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Case

Fractal Design - Node 202 HTPC Case

(41 Ratings, 4.5 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Fractal Design

Part #

FD-CA-NODE-202-BK

Manufacturer

Fractal Design

Type

HTPC

Color

Black

Power Supply

None

Side Panel Window

No

Front Panel USB 3.0

Yes

Motherboard Form Factor

Mini ITX

Full-Height Expansion Slots

2

Half-Height Expansion Slots

0

Maximum Video Card Length

310 mm / 12.205"

Internal 2.5" Bays

2

Price History

    Reviews

    OccamAsylum
    • 53 points
    • 37 months ago

    from completed build Definitely Not A Console

    I wanted to do a build in this case for so long and I'm glad I was finally able to. It's definitely a challenge to work in, but well worth it in the end. It's about the size of an XBOX One, so you can definitely travel with it (as I have!). I would highly recommend buying a power supply with flat cables for this case and if it's in your budget, get a motherboard with an m.2 slot. Taking the SSD cage out frees up a bit of extra room for cable management.

    I have only two complaints about this case:

    The clips for the bottom panel. They're incredibly frustrating to pull back. The fact that they're plastic as well worries me, because once they're broken that's it.

    The front IO can easily be damaged when attempting to place the guts back onto the bottom panel. Just be careful about making sure it's aligned properly.

    I accidentally bought two of these on Amazon, so I look forward to a second future build in this case.

    Eibe
    • 38 points
    • 23 months ago

    from completed build Ryzen 202

    God bless ITX cases that fit full-sized GPUs. Love the case, elegant and can host a powerful rig for its size. However, lookout for GPU width, my Sapphire RX 580 was apparently too large and didn't fit part of the case which had to be cut off (unless I did something wrong). Not too bothered as it was only 5mm. You can check my build pics to see what I mean.

    EDIT: Removed one star (from 5 to 4) because of how complicated cleaning filters is with this case.

    lucasmalacas
    • 32 points
    • 34 months ago

    from completed build Tyrion PC Build

    Star of the build. You really have to want a small build if you're getting this case. It is difficult to build in specially if you care about cable management. It doesn't have a window so nobody would see those nasty cables but personally it would bother me knowing that I have a mess inside the case even if I don't see it.

    thekojent
    • 31 points
    • 20 months ago

    from completed build Entry Level Morty

    Superbly designed case, easy to work in with removable panels and brackets. Custom cables are a must for a clean build, though!

    yenic
    • 28 points
    • 15 months ago

    from completed build Ryzen X Gon' Give It To Ya

    This was my favorite case on the market, but I would now by the Cryorig Tatu. I'm tired of towers after 20 years of them, and wanted to return to my 1980s roots with a true desktop. This case isn't as good of quality as my preferred brand, Lian Li, but it does work. I'd prefer they made it a little higher build quality, tweaked the oddball design choices, made it just a bit taller to fit 65mm coolers such as the Noctua NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 with the filter in and raised the price. Consider about 58mm your max heatsink/fan height in this case with the filter.

    RexlanVonSquish
    • 26 points
    • 23 months ago

    from completed build Ghost

    Amazing use of the terrifically small volume this case fills. That said, it's also not very intuitive to build in at all, so definitely READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL FIRST. The instructions are very clear on how to build in this case.

    Airflow is obviously not quite up to par with other cases- even other ITX cases- but actually still better than one would expect, especially if you can get a larger-diameter down-firing CPU cooler to pull air through the 140mm vent over the CPU chamber. There's also room for a pair of 120mm fans on the GPU side of the case- I highly suggest putting a pair of static pressure fans to go in on that side.

    ZRDH
    • 25 points
    • 39 months ago

    from completed build Aragon Upgraded

    This case has very limited space to work in but once your build is complete, you will feel like you have conquered the world. The cables had to be managed really well to optimise the temperatures of the components.

    Pros: Impossible form factor.

    Cons: The slits at the bottom of the gpu chamber didn't allow my gpu to fit in it. I have to pry the tiny openings out to get it to fit. Taking out the skeleton from the bottom portion has to be done from the back to the front to avoid damaging the ports on the front.

    I even managed to fit in a 3.5 inch drive in the case. Check out my build for more details.

    I love this case very much.

    TheAlexHenrik
    • 25 points
    • 14 months ago

    from completed build mITX Build in the Node 202

    LOVE this case. So well built, and it can have quite a bit of hardware in it.

    theonetim
    • 23 points
    • 23 months ago

    from completed build Portable "Workstation"

    Pretty well designed, with some flaws that keep it from perfection. The front panel USB header is way too long and unwieldy. It also is a tight fit between the fan and front panel board. The threading for one of the bolts holding the GPU frame in was also stripped on my case. Finally, the screws included with the case are pretty crappy, some of them are already starting to strip.

    bhillyer
    • 20 points
    • 24 months ago

    Good case for the money, but had multiple holes that you had to push to get the screws out, or couldn't use thee right screws. Some of the assigned screws would work in some hole, but then stripped in the others. I triple checked to make sure I was using the right screws, this was strictly a fit and finish issue.

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