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Get racked with SuperMicro. Their 1U server case is a great choice for server farms. The motherboard tray can hold a standard 12"x9.7" ATX board, and there's a horizontal expansion slot if you need to add features. The 260W PSU is designed with thermal control in mind.

A 100mm fan is ducted and horizontally mounted between the two 3.5" HDD bays to keep the system cool. Among the 5 LEDs at the front of the case is one for System Overheat so you can monitor things at a glance. Whether you’re using it for files, mail or the web, this server chassis won't disappoint.

  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The SuperMicro CSE-512L-260B features a 100mm 5000 RPM fan and large air vents on the top, front and rear panels for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg 5 LED Indicators The SuperMicro CSE-512L-260B features 5 LED indicators on the front panel for hard drive activity, network activity and system overheat indication resulting in great convenience.
  • newegg Built-in 260W PSU The SuperMicro CSE-512L-260B is equipped with a 260W power supply unit to handle typical power consumption for your server system.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 4/10/2014 6:20:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood with P/S

Pros: Got it for $85, decent price, but accessories are not included. Works with supermicro, be careful if MB is different brand.

Cons: Needed extra power cable for CPU, 4-pin to 8-pin adapter, delayed installation process.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/10/2014 6:17:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Fine with SuperMicro MBs

Pros: Works fine with SuperMicro MBs and reasonably price with P/S. Although the price was around $90 :-) keep an eye out for deals.

Cons: Might not fit other branded MBs, have to be careful and read the specs and measurement and screw holes, etc., not really a con, just do your homework.

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  • Joseph L.
  • 6/2/2013 6:08:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood quality and price, but needs additional accessories

Pros: - An inexpensive 1U case

- Sturdy and well built.

- Comes with a 260w power supply.

Cons: - Needed a couple extra accessorizes that drove othe verall price up:

Railing system - $35

Molex HDD Power adaptor - $2

- Limited compatible motherboards for the i/o sheilds provided.

Other Thoughts: Though it appears possible in the owners manual, I was not able to re-position the chassis mounting ears from the front of the chassis to the middle (only 1 screw hole is present, when 3 are needed). This prevented mid-mounting the Chassis onto a Telco rack.

I did not trust front mounting, and with the absence of rear mounting holes, I decided to purchase the additional rail kit.

I was able to completely remove the i/o shield provided, and this allowed me to use a variety of motherboards (originally I used an Asus i7 board), but ultimately I decided to stick with a compatible Xeon motherboard for the i/o shield provided.

All in all, it was still a good deal and I've continued using this chassis for my other render nodes.

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  • Brian C.
  • 10/1/2012 7:17:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBe careful when buying this case!

Pros: Decently priced and seems to be of quality construction.

Cons: The PSU does not support motherboards needing separate CPU power.

Other Thoughts: With aside from the 24-pin motherboard connector, the PSU only has two molex connectors, so this looks to be an older model that will work best with similar vintage internals.

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  • Dmitri L.
  • 4/16/2012 3:50:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsNot good for custom builds

Pros: Good craftsmanship, no sharp edges, quick release top lid, 14" depth, doesn't require rails, plenty of space for hard drives for a 14" case.

Cons: Non standard IO shield opening, proprietary front panel connector, noisy fans, not designed for SATA.

Other Thoughts: I was planing to build a low-power fan-less NAS server based on an Intel DN2800MT motherboard. This motherboard doesn't have a 4-pin fan connector and can't throttle the case fan, which is very noisy (but also very powerful) when run at full speed.

With the fan removed, cable management for two 3.5" SATA drives is acceptable, but I still had to use extension cables for power. Cable supplied with the board was too short.

DN2800MT is a miniITX board with external 12V power. With the stock PSU removed, this case has lot's of space for extra drives on both sides of the board. However, none of the pre-drilled holes match up with 3.5" or 2.5" drive mounting points.

I was aware of IO shield height problem with the 1U cases. DN2800MT comes with a standard, and a half-height IO shields. My plan was trim the top off of the full-height, or install half-height and cover the gap. Turns out, the opening in the case is non standard in both directions and even the half-height shield doesn't f

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  • Robert C.
  • 4/21/2011 6:31:25 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall good value

Pros: Great small size 1U rackmount chassis if all you need is a small case with only one hard drive.

Cons: There is space for two hard drives, but it's very difficult to fit two drives in there. One drive fits fine, but it's still a bit of a challenge to get it in, especially if you have big fingers.

Part of the problem with getting a second drive in there is the old style Molex power connectors for the hard drives. I had problems with the Molex to SATA power adapter getting in the way of at least one of the mounting screw holes for the hard drive, making it virtually impossible to seat the drive properly. It seemed the only way for the power wires/adapter to go was under the hard drive (which isn't such a good idea anyway). It also made it so the case would not close properly.

Other Thoughts: Others have mentioned that the front panel connector is proprietary Supermicro, meaning that it is a single connector that fits the panel pins on Supermicro motherboards perfectly. This is only a drawback if you use motherboards other than Supermicro. Since I use Supermicro motherboards exclusively for my servers, I consider this an advantage rather than a drawback.

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  • Joshua W.
  • 1/17/2011 6:41:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsMediocre Case, Bad Fan

Pros: -Affordable 1U case that can fit mostly any ATX or M-ATX motherboard
-Rack mountable

Cons: -Power supply does NOT have SATA power connectors. Really SuperMicro??
-Breakout cable for front panel controls/lights needed if not using SM board
-If using a non SM motherboard your IO shield won't fit on the back of the case. If this is going into a datacenter this isn't a problem, but for anywhere else it allows for excess dust to enter the chassis
-H-U-G-E FAN PROBLEM! Seriously, on the newest revisions of this case the case fan will interfere with your SATA communications and mess up your HDDs. Ferrite chokes didn't really help, nor did a direct lead off of the power supply. The fan generates some type of interference when its on and wreaks havoc on SATA communications. That's why this case got 1 Egg...this problem is SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE!

Other Thoughts: If you buy this case and run into the fan issue I've described above you need to purchase SM part FAN-0038 or FAN-0038L. How do I know this? We had a few spare fans around the office from older SM cases. They don't interfere with SATA and FAN-0038 is the only model that you can still find on the internet in large quantities.

It's sad that a company as large as SuperMicro has not notice this issue. Maybe they are under the illusion that everyone still uses molex and IDE drives! (it's what the case supports out of the box anyways!)

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  • Douglas D.
  • 12/29/2010 7:33:26 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFan Electrical Noise

Pros: Very compact and efficient use of space. Can squeeze in 4 drives.

Cons: Cabling can be tough. You need everything to be the right length. Expect to custom make power cable/splitters if you use 2 or more drives. With non SM motherboards, the blower induces noise into the power supply rails which interferes with SATA comms. Our "usual" MB has the fan power jack right next to the SATA connectors and hard driver transfer rates toggled all the way down to 1MB/sec. The fan really needs a separate, direct off the power supply lead plus a couple of ferrite chokes.

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  • Alex B.
  • 8/9/2010 9:05:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great case, one of the few I've found with room for 2 drives (see cons however), and a full ATX mobo to boot! Fan performs well, and keeps the whole system cool.

Cons: Drive bay clearances are EXTREMELY tight. You'll want to get leftangle satacables and power adapters from a store such as (sorry newegg, but you don't sell them anyway).

Other Thoughts: Great value for your money in 0.5u depth space. We've got 63 of these babies with Core2Duos in them in a 42u rack, and they all work great, kept at about 50 degrees Cel, under load.

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  • Zoia K.
  • 7/30/2010 9:15:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Product

Pros: - Very Space Ideal
- I/O Plate Matches Most SuperMicro Motherboards
- Very Good Price

Cons: - No Fan Redundancy
- Extremely Loud System Fan

Other Thoughts: What can I say, it's a great case. The only thing I don't like about it is that there's no fan redundancy. While that can be replaced, it's hard for a person like me who lives ~1500 from the data center. Just as a side note, be sure to get left angle sata cables or it won't work at all. Also get a P4 to sata power connector as well (right angle). I haven't seen any on NewEgg but do some browsing. These cables are absolutely essential or your configuration won't work.

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