Fractal Design Node 304 Computer Case Review

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I was having a conversation with a patient about how the NFL has evolved into a passing game. Years ago, teams strived for a good running back and a strong defense. Quarterbacks averaged less then 20 throws a game. Now, everyone is looking for a throwing quarterback, tall wide receivers, and catching tight ends. Over 59 percent of plays are passing and many quarterbacks are consistently putting in over 200-300 yards. The newest trend is to speed up the game with hurry up, no huddle offense. What happened to good old smash mouth football?

Fractal Design Node 304


Desktop computers have gone through a big evolution, as well. They continually pack more power into smaller packages with each generational release. When I started in computers, AT was the motherboard standard. Then, ATX and its variants took over. Even though mini-ITX was released back in 2001, it was only in 2006 that mini-ITX hit the consumer market. Even then, the power couldn’t match its desktop components. Thus, it was only used in very low powered HTPC systems. The mini-ITX market has caught up and can stand toe to toe with desktops. Now, mini-ITX boards can build HTPCs, servers, mainstream computers, and even gaming systems.

Fractal Design Node 304


The Fractal Design Node 304 computer case brings style and functionality to the small computing market. The Node 304 features a modular design that allows easy configurability. Motherboard support includes mini-ITX and DTX compatibility. There are two expansion slots available. A total of six drives, either 2.5” or 3.5” can be installed. There is room for a full ATX PSU, up to 160mm in length. CPU coolers can be installed up to 165mm in height and GPUs up to 310mm in length (with adaptation). Fractal has included a cooling system with two front mounted 92mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans and one rear 140mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fan. There is also a fan controller included with low, medium, and high settings. The front interface includes two USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm mic, and 3.5mm headphone connection.