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CHENBRO SR30169T2-250 0.8mm SGCC, Hi-PS Pedestal Compact Server Chassis for SOHO & SMB Office 250W

  • 250W
  • 4 x 3.5" Hot-Swap Drive Bays
  • 1 120mm Fans
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Learn more about the Chenbro SR30169T2-250

Model

Brand
CHENBRO
Model
SR30169T2-250

Spec

Chassis Type
Pedestal
Case Material
0.8mm SGCC, Hi-PS
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini-ITX
Power Supply
250W

Expansion

Hot-Swap Drive Bays
4 x 3.5"
Expansion Slots
1 LP

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB 2.0

Cooling System

120mm Fans
1

Physical Spec

Dimensions
12.2" x 7.78" x 10.63"
Weight
18.96 lbs.

Features

Features
Processor: Intel / AMD UP Quad

Support Backplane: 6Gb/s SATA

Security:
Intrusion Switch
Kengsinton Lock

2 x Internal 2.5" Drive Bay

Front Control: Power On/Off, System Reset

Indicator:
Power LED
HDD Activity LED
Fault LED

Intel Sandy Bridge platform ready

Up-to-date hard drive I/O performance support

Comprehensive system security

Excellent acoustic solution

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Tam G.
  • 3/11/2014 6:43:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice ITX case for Server / NAS

Pros: One of the few mini-itx cases in this size that can hold 6 hard drives and the only one with hot-swappable drive bays. I needed a small mini-itx case that could hold at least 4 3.5" drives and 1 SSD for a compact Hyper-v server. I compared every mini-itx case on Newegg and this one came out on top in price / features. After receiving it I was happy to see that the materials and build quality are very good. Most of the other mini-itx cases on Newegg that can hold this many drives are physically larger. This case if very compact and surprising very easy to work on. It uses a standard atx power supply and 120 mm fan. Air flow design is simple and effective. Both stock fans run whisper quiet.
I'm using this with a ASRock E3C226D2I Mini ITX Server Motherboard, 16 GB RAM and a i5 4570S, 120GB SSD. Idle power is 29 watts. With 10 TB of disk space (2 x 4TB, 1 x 2TB drives) idle power is 42 watts.

Cons: It would be nice if the front USB ports were USB 3.0 insted of 2.0

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  • Matt T.
  • 1/18/2014 9:20:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPSU DOA

Pros: Case has nice features, extra 2x2.5" trays are are cool, layout/airflow is smart.

Cons: The PSU on mine was DOA. I wasn't that excited about the PSU anyway since the stock one wasn't 80+, I've ordered a replacement 300W 80+ bronze (the lowest wattage one I could get that was similar and 80+, I wish they made 150-200W ones).

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  • Kenneth B.
  • 11/15/2013 7:26:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case for Atom processor.

Pros: Case is great like others have mentioned.
Love the drive bays and case for this price.

Cons: Cooling is an issue unless you are using a low powered processor like an Intel Atom.
Make sure to check the PSU switch for the right settings.

Other Thoughts: I first had a Supermicro motherboard with an Intel i3 thinking it would run cool and quiet, but this case doesn't offer the best air flow for that. I changed out the PSU for a better one thinking a faster PSU fan would help, but didn't much. Tried 2 different heatsink/fan combos, but they are too loud.

Went ahead and ordered a Supermicro board with D5series Atom and now it's cool and is quiet. I've tried other tweaks for cooling before going with the Atom, but the fans were just too loud to keep the heat low when under pressure. Noise usually not an issue, but I can hear this thing over my 3 other computers I'm sitting next to and they are highly cooled gaming machines (but 120mm fans though).
Main problem I found was the heat is not leaving the case fast enough so it's circulating more heat than I expected.

I would purchase again as long as I stick with Atoms since they work fine for a Debian based NAS.

I'm thinking of trying the i3 and board again with a hybrid water cooler to see if that runs nice. Hoping to fit the heat pipe and 120mm cooling fan with the PSU. Maybe enough room? Will have to find out.
CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

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  • Marcus N.
  • 7/12/2013 12:50:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Server Small Package

Pros: Great Build Quality. I've been eyeballing this case for awhile. Not many mini ITX cases with 4 hot swap bays around. When i finally bought this the quality of materials was good. The extra two 2.5 slots is also great to have if you want to have some additional space.

Cons: The PSU... Although I cannot say it is bad it is low powered (250W), but it is the best server case with highest wattage PSU available. My remedy to this is to get another PSU. If anyone needs a recommendation this one fits just about perfect.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256065

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  • Rishard C.
  • 3/7/2013 8:59:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood but not great

Pros: -Decent size
-Came with a power supply that is good enough for most setups
-The 2 bays for SSD drives is excellent!
-The sliding hard drive bays are nice
-You only need 2 molex to power up 4 hard drives because of the case backplane.

Cons: -I wish it was still smaller. but its no big deal
-You can see the lights of the drives through the closed cover door. The cover should be less see through.
- The case in general is louder than I wanted it to be. I wound up disconnecting the HD fan altogether.

Other Thoughts: If you need a silent case, imho this isn't the case to go with.

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  • TODD W.
  • 11/17/2012 7:34:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome case

Pros: Excellant setup for windows Home server 2011 or NAS
Stylish doesn't need to be hidden
Well built ( but can Mod as I did)
Total 6 drive Bays (4) 3.5 inch drives and (2) 2.5 inch drive bays
With good search can replace with decent power supply see below.
with power supplies mentioned below can fit Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme Heatsink Low profile
Fits ITX boards well
Great video on YouTube

Cons: Power supply is cheap and most likely will not last
Tight space ( but hey its small )

Other Thoughts: I strongly suggest replace power supply with following if you can find them. I have OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W Power Supply at 5.5 inches deep and fits with room to spare above my heatsink Zalman CNPS8900Extreme. BIG Tip Power supply replacement CAN NOt I repeat NOT exxceed 6 inches long or will NOT fit in this case. Power supply I was going to use was Antec EA-430 Green 430W at 5.5 inches deep.
I also as other reviewer mentioned put in a SilenX EFX-10-12 100mm Case Fan in front to bring more air in through the front connected fan with Rubber Fan Grommets . Increased noise level with Non stock heatsink and 100 mm fan in front to maybe 35-40 dbs compared to original 30 dbs but I can live with faint hum of fans as opposed to server and back up crash from over heating.
Mother board I went with for server build ASUS P8H77 ITX why ??? ONLY ITX I could find with Socket 1155 and 6 SATA ports and supported RAID 10 for my (4) 3TB drives I used Corsair M4 256 SSD drive for OS and windows home server 2011. See my Review at length under Windows Home Server 2011 for tips and tricks to get over issues I ran into with Hardware and WHS 2011

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  • Daniel B.
  • 8/31/2012 7:56:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Fan, but needs better Air Flow

Pros: Space for 2 2.5" drives, and 4 Hot Swap, smallish form factor, good construction. I was able to install a samuel 17 cpu cooler with a noctca PWM 120MM X 25 fan with enough clearance under the PSU. Had an issue with wire management with the new PSU, but the stock one had just the right amount of connectors but it ran a little warm. I'm running whs 2011, OS drive installed on a 2.5 inch drive, using 4 2TB drives in the how swap bays making up my stablebit drivepool, and a 6th 2.5" 1 TB drive used for my archived recorded TV folder, very happy with the setup.

Cons: The airflow needed some work, I was running a ceton tuner card and the temps were running 59-61C, replaced the stock PSU, with an Antech 450w 80 Plus platinum, which reduced the air flow even further since the antech fan spins at a much lower RPM. The PSU fan severs as the exhaust fan for the case and cools the PSU. I removed the air flow tube from the 120MM fan drawing air across the HDD as it was only pushing hot air over my MB and CPU Heatsink, I picked up a 100MM Silenex fan, and placed it directly under the 120MM in a horizontal position to pull cool air from the front of the unit and force air out of the case through the side and rear vents, I used the rubber grommets from the fan and attached the fan on the front mesh, holes lined up perfectly no cutting required, you will need to remove the front bezel, and created positive airflow pushing air through the case.

Other Thoughts: Temps on my card dropped 10 degree, 49-50C, I'm going to do what the reviewer below suggest and put some foam on the top of the drive cage, so the 120MM fan pull in more cool air from outside of the unit instead of pulling down hot air from the top of the case. I'm still using the stock fan under the drive bay, but I'm either going to get another Noctca 120mm, or get one of those Scythe 1200 PPM 120X12MM fans, which should allow the clearance under the fan to install a 120MM fan in the horizontal position to create better airflow through the case. There maybe enough room to install a 110MM fan while maintaining a 120X25 for the HDD cage, but I wasn't able to find one. Going to see what the foam on top of the drive cage does first.

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  • Alexander A.
  • 7/13/2012 2:47:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: I love this case with the Intel S1200KP motherboard is was designed for! The power supply is extremely steady in it's voltages, and it includes a 4 drive hot swap back-plane. What's not to like about this for $120?

Cons: None that I can see.
We also build on the Chenbro 2U server chassis's, which I also like with the Zippy (Emacs) power supplies.

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  • Thomas B.
  • 7/12/2012 7:06:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice case

Pros: Nice, small footprint case. Takes a regular ATX PS. Has 4 hot swappable SAS/SATA 3.5" drive sleds. Quiet. Also has internal mounting for 2x 2.5" drives.

Cons: Minus one egg for not having an optical drive bay. I knew this before I purchased. Didn't find a similar case on NewEgg with one, so I purchased this. Power supply mounting is odd. Replacement will be difficult if / when it fails. Fan mounted under hard drive cage doesn't seem to move too much air. May need to upgrade the fan.

Other Thoughts: It is a small case, so things are tight and servicing will be a challenge, aside from the drives. Changing the internal 2.5" drives is easy because you just open the side cover and they are mounted on the sides of the drive cage.

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  • Mr. T.
  • 7/11/2012 5:48:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPoor Power Supply -1 egg

Pros: -Reasonably well built,
-steel is thick accuratly bent and not tinny
-4 hot swap bays
-attractive

Cons: -poor power supply, an oem version, not able to look up specs but estimate to be 70% efficent, power factor as measured by my Kill A Watt is only 0.58. This is not the power supply you would want on a server designed to be on 24x7. In under two years you will pay off the cost of a more efficent supply.
-gets hot, see above comment.
-there is not enough clearence on the front door to leave hard drives unplugged and still close the door--I do not want to keep my backup drive powered up 24x7. I could remove it, but that leaves a hole the messes up the cooling for the other drives.
-The hot swap drive bays are not caddy less. I do not see any benifit to having a drive caddy.
-There is no managed (engineered) air flow through the case, drive cooling fan recirculates air inside the case.
-System is louder than it needs to be (due to the air flow not being engineered).
-no documentation
-I WOULD PAY MORE FOR A 80 PLUS REGISTERED POWER SUPPLY (or offer case without a supply)

Other Thoughts: I like this case, but need to spend time re-engineering the air flow. If anyone wants to follow: Blocked off the side vents, added a 3/4" foam insert between the the hot swap drive cage and the case top to block off the caddy cage air holes so the fan will pull in from outside air, rather than just recirculating the internal air, changed the CPU heat sink to a passive design cooled by the duct from the drive cooling fan, extended the cooling duct over the motherboard so that it will cool the motherboard components, blocked off the rear chasis holes, so the air will be forced to exit through the power supply, plugged the drive cooling fan four pin plug into the motherboard cpu cooler plug, so that the MB can control the fan based on CPU temperature. All this quieted down the system so it is barely audible.

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