Fractal Design Node 202 Mini ITX Case w/ 450W Power Supply

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Monday, March 18, 2019
By: Andrew C
From: Edmonton

Good for portability the living room

Strengths:

Reasonably thought out. Nice understated appearance. Allows fairly large GPUs to be installed. Can sit vertically or horizontally without issue, even in a TV stand if there's some airflow. Decent isolation between GPU and CPU thermal zones. You can fit a small AIO CPU cooler with a small mod. Although I didn't pursue a water cooled solution, this would likely limit you to a max. GPU length of about 140 ~ 150mm, which puts you in the GTX 1050 Ti class card as of this writing (Mar 2019)... probably not worth it.

Weaknesses:

You must disassemble the case to clean air filters. One star removed. Other "weaknesses" are those associated with the nature of all SFF cases.

Additional Comments:

This 10.2 liter case is a bit bigger than an old Xbox but you can pack some respectable hardware. Coupled with the right cooling solutions (I suggest the low profile Noctua cooler for the CPU and a couple of high static pressure fans under the GPU to provide positive case pressure) you can build a gaming rig for the living room or for portability. I am running an Intel i5-9400F processor and a GTX 1060 GPU with no problems with thermals or noise. With an upgraded power supply (600W), you could probably use a more powerful GPU. The limiting factor with this case is probably CPU cooling. Use a 65W processor and don't expect overclocking.
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