Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC Style Case

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The interior of the Node 605 has a solidly constructed steel frame but is incredibly cramped for use with an ATX motherboard with almost no clearance above/below the edges of the board; in fact using an ATX board makes the slim optical drive bay unusuable. It's really better suited as a microATX case.

The Node 605's two included fans are mounted toward the front of the enclosure blowing toward one another and the hard drive mounting area. Positive air pressure setups are commonly used by SilverStone but avoided by most other manufacturers. The bundle of cables next to fan pictured above includes a 20-pin USB 3.0 connector with a 2.0 option if your motherboard lacks a USB 3.0 header.

The 120 mm fan mounts are filtered by what looks like two layers of very fine mesh. This combined with the lack of exhaust fans indicates that dust buildup was one of Fractal's primary concerns.

The 80 mm placements near at the rear of the case have less restrictive honeycomb-style grills.

The slim optical drive bay is rendered unusable by an ATX motherboard as illustrated by the proximity to the bottom/right ATX standoff pictured above.

A pair of drive trays are provided with each supporting two 2.5/3.5 inch drives. Drives are bottom-mounted with rubber grommets to keep vibration in check.

The drive positioning can lead to possible interference issues. With our test system, the SATA connectors were very close to the graphics card. It also made accessing some of our motherboard's SATA ports and front panel headers difficult.

Cabling can be an issue as there are only a couple of points on the case floor where wires can be tied down.

Most side-blowing tower CPU coolers are too tall for the Node 605, so we opted for the Noctua NH-C12P. It stands 11.4 cm tall and there was about 1.3 cm to spare above.

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