Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

Want to talk about one of the articles in SPCR? Here's the forum for you.
MikeC
Site Admin
Posts: 12283
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2002 3:26 pm
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Contact:

Re: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

Post by MikeC » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:38 am

xouspring wrote:Would anyone here be able to confirm that i can install a Scythe Kotetsu in this case?
Would be with a Z97 GA mobo, and a GTX970. Thanks!
It should fit - height of the Kotetsu is 160mm, which leaves 5mm above it. The crossbar is back far enough with most mitx cpu placements that it won't interfere. If it does, you might be able to run w/o it -- the back case fan is very close.
Mike Chin, SPCR Editor/Publisher
Support SPCR by buying your gear through this link: Amazon

dxhelios
Posts: 8
Joined: Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:22 am

Re: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

Post by dxhelios » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:24 pm

xouspring wrote:Hello there.

Thanks for the review.

Would anyone here be able to confirm that i can install a Scythe Kotetsu in this case?
Would be with a Z97 GA mobo, and a GTX970.

Thanks!
I would not recommend such configuration. Here is why:
1. From Fractal Design site:
•ATX PSUs, up to 160mm in length (To fit in combination with a long graphics card, PSUs with modular connectors on the back typically need to be shorter than 160 mm)
•Graphics cards, up to 310mm in length, when 2 HDD slots (1 HDD hanging bracket total) are removed (Graphics cards longer than 170 mm will conflict with PSUs longer than 160mm)
•Tower CPU coolers, up to 165 mm tall
So: check PSU mounting dimensions, check your graphics card length, check cooler mounting dimensions.

According to specs your cooler is 130 x 58 x 160 mm - without fan I assume, so with fan it will be 130 x 83 x 160 mm . Mine is 125 x 71 x 158 mm with fan. If you put fan on the front then it will conflict with memory slot in case they memory modules are with heat spreaders. If you put it on back then I am not sure if there will be conflict with other components but there may be. Also you will probably have 2 mm space between case and cpu fan :(. Maybe they have slimmer version of the cooler?

Here is link with photos of what to be aware of: http://1drv.ms/1vKJuWK. Hope this will help.
Main: Fractal Design Core 500 | Seasonic X-520FL2 | Intel i7-6700T | ASUS Maximus IMPACT VIII | 16GB Corsair 3000 DDR4 | 240GB Hyper-X | Noctua heatsink | Stock case fan
NAS: Fractal Design Node 304 | Seasonic X-520FL2 | Intel i5-4570S | ASUS Maximus Impact VI | DDR3 Corsair 8GB 1866MHz | Crucial SSD M.2 240GB | Intel Raid 0 on 2xSamsung 840 Evo 1TB | Noctua slim heatsink and fans.

mkygod
Posts: 105
Joined: Thu Jun 16, 2005 3:06 am
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
Contact:

Re: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

Post by mkygod » Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:50 pm

Any heatsink recommendations for this case?

My budget is around $50 and it will be cooling an Core i5-4590S
Core i7 2600k Sandybridge @ 4.5ghz | Thermalright Ultima-90 heatsink | ASUS P8Z68V-Pro| 2 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance| XFX Radeon 5850 + Accelero S1 + VRM-4 + 120mm fan| 2x Raid-0 -Intel X-25M 80GB SSD hard drive | Antec P150 case | Seasonic X-750 750w PSU

CA_Steve
Moderator
Posts: 7402
Joined: Thu Oct 06, 2005 4:36 am
Location: Monterey Bay, CA

Re: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX Case

Post by CA_Steve » Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:17 pm

The case will accept up to a 165mm tall cooler. Scythe Kotetsu is 160mm and is ~$45. Probably want to look at the various motherboards for their clearances, but should be ok.

No reason to get the S part.
1080p Gaming build: i5-4670K, Mugen 4, Asrock Z97 Anniversary, MSI GTX 1660 Gaming X, 8GB 1866 RAM, Samsung 860 Evo 500GB, Crucial MX100 256GB, WD Red 2TB, Samsung DVD burner, Fractal Define R4, Antec True Quiet 140 (2 front+rear) case fans, Seasonic SSR-550FX. 35W idle, 45-55W video streaming, 170-200W WoW, 318W stress test (Prime95 + Furmark)

Support SPCR through these links: Amazon and Newegg

Post Reply