Fractal Node 804 Review

yo mama so fat....

Fractal Node 804 Review



Introduction

I'm not sure if brand recognition through a simple word works the same for everyone but if you said 'Fractal' to me I instantly think R3/R4, low noise cases, the 302 and snow ball fights. We have always been fond of Fractal here at OC3D, in the TTL towers office we are still using an R3 filled up with a bank of 2TB hard drives as the home/office server, so it should speak volumes when a reviewer or review team not only say they like a product but actually continue using it. 

When we saw the original concept drawings for the 804 land in our inbox so long ago we have to admit that our nerd glands became a little excited and inflamed about what goodness we could squeeze inside. Today with a rather lengthy video review we finally got to find out.....


Key features

Highly effective dual chamber case layout for best possible cooling.
Minimalistic design with an elegant brushed aluminum front panel
Unique hard drive mounting system, fitting up to 8 x 3.5″, 4 x 2.5” or up to 10 x 3.5”, 2 x 2.5″ drives HDD/SSD
Three Fractal Design Silent Series R2 fans included with the case and space for an additional 7 fans.
Excellent water cooling support with space for up to 4 radiators simultaneously.
All intakes feature removable dust filters providing a dust-free interior.
Featuring a window side panel to show off your set up in style.
Additional space in the front to mount a slim optical bay drive and 2 x 2.5″ drives.
Fan controller included.
Five expansion slots that allows for multiple GPU setups.


Specifications

  • Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboard compatibility
  • 8 - 3.5″       HDD positions
  • 2 - 2.5″       dedicated SSD unit positions
  • 2 - Extra positions for either 3,5″ or 2,5″ drives
  • 5 expansion slots
  • 10 - Fan positions (3 x 120mm  Silent Series R2 fans included)
  • Filtered fan slots in front, top and bottom
  • CPU coolers up to 160 mm in height
  • PSU compatibility: ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep
  • Graphics card compatibility: Graphics cards up to 320mm in length. Graphics cards up to 290 mm in length may be installed if a fan is installed in the lower position in the front.
  • Velcro strap for easy cable management
  • Clear Window side panel included
  • Colors available: Black
  • Case dimensions (WxHxD): 344 x 307 x 389 mm
  • Net weight: 6 kg
  • Package dimensions (WxHxD): 370 x 468 x 412 mm
  • Package weight: 7.7kg

 
Cooling system

  • Front: 4 – 120mm fans (included is one hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Rear: 1 - 120/140mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Rear: 1 - 120mm fan slots (included is 1 hydraulic bearing 120mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Top: 4 - 120x140mm fans (not included)
  • Fan controller: 1 - Integrated fan controller for up to 3 fans (included)

 

Water cooling compatibility

  • Front (right chamber) - 240 mm radiator configurations up to 60 mm thick (with fans) and 278 mm tall are allowed.
  • Front (left chamber) - 240 mm radiator configurations up to 60 mm thick (with fans) and 278 mm tall are allowed. Using a radiator in this position prevents the use of a fan in the top position just next to it.
  • Top (right chamber) - 240/280 mm radiators up to 130mm thick (with fans) may be fitted if the HDD drive bays are taken out or placed elsewhere. No limitation to thickness.
  • Top (left chamber) - 240 mm radiator configurations up to 130 mm thick (with fans) will fit. Radiators in this position limits the height of memory modules to 48 mm tall.

Maximum radiator configuration: 1x240mm,1x280mm and 2x120mm radiators simultaneously.


Video Review





Conclusion

So have Fractal managed to deliver again? The simple answer is yes to almost every question, its Ace card was having the rear section the width of a normal PSU allowing radiator options back there. You can fit radiators in both the motherboard section and the rear section but please refer to the video for what options you have. Due to the compact nature of the case, it's not quite as simple as fitting 4x 240mm radiators like many of you probably dreamed of from the original pictures. In the real world you are looking at 2 with fans fitted to the case to help it breathe too. 

Fractal have clearly spent a long time trying to make sure there are as many options for mounting, fitting or moving things around as much as possible and when you take the time to appreciate this, the effort Fractal have put in on the 804 really shines through. Even something as simple as the user manual which with a lot of brands it is just a waste of paper to please a n0000b, Fractal manages to turn theirs into some kind of masterclass.... After flicking through it and my jaw hitting the desk I went back and read it cover to cover!

For £77 I honestly do not believe there is anything more you could have asked from Fractal and its for this reason they have won our OC3D gold award..... If it had been 30 or 40mm longer so you could have radiators in the front AND the top at the same time then we could have seen the white gold award for only the second time in the history of OC3D today..... EPIC epic little case!

     

Thanks to Fractal for sending in the 804, you can discuss your thoughts and your dreams in the OC3D Forums. 

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Most Recent Comments

15-07-2014, 13:07:46

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...072849632l.jpg

Cases just seem to be getting shorter and fatter lately... The Node 804 is no exception


Continue Reading

15-07-2014, 13:36:00

MaddenShadow
yo mama so fat... Alrighty then. Great review as usual Tom

15-07-2014, 14:10:43

Wraithguard
Impressive insightful 40 minutes guv, that fan controller I agree doesn't need to be there but all in all my modding senses were tingling.. I'd probably mirror panel the mobo section for a clean install, rip out the roof foam and spray the louvres white (top & front). Top job Fractal nice case with high air flow.

15-07-2014, 15:08:45

daletur328
Great review, like you would love to see an all white version. They would have my money straight away.
Would it also be possible to place the AIO radiator in the other side, either front or top (pipes long enough)?

15-07-2014, 15:10:46

Dicehunter
40 minutes ?, Hmm I think this requires my large OC3D coffee mug


http://i.imgur.com/7m1ByPT.png

15-07-2014, 16:03:09

RickPlaysWarr
Man, this would have been a Hard choice if it was around when I built the Hackintosh in the 250D. Its a bit bigger, but I would have room for a full loop when I want to get there.

Tom, crikey, man you did it again!!! Now I got the itchy scratchy I want to buy one feeling! The only other MATX case I really love is the Parvum Systems one, and I would have to import it from the UK.

Ok, step away from the credit card Rick!

15-07-2014, 16:13:28

MaddenShadow
Can someone explain the you mama so fat thing?

15-07-2014, 16:25:20

RickPlaysWarr
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Can someone explain the you mama so fat thing?
It's a cliche joke introduction at least here in the states, there are a million bad jokes that start that way like

Quote:
Yo mama so fat she left the house in high heels and when she came back she had on flip flops.

Yo mama so fat she sat on an iPhone and turned it into an iPad

Yo mama so fat she went to KFC to get a bucket of chicken they asked her what size and she said the one on the roof

Yo momma so fat she sued xbox 360 for guessing her weight
http://www.jokes4us.com/yomamajokes/...ofatjokes.html

It may be an american humor thing

--Rick--

15-07-2014, 16:28:03

MaddenShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by RickPlaysWarr View Post
It's a cliche joke introduction at least here in the states, there are a million bad jokes that start that way like

--Rick--
Okay, should have been more clear I know what the jokes are, but I was wondering why they were in this review

15-07-2014, 16:31:12

RickPlaysWarr
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Okay, should have been more clear I know what the jokes are, but I was wondering why they were in this review
I think its just because we are seeing a bit of a trend in new cases, instead of going tall and deep, they go fat and separate the compartments.

--Rick--

15-07-2014, 20:43:17

Wargod56
Nice case, prefer this to the 540 any day, would love to try and mod a second system into it.

15-07-2014, 23:12:42

metalgun2000
I gotta say, I think I'm liking this little guy over my 540. It would have been perfect with Sniper M5 since it has 5 expansion slots and I'm already SLI'ed. It would have taken some finagling to get the h100i and dual h110's as well but I have to mod the 540 to get the 2nd h110 in there anyway. It's definitely got the brain juices flowing with ideas.
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