founders edition in this case yet?
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I have a 1080 FE in my case.
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I have a 1080 FE in my case.
Is there any space issues or issues at all installing/running it?
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There are no problems for me fitting and running it.
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Did some shopping to finally complete my build, going to be throwing a Noctua U14S on my 4790k (been running stock heatsink for about a year) and a 140mm NF-A14 fan for fun....and it's not just any fan, it's an industrial 3000rpm fan. I'm going to use it as an exhaust, and use the stock node 304 exhaust fan as a second fan on the cooler. Primarily I started shopping because I needed more SSD space, so I got a 400GB SSD. Total; about $180 for everything (including a replacement steelseries large mouse pad).

I was originally looking at it to be a fan for an H90, but didn't really want to have issues with pumps and potential leaks down the line. I feel like the stock node 304 exhaust fan doesn't really push much air, I can barely feel it at full speed. It's definitely a good bearing on the stock fan though, you can see that much since it spins for a while after the system turns off.

With this bad boy though, I wouldn't even need intake fans.

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Honestly, the only thing that could make my whole system any better, is a GTX 1080.
Edited by AMDATI - 6/21/16 at 8:49pm
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Hi everyone,

Newbie / first post here, just finished putting together a Fractal Node 304 build last night. Here are the specs and some pics in case people have questions:

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Video card: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card
Power supply: Corsair CXM 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply








Issues:
1. Thumb screws were a little tight, and the motherboard standoffs were a pain, but nothing a monkey wrench couldn't handle.
2. In hindsight, I should have plugged in my SATA cable into the motherboard before installing the PSU. The PSU blocks a bunch of SATA ports that come off the side of the motherboard.
3. The semi-modular PSU almost didn't work with the longer graphics card. The modular cables were a tight squeeze, but there was just enough room to fit a couple modular cables. If I had to do it again, I would probably go with a smaller, non-modular PSU.
4. I ended up using the hard drive enclosure for cable management. The SSD is on the inside of the enclosure with most of the cables going through it.
5. Initially, I plugged the front fan into the SYSFAN controller on the motherboard. I didn't realize that the case has a built in fan controller. It was a tight squeeze fitting in another modular power cable to supply the fan controller, but it's probably worth it for the additional fans.

Hope that helps! Please feel free to give constructive criticism and/or ask questions.
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Here's my temps after installing a Noctua U14S heatsink, and replacing the exhaust fan with a Noctua 140mm 3000rpm industrial fan (running at 1500rpm). Good, but probably typical. Ambient at max was about 80f. The low temps are morning temps, it was about 16c. Still virtually silent at all times.




I really have to say, anyone would do good to at least replace the stock exhaust fan....it's supposed to be quiet, and it's a good fan, but 1000rpm isn't enough and it has a really low exhaust CFM, lower than rated, especially since that rating is without obstructions like the hexagrill on the exhaust panel. If you can't feel an exhaust fan moving air, it's not going to work well. Before, I would just feel heat slowly creeping out like an oven, now I can feel a strong breeze coming out the back. Since the Noctua is a high static pressure fan, it's going to draw air into the case as well as exhaust it, making the weak 90mm 30cfm fans in the front less consequential, along with the static pressure helping to draw air through obstructions of flow in the case.


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Good thing I took these pictures, my left front fan was being blocked by a SATA power wire that got loose! So those temps were actually with just one of the 90mm fans working. I doubt the temps would change even if I turned off both intake fans, because they're pretty weak. My exhaust is definitely pulling in more air than they are. I think the stock fans are the only downside to the case.

I turned the drives backwards in the cages to make sure there weren't any issues with the cooler fan. As you can see, there's a good deal of clearance for the cooler fan....about as much space as the upper crossbar in the middle of the case.

My initial worry of the U14S was if it would come too close to the GPU backside, and thankfully it has plenty of room.

It's a little cramped, but that really just means less volume for the high static pressure exhaust fan to suction out. Hard to change the clutter with all the non modular wires. Doesn't have to be pretty inside though, just has to perform. Since I'm using only 2.5 inch drives in the drive bays, there's plenty of room for airflow to the cooler.

I personally don't think two fans are needed, not with the distance between the heatsink and the exhaust fan. The exhaust is powerful enough to quickly move any air coming from the heatsink, along with pulling air from around the sides of the heatsink. I chose it mainly because it can move more air than both the heatsink fan and intake fans combined, along with creating its own pull. That means even if there are obstructions within the case, the exhaust will still be able to pull air out faster than it's coming in. If I had a smoke machine, you'd just see air effortlessly and quickly flowing through the case.
Edited by AMDATI - 6/24/16 at 9:58pm
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Hello my fellow 304 owners. I've had the case for a year now, but how do you keep dust out of your case? The panels don't offer a lot of protection (especially if you've got a blower style gpu like i have), so i'd like to hear your solutions!
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I haven't had issues with dirt in my case. Since the intake on the front has a filter, that should keep most dust out. Once every few months I'll go over the inside of the case with a can of air and run some qtips along the fan blades, but the amount of dust is very little.....and I keep my case on the floor.

You may live in a dusty area, and especially first floor areas of homes/apartments tend to be more dusty.
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I do live on the first (ground) floor, i have window right next to the rig so Im guessing that's where its coming. For me, its the panels get coverd in dust in like a week, it gets tedious to clean those. I was thinking of getting some custom dust filter to help out, or maybe installing a window.
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