Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC Case Review
Published: 2nd January 2013 | Source: Fractal Design | Price: £139 |
Up Close: Interior
Removing the sound dampened lid form the 605 reveals what at first appearance certainly appears to be a rather capacious interior for what is we must remember an HTPC case. The case can essentially split into two halves, with the mobo on the left and the Drives and PSU on the right. A central strengthening strut bifurcates the case and also acts a support for the two gloss white HDD/SSD rack.
As we saw from the images of the exterior the left side of the case is fitted for 2x120mm fans. In the anterior most location Fractal have pre fitted one of their low noise silent series R2 fans operating at 850rpm on their lowest speed they produce 28.8cfm and only 12dBA of noise. Click the fan controller up to the high speed setting and the figures change to 1200rpm, 40.6cfm 15dBA. The white blades again adding a degree of contrast to what would otherwise have been a dull monochromatic interior. The front I/O connections are all neatly wired into a loom protruding from underneath some protective aluminium plates. Not only is it great to see all the wires (including the fan cables) are braided black, but also nice to see that some thought has gone into protecting these potentially vulnerable cable terminations.
Over to the other side now where we see the case essentially split in two. The two large white structures to the front are the HDD/SSD hangers. These are removed by means of a grub screw at either end enabling the drives of your choice to be fitted. Behind the drive racks we find the PSU bay. The Node 605 is able to accept PSUs up to 180mm in length including any modular fittings with both of the drive racks mounted, or 190mm in length excluding any modular cables with only the anterior rack mounted. In practice if you want to use both drive racks you'd be better of sticking to a PSU of less than 160mm in order to leave room for your modular cables, as 180mm brings you hard up against the first rack. A PSU with a case length of160mm should be enough PSU for anyone putting a system into a HTPC case though.
With the cross brace and the drive racks removed we get a better view of the interior in all its minimalist glory. We mentioned earlier that Fractal have included an R2 fan on the left of the case, well it's nice to see they've given us a matching pair. The fans are set to push/pull air through the case, with both being grilled and filtered on the inside and outside respectively. The PSU mount to the rear right of the case as mentioned above is capacious but oddly devoid of any form of sound or vibration dampening, although a filtered 120mm fan cut out is provided to help your PSU breath if you mount it with the fan set to intake air from outside the case. In the top right of the top left image you can also make out the interior of the optical drive bay slot. Should you wish to use one of these now practically antiquated drives it's worth noting that you're going to need a slim one, and sill also need to err away from the full size ATX board.