Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

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The Node 304 measures 25.0 x 21.0 x 37.4 cm or 9.8 x 8.3 x 14.7 inches (W x H x D), giving it a total volume of 19.6 liters, and it weighs 4.9 kg or 10.8 lb. The main chassis and outer cover are made of steel and the front bezel is plastic with a aluminum surface.

Running down the right side of the front face are line-out and mic ports, the power switch, and a pair of USB 3.0 connectors. If your motherboard lacks an internal USB 3.0 header, the cable has a USB 2.0 option as a backup. Located on the right side is an exhaust vent for the internal front-mounted power supply.

Unusually, fresh air is pulled in from the top and bottom of the front bezel rather than from the sides. The top portion has a mesh grill while the bottom is completely open.

The only removable external dust filter (the rest must be removed from the inside) services the power supply's intake fan. The chassis is elevated by four short rectangular rubber pads, creating only 10 mm of clearance under the power supply vent.

At the rear is a 140 mm exhaust fan placement residing above the motherboard tray, the switch for the fan controller, and a pair of expansion slots. The top and sides come off in one piece via four thumbscrews like most cases of this style.

The included fan controller can power three fans and has three speed settings: low, medium, and high.

Measuring 0.9 mm thick, the external cover is reasonably strong. Multiple latches are employed to create a snug fit. The side-facing power supply exhaust port has a basic of steel mesh acting as a dust filter, with only malleable tabs keeping it in place.

The much larger vent on the opposite side near the expansion slots has a proper removable filter with a plastic frame.

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