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ARK IPC-3U380D Black 3U Rackmount Server Case 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays

  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 60mm Fans 1 80mm Fans 1 120mm Fans
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • O W.
  • 2/26/2015 2:37:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Chassis

Pros: I've worked with this chassis several times for customers and have purchased more than 10-15 of these, all worked equally as well. It is easy to use, has held up well, is not all that deep, and yet only 3RMU for fitting into a rack. I've had no problems with it and will use it again. I especially like that there is a filter on the front of the chassis. I personally use hot swap drives, but I do really like the drive mounts internally. They are easy to reach and put in/out. There are two front USB and easy to use power/reset for a rack.

Cons: The chassis is a little short if you plan to load it with PCI cards, especially once you put in a power supply. there is no vent out the top of the chassis, so make sure your power supply vents out the back and/or bottom. There is now power supply included with the case. There are not a ton of header options. I normally swap out the front fans, and the back fans are not all that great looking, but that said I've not had them fail on me either to date.

Other Thoughts: I usually remove all three 5.25 bays and put in a 4 disk hot swap bay. Between this and the power supply, you really need to figure using a micro ATX motherboard (ATX will be almost impossible to use with a power supply, especially if you have cards to use).
I'd definitely sprint for 2 front fans and 2 back fans (which are smaller in size).

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  • Kenneth K.
  • 8/18/2013 6:55:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJust OK

Pros: Very solid construction. Lots of space for HDD's.
Takes standard hardware, not just server size stuff.

Cons: Poor layout

Other Thoughts: This is supposed to be a server chassis. Servers should have easy access to remove HDD's. Fat chance you can get these out with any ease. First, you need a super long screw driver to release the drive cage from the case. Each cage can hold 3 drives. Using an micro ATX board, the 24 pin power gets jammed with the bottom drive, and I am only using 2 drives! I am also using a dual NIC in the PCIx slot for virtualization. It literally crams up against the HDD's. I have to do some creative routing of power and SATA cables.

I would NEVER purchase this again. They need to make the case 2 inches longer.

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  • Warren H.
  • 4/14/2013 3:30:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat box

Pros: Simple, and built like a tank.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Less is more.

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  • Michael T.
  • 10/10/2012 4:32:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs Seems okay besides.......

Pros: Decent design. Somewhat sturdy.

Cons: One of the 40mm fans was in pieces. Kind of frustrating and would have liked it to be turn key.

The case is NOT 14.96 inches, it's 15.75.

I don't trash many products, but this is annoying.

Other Thoughts: N/A

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  • Ben F.
  • 5/17/2012 12:02:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCheap for a reason

Pros: Fairly sturdy construction, a reasonable size, and plenty of HDD space. The fan are nice and quiet, and with the open construction, airflow is easily managed.

Cons: Not terribly well-designed.

Other Thoughts: The placement for the HDD and 5.25" drive holders isn't terribly well planned out. If you have a full-size ATX board, something is going to get blocked off, even if it's just the bottom-most space in the three 5.25" bays. To even reach the screws to remove the drive supports requires a driver with a 6" shaft, and it's definitely advisable to save the drive placement for absolute last.

Once everything was wrangled together, though, it was a breeze. Fans are quiet, and there's enough room to manage cable runs however you prefer. Another warning; the power LED is BRIGHT. I mean retinal damage bright. A bit of duct tape over it and it was *still* shining through.

A reasonable case overall, but could definitely benefit from being maybe an inch longer and somewhat sturdier HDD supports.

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  • Matthew F.
  • 5/8/2012 8:19:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: - Case is great for the size. I got it to fit in a tripp lite wall mounted rack. It is only a max of 16 inch's deep.
- Stock fans move a ton of air, plus a air filter.
- Well built. The complete system can be picked up by one of the handles ~30Lbs.
- 3 5 1/4 bays in 3U
- Loads of internal storage.

Cons: - There was not a ton of info of what fits with what. Like you can't use 1 of the 3.5" bays with a matx/atx board.
- Top panel screws are on the sides.
- No rails.

Other Thoughts: If you are going to use an ATX board, you lose 2 3.5" drive bays, and the bottom 5.25" bay is rather short.
Also with a regular PSU you could have trouble getting to headers on the board.

I put a mATX board, a 5 in 3 hotswap bay, a raid card, and a sfx psu. Everything fits as is, but no way you could do the 5 in 3 bay with a regular psu or a regular atx board. The 5.25" bays are really short, and the hotswap bay would hit the mobo, or psu.

I would highly recommend the silverstone 450W SFX PSU. It is a small form factor PSU, but it comes with an ATX bracket. It is really short, and tiny. Gives clearance for ATX boards, and long 5.25 bays.

Also the AMS 5 in 3 hotswap bay is great. 5 hotswap hard drives, for cheap. You have to use an ITX or mATX board to fit it though.

My build:
- EVGA z68 mirco ATX
- i5-2500
- 2x4GB Samsung ddr3
- HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL
- AMS 5in3 Backplane
- 5 Samsung 1TB
- 60GB Mushkin SSD
- Silverstone 450W SFX PSU

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  • Joshua H.
  • 5/6/2012 5:01:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Case

Pros: - sturdy
- all hardware included
- clean look
- lots of fans

Cons: - fans are LOUD!
- need a LONG magnetic screwdriver to remove optical drive holder and HDD holders. not at all easy to install either.
- no cable management

Other Thoughts: A really good case for the price. Very roomy inside for all you need to build a server. Once power supply is in and all 4 fans connected the case looks a little sloppy. But over all this is certainly worth the price you pay for it. Got mine to make a home server and it is exactly what I needed. 1 egg for the difficult drive install and loud fans

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  • James D.
  • 4/5/2012 1:49:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes the job, mostly

Pros: Solid case, built strong, simple. Included fans could power a jet engine (and are almost as loud).

Cons: Be careful with full ATX size boards, they dont fit as well as they should be able to.. Power supply (Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W ATX 12V v2.2) overlaps the end of my motherboard (GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+) covering almost all my front panel options.

Other Thoughts: probably should be considered primarily for micro ATX.

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  • Brian W.
  • 12/5/2011 7:00:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Rack Mount Case

Pros: - Very sturdy construction.
- All mounting hardware for Motherboard (at least mine) included.
- Standoffs hold board high enough to route ATX Power (barely), CPU Power, Internal USB and Front Panel connectors.
- Fits very well in 3RU, no need to wiggle equipment above or below.
- Very easily migrated from an Antec 300 to this case since it contains lots of drive bays, and allows standard ATX PS.

Cons: I would like to have had another 3-4 inches of depth which would allow:

- 8 internal 3.5" drives to be used in the included mounting solution.
- Larger air gap between my 3x5.25 to 4x3.5 chassis and PS, and maybe include the possibility of flush mounting it.


- Fans mounting behind the front filter, but accessible from the front of the case. As it stands, you must remove all of the 3.5 inch drives to replace fans.
- Slightly shorter Front panel & Front USB cables
- Less ungodly bright Front panel LEDs

None of these are really show stoppers for me, just little nit-picks

Other Thoughts: I have what I'd consider to be an average sized ATX PS and a Silverstone CFP51-B bay adapter. With the power supply mounted, mounting the bay adapter causes some little issues. From previous reviews, I knew this was likely to happen, but thought I'd share my experience.

- Must yank out one of the standoffs, which is welded to the case. It's easy to get out, but you end up with a new hole under the case.
- In order to fit with my PS, the bay adapter must be mounted at the forward most position allowed by the internal brackets, which leaves about 1" sticking out of the front of the case. It sticks out no further than the front handles, so not a big deal to me.
- As mounted, I have about 1" of space from the adapter to the PS, which limits air flow.

Overall I like this case, but again, I would like to see it a few inches deeper.

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  • John C.
  • 11/15/2011 8:08:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsNot as much room as you might think.

Pros: Good air flow and if you are planing on putting your drives internal there is good space for that.

Cons: If you get a power supply of any quality, it may be too deep to place a 5x3 Hot swap drive Bay in. Or even a full size CD ROM in the external bays.

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind that if you have a wide main board, it could end up directly under the power supply. This case has the power supply at the left side which might it hard to fit your board under it.

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