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CHENBRO ES34169-BK-120 0.7 mm SECC Pedestal Server Chassis 120W

  • 120W
  • 4 Hot-Swap Drive Bays
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  • Daniel M.
  • 12/11/2011 9:36:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect NAS

Pros: 4-HotSwap bays, small, quite, front locking gate, good ventilation, very compact...should i say more?

Cons: does not come with instructions, so download them from the official page.
There is no way to replace the PowerSupport with a more powerfull one :(

Other Thoughts: I bought this case for a miniNAS/MediaServer. this box has proven itself, is quite, and even though is so small and compact it's got good ventilation.

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  • Mario O.
  • 11/3/2011 5:15:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest ITX Case

Pros: This case is beautiful. Looks quality, very easy to work with. Had more accessories than I know what to do with them. Everything included. What a efficient layout, whom ever designed this box deserves an award.

Cons: None. I only wish it was 12 X 10 X 8 if they did, it would be the best seller ever.

Other Thoughts: The Power supply looks OK. I was really scared with the negative comments. So I did a little research and found about three or four PS that would fit fine if I had to replace the original. Of course with little modifications. I would recommend this case to any one.

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  • David S.
  • 9/6/2011 5:33:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIncompatable with my motherboard

Pros: Build quality is good.

Cons: Was incompatible with the motherboard I bought (JetWay JNF99FL-525-LF Intel Atom D525.

At first I suspected a faulty PSU (since I tried another PSU and it worked), so I retured the case to NewEgg as faulty for a replacment. The replacement had the same problem... so I called Chenbro. The tech said that he suspected thier custom PSU was not compatible with Jetway boards.

Long story short, verify board compatibility first (esp. if it's a Jetway).

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  • Michael M.
  • 7/31/2011 1:07:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty awesome

Pros: Small, really nice looking, and can pack some serious power into it. Lots of blinky lights.

Cons: Small. Yes, it's both a pro and a con. Definitely difficult to get in there with my big, fat fingers.

Other Thoughts: I don't really have fat fingers. But this chassis is really great, especially for what I'm using it for. I purchased this for a client build, FreeNAS, and it's perfect for that. The 4-drive hot-swap bays make adding and removing storage a snap. The inside of the chassis is surprisingly well organized. It's basically plug-and-play.

The mini ATX was tough, though, since there actually weren't many available at the time of build that had all the features I needed. The Zotac I went with, however, is great.

This is (coincidentally) the same chassis they use to build the FreeNAS appliance that's currently advertised on the FreeNAS.org site. I found that out afterwards and was pleasantly surprised that I made the same choice.

Overall, I want one now. Sadly, I have to give this one to the client tomorrow.

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  • zachary m.
  • 7/1/2011 10:10:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgood case

Pros: small, quiet

Cons: i have purchased two of these, one came with the optical drive tray and 2.5" - 3.5" hdd adapter. seems hit or miss whether it is in the box

Other Thoughts: perfect case for your home brew server, good luck on whether or not your optical tray is in the box

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/20/2011 6:32:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little case!

Pros: I've had this case running flawlessly now for over 4 months with no problems what so ever. I built this as a file server/iTunes server and have had zero problems with it thus far. It is of excellent build quality and was a breeze to assemble.

Cons: Only cons I can find is the PSU cannot be easily upgraded or replaced if need be.

Other Thoughts: I bought 4 of the 1TB WD AV-GP hard drives for use as a RAID 5 array and I bought a 160GB WD laptop hard drive for use as the OS drive. Some on here have stated that the fans are loud, however mine don't make any sound and I've got the server located on the shelf next to me about 2 feet from my head.

As for the case not including an optical drive mount I was at first a little upset until I realized that 5 hard drives was already pushing the 120w limit.

Shortly I will be ordering the 180W case as my storage needs will soon outgrow the 3TB capacity I currently have. I could just upgrade the Hard Drives but I want to add a DVD Burner since I store ISOs on the server. I currently use the Supermicro motherboard that has the dual core atom, D510, running at 1.66GHz and 6 SATA ports. Even thought the setup is more than fast enough I am going for the 1.8GHz version of the board that sadly newegg doesn't carry.

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  • Marcie H.
  • 6/17/2011 1:22:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: Small! Very Low Power Consumption, also does a great job of using all the space available. Also, perfect for a home server.

Cons: Obviously this case is for a very small home server running some sort of atom or equally low power process. Don't buy this if you're looking for a high power system.

Other Thoughts: I have 4 3TB WD hard drives with 'FreeNAS' serving all my movies, music, pictures etc. All my home computers, media centers, laptops and tablets then have one machine to look at to access any networked file.

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  • John K.
  • 6/13/2011 10:06:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Lots of features in a small case. 4x Hot swap bays, Lockable front door, Integrated SFF power supply. Insanely small and compact, perfect for an Atom or APU based fileserver.

Cons: It's small and difficult to work in. The power supply in this unit is open and only surrounded by some plastic shrouding, as a result it's very easy to accidentally loose a screw into it and short it. Probably what alot of people are experiencing.

Other Thoughts: The supply in this guy is not a standard PC supply nor a standard SFF supply either. So if and when it does go, I'm going to be left at the mercy of Chenbro to either replace it or purchase another unit from them.

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  • Thomas M.
  • 5/7/2011 2:14:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHomicidal PSU the downfall of a beautiful case

Pros: The case's design is quite nice. It is nicely constructed of steel (with the edges rolled over) and sturdy plastic panels. The front door is hinged, but unlike most case doors I have dealt with it has real hinges which don't look cheap and is held shut with a slick magnet.

Internally the case is nicely laid out, though cramped, as is expected of a mini-ITX case. The hard drives and motherboard are segregated in different compartments, with the hard drives sharing theirs with the small proprietary PSU and a pair of fans.

Cons: The bad PSU mine shipped with has killed two motherboards. A dead PSU is one thing -- it happens, though quality control should really catch it. A homicidal PSU is utterly unacceptable.

Other Thoughts: The riser card only seems to be available for the PCI (not PCI-E) bus.

You could pretty easily remove the front door if you don't like the shiny plastic or want to improve airflow (the hinges are held on with screws).

I don't know how the fans sound. Fans require electricity to spin.

Getting the case apart is pretty easy as well, though slightly unintuitive (you must unscrew screws you wouldn't expect). See Chenbro's web site for a helpful disassembly guide.

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  • Thomas M.
  • 4/25/2011 9:59:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNice design, poor execution

Pros: Beautiful design. Construction has a solid feel.

Doesn't come with yet another IEC power cable (yes, this is a pro).

Cons: DOA.

PSU is only 80% efficient (or 0% efficient for me).

The plastic the levers on the drive trays are made out of is rather soft --- I observed some wear from a single insertion without a drive.

Other Thoughts: I bought this despite the reviews because it's the only entry in this market segment (mini-ITX cases with 4+ hard drive bays). I'm regretting that decision now.

Older versions of this case used an external power brick. While moving the PSU to an internal position is nice for space consumption, it's no good if it harms reliability. If my case weren't still RMAable, I have no idea how I'd replace it.

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