The Mini-ITX form factor has become quite a popular choice amongst the enthusiast and entertainment communities in the last 6 months. Since manufacturers began to release motherboards with the Intel Z77 chipset things have really gathered momentum due to the wealth of benefits that Ivy Bridge CPUs deliver. With demand for Mini-ITX based systems using Z77 clearly being there, case manufacturers have had their work cut out, downsizing their computer chassis and designing fresh new models to handle the smaller form factor. The task at hand isn’t an easy one, designing and building a case with such a condensed area is a difficult commission, especially since many will be wanting the inside to be as tight as possible if the system is to sit next to a family home entertainment setup.
Today it is the turn of Fractal Design to show us their worth in the Mini-ITX arena with the Node 304. Node 304 has typical Fractal Designing styling; minimalist, sleek and elegant and its design is compact yet still accommodates three cooling fans.
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