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[Official] Fractal Design Node 304 Owners Club

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Welcome to the Official Fractal Design Node 304 Owners/Info Club
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Information*:
The Node 304 features a unique modular interior for outstanding configurability.

The Node 304 accommodates up to six hard drives. Unused mounting brackets can be removed to allow for long graphic cards, additional airflow or more space for organizing cables. Additionally, it is equipped with three hydraulic bearing fans, easy-to-clean air filters in all intakes and two front USB 3.0 ports.

Featuring hybrid functionality, the Node 304 case is ideally used as a cool-running file server, a stylish and quiet home theatre PC or a powerful gaming system highlighting minimalistic and stunning Scandinavian design and maximum functionality.

Features:
  • Compact, modular interior
  • Minimalistic design with an elegant aluminum front panel
  • Unique new modular mounting system that accommodates up to 6 hard drives
  • Accommodates tower CPU coolers and single-fan water cooling systems
  • Filtered air intakes ensure a dust-free environment for internal components
  • Three Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans included
  • Excellent cooling for all components
  • Accommodates ATX power supplies
  • Fan controller for all fans included
  • USB 3.0 for fast file transfers

Technical Specs*:
  • 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
  • Colors available: Black and White

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
  • HDD 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

Product Page:
Black Version
White Version

Reviews:
Guru3d
Think Computers
TweakTown
AnandTech
Hardware Secrets

Owners:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Av16_e93qpn6dDYxUVNRelJzRlA3YmtMN2ZYUVpHb3c&output=html&widget=true

To be added to the list:
From here on out, to be added to the list, just start your post off with "Add me" in bold and leave a picture of your Node. I will get you added as soon as possible.

Tips/Tricks:
  • .theMetal - A smaller power supply works really well, but with some tinkering you can actually fit much bigger, modular supplies in this case with a long graphics card. Simply remove the power supply bracket (4 screws) and move the supply further from the graphics card then mount it down with velcro or two sided tape of some kind. Many of us have done this and it works well.
  • .theMetal - Air cooling works well in the case. From what I've seen I'm almost positive any heat sink will fit in the case and fit is more determined by your itx motherboard than the case its self.
  • Mopar63 - (Magnetic replacement gpu filter) The filter I am using is for the Corsair 400R but it fits perfectly. I have actually removed the filter provides by Fractal and use this one only and am having great results. I am seeing temp 3 to4c lower on my video card and it will allow some cards with 2.5 slot coolers to work where before they were loud.
  • Front Audio/USB Problem - Some owners have seen issues with the front audio out causing strange noises (when moving mouse, when hard drives read, etc.) The problem is addressed here in this thread.

    Basically, there is a problem on the board where the usb and audio out headers sit. To fix it, you take a razer and make a cut down to the copper on the board between the audio and usb ports like this:

    Thanks to dithes, for talking with Fractal Design and getting a fix. Its reported by a few members to take care of the issue.

    Here is another piece of info if the above does not work.
    Quote:
    For anyone else who may be having a few unruly USB issues with the front sockets:

    I spoke with Fractal about the problem after testing that my 3rd party extension worked fine and following their advice seems to have fixed it for me, was a little unsure at first though:

    "on some motherboard the USB 3 + USB 2 Adapter Cable make an issue.

    Maybe you cut of the USB 2 wire from the USB 2 / 3 Combo cable?

    On some motherboard this fixed the issue."

    The above image was supplied by Fractal too who assured me: "If this dont fix you issue we can change the hole USB PCB + Cable" when I asked about voiding warranty etc.

    Hope that helps, and good luck.
    Thanks to sprucejuice for this information!!

If you any tips or tricks for the case, just let me know and I can add them to the list and give you credit.
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Recommended Equipment:
As more and more owners come through the thread, the question we see the most is will this power supply fit? So here is a list of the most threads most recommended equipment.

First off, the power supplies:
- Seasonic G-550
- Silverstone ST55F-G

I will continue to work on this list, but this is a start.

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7/6/13: I've taken over the thread to turn it from a new case thread to an actual owners club. I am open to suggestions, so please let me know if you have any comments or any thing else to add.

* All information and pictures are from Fractal Design website

**Credit for the unboxing photos of the White version goes to MetallicAcid. (Thanks for letting me use them! -.theMetal)
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Hey guys, quick question

This case is awesome but with all 3 hdd cages filled with 3.5 hdds (so 6 hdds) what are my options for a video card?

I was looking at the 2060 stormx or pegasus, they both have a length of 168 mm/6.6 inches. (https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/geforce-rtx-2060.c3310)

Will it fit? I don't want to lose my disk space :)

I saw the official specs "310 mm (when 2 HDD slots are removed; graphics cards longer than 170 mm will conflict with PSUs longer than 160 mm)" but nowhere do they say the length if you keep the last hdd bracket

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Hey guys, quick question



This case is awesome but with all 3 hdd cages filled with 3.5 hdds (so 6 hdds) what are my options for a video card?



I was looking at the 2060 stormx or pegasus, they both have a length of 168 mm/6.6 inches. (https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/geforce-rtx-2060.c3310)



Will it fit? I don't want to lose my disk space :)



I saw the official specs "310 mm (when 2 HDD slots are removed; graphics cards longer than 170 mm will conflict with PSUs longer than 160 mm)" but nowhere do they say the length if you keep the last hdd bracket



Thanks!
Don't know by Asus 1660super EVO don't. It's only 2mm to thick. And I was need to remove the disk bracket

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Don't know by Asus 1660super EVO don't. It's only 2mm to thick. And I was need to remove the disk bracket

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Hey, thanks for the reply!
Found your asus 1660 super evo, but it's a 2 fan card, 3 slot design with a length of 242 mm/9.5 inches-> https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/asus-dual-gtx-1660-super-evo.b7684

It's way way bigger, and yeah you had to remove 1 of the disk brackets.
I would like to not remove it at all if possible, I want to keep my disk space, not to mention my RAID array intact.

Therefore I'm interested if one of these little ****s will fit in the node 304 with all 3 disk brackets filled with 6x 3.5 hdds still inside.
- 2060 pegasus, 1 fan card, 2 slot design with a length of 168 mm/6.6 inches -> https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/gainward-rtx-2060-pegasus.b6740
- 2060 stormx, 1 fan card, 2 slot design with a length of 168 mm/6.6 inches -> https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/palit-rtx-2060-stormx.b6744
 

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Looking into a Node 304 purchase now, but think i'll have to remove the exhaust fan to put in my FUMA 2. Would this be ok or should I take the exhaust fan out and mount it on the external side (if that's even possible...)
As long as the fuma 2 directs air out the back, it'll probably be fine. There aren't any mounting points for a 140mm fan externally.
 

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Just finished my build:
Node 304
Asrock Z490M-ITXa (overkill)
Intel 10700
Intel
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB
4x WD Red 8TB
2xWD 1TB Blue NVME
Dell 1060 (left over part, to be replaced with most likely a 5700XT)
Corsair SF600


This build is being used as an HTPC for a jack of all trades. My NAS server running unraid, plex server, VR gaming, torrent client, potentially dev work, and I am sure quite a few other projects
 

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Node 304 stock Fans

Hello,

i´m thinking about to buy a Node 304 or a Cooler Master NR200. Its difficult to decide...
What would you do and are the stock fans in the Node 304 really good and silent like premium fans from Noctua or Be Quiet or Noiseblocker?
Thank you so much


ps: it shall be a itx system, with 3400G, 16gb RAM, a ASRock A320M-ITX, one SSD, ONE HDD and maybe a Noctua NH 14S
 

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Don't know by Asus 1660super EVO don't. It's only 2mm to thick. And I was need to remove the disk bracket

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Hi Mullcom.

A quick question: Are you saying that the 47mm asus GPU fits into the 304 without issues? I have looked a lot on a Asus 1660 Super Strix, but I got a bit scared off by the 2 mm discrepancy
 

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Hi Mullcom.

A quick question: Are you saying that the 47mm asus GPU fits into the 304 without issues? I have looked a lot on a Asus 1660 Super Strix, but I got a bit scared off by the 2 mm discrepancy
I am working on modification for my node 304 becouse asus 1660 evo card. if you want that card you are in need to make modification both to card and the chassi.

i can send some image later so you see.

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I am working on modification for my node 304 becouse asus 1660 evo card. if you want that card you are in need to make modification both to card and the chassi.

i can send some image later so you see.

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Thanks, that would be cool.
So you use a 53 mm wide 1660 Evo?

The lenght shouldn't be a problem for me, as I dont use the HDD brackets, but just use elastic band suspension (to negate vibrations - I hate noise)
 

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Thanks, that would be cool.
So you use a 53 mm wide 1660 Evo?

The lenght shouldn't be a problem for me, as I dont use the HDD brackets, but just use elastic band suspension (to negate vibrations - I hate noise)
Hi. Here is some img and it was not 2mm. Its more 3-4mm.

I am in working progress to fix my case. But it get a bit slow. But soon I have the feet finish. And design of the cover to gpu is finish.

Waiting for sleeves and other items.


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Okay, thanks for the pics.
If you are using the 53 mm Evo card it's 8 mm above the recommended max width (45 mm), that gives me hope that I can fit a 47 mm card without too much trouble. I saw a guy on PC part picker who fitted a MSI 1660 Super gaming x into his 304. So I think I'll take my chances with the Strix. Otherwise I just have to admit defeat and get a MSI instead.
Good luck with your rebuild, I would like to see the finished product :)
 

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This gpu is that I have.
Dimensions
9.5 " x 5.1 " x 2.1 " Inch
24.2 x 13 x5.3 Centimeter
9.5 " x 5.1 " x 2.1 " Inch
24.2 x 13 x5.3 Centimeter


So rebuild my Cover for this...


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Hello there!
I've got a question for you before buying a new GPU: does a 2.2 slots fit into the Node 304 without problem?

Actually I wanted to get a RTX 3080 but impossible to buy the FE. Only EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 is almost 2 slots.
Thanks a lot!
 

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Hello there!
I've got a question for you before buying a new GPU: does a 2.2 slots fit into the Node 304 without problem?

Actually I wanted to get a RTX 3080 but impossible to buy the FE. Only EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 is almost 2 slots.
Thanks a lot!
I'm still looking at GPU, so I haven't gotten any first hand info, but a lot of reading up.
Officially you can only fit 45 mm wide cards into the 304. I have seen a build on PCpartpicker with a 46 mm wide card, but as you can see on the thread, Mullcom, cannot fit a 53 mm card, so the hard limit is something inbetween. How wide is the card you are looking at?
 
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