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Fractal Design - Node 202 HTPC Case

( 4.5 Average / 19 Ratings )

Specifications

Manufacturer

Fractal Design

Model

Node 202

Part #

FD-CA-NODE-202-BK

Type

HTPC

Color

Black

Includes Power Supply

No

Internal 2.5" Bays

2

Motherboard Compatibility

Mini ITX

Front Panel USB 3.0 Ports

Yes

Maximum Video Card Length

310mm

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Reviews

ZRDH 23 points 18 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.

PetrasSukys 10 points 18 months ago
from completed build Soulsaver

Very nice case. Period.

Super small, minimalistic, sleek and clean. Full of features and versatile. Of course, not that spacious inside.

Although states that it supports SFX up to 130mm, I have installed one and it is REALLY small amount of space left for cables.

Would I buy another one? Of course.

toshex 17 points 17 months ago
from completed build "Tyrion" - A Node 202 Build

To be honest I expected more from this case. It still looks great and I love it, but there were some issues that you can check in my build.

Some were due to bad calculations on my part, but the issue with the dust filters touching the fan was a bit of a letdown.

Still I managed to sort that out and overall, it's an amazing little case.

Though keep in mind that this is bound to have higher temperatures, and depending on parts that might mean more noise.

OccamAsylum 51 points 16 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.

lucasmalacas 32 points 14 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.

karloswithak 17 points 13 months ago
from completed build Parents' Little Monster

Such an amazing little case. It's a low profile, sophisticated case that demands attention.

It's definitely not the easiest case to build in as the cable management will challenge you but the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction after putting in some hard work is well worth it.

Akck67 14 points 12 months ago
from completed build Gummy Bears (First Build)

Very nice case but I can't give it a perfect score. The plastic clips are rather unnerving to unclip. The rubber feet come off somewhat easily which is annoying. The cable tie hoops are thin and shallow to the point of being nearly unusable. I also really, really don't like that the case doesn't come with a filter for the top vent. But these are all rather small complaints and overall it's a great case.

supernichao 8 points 9 months ago
from completed build mitx Node 202 everyday PC

front panel usb cable too long!

bhillyer 20 points 4 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.

RexlanVonSquish 25 points 3 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.