Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC Case Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

 Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC Case Review  



Swedish company Fractal Design have already embedded themselves firmly into the extremely competitive world of PC components and in particular PC cases. With products such as the Arc, Core and Define (now in it's 4th iteration), their designs leaning heavily towards sleek and understated, with a firm "less is more" underpinning the company mission statement. With the groundwork already completed and their ability to produce strong silent high quality cases it is then perhaps not surprising to see them add an HTPC case to their product line up. The Node 605 is able to accept Micro and Mini ITX along with DTX and more importantly ATX boards. It's also able to accept GPUs up to 290mm so there should be no problem finding a home for all but the very largest graphics cards. With those two boxes ticked it looks very likely that although the Node 605 is aimed at the HTPC market, it may well be able to house a pretty powerful system, perhaps enabling Hi-Res Living room gaming on a system that will please "She who wears the trousers"


Technical Specification.

We're seen that the Node doesn't limit us too much with regards to our choice of Motherboard and GPU, but what about the rest of the features? Well we're please to say the good news continues.


motherboard compatibilityATX, microATX, Mini ITX, DTX
expansion slots7
HDD / SSD4 - supports either 2.5" or 3.5"
Optical storage1 slim-line ODD (only supported with mATX or smaller motherboards)
Case dimensions (W x H x D): 445 x 164 x 349 mm
Net weight6,0 kg
Cooling / ventilation

5 (3 - 120mm + 2 - 80mm)

2 – 120mm Silent Series R2 fans included


PSU compatibility:

180 mm (including any modular connectors) with both hard drive cages mounted or 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

Graphics card compatibility:

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



Removable air filters for side fans and PSU

Integrated three-channel fan controller

Front interface

2 - USB 3.0

1 - FireWire (IEEE 1394)

1 - 3.5mm audio in (microphone)

1 - 3.5mm audio out (headphone)

Power button with LED





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Most Recent Comments

02-01-2013, 08:23:40


This might be a nice case for my dads pc that I'll be building in a few months... he wants something really compact. I'll have to read through this once I get home! Quote

02-01-2013, 13:09:55

Nice review, im loving fractals gear from the past year or so.

Any idea if a h100 could fit along the left hand side ?


I guess it should looking at the specs - 164mm height and the h100 rad is 120mm, might need a bit of modding though...Quote

03-01-2013, 00:08:08

Who the heck has a VHS now days?

But it does look like a nice clean and functional/preforming case.
Not often you get them all together you either have looks or air flow.
Nice review.Quote

03-01-2013, 05:41:35

nice review as always...
the case just looks amazing, it would be ideal for a htpcQuote

03-01-2013, 17:42:59

I really would be interested whether space between Mobo and inner-side of the case is wide enough to fit 27mm deep radiator for water AIO cooling. I would place a fan outside with dust filter on top of It. I did write to Fractal Design, unfortunately no response. Would reviewer be so kind to measure It for us? posibleQuote

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