Fractal Design Node 202 Compact Gaming Case

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The Fractal Design Node 202 has a plastic exterior and steel interior, and weighs 3.5 kg or 7.7 lb. In its horizontal orientation, the chassis measures 37.7 x 8.2 x 33.0 cm or 14.8 x 3.2 x 13.0 inches (W x H x D). Its volume is just 10.2 Liters, making it smallest gaming case we've examined yet, edging out both the SilverStone RVZ01 and the NCASE M1 in total size.

Like most of Fractal's enclosures, the Node 202 has a minimalist design. The front is adorned only with the company logo on the right side and audio and USB 3.0 ports on the left. A large vent occupies the space directly above the CPU area.

The right side is fairly open, giving the processor a little extra breathing room and acting as an exhaust port for the included SFX power supply.

The left side is not as well ventilated which is unfortunate, as it needs it more because the video card is located on this side. The stand is meant to slide over it, reducing airflow further.

Instead of having low profile slots, it offers a full-sized expansion slot via riser card, making the profile thinner than most enclosures of this style.

The vertical orientation gives the GPU's sizable main intake vents better access to air from outside the case.

The Node 202 leans more on plastic as a build material than most of its other cases. The top and sides are all one giant plastic shell and are secured using four screws accessible from the bottom. The CPU vent has a removable dust filter accessible from the inside.

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