Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC Case Review
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Traditional home theater cases tend to be small and only have the spacing to fit entry level hardware such as mATX motherboards and graphics cards that under 9-inches. So, in most cases it is hard to build an enthusiast grade PC in a HTPC case. The Fractal Node 605 though, takes the HTPC case design to the extreme by giving users the ability to install a full ATX motherboard as well as a graphics card up to 11 inches in length. Additionally, the Node 605 can accommodate up to 4 hard drives (SSD, or HDD) and it also comes with a duo of Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans.
The exterior of the Fractal Node 605 uses a minimalistic design that includes a brushed aluminum front panel and an all-black body. This allows it to integrate nicely into any home theater, and the case also includes noise-dampening materials so the fans won’t be disturbing when watching a movie, or gaming.
The build quality of the Fractal design Node 605 is also top notch. The skeleton of the case uses heavy duty steel that gives it a sturdy structure and that high quality feel enthusiasts demand. Of course with all the features and build quality, this case is going to cost a bit more than your standard run-of-the-mill HTPC, and at $159 it is up there with models designed by SilverStone and Lian Li. After going over the features and support of this case though, it could be well worth the price and a good alternative to SilverStone, who has owned the HTPC market for some time.