Quite qualitatively, I think Fractal Design has done a good job with Node 202. Nothing has broken during assembly despite a bit tough here and there.
Before mounting on this shell, consider the entire layout a couple of times, it takes some planning and foundation to get it nice and above all functional. However, I have difficulty seeing how to make the chassis different / better in any way. You have to take it for what it is, it's a minisystem, and then you have to count on narrow spaces and a lot of cabling.
The assembly I thought was still relatively painless despite the small format.
Removing the bottom plate to access the fan filters that were sitting there was a bit tricky first, but having realized that you had to remove the front / USB / headphone / mick faceplate and start the button (dumshell on, however, with mounting instructions) It was easy with some screwdrivers to help loosen. I've seen several reviewers have complained about this, that it's so hard to access these filters for cleaning, and I can agree on that point. BUT, what I have not seen any of them mention / suggest is why do not pick these filters out and when the building is ready to put them on the outside at the galleries (they attach with magnets)? Placing the filters on the outside also prevents them from being sucked into the fans and causing noise. As you can see in Figure 4 on the chassis here at the price hunt, the plate is folded inwardly into the bottom, which makes the filters fit well on the outside (looks like it should be) and as long as you have the chassis lying down, they still look not if you are worried about it but you still have the opportunity to access them when you need. I would have liked to see that Fractal Design had made a comprehensive filter in the bottom instead of the 2 separate (maybe a little overcurrent), but it was clean aesthetically better at least when the computer was standing. If you were disturbing the appearance of the filters on the outside, it would be a good idea to remove them, but the chassis does not take in as much dust as standing in bed.
CPU cooler problem:
There are certainly many who are thinking about this chassis but often are a little worried about the height of the CPU cooler, and that's all right because it's not any cooler that goes in. Water cooling is more or less excluded if you do not make a heavy modification of the chassis. However, it is possible to insert an air cooler with 58mm height eg Thermalright AXP-100 muscle, if you remove dust cover first otherwise, the smaller format will apply. In spite of this, I would still recommend coolers of the smaller format eg Noctua NH-L9i or Cryorig C7 just because it's already crowded enough in the chassis as it is.
After having had a noise in my Noctua fan, I looked around a bit and realized that it is actually possible to buy better Noctua fans for the cooler that fits in this chassis, for example. NF-A9 PWM 92mm or NF-B9 PWM 92mm. Both move more air than the original fan without directly affecting the noise level, so I would recommend switching directly (however, the longer screws are needed, which is a bit uncertain how to get on, I was lucky to have some lying).
I have not yet run any stress test or overclocking on the CPU but in normal use, it works well with the NH-L9i and the computer is cluttered (which was what I was looking for).
I've received the same question over and over again, why did you buy a 6600K and not a regular 6600? A worthy question and there are several answers to it:
1. At the time of purchase, 6600K was 300: - cheaper than 6600.
2. Should I want to change the chassis for some reason, I still have my 6600K watchmap.
3. 6600K is simply better than 6600 on all points (and +0.2 ghz in basic version). So my question back will always be, why not?
If you buy a Node 202 with the goal of overclocking the CPU to the max, I think you have made a strange choice of chassis.
I have read or viewed any review that an Asus 970 DCU II was not compatible with Node 202 (any problem with any protruding part or the like) but I have not tested myself so I can not verify this unfortunately, I have instead installed an Asus GTX980 DCU II (Update: At present, an MSI 1080 Gaming X is installed and it looks like a snap in this chassis). I was allowed to "make" a separate alternative to graphics card support / support because I could not get your original during assembly (it could certainly have gone but it was way too much work to be worth it). I'm prepared to agree with Vendelator that there would be some better ventilation for the graphics card, but it's hard to get everything.
The network part has not yet complained about the system load, so hopefully it will work with my Corsair SF450.
Note about graphics card selection:
The graphics cards of the brands Gainward and Palit (1070 & 1080) that pick up 3 slots due to the cooler do not fit in this chassis. They could fit clean height and size if it were not for the power cord that goes into the chassis, but even if you remove it, the cooler takes the chassis in the back of the chassis where you attach the graphics card. On Figure 8 you can try a little see the black list that stands out under the two white slots shields and this list unfortunately limits you to 2 slots (you'll get it done so you'll start chopping in parts and there's never something i want to recommend). So rather bet on graphics cards that only take two slots, so you have a much better chance that it will fit, though there is no guarantee that it will fit anyway either. A little pity that Fractal has made this choice of design, you could bring in so much much more powerful graphics cards if they had only made some small changes in the design.
I am ultimately very pleased with this minimalist. It's always more satisfying when you have thought, change and redo to make it ready, instead of just slamming all components of peace of cake, all done.
I will probably update the review as I use the computer, and if I get something that needs to be added or if there are any additional issues, I'll complete it.
Why 9 stars and not 10 ?: It's really only small details (in addition to the limit of graphics card selection) that makes me go 1 star. If you buy your own you will surely understand ...
After spending the computer for a long time now I've tested it a bit more and I would like to mention that I would not recommend having the computer in a tight space (for example, in a narrow TV bench or similar space) it comes get hot if you use similar specifications i have and play for a while, even though i run unlocked on both processor and graphics card. Keep it in a more open space, it should not be a danger. It's hard to expect anything else in such a small format, but I would still like to keep potential buyers, as it said, it can be really hot especially if you run a more demanding game on a higher caliber screen that requires a bit more of the graphics card.
CPU: Intel i5 6600K
Cooler CPU (currently): Noctua NH-L9i with Noctua NF-A9 PWM 92mm fan (Cryorig C7 ended at the time of purchase)
Motherboard: Asus Z170i Pro Gaming
Memories: Corsair Vengeance LPX Black DDR4 2x8GB
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X (fits perfectly and is almost completely silent)
(Previously used graphics card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 Strix DirectCU II OC and
EVGA 980ti FTW, which unfortunately became a bit warmer when playing and brought some more noise)
Power supply: Corsair SF450 450W
Hard Drive 1: Samsung 950 Pro Series (M.2) 256GB
Hard Disk 2: Intel 540s Series 2.5 "SSD 480GB