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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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I found this thread now after having Node 304 for a year now, so I have to reply finally. So hardware inside my Node 304:
Motherboard Gigabyte B550i AORUS PRO AX
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 5600x at stock speed
CPU cooler Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO
RAM Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 3200MHz (going to upgrade to 32GB 3600MHz CL16 soon)
GPU Inno3D nVidia RTX 3080Ti
PSU Corsair SF750 750W
2TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 NVME

I've hooked this bad boy to my living room TV, Samsung 65" QLED with 120Hz panel. I play on couch using Corsair K63 keyboard paired with K63 Lapboard and Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed mouse.

Never been happier with my builds and I've done them alot.

Edit: Forgot to mention that the whole living room is equipped with Philips Hue lights. Ceiling has 2 lights that sync with upper part of screen, 3 surrounding walls are lit with 11 metres of Philips Hue light strip that is synced to left, right and bottom of the screen. Also have 3 Hue Play light bars behind the TV. It's awesome to game when the whole room lives with the scenes.
 

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I found this thread now after having Node 304 for a year now, so I have to reply finally. So hardware inside my Node 304:
Motherboard Gigabyte B550i AORUS PRO AX
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 5600x at stock speed
CPU cooler Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO
RAM Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 3200MHz (going to upgrade to 32GB 3600MHz CL16 soon)
GPU Inno3D nVidia RTX 3080Ti
PSU Corsair SF750 750W
2TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 NVME

I've hooked this bad boy to my living room TV, Samsung 65" QLED with 120Hz panel. I play on couch using Corsair K63 keyboard paired with K63 Lapboard and Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed mouse.

Never been happier with my builds and I've done them alot.

Edit: Forgot to mention that the whole living room is equipped with Philips Hue lights. Ceiling has 2 lights that sync with upper part of screen, 3 surrounding walls are lit with 11 metres of Philips Hue light strip that is synced to left, right and bottom of the screen. Also have 3 Hue Play light bars behind the TV. It's awesome to game when the whole room lives with the scenes.
Do you have any pictures of the PSU mounted and the cable management of the video card? I have a node 304 that I want to re-use with a 3090 ti (founders edition) and am curious about what power supply people are using these days. My 6 year old seasonic is only 650 watts and it won't push a 3090.
 

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Do you have any pictures of the PSU mounted and the cable management of the video card? I have a node 304 that I want to re-use with a 3090 ti (founders edition) and am curious about what power supply people are using these days. My 6 year old seasonic is only 650 watts and it won't push a 3090.
You may search for some sfx psu: they will leave more room for a bigger Vga
 

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I found this thread now after having Node 304 for a year now, so I have to reply finally. So hardware inside my Node 304:
Motherboard Gigabyte B550i AORUS PRO AX
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 5600x at stock speed
CPU cooler Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO
RAM Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 3200MHz (going to upgrade to 32GB 3600MHz CL16 soon)
GPU Inno3D nVidia RTX 3080Ti
PSU Corsair SF750 750W
2TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 NVME

I've hooked this bad boy to my living room TV, Samsung 65" QLED with 120Hz panel. I play on couch using Corsair K63 keyboard paired with K63 Lapboard and Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed mouse.

Never been happier with my builds and I've done them alot.

Edit: Forgot to mention that the whole living room is equipped with Philips Hue lights. Ceiling has 2 lights that sync with upper part of screen, 3 surrounding walls are lit with 11 metres of Philips Hue light strip that is synced to left, right and bottom of the screen. Also have 3 Hue Play light bars behind the TV. It's awesome to game when the whole room lives with the scenes.
What gpu is it exactly? I tried looking up the Inno3d 3080ti and i can see a few variants.
Im mostly concerned with the thickness of the card.
Thanks in advance

Edit: i found it - 2slot :)
 

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Just bought a used Node 304 on eBay but didn't notice from the photos that it was missing two drive trays and seller apparently doesn't have them. Fractal is unable to help as I live in the US and they don't have a channel for selling parts here. If anyone would be willing to sell me trays or offer suggestions on where I might get some I would be very appreciative. Also if anyone is willing to take a couple minutes and provide a "product suggestion" for the US on this form Contact us encouraging them to improve support in the US that could be helpful over the longer term.

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Just bought a used Node 304 on eBay but didn't notice from the photos that it was missing two drive trays and seller apparently doesn't have them. Fractal is unable to help as I live in the US and they don't have a channel for selling parts here. If anyone would be willing to sell me trays or offer suggestions on where I might get some I would be very appreciative. Also if anyone is willing to take a couple minutes and provide a "product suggestion" for the US on this form Contact us encouraging them to improve support in the US that could be helpful over the longer term.

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Whoa. I was moving and just threw away 2 drive bays. But I'm not in the US, otherwise I could have gone back to the garbage and see if they're still there and send them to you.
 
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