First up I would like to thank Lihan from Fractal Design APAC for choosing OCAU to run the competition to review the new Node 804, and also of course for choosing my name as one of the ten reviews to be done. The case arrived via courier in our driveway whilst we were loading the furniture truck to move house, so apologies that this review has been a little while in the making. For the people not familiar with Fractal Design, they are a Swedish based company bringing Scandinavian designed products to the PC world. Full details for the new Node 804 can be found here. It is a dual chamber design Micro-ATX case so basically a cube, and can no doubt serve as HTPC, File Server or even Gaming Station quite comfortably, given it is very much on the large side as far as Micro-ATX cases go. First Impressions: After unboxing and ripping all the panels off the case, which took about 2 minutes, I really was quite astonished! This case is a monster, and would put some dedicated gaming cases to shame. it can hold up to 12 hard drives comfortably, and if you wanted to build a jet turbine you can with 10 fan positions provided as well. There are also 5 possible locations for 240/280mm Radiators. The finish of the case is really quite beautiful, with the aluminium front panel, full mesh top cover, and included window, it really does look very stylish. The front panel pops off easily and can hold 2xSSD's and also a slimline DVD player. The top cover is plastic, fits well and has an all mesh insert holding a foam dust filter in place. Speaking of dust filters, there are 2 on the front, and 2 underneath as well, and those are quite easily just slid out for cleaning. In fact the attention to details is really good, things like 8 included rubber grommets for mounting hard drives to the floor of the case, and the included three fan controller with 3 speed settings are great touches, especially seeing a lot of smaller motherboards have limited fan headers. Overall I could not wait to rip into the build, and see what this case could provide. The design brief for this build is basically my Wifes first ever new PC, as she has always just inherited my hand me downs in the past. So a general duties PC, with the ability to game as well. Parts Used: New Parts purchased for the build included Intel i5 4690K Asrock Z97 Pro4 Transcend SSD370 256G GSkill Sniper 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 2133 Coolermaster Nepton 140XL AIO Cooler Parts I had lying about included Sapphire Radeon R290 Antec Tru Power 650W PSU Hitachi 320G 3.5 Drive The Build: My initial plan was to mount the 140mm radiator to the top of the case, exhausting heat through the roof. This was however thwarted by Coolermaster using massive heads on the mounting screws, almost like allen key heads. These prevented the top cover from clipping back on, so that plan was abandoned. At this point I realised I could use a 120mm fan on the radiator to mount it to the front of the case as an intake, and thats where it ended up, as the fixed length hoses just neatly reached through the central divider, over the RAM and onto the CPU. I then removed the included fan from the rear of the PSU Bay and utlised it in front of the GPU, replacing it with the spare Coolermaster JetFlo Fan. As a side note, those JetFlo fans were insanely noisy, but that was fixed by setting the BIOS settings to SILENT, ah, peace returned! Next in went the Antec TruPower 650W PSU and that was the PSU bay completed, after using the included straps to tie down a few cables. The Asrock Z97 Pro4 fit beautifully after fitting the included M/B Standoffs. The case can also take a Mini-ITX board, but really why would you with this much room. Fitting the Transcend SSD370 and Hitachi Hard Drive to the floor of the case was a snap with the included screws and grommets, thereby leaving room for another six hard drives, even with the radiator removing one Hard Drive cage. I was concerned about fitting the Radeon R290 given I had just put a fan in front of it, but should not have been as there was plenty of room to spare. Everything looks pretty neat in the M/B Bay now, and I especially like the white highlights provided by the 3 included 120mm fans, and also the white PCI-e slot covers. Still on the black and white theme, the white HDD led under the bottom right hand corner of the case shines directly down onto your desk and looks way cool too. At this point the build was pretty much complete, I just tidied up a few cables and installed Win7 Pro 64bit from a borrowed DVD drive, as I was too lazy to setup a USB stick for the install. I have to say that if Coolermaster had supplied normal screws for the 140XL, then this build would have actually taken next to no time at all. Everything fit, everything just worked, and the finish, plus included fittings and fans were perfect. In fact with the fan controller set on low, this case is near silent, even with six fans running under high load. The CPU runs Folding@Home for OCAU team under boky's name, and the 140XL does a mighty job of holding the temps around 65 degrees, but is actually the noisiest part of the case, as this load ramps the pump speed up a bit. By no means actually noisy, but turn off Folding and the case becomes dead silent, so you can tell its working hard, just. My wife doesn't notice its on at all sitting right next to her, maybe I'm just attuned to PC noises. Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Conclusion: The Node 804 is by far the most stylish, and well thought out case I have ever had the pleasure of working with. The included extras of 3 fans and a fan controller make perfect sense for a Micro-ATX case and also work well. To be honest I am really struggling to think of anything that needs improvement, except maybe for the fact that you can only use both 140mm fan slots or none in the roof of the PSU Bay due to the Hard Drive cage rails all being double sided and blocking the fan holes unless you remove them all. A minor quibble really, you could either cut the end ones into single sided, or just use the front mount as I did. If you are after a cool Micro-ATX case with loads of room, and have the space (it really is quite large) then I have to say it would be well worth considering the Node 804, even at its $160AUD price tag, as its the super deluxe version of Micro-ATX!