Rated 5 out of 5 by 1
Rated 5 out of 5 by BobDiggler Excellent quality, well thought out and space saving design - Recommended.
I replaced my original Fractal Node 304 case (excellent in its own right BTW) as I needed a case with a smaller footprint as my PC sits on my desk behind the monitor. It features two internal case fans which are angled to supply fresh air flow into the case from the bottom, and also to the motherboard/RAM sticks.
I do however have a couple of points for this case:
(1) The top plastic grate that covers the motherboard is flimsy and feels like it could break with repeated use. This is unfortunate as users will indeed need to remove it fairly often because it covers the motherboard rear ports.
(2) The two case fans supplied are powerful but a little noisy. I replaced them both with a pair of Noctua NF-P12 120mm (non-PMW) fans. The result was a pretty much silent case circulation system.
(3) Due to the design and orientation of the motherboard I would recommend a closed-loop water cooling system with a pair of push/pull fans - for example, but not limited to, the Corsair H80i with an additional fan at the front. This would suit the case very well and also provide enough cooling capacity to chill i5/i7 CPU's up to around 4.7GHz.
Overall I think this is an EXCELLENT small form case and I would recommend it to anyone who needs PC case with a small footprint while still retaining the ability to house ITX/mATX mothboards and full length graphics cards.
19 June 2014