Originally Posted by AlphaC
Fractal Node 304 Node is a Mini ITX case.
It also doesn't have as good ventilation as MicroATX or ATX since the air flow (and internal volume) is lower:Your best bet is to use dual fan axial coolers since the side is vented. Having a blower won't give any advantage since the air volume being move is lower. If the side panel was enclosed like on many ATX cases with windows then I would say a blower is better.
I'd think the GTX 780 is a better bet for Mini ITX though, given the lower power use / thermals.
EVGA GTX 780 Classified , MSI GTX 780 Lightning, MSI GTX 780 TF, Galaxy GTX 780 HOF , etc.
The above is quite true. I went from a Galaxy GTX 670 (which used a blower) to an EVGA GTX 780 SC ACX (which uses the dual axial cooler), and the difference in temps is tremendous. You would think that the 670 would have the lower temps since it not only has the blower type cooler, and is a lower powered chip, but the complete opposite is true.
In my gaming experience with both in my node, the 670 would hit between 71-78C, depending on the game and with a custom fan curve. The 780, on the other hand, sits anywhere between 49-56C with the same fan curve!
he reference style blowers are particularly useful in situations where you want to run multiple GPU's that are sandwiched tightly together. For usage in the node, you're better off with the axial coolers.