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Fractal Design Rolls Out Node 605 ATX HTPC Chassis

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Fractal Design unveiled its newest premium HTPC chassis, the Node 605. Large enough to hold ATX form-factor motherboards, the Node 605 bears a minimalist design, with brushed aluminum front-panel, and steel frame. The front-panel includes a slimline optical drive bay, a multi-format card reader, two USB 3.0 ports (standard header), Firewire, and HD audio front-panel jacks. All front-panel connections are concealed behind a lid that blends with the rest of the panel.

The Node 605 has four internal drive bays, which can hold 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives. The four bays are arranged in two cages, which can be detached to create additional room for long graphics cards (up to 29 cm). The case has provision for a total of five fans, three 120 mm, and two 80 mm. Two 120 mm Silent Series R2 fans are included, so are dust-filters and a 3-channel fan-controller. Fractal Design did not disclose pricing and availability information.



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Many Thanks to NHKS for the tip.
 
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Nice. A very clean "no BS" case.
 
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I prefer the 304, but I do like this chassis.
 
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I must be blind but I'm not seeing the slimline optical on the front panel. Does the bottom part of the front pop down to reveal it?
 

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Manufacturer's product page

Case dimensions: 445 x 164 x 349 mm (17.52 x 6.45 x 13.74 inches for those who aren't metricly inclined)

In other words, it's a mini-tower case turned on its side. Pretty big for a home theater PC, but it makes up for that by having good airflow.
 
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As nice as this is.. it's a little late to release htpc chassis isn't it? every 'enthusiast' I know are getting rid of their power hungry htpcs for efficient NAS and ITX setups.
 
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As nice as this is.. it's a little late to release htpc chassis isn't it? every 'enthusiast' I know are getting rid of their power hungry htpcs for efficient NAS and ITX setups.
Depends what you want it for I guess. A case like this would be great for a gaming pc under my tv.
 
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every 'enthusiast' I know are getting rid of their power hungry htpcs for efficient NAS and ITX setups.
Then you don't know enough enthusiasts? :laugh:
 
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Interesting, I know of at least 6 high end audio/video enthusiests who bought or built a HTPC in the last 12 months.
Several went the Mac route, a couple of them then switched to Win 7 boxes with JRiver and XBMC configurations.
Assassin has a great build guide on avsforum.com
 
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