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ARK ITX/CS-Ci02 Black Server Case open frame 90W

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  • 2 x Front 40mm Fans
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Frank R.
  • 12/19/2014 10:03:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for HTPC

Pros: This is a nice, small, and sturdy case. I choose to build a Media Center PC. The fans are extremely quiet, I only hear them if I get close with my ears to them. The power supply is plenty for any ITX board and a SSD. Voltages on the power supply are good and it seems to be of decent quality. The Vesa mount made it easy to hide the case behind the screen.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: An absolute bargain considering it comes with a decent power supply. For cases with such small inside dimension it is important that you use a low heat CPU. I used a ECS Mini-ITX (AMD AM1 platform) motherboard and an AMD Kabini CPU. I cut a 80mm hole in the case lid above the heat sink of the cpu and added a finger guard to improve ventilation even though I may not needed to do this it made me feel better.

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  • Steven P.
  • 8/28/2014 3:08:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest m-ITX case, hands down

Pros: - VESA mounting
- Low power PSU
- 2 internal fans
- Awesome construction

Cons: - No external ports
- No holes for PicoPSU or Wifi antennas
- Fans can be heard but only in a very quiet room
- Drive tray can get in the way of 24-pin connector or SATA depending on the layout of the motherboard. Recommend a motherboard that has the tall connectors (USB3, SATA) toward the sides or middle of the motherboard and not at the back.

Other Thoughts: I absolutely love this case. I have bought three already and will buy at least another 10. I originally used this to develop my prototype computers. I tried to go the cheap route and install a USB header to USB A female and run a wireless card and USB keyboard/mouse dongle inside to further integrate systems into the case and found the material is not ideal to allow wireless signals to pass through easily. The mouse/keyboard dongle works perfect inside the case, so that is staying. Luckily I was able to install a MPCIe card on the motherboard and drill two holes for the wireless antenna installation.

One thing I will caution with is the drive tray, which holds two 2.5 SSD or HD just fine, may get in the way of the motherboard headers and/or 20/4pin power connector depending on your motherboard configuration. In my case, the USB 3.0 plug I added internally would not clear the drive tray and I had to bend it down to make it fit. With future builds, however, I will be using a USB 2.0 plug which is not as high of a profile and is located in another place on the motherboard, out of the way.

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  • Roman -.
  • 8/10/2014 10:12:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood but PSU seems poorly designed

Pros: - small, holding 2 HDD
- relatively quiet
- price
- two fans

Cons: PSU is really hot and fans must be up and running for it, so if bundled with fanless c2750d4i of 20W TDP I can't take off two chassis fans even if CPU doesn't need them.

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  • Steven P.
  • 8/1/2014 9:32:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: -Small form factor
-Wall/Monitor Mount included with all the hardware
-Great airflow with a small case
-Has 2 active cooling fans to improve airflow
-Price is great, I sure hope Newegg gets more in stock and soon. I need about 10 more of these.

Cons: -Fans should really be installed facing opposite direction, depending on your motherboard, it may or may not make a difference. Also with the fans sucking air out, you get a lot more unnecessary noise resonating through case.
-Need a very low profile active cooling or use a motherboard with passive cooling.
-When case is assembled for a while, use a flathead screw driver to back out the case screws. For some reason, they seem to get tighter and using a Phillips screwdriver, I nearly stripped one of them.

Other Thoughts: The cons to me weren't enough to dock it any eggs. I easily flipped the fans around so that they weren't sucking air out of the case. My setup involved a passively cooled processor so sucking the hot air out from the PSU side wasn't going to work as effective, as shown by the results below. My motherboard backplate is vented and the top of the case has cooling holes so I reversed the fan's direction, installed the case lid with the cooling holes on the motherboard side, and I have tested it with and without the fans running.

No Fans/Fans Sucking Air Out:
At idle, my AMD A4-5000 APU stays nice and cool at 32C. at load (streaming HD video for an extended period of time) the APU jumped to 85C within 20 minutes. I stopped the test at that point as the max temperature for the APU is 90C.

Fans blowing air into the case:
With fans reversed and blowing into the case, the APU is an even cooler 27-30C at idle and extended load test (same as before) the APU runs at a more comfortable 65C.

If you use this case make sure you motherboard has an active cooling or prepare to reverse the fan flow with a passive cooler. Overall, this computer will be used in an office as a "thin-client" to run specialized web based software, so even with no fans, the computer would work out fine as there is no reason to work the APU. Combine a passively cooled motherboard, solid state hard drive, and delete the fans, the system would be virtually silent.

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  • Luke W.
  • 5/28/2014 7:13:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Small Build Case Ever - First Review I've ever made

Pros: Internal Power Supply With standard pc cord -- No wall warts getting in the way.
Vesa attachment to monitor as standard equipment not an expensive option.
Sturdy good looking paint job.
Dual fan
Plenty of room for two 2.5" drives
Plenty of room for low power Intel Core I3
I'd give it 6 or 7 stars if I could

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have built 40 computers at my work and consulting for my friends and neighbors. I have used it for:

1)an inexpensive($150) build using a free live Puppy Linux on flash drive with an embedded Via processor motherboard, 4GB memory, and no hard drive needed for a single application appliance. This replaces expensive Wyse terminals with terminal servers.
2) Full blown Windows 7 business($580) or home($540) computer. Using the lowpower Intel Core I3, 8 GB memory, and 1TB 2.5 in Hard drive topped off with a small external usb DVD Writer which can be kept in a drawer when you don't need CD/DVD

I recommend the low power Intel Core i3- 4130T (Haswell) because the Heatsink and cpu fan are shorter and fit nicely within the 2" height of the box. Plus it only uses 35w instead of 54w or 65w

Do not get RAM that has tall fins. Get either short or no fins. The fins get in the way of the hard drive installation

To lower the cord count order a 3 ft VGA/audio combo cord which can be wrapped in the groove formed by attaching the box to a monitor.

Also get an electrical cord with two heads one for computer one for monitor and then you have only one wall outlet used for what now is an all-in-one computer ( with replaceable components)

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  • Tory N.
  • 1/31/2014 10:30:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: I love this case. The two I have are going strong. Plus the wall mount in a major plus! Air flow is not too bad for being small and only having two fans.

I would recommend not putting in the mobo backplate to maximize airflow.

Cons: A little cramped but that is to be expected.

Other Thoughts: I have one with a GA-H77N-WIFI and a Pentium G2020 as a pfsense firewall and the other is an HTPC in my living room with a cheap Biostar board and an SandyBridge i3.

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  • Stephen F.
  • 1/19/2014 8:56:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsExactly what I wanted until it died.

Pros: Small, relatively quiet.

Cons: PSU died on me after a week of use. Only drawing power from an Intel 1037U that should use 17W TDP and 2 2.5" HDDs. I think the PSU is poorly designed.

The routing is tight, but that is to be expected with such a small case.

Really bright power LED

Other Thoughts: The power cord location is a little weird, and the case is only designed to be mounted to something. As long as you are aware of this, it isn't a problem.

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  • George H.
  • 11/2/2013 12:46:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA nice little case

Pros: This is a nice little no-frills chassis. It's steel, not aluminum and the cover has some kind of black coating that looks decent. The two fans are pretty quiet and seem to keep the innards cool. My two hard drives each show about 28 degrees C running with an Intel Atom board.

Cons: I found the fan cable did not reach to the header on my mb. I wasn't sure what the effect of this would be so I powered it up to see. Only the left fan worked. Investigating I found the cable had been doubled back several times and tied in this configuration. The bundled part was tucked down around the ps and not obvious. I undid that and then the cable reached the header. The second fan now runs. No instructions or any other paperwork is in the box. Not too hard to figure out how to use the chassis without it. Still it would be nice to see a 'Thanks for buying our product' kind of thing in there with the manufacturer's name and contact info. The VESA mount can be detached if you want to set the box on a shelf but there are little screw bosses that stick out (for the VESA screws) that might scratch what it sits on. There are no rubber feet in the box. The power cord awkwardly sticks out of the front panel.

Other Thoughts: There is about 44 mm space between the mother board and the lid, fyi. They could have added more headroom without adding much extra cost. The fans blow air out of the case, not in as I had expected. Considering that there is a mesh at the top rear of the case that hot air would naturally flow out of, I figured the fans would be set to augment that. But I assume the manu knows what they are doing with that, and the interior seems cool enough. I will be buying another one of these to replace an Apex Mi008 whose power supply fan is badly rattling after a year of no downtime service. The FreeBSD system on that server is more reliable than the hardware it runs on apparently. I sure hope the power supply in the new box lasts.

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  • Keri E.
  • 4/1/2013 9:13:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWSOME !!!

Pros: I can't say enough... It's the perfect case for making any kind of appliance system. A NAS, Firewalls, or whatever...
Easy to get into and very rugged design and is easily wall mountable.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I used it to make a firewall using a Gigabyte ITX board with Dual LAN. Works out perfect!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/27/2013 11:05:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFirewall

Pros: Great little case!

Purchased this to be my Home Firewall running PFSense. So far I have had no issues aside from space being tight once you get everything in there (its an ITX case so I expected that).

2x 40mm fans are barely audible

Has a wall mount that easily slides to attach/detach it from the wall.

has a 2.5in HDD/SSD rack in it that you cannot see in the pictures and you can fit two on it.

Beautiful Brushed metal and very sturdy design (so beautiful I am sad that it has to go in the server room where I cant see it all the time).

Cons: Layout can be awkward to some (I knew that before purchasing) but I like the layout. Power on left side, I/O on right.

PSU gets a little warm. Not terribly warm though

Needed to re-route the 40mm fan headers to accommodate my mobo. You may possibly have to as well (though not hard to do).

Other Thoughts: YOU WILL NEED A LOW PROFILE CPU COOLER!!! I recommend the Gelid Slim silence.

Overall, I love the case and for the price I will purchase more of these.

If you are not freaked out by the layout I definitely recommend this case!

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