Fractal Design Node 804 Case Review

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I remember a time when cars did not have all the bells and whistles that they have now. Take, for example, dual climate control was something unheard of in the early 90s and now almost all cars have a way to make the passenger side and driver's sides different temperatures. This is one of those simple features that is really awesome to me for the simple fact that I tend to run cold and my significant other is usually hot. In the larger vehicles, even the back has its own climate control so the kids can be comfortable as well.

Fractal Design Node 804 Front

 

I really love the fact that we can all be comfortable because now there is no more complaining about turning the air conditioning or heat on. Well, with computer components the same thing can be said, there are certain components that tend to run hot and others that tend to run cooler. The components that run cool don't need to be subjected to the excess heat from the warmer components, because that will just reduce their life expectancy of the equipment. For that reason, Fractal Design has introduced a chassis to provide "dual-climate controls" for your components.

Fractal Design Node 804 Interior

 

The Fractal Design Node 804 is a dual chamber chassis that supports micro ATX and mini-ITX motherboards. The Node 804 has been designed to separate typically hot components, like the motherboard, processor, and GPU, from cooler components, such as your HDD and power supply. There are plenty of options for cooling, as well, with three 120mm Silent Series R2 fans included in the case and seven optional fan locations. The Node 804 is compatible with water cooling with mounting locations for up to four simultaneous radiators. There is plenty of flexibility offered with mounting locations for eight 3.5” hard drives in the left chamber, two 3.5” or 2.5” drives in the right chamber, and an additional two 2.5” drives in the front panel.

 

 

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