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Item#: N82E16811123113

CHENBRO ES30068-BK-150 Black SECC Pedestal Server Chassis 150W

  • 150W
  • 1 60mm Fans
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Model

Brand
CHENBRO
Model
ES30068-BK-150

Spec

Chassis Type
Pedestal
Color
Black
Case Material
SECC
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini-ITX , Mini-DTX
Power Supply
150W

Expansion

Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB

Cooling System

60mm Fans
1

Physical Spec

Dimensions
10.24" x 5.51" x 10.24"

Features

Features
1 x 70mm Fans
1 x Internal 2.5" Drive Bay

Slender trim with metallic black coating
Blue LED in front panel
Colorful LED indicators
Compact size with general-purpose storage
Segmented M/B and HDD design

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


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  • Andrew K.
  • 1/5/2010 3:15:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWanted to like it, not what I hoped for

Pros: Lowish cost, good form factor, cool blue LED, slick looking

Cons: -the front panel is almost impossible to remove without breaking the clips on the left side (I got it the first time, the second time my clips broke)

-thermal design flaw: if you look at the pictures it's not immediately obvious but the main compartment is split into two parts with the metal sheet that the mobo rests on. This means that each area (the side with the power supply, or the side with the mobo) has its own fan, and not much air flow. You can disconnect the fans and have this thing run hot, or you can turn this thing on and have it run loud, but you can't fix both

-lots of useless bells and whistles (case intrusion switch, 4 hdd leds on the front panel)

Other Thoughts: This is the most frustrating case I've ever owned
-the front panel clips are a pain
-having to slide out the mobo to access the other half of the case is a pain
-the bajillion lights on the front that don't hook up to anything on my D945GCLF2 mobo are a disappointment
-the fans are loud
-bad design for airflow

I'm considering buying N82E16811147131 or N82E16811154093 as a replacement, this case frustrates me so much.

This may not be the case's fault, maybe I just bought the wrong thing, but this didn't suit my needs.

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  • Kenneth W.
  • 12/17/2009 2:02:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood case for price

Pros: This case looks cool, and is relatively small for a server case. It can hold 2 x 3.5" hard disks.

Cons: The hard disks can only be removed when the front panel is removed. Unfortunately the only way to get the front cover off is by pressing in the plastic latches inside the case. 2 of the 4 plastic latches are buried and can only be accessed by reaching in with a screwdriver or other tool. This seems like bad planning for a server case.

Other Thoughts: I rated the case 4 stars because of the bad latch planning as explained above. It makes a small amount of noise, and would only be noticed in a very quiet or completely silent environment.

This case got built around an Atom 330 motherboard and a 1.5 TB hard disk running Debian Linux and is serving as a home fileserver. Cheaper and more flexible than a dedicated NAS.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/4/2009 6:34:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAppeared promising, but failed to deliver

Pros: The appeared to be very well designed and comes with a nice PSU. There are 2 dedicated hot-swap drive bay, as well as a ton of LEDs that can be connected to indicate the status of each drive. PSU, mobo and HDs are all in separate compartments, which allows for better heat management.

Cons: I was disappointed as soon as I tried to take the case apart. There was no manual of any kind, not even on the website. I was under the impression that the HD trays would be easily accessible to facilitate easy replacement of the hard drives. That is not the case. You first have to remove the front bezel, which requires you to take off the side first. Even though I was very careful, the 2 tabs on the left side broke off when removing the front. HD trays are well designed, but not easily accesible, which defeats their purpose.

Trying to access the mobo tray was a nightmare and took many tries, since it's not entirely a logical process.

Other Thoughts: This could easily be a 5 egg case if only there was a manual for it and there was easier access to the HD trays. It's a very nice concept, looks good and it's practical.

It had a lot of potential, but personally, I felt like it did not deliver what it promised.

I used it for my WHS box that also hosts my MCE content and serves as a headless bittorrent client ;).

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  • Hector M.
  • 11/23/2009 9:07:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAn excellent chassis

Pros: It's a very nice chassis. Once you get it apart, then get it all back together, I think you will be pleased.

Very well designed, has many LED connectors (many more than you may ever want or need). Compartments separate airflow, hard drives get their own fan. Room for an extra 60mm fan in front. I was able to fit the included 70mm fam (15mm thick) on a Zotac IONITX-D-E board with no clearance problems.

It's also attractive, it looks good enough to use as a SFF pc chassis. There is a clear strip that lights up with a blue LED.

Cons: No instructions, I found that odd given the excellent overall quality. . Case top cover not easy to pull off (for example, I cannot pull off the top cover to reverse the small included top fan so it pulls air out). The power and reset switches were reversed on my chassis (easy enough to correct). The front cover is a challenge and needs a minor tweak to prepare it for real use (see my other thoughts).

Other Thoughts: To pull the motherboard tray out, I found it easiest to undo the screws for the power supply and back of the chassis, as well as the two small tapered screws on the inside. I did this as the power cable for the fans was routed around the slide-in mount for the PSU, preventing me from pulling the tray out.

If you are using a laptop hard drive inside, it goes in front of the motherboard. Put the laptop drive in before the mainboard - you will see why!

The front cover is more than a little bit difficult. If you look closely at the side cover where the "impossible to remove" tabs are, you can see that the plastic side cover itself is what keeps the side tabs in place. I ended up popping the appearance cover off the front cover (it's a two-piece part), and using a broad thin screwdriver to add a touch of clearance to the sheetmetal retainer portion. Now, in the future when I need to swap in a drive, I can easily pull the cover off.

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  • David L.
  • 11/17/2009 7:57:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood overall

Pros: Solid, no sharp edges inside. Well thought out design. I have several of these out in production as NASes for customers.

Cons: No manual even on website.
Front is difficult to take off.
Supplied CPU fan is weak.

Other Thoughts: To take off the front, you really have to trust the clips won't break. Unlatch the visible ones, then angle the front about 15 degrees. Apply a little pressure downward while simultaneously forcing the still-clipped-in-side outward. It will pop out.

You will probably need to buy a 4 pin power extension: Item#:N82E16812198005

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  • Brandon H.
  • 7/2/2009 8:25:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWell thought out but not perfect

Pros: Perfect fit for an Intel Atom motherboard. Installing the board and drives was easy, though the as-delivered routing of power cables was not optimal.

There are lots of LEDs on the front (power, HDD, HD1, HD2, HD3, HD4, LAN).

Cons: Arrived with no documentation, as a result it was challenging to discover how the motherboard tray slides out.

Came with all the screws needed, except two for the 2.5" drive.

Other Thoughts: Came with all needed cables, except a PATA ribbon for the 2.5" drive. It did have a 3rd SATA cable and power cord however.

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