Computex 2015: Fractal Design Launches Mini ITX Node 202 Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2015 - 07:06 PM |
Tagged: SFX PSU, SFF, node 202, mini ITX, HTPC case, fractal design, computex 2015, computex

Fractal is showing off several new products at Computex, but the one that caught my eye was the new Node 202 which is a small form factor Mini ITX case perfect for the living room. The thin case is all black with a metal texture finish, rounded corners, and diagonal ventilation grilles along the sides and top. The 10.2 liter capacity case measures 377mm x 88mm x 332mm (including case feet) and can accommodate SFX power supplies, Mini ITX motherboards, and a dedicated graphics card.

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The front of the case has two USB 3.0 ports and two audio jacks in the bottom left corner next to the power button. Large filtered vents are located on the right, top, and bottom of the case while the left side has a thin grill along the bottom. Needless to say, there is plenty of room for airflow and the case would do well with both air cooled and fanless systems. Users can mount the case horizontally or vertically using an included stand. Interestingly, the Node 202 divides the case into two separate chambers to isolate the graphics card from the CPU, motherboard, and power supply to facilitate cooling.

Internally, the Node 202 has room for a Mini ITX or Thin Mini ITX motherboard with CPU coolers up to 56mm tall, a 130mm SFX power supply, and a dual slot graphics card up to 310mm in length. Users can install up to two 120mm fans in the GPU chamber. Storage support tops out at two 2.5" hard drives or solid state drives (SSDs).

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Fractal Design is also offering a version of the Node 202 bundled with its Integra SFX 450W power supply. The 80+ Bronze power supply will come with custom length cables and connectors designed specifically for the Node 202. It is covered by a 3 year warranty.

The PSU-less Node 202 will have a MSRP of $79.99 while the Node 202 with bundled PSU will be $139.99. Both models will be available soon in the US.

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June 4, 2015 | 08:05 PM - Posted by Mnemonicman

Next time I build an itx pc I might just pick one of these up with the PSU. Assuming a PC running a i5 4690 and a 7970 or 780 would work with a 450W psu.

June 4, 2015 | 09:32 PM - Posted by warmon6 (not verified)

Well, before the sfx 450W+ psu came around, people were running Core i7 4790ks and titan blacks (not the newer titan X) and running just fine off a such 450W sfx psu's.

Didn't leave much power left over for overclocking though.

Just this entire thread from the RVZ01 early days you help you

But there is the 600w SFX psu (using in my RVZ01 case), and if the specs for the case are correct, it could also support the SFX-L psu (130mm long is the longest these SFX-L psu are going).

Currently 500w is out will other models comming. Which is more than enough and could give you a little bit of overclocking room if desired.

June 5, 2015 | 10:26 AM - Posted by Mnemonicman

Good to know. Was going to get the RVZ01 but just never found the time. So long as i'm not overclocking it should work. Maybe better if I use my 780 when I upgrade the primary PC.

June 5, 2015 | 11:20 AM - Posted by Mnemonicman

Huh posted the comment twice. Oops.

June 4, 2015 | 10:58 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

That configuration should work off a quality 450W PSU, yeah.

June 5, 2015 | 05:52 AM - Posted by Dood (not verified)

I had the occasional blue screen with a 4670k@4.2GHz and a 780 on a 450W SFX Gold PSU. Couldn't really track down the problems but since I also had a few more when the system had a 290X in it, I'm sure it was a starved of power occasionally. Zero problems since I got a 980 into it.

June 5, 2015 | 10:49 AM - Posted by SheepInACart (not verified)

YOu can buy this case without a PSU, and silverstone sell good quality SFX PSU's up to 600w in the non-long variation, which is plenty of power. Heck, it'll even run a 5960X clocked to something sensible like 4.0-4.2ghz and TitanX. Although in this case that'd probably just result in thermal throttling unless you where using an external cooling system.

June 5, 2015 | 09:59 AM - Posted by jessterman21 (not verified)

This is SUCH a nice design. Mmmmmmm...

June 5, 2015 | 04:04 PM - Posted by funandjam

Very sleek, nice design!

I know dimensions are given which is great, but it would be nice to see a picture of it sitting next to an xbone or ps4 to give some perspective on it's size as compared to a console.

June 17, 2015 | 07:31 PM - Posted by Barfly (not verified)

Do people that read this page know the size of a Xbox1? and if so why?

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