Fractal Design Node 202 mini-ITX Chassis Review



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Interior


The top panel is easily removed by undoing the four screws on the base of the chassis.

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On the interior, you’ll find a clip-on washable dust filter. Although it’s tricky to reach for a quick clean, it’s certainly a welcome addition to the chassis.

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The interior is split into zones, with the far side taking up the GPU mounting area and the motherboard and PSU in the other.

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It’s quite a compact design, so cable routing will be a little tricky, but there are numerous cable tie loops around all major areas, allowing you to keep things in order.

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There’s a huge amount of space for the graphics card, with lots of ventilation and a dust filter to keep things clean.

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In the GPU bay, you’ll find this little angular support, that can be moved to butt up against your GPU, helping prevent any droop.

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Towards the front of the GPU area, there are the cables for the front I/O panel. Not sure why Fractal Design opted for a thick USB 3 cable, as they’re difficult to route and a flat one would have been much more practical.

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There are two drive bays available in this removable bracket, which can house two 2.5″ drives; more than enough for a compact system such as this.

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Just behind the drive bay, there is a large cut-out for cables, handy for getting the PSU cables to the GPU.

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The Integra 450W is pre-installed here and comes with all the right connectors to populate the chassis.

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You’ll find connectors for two SATA hard drives, a motherboard (2 x 4-pin), and a GPU (2 x 6+2-pin).

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  • Senpai

    Another Con would be the inability to install any kind of water cooling.

    • Peter Donnell

      Not really, it’s just super slim, if you need WC, buy one of the bigger HTPC style chassis 🙂

  • MoFoQ

    Hmm, is it really “80 Plus Gold”?
    Pic shows a “Bronze” badge.

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