Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC Case

Introduction:

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What can I say about Fractal Design that hasn’t already been said? They’ve been on the enthusiast computer case scene a couple of years now, and they have improved by leaps and bounds. When someone has valid input, or recommends a design change, they listen. They are driven by enthusiasts to make the best products for enthusiasts. Their cases have good value for money and have style above others. Well, today, I get a look at Fractal Design’s Node 605 HTPC case. A clean looking black case that will fit in with your high end audiophile components. As with all Fractal Design cases, it was designed in Sweden for that clean, simple, “Scandinavian look” (Think Ikea?).

Specifications: (From the Fractal Design Website)

Key features:

  • Solid aluminum front panel
  • Supports full ATX motherboards
  • Noise-dampening material
  • 4 HDD/SSD slots
  • Integrated card reader
  • Two Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans included
  • Supports graphic cards up to 280mm in length (180mm with all hard drives in place)
  • USB 3.0 and FireWire front connectors

Specifications:

  • ATX, microATX, Mini ITX, DTX motherboard compatibility
  • 7 expansion slots
  • 4 – supports either 2.5″ or 3.5″ HDD / SSD
  • 1 slim-line ODD (only supported with mATX or smaller motherboards)
  • PSU compatibility: 180 mm (including any modular connectors) with both hard drive cages mounted 190 mm (excluding cables and any modular connectors) with one hard drive cage mounted
  • CPU cooler compatibility: Approx 125mm with side-mounted fans For coolers with top-mounted fans, Fractal Design recommends that you add at least 30 mm clearance for decent airflow
  • Case dimensions (W x H x D): 445 x 164 x 349 mm (excluding front panel – 440 x 162 x 341 mm)
  • Net weight: 6,0 kg

Cooling system:

  • 5 fan slots total (3 – 120mm + 2 – 80mm)
  • 2 – 120mm Silent Series R2 fans included
  • Removable air filters for side fans and PSU
  • Integrated three-channel fan controller (included)

Graphic card compatibility:

  • 180 mm with both hard drive cages mounted
  • 255 mm with one hard drive cage mounted
  • 290 mm in the top two ATX expansion card slots with two hard drive cages mounted
  • 280 mm in the top four ATX expansion card slots with one hard drive cage mounted, containing one 3.5″ HDD and one 2.5″ SSD

Front interface:

  • 2 – USB 3.0
  • 1 – FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • 1 – 3.5mm audio in (microphone)
  • 1 – 3.5mm audio out (headphone)
  • 1 – card reader
  • Power button with LED
  • HDD LED

Additional information:

  • EAN/GTIN-13: 7350041080985
  • UPC: 817301010986
  • Product code: FD-CA-NODE-605-BL

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10 thoughts on “Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC Case

  1. Nice review Greg. I prefer HTPC cases to have the PSU on the I/O side of the motherboard as opposed to the Expansion slot side. Simply because the CPU power is almost always on the I/O side. With the PSU mounted where it is currently, You’d likely have to get an extension for the CPU power, or run it over the motherboard, which I don’t prefer.

    Looks like a mighty fine case, and I like the nice subtle look, and that they didn’t plaster their name across the front like it was an important feature like some companies have.

  2. Nice review i like this case and agree turning the PSU flat down with a exhaust fan. Also agree a AIO would do well . I managed to score a Silverstone HTPC case from a computer swap meet. Someone didn`t want it. dang it USB 3 aswell and not a scratch on it. I have a plan in the works for it which i will post a build log. Just might turn a head or 2.

  3. Doesn’t look like there’s enough room under the front door to leave in a wireless USB receiver, even one of the tiny Logitech unifying receivers… anyone know if that is for sure the situation? Would suck to have to leave that door open.

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