The Front Panel

The Node 605 has an 8 mm-thick aluminum front panel, making it look like home theater equipment, which is the desired effect. A small door is available at the bottom part of the front panel, hiding the optical drive bay and the available connectors. The Node 605 supports slim optical drives, which can only be installed if your motherboard is not a full ATX model.

Fractal Design Node 605Figure 4: Front panel

The reviewed case comes with a FireWire port, two USB 3.0 ports, the traditional audio jacks, and a memory card reader, supporting the CF, SD, and microSD formats. The USB 3.0 ports use an internal connector.

Fractal Design Node 605Figure 5: Connectors


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