Wednesday, March 12th 2014

Fractal Design Introduces the Node 804 Micro ATX PC Case

The Node 804 is a Micro ATX chassis which focuses on cooling performance and maximum configurability, all packed in an interesting new form factor with an elegant design. The dual chamber layout separates hot running components from the cooler ones and allows unrestricted airflow over the motherboard, processor and graphic cards.

The case comes with three Silent Series R2 120 mm fans but can be upgraded with an additional 7 fans if desired. There are also plenty of options for placing water cooling components, tall heat sinks and hard drives. The flexibility of this case really gives the users the possibility to create their optimal system build.

Key features:
  • Highly effective dual chamber case layout for best possible cooling.
  • Minimalistic design with an elegant brushed aluminum front panel
  • Unique hard drive mounting system, fitting up to 8 x 3.5", 4 x 2.5" or up to 10 x 3.5", 2 x 2.5″ drives HDD/SSD.
  • Three Fractal Design Silent Series R2 120 mm fans included with the case and space for an additional 7 fans.
  • Excellent water cooling support with space for up to 1x240 mm and 1x280 mm radiators simultaneously.
  • All intakes feature removable dust filters providing a dust-free interior.
  • Featuring a window side panel to show off your set up in style.
  • Additional space in the front to mount a slim optical bay drive and 2 x 2.5″ drives.
  • Fan controller included
  • Five expansion slots that allow for multiple GPU setups.
  • Case dimensions: (W x H x D) 370 x 307 x 412 mm
MSRP:
  • USD: $ 109.99
  • EURO: € 99.99
  • GBP: £ 79.99
  • SEK: 899
Available in May
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31 Comments on Fractal Design Introduces the Node 804 Micro ATX PC Case

#1
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
Kudos to marketing, I'm a fan of that computer generated reference image of the dimensions allowed for hardware components. Makes visualising a lot easier.
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#2
Animalpak
That additional PSU back compartment do not need that big fan to suck air out...
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#3
Solidstate89
by: Animalpak
That additional PSU back compartment do not need that big fan to suck air out...
Those are where the hard drives are mounted - you want airflow going through there.
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#4
THE_EGG
Nice design. I might look at this if I choose to downsize.
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#5
Animalpak
by: Solidstate89
Those are where the hard drives are mounted - you want airflow going through there.
Or i can put other watercooling radiators.
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#6
The Quim Reaper
Fractal Design...really nice, minimalist design...not so nice build quality.
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#7
rtwjunkie
by: The Quim Reaper
Fractal Design...really nice, minimalist design...not so nice build quality.
:confused: Fractal has some of the highest build quality cases I've ever used, as well as excellent design. Did you maybe get a bad one? If so, I can understand your sentiment.
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#8
Jorge
You'd have to have a lot of space to waste or fill to buy this monsterous PC case as there is really no need for or real value in the extra size, IME. Even with dumbarse H2O cooling you don't need a case this large, especially when it offers pretty much zero performance advantage. Not buying the marketing hype.
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#9
Xzibit
by: Solidstate89
Those are where the hard drives are mounted - you want airflow going through there.
Not if you have SSDs they can be in the front or in the main section. Which leaves section 2 useless aside from holding the PSU and stuffing it with wires you don't want to see.
This design is aimed at elaborate water cooling and people with a lot of HDDs

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#10
ensabrenoir
Will be adding this to my ever growing Fractal army for a future build i have in mind...... this case has a lot of potential....its a blank canvas to those with skill and imagination.
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#11
fraggot
by: Animalpak
That additional PSU back compartment do not need that big fan to suck air out...
Are you making stuff up to complain about? That is the dumbest complaint I've ever heard.
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#12
micropage7
nice case, but it looks pretty wide and looks like subwoofer
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#13
thekaidis
by: rtwjunkie
:confused: Fractal has some of the highest build quality cases I've ever used, as well as excellent design. Did you maybe get a bad one? If so, I can understand your sentiment.
Different guy here but I've noticed the R3 had extremely weak front panel mounting latches. After building probably half a dozen systems in it I never had one *not* break at least one latch. The R4 seems to be much more solid, so I'm not sure whether it was a design flaw or a manufacturing defect.
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#14
rtwjunkie
by: thekaidis
Different guy here but I've noticed the R3 had extremely weak front panel mounting latches. After building probably half a dozen systems in it I never had one *not* break at least one latch. The R4 seems to be much more solid, so I'm not sure whether it was a design flaw or a manufacturing defect.
Fair point! I think it's alot better now. I have two R4's that even the latches feel very solid on, so they probably upped the quality control.
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#15
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: Jorge
You'd have to have a lot of space to waste or fill to buy this monsterous PC case as there is really no need for or real value in the extra size, IME. Even with dumbarse H2O cooling you don't need a case this large, especially when it offers pretty much zero performance advantage. Not buying the marketing hype.
You'd have to have a lot of time to waste or fill to comment about this monsterous PC case as there is really no need for or real value in the useless post, IME. Even with dumbarse views you don't need a mouth this large, especially when it offers pretty much zero discussion advantage. Not buying the post.
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#16
bogami
Very nice product that somehow we can not overlook the lack of capability of mounting an optical unit because many offered and sold in DVD - BR Standard. It will be necessary moudeng somehow counted against the warranty! of course the additional plagin the disc needs to be upgraded because it is not all on the flash drive yet .And God help wen EMP destroy all the deta that you collect ! I do not see anything good in ignorance of optical units in use.Maybe I'm old fashioned but I can not be ignorant !Small 10 mm nice lep top unit on the side to satisfy because it is a mini case !
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#17
Jizzler
Nice. I don't know if I'd use it if I had a need to house 8 drives (time to get some SAS backplanes up in here!) but I like the rad options vs size of it and especially the external looks.

by: bogami
Very nice product that somehow we can not overlook the lack of capability of mounting an optical unit because many offered and sold in DVD - BR Standard. It will be necessary moudeng somehow counted against the warranty! of course the additional plagin the disc needs to be upgraded because it is not all on the flash drive yet .And God help wen EMP destroy all the deta that you collect ! I do not see anything good in ignorance of optical units in use.Maybe I'm old fashioned but I can not be ignorant !Small 10 mm nice lep top unit on the side to satisfy because it is a mini case !
It can accept a slim optical drive.

While many (myself included) are asking to free up that dead 5.25" space in modern cases, it's not that we don't use opticals, we just don't use them enough to have more than 1 or 2 in the entire house. Neither my wife's, kids, or my own computer have had an optical for over a year. Just been using the DVD-RW in my laptop and have never felt inconvenienced by it. When my home server is done, it'll have a Blu-Ray for all reading/writing purposes. I know others here in the forum have USB models they just swap around whenever anyone needs it.
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#18
tehehe
by: Jizzler
Nice. I don't know if I'd use it if I had a need to house 8 drives (time to get some SAS backplanes up in here!) but I like the rad options vs size of it and especially the external looks.



It can accept a slim optical drive.

While many (myself included) are asking to free up that dead 5.25" space in modern cases, it's not that we don't use opticals, we just don't use them enough to have more than 1 or 2 in the entire house. Neither my wife's, kids, or my own computer have had an optical for over a year. Just been using the DVD-RW in my laptop and have never felt inconvenienced by it. When my home server is done, it'll have a Blu-Ray for all reading/writing purposes. I know others here in the forum have USB models they just swap around whenever anyone needs it.
I'm amazed people didn't discover that dvd or bluray drives can be connected to the PC through USB ports. You can buy only one such drive and connect it to any PC in the house. Save money, save space, save environment ;D
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#19
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
I want this case for my storage server.
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#20
SimpleTECH
The one thing I would have liked Fractal Design to improve upon is the front I/O. The USB/audio is way too close to the power button. I've accidentally pressed mine a few times trying to insert a USB drive causing my system to either go into standby or shutdown completely.
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: SimpleTECH
The one thing I would have liked Fractal Design to improve upon is the front I/O. The USB/audio is way too close to the power button. I've accidentally pressed mine a few times trying to insert a USB drive causing my system to either go into standby or shutdown completely.
Sounds more like a user issue than design.
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#22
hero1
Nice stuff and I think this is way better than shelling our around $300 for a CaseLabs case. I might grab one when they come out.
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#23
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: hero1
Nice stuff and I think this is way better than shelling our around $300 for a CaseLabs case. I might grab one when they come out.
Caselabs and Fractal make completely different cases for different audiences.
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#24
Fourstaff
I built using R4 for my brother, the case feels much more solid than my Phantom 410. Personally, this 804 does not appeal to me as much as the 304: looks somewhat bulky and plenty of space saving can be made.
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#25
Marty 1480
Looks like a baby version of the Carbide Series Air 540.
Interesting. I like the way these designs are going. Love the way cable management has been made so much easier.
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