Fractal Design Node 605 Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on November 14, 2012
The Node 605 is the first HTPC (Home Theater PC) case from Fractal Design, targeted to users who want to build a computer to be connected to their home theater systems. It supports full-size ATX motherboards. Let’s see what the Node 605 has to offer.
The reviewed case is available in only one color: black.
The case comes with one Silent Series R2 120 mm fan at each side panel. The second mesh on the left panel is for the power supply fan, while you can install a third 120 mm fan on the right panel. The case comes with a two-speed fan controller supporting three fans. The fans that come with the case work at 850 rpm/28.8 cfm/12 dBA at low speed and at 1,200 rpm/40.6 cfm/15 dBA at high speed. The product comes with air filters on all available meshes.
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.
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.
The bottom panel is solid, as you can see in Figure 6. The rear panel and the interior of the Fractal Design Node 605 case are painted in black.
The case has seven expansion slots, with white vented covers.
The rear panel supports the installation of two 80 mm fans.
On the Fractal Design Node 605 case, the power supply is installed sideways.
Let’s now take a look inside the Fractal Design Node 605 case.
To open the Node 605, you must remove the top panel, which is attached to the chassis using two regular screws. The top panel has a sheet of dampening material. See Figure 8.
Figure 9 gives you an overall look inside the case. Expansion cards are fastened using regular screws, but at least they are black. In its default configuration, the Fractal Design Node 605 supports video cards up to 7.1” (180 mm) long. If the first hard drive “hanger” is removed, the case supports video cards up to 9.4” (240 mm). With the two hard drive “hangers” removed, the case supports video cards up to 11” (280 mm). The Node 605 supports CPU coolers up to 4.9” (125 mm) tall; however, if your CPU cooler has a fan on its top, the manufacturer recommends it to be up to 3.7” (95 mm) tall for correct airflow.
The power supply is installed sideways with either its bottom fan facing inside the case or facing outside the case, so you can decide if you want the fan of your power supply pulling air from inside the case or from outside of it. As already shown, there is an air filter for the power supply fan on the left panel. The case supports power supplies up to 7.1” (180 mm) deep.
The Fractal Design Node 605 case has one external bay for slim optical drives, which can only be installed if you not using a full ATX motherboard. Internally, the case has two hard drive “hangers,” each one supporting two 3.5” or 2.5” devices. There are rubber rings to reduce noise and vibration of 3.5” hard drives.
The main specifications for the Fractal Design Node 605 case include:
The Fractal Design Node 605 is clearly targeted to users who want to build a nice-looking and quiet HTPC. It has a good set of features; however, its competitors, such as models within SilverStone’s Grandia series, cost less.