Fractal Design Node 202 Compact Gaming Case

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Fractal Design Node 202 Compact Gaming Case

July 23, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Fractal Design Node 202
Mini-ITX Case
US$80 (w/o PSU)
US$140 (w/450W PSU)

At first glance, the Node 202 does not appear to be much different from other HTPC cases, aside from Fractal Design's familiar minimalist design. It is a slim desktop enclosure small enough to fit in a media cabinet. There are many such enclosures on the market, usually sporting microATX motherboard support, half-height expansion slots, and both 3.5-inch drive and perhaps slim optical drive support. The fancier models will have a small LCD and/or an IR remote included to enhance the experience.


The Node 202 is different, perhaps best described as Fractal's version of a console-sized PC gaming case. While not quite as small as the 7.2 Liters of an Xbox One, it is pretty close at just 10.2 Liters volume. It comes with a stand to place the chassis in a vertical position for best performance, as the intake vents are less restricted in this orientation. The enclosure supports mini-ITX motherboards, an SFX power supply (the more expensive model has one included), two 2.5 inch drives only (no optical drive), and a full-sized dual slot video card. Dust filters line all the main vents and for extra cooling, and twin 120 mm fans can be installed next to the graphics card. Inside, the CPU and GPU areas are separated, something Fractal claims helps the system to run cool even without any case fans.


The Node 202 ships with a multi-language user guide, a power cord, and an accessory box inside containing the necessary riser cards to install a video card, a handful of zip-ties, screws for mounting the motherboard and two 2.5 inch drives, and soft case feet.

Specifications: Fractal Design Node 202
(from the product web page)
Motherboard Compatibility Mini ITX
SSD Unit Positions 2 - 2.5"
Expansion Slots 2
Optional Fan Positions 2 - 120 mm (graphics card chamber)
CPU Cooler Compatibility 56 mm in height
PSU Compatibility SFX up to 130 mm long
Graphics Card Compatibility
(L x H x D)
Maximum Dimensions: 310 x 145 x 47 mm
Duster Filters Included 3 (GPU, GPU, PSU)
Case Volume 10.2 Liters
Colors Available Black
Case Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Horizontal: 377 x 82 x 330 mm
Horizontal with feet/protrusions/screws: 377 x 88 x 332 mm
Vertical with feet/protrusions/screws: 125 x 385 x 332 mm
Net Weight 3.5 kg
Package Dimensions
(W x H x D)
145 x 463 x 388 mm
Package Weight 4.0 kg

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