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Fractal Node 202

Wanted a really compact pc I could take with me while traveling. It was even smaller than I expected when I opened the box. Overall a pretty sleek looking case.

Intel Core i5-6600K & GTX 680

Primary going to be used for gaming and Photoshop/Illustrator, building on a budget so 6600k is perfect. Roommate had a GTX 680 he doesn't use anymore laying around which I will be using until I upgrade.

Samsung 850 EVO

Great price/quality ssd

Asus Z170I Pro Gaming

Amazing motherboard, and it tiny! Almost the size of the Scythe Big shuriken. Lots of ports, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1. On the high end side but totally worth it in my opinion.

Scythe BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B

Here is where the gamble began. Maximum CPU cooler height as stated on Fractals website is 56mm. The Big Shuriken is 58mm. I've seen people building in this case with a Silverstone AR06 which is also 56mm in height so I suspected it would fit. I really wanted this cooler for my build just because it looks awesome. During the build I had my doubts whether it would fit but it sits perfectly and is absolutely silent. The CPU barely exceeds 45 degrees Celsius even under heavy load. The GPU does get quite hot this I suspect this is because of the blower style, which kinda suck at cooling compared to open designs. The chamber separation in the Node 202 makes sure the hot air from the GPU doesn't reach the CPU, which works great considering the temperatures.

Silverstone 500w

Okay so this is not an SFX powersuply but an SFX-L, in which "L" stands for Large I suppose. It was an extremely tight fit. I considered swapping the 2.5" SSD for a M.2 SSD so I could remove the SSD cage and make some more room for cables. However, with some force and tactical cable placement (shoved them under the Shuriken) it fits.

Corsair Air SP120

To feed the GPU some more air I wanted to put two static pressure fans in front of it. I ended up only putting in one because of the poor cable management. After some testing I don't think it influences the temperature that much with this blower style card however I like the idea of it being there so that's something I guess.

Overall really satisfied with how it turned out! In idle it's completely silent. The GPU gets quite hot at load but this is probably because of the blower style. I'll make sure to get an open design when upgrading.

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Love it, good job. +1

I've been obsessed with Fractal Design cases lately and this one in particular I'd love to build in some day. Looks great!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I gotta admit I got quite obsessed with mini itx builds too!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

How good is that 680 now compared to like a 960 or 750ti?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I heard it's about as good as a gtx 960. I definitely do not recommend buying one cause you'll have a hard time running new titles on high or ultra. The only reason i'm using this gtx 680 is because im waiting for Pascal and Polaris to come out before I upgrade .:)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Very solid build! How has the SilverStone PSU worked for you? Never have built with and SFX unit.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's quite an upgrade from my old Cooler Master Storm Trooper. The PSU is working great, makes no noise at all. The only downside is that you'll have to use quite a bit of force to get the cables to fit, which doesn't really feel right.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

For modular PSU's , I keep trying to contact people from like CableMod to do custom length cables.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

+10 for me!

You are right about the GPU style influencing the temperature. This case (like the ML08B from Silverstone) relies on the GPU itself to push the hot air out.
So an open-air GPU would totally work better! (but free GPU is always an easy +1!) ;-)

Also kudos for the cooler!
It sure is a tight fit vertically. But I reckon that it's not that easy to use cables around it. :-)
But this is my first choice for SFF Mini ITX builds.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm amazed by how low the effect of the confined room in the case is on the temperatures. As long as you have a decent sized CPU cooler and some hole for air to go in and escape your temps will be great. Even with cables everywhere (even under the CPU cooler) it works fine. You can kinda smell the plastic cables when the machine gets hot but that might just be because everything just came out of the box. If you plan on building in this case and you're not on a tight budget is suggest getting the smaller PSU, it'll save you some trouble. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

You're welcome! :-)

Yeah, I also love SFF builds for the same reason: if you plan it well your whole system can fit in a very tiny case while still being nice and cosy!
Having a powerful machine the size of a VHS player (or even smaller in this case) always amazes me!!

The cable management doesn't affect temperatures at all! (see Luke's video at LTT)
You are probably right about the plastic smell. But I'd suggest to check your cables to see if they still look pristine or if there are any marks on them.

I do plan to build an SFF computer but in the ML08B. Have a look at my ideas here.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a little afraid to open the case but when the smell get worse i'll give it a look. What do you plan on using your build for?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

OK, let us konw how it goes if you ever investigate it.

Well we are currently using a 4 years old laptop directly connected to our TV to browse the web and watch movies. But it's starting to get old and it gets hot in the TV cabinet sometimes.
So the plan is to build an HTPC fast enough and cool enough (as in cold) for our needs for aroud 500€ (French guy speaking here). ;-)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I love these types of builds! Great job!

+1

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea I was so determined to build in a small case! I had a great time choosing the 'optimal' parts and making sure they would all fit in the case. During the build there were some points when I wondered why I wanted everything to fit in such a small case but in the end it was definitely worth it!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I completed my build and I actually skipped this cooler in favour of the Noctua in my build. You can check in out. Seeing you make it fit is :-OOO.. Nice build anyway!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The Scythe Big Shuriken does an amazing job at cooling. I'm really happy with it. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man! I just ordered the 202 last monday, along with st45sf bronze psu. Went for the smaller and non modular due to concerns with the gold one from some random reviews. I know it's identical as the integra but in my case it was cheaper to get them separate.

Kudos on the shuriken. I am going with Deepcool Gabriel + a slim static pressure fw121 fan, and will put 2 od those fans as intake at the GPU. Got a 270X and I hope the 450W psu does nicely. Does the shuriken touch the cover/filter at all or did you have to take out the filter? (edit: just read the answer to this in another comment lol)

All in all love the build! Have a node 304 atm so I plan to post mine next to it. Real excited to see how much smaller my new case is compared to that.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

One more thing, how plausible is to route the pci-e power cables, the usb 3.0 header cable and other front panel cables behind the drive bracket? I can see there is a gap there. Also there seems to be plenty of room behind the pci-e riser card for a few header cables.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 actually fit without a problem? And if so, is it a slim 120mm so that I couldn't replace the fan?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Your CPU temps are extremely low. Are you sure they are correct?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

So this was tested close to winter, it's summer now so the temps are a bit higher. The CPU cooler however does an excellent job, on idle the cpu temps wont exceed room temperature. When on full load the cooler will start making more noise, but the temperature will not increase by a lot. The GPU cooler is really ****** to be honest. On full load it will reach 97 degrees Celsius easily unless I put the fan on high speed. The sound it makes comes close to a jet engine.

I have an aftermarked cooled AMD 5780, i'm going to try that now, see what the temps will be.

Hope this helped!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B cover one of the RAM slots? Meaning I can only stick 1 stick on the outer slot?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It covers them both, however it doesn't block them. You can fit two sticks in there but you'll have to install the ram first!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU cooler is pressed against the dust filter, however there is some space between the dust filter and the steel mesh of the case itself, around 3-4mm . Even though the dust filter is pressing against the CPU cooler it does not cause any friction for the fan. I assume if this would be the case with a 60mm height cooler, that would still fit. Removing the dust filter will give around half a centimeter more space for a cooler. I can't guarantee anything though. Guess the only way to find out is to try it out yourself!