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SUPERMICRO CSE-743TQ-865B Black 4U Pedestal Server Case 865W 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays

  • 865W
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays 8 Hot-Swap Drive Bays

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • George K.
  • 2/11/2014 5:58:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI second the 'GREAT WORK STATION CASE'

Pros: I run a small business out of my home recovering data from flash cards and USB sticks. I required as case with hot swap drives and something to support RAID 1 for fast write speed and allow for expansion if the business is successful. I've previously used SuperMicro products and have been pleased with them. The case I received had 4 fans mounted behind the SATA backplane along with the plastic shroud to direct the airflow. It consists of 3 5.25" bays mounted into a case which is very easy to slide in and out of the chassis to service the peripherals housed there in. One of the bays consists of a cut out to support a 3.5" floppy is you so desire. If you are a gamer, the case is really deep and should not create any clearance issues with an extra long graphics card. Keep in mind these cases are designed for SuperMicro mother boards and they are pre-wired to match the jumpers on their mother board to the front panel. If you choose to go with an different brand of motherboard my case came with a split cable with an adapter to facilitate the connection.

Cons: Almost every manufacturer no longer provides hard copy manuals or CD/DVD's That these items were not included at this price point seems a little cheezy. Not enough so for me to dock an egg. I pulled the chassis manual from their website and reviewed those sections where I have encounter issues previously. Cabeling is always an issue and I knew going in I would need extension cables once the air shroud was in place. Lot of places out there to get whatever you want....... google it!

Other Thoughts: As one of the other reviewers noted, his finished product was on par with the servers from HP & Dell. This case was designed to be utilized as a very high end workstation or a small server. It is not without faults but I believe it's one of the better cases on the market.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/13/2012 4:39:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHigh quality, well thought out case

Pros: -High quality, well fitting parts
-Lots of indicator lights, including one for each network interface
-High density for mounting lots of drives
-Hot-swap fans

Cons: -More of a caution, the case is designed to be used with Supermicro motherboards, as a result things like the headers for indicators and switches may need modification to fit motherboards from other OEMs
-Fans can be noisy if running fast, but they are temperature controlled and obviously necessary

Other Thoughts: The title for this item specifies "2 External 5.25" Drive Bays". I almost passed it over because I needed 3x 5.25" bays. Prospective buyers should know the bottom 5.25" bay with the 3.5" drive cutout is also removable, meaning the server actually has three usable 5.25" bays if you are prepared to sacrifice the floppy drive/media reader bay.

I was building a ZFS file server and combed NewEgg looking for cases that could accommodate at least 12x 3.5" drives in hotswap bays. This case, combined with "SUPERMICRO CSE-M35T-1B Black 5x 3.5" Hot-swap SATA" (also available on NewEgg) installed in the 5.25" bays got me 13 bays in only 4U, and does not feel cheap or unreliable.

I purchased this case, the 5x3.5" module, a Supermicro motherboard, and rail kit, and built a server of equal quality to the Dell and HP servers I am accustomed to. The next server I need, I know I will look to Supermicro. Great products.

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  • Phillip M.
  • 8/18/2011 5:58:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case, would be best with no screws

Pros: Doesnt look too bad and seems like a great setup so far. Fans EASY to remove, wire management is great.

Cons: Needs to be screwless. 5.25" bays are hard to get out. SATA back pane has 8 sata ports, wish it were less!!! For the price, the back pane should be upgraded! Also, one of the LED inserts on the hot swap door tends to fall out.

Other Thoughts: Back pane could use an upgrade, if it wasn't 8 ports, I wouldn't've complained about the minor things!

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  • Steve C.
  • 7/27/2011 9:18:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice, very heavy

Pros: - Very sturdy, over 50 lbs. Well built.
- All trays, latches and doors slide and operate perfectly.
- Many options for rack mounting. Horizontal or verticle mounted 5 1/4 bays. SATA or SCSI backplane option for hot swap trays. (bought mine without the SATA backplane. Not sure if it's included here)
- Three 5.25 bays for either CD/DVD/BD drives or one floppy.
- Eight hot swap drive bays/trays for 3.5 drives.
- Interior fan tray can be tilted for access to the drives.

Cons: - Front panel cable is a 16pin cable that doesn't match up to most motherboards 20pin connector. You can order the cable seperately. I custom made my own with spare cables and parts.
- Price

Other Thoughts: I'm using it for a simple NAS server with 5 drives at the moment. Got it for a steal.
Center fan mid-plane can be removed if there are no fans in it. It does take some wiggling but it will come out.

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  • Kevin C.
  • 5/27/2009 4:17:14 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsReview update.

Pros: 8 Hot swap bays.

Cons: This is an update to the two dead bays review. They died completely, leaving me with only 6 bays and 8 hard drives. Worse yet is that now I am nervous about using all the bays so I am only running 4 drives. The reason is that if I have a bay die, and no spare mount point, then I will have to replace the entire case just to get my raid array on line.

This in my opinion was the most important part of the case to get right. I will not be buying SuperMicro again.

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  • Ryan P.
  • 5/21/2009 12:23:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig, Black, Heavy.

Pros: Plenty of HotSwappable drive bays. Eight standard, with a module to add five more internally. ( N82E16817121405 ) Tons of airflow. Switches from Pedastal to Rackmount without much issue ( Rails sold seperately)

Cons: Hope you have small hands, or have someone handy who does! The mid-plane cannot be removed, only tilted, so getting to the backplane on the hot-swap bays can be a little tight, and running 13 sata cables through little "holes" in the mid-plane tends to make quite the clutter of cabling. Also the airflow hood wouldn't fit with my mobo and dual opterons, but the airflow is high enough that it probably doesn't matter.

Other Thoughts: Not so much a con, because I should've expected this, but just didn't think about it. Loading it up with a Mobo and 13 hard drives makes for a VERY heavy case.

Probably tipping the scales at 60+lbs now.

Room for a 92mm in the rear, but not provided.

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  • Kevin C.
  • 5/2/2009 6:02:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot great, but not awful.

Pros: Several quick install components are used to make things easier to install. Still, this was the longest install I have done in years.

Seems to run cool enough even without being able to put the airflow channel back in after cabling.

Cons: The fan bracket didn't slide out easily. Getting the initial 5 1/4 space holders out was a little difficult.

Here are the important cons. Within the first 10 hours of operation I had the system drop 2 different drives from the array. Since this was in the beginning, it wasn't a big deal but if this happens during operation, I could lose everything.

I was unable to get the airflow channel bracket back in after wiring, even though I rewired this thing 3 times to try and make it happen. The power wires to the motherboard are enough to keep it from going back in.

Sounds like a jet engine. I am looking into replacing the fans.

Other Thoughts: I won't be buying this case again.

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  • James C.
  • 11/23/2008 7:12:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Server Case

Pros: Solid Case, great cooling with four fans,
plenty of space in a big server case,
quality inside and out
Future needs allow for Ram expansion with second processor

Cons: documentation very brief and lacking content
Ram needs to be fully buffered DDR2

Other Thoughts: 8 gig ram
Xeon quad core
5 500 Gig HD's, 2 on RAID 1 & 3 on RAID 5
Windows Small Business Server 2008

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/10/2008 8:35:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Workstation Case

Pros: Very good layout, 7 full-length slots, 8 hot-swap SAS/SATA 3.5" bays, high-efficiency 865 watt PS (80plus), plenty of airflow without getting too loud (full fan speed is LOUD, you will need PWM fan control for workstation), very high quality and very heavy duty...

Cons: Very minor: power supply wiring length could be optimized, need more SATA power connectors, power supply fan speed may be too low (PS gets quite warm)

Other Thoughts: system config: (2) Xeon low-voltage L5410 CPUs, 4GB of of Crucial energy-efficient 1.5 volt FB-DIMM RAM (2GB*2), RAID0 with (2) Seagate 7200.11 500GB hard drives, eVGA 8800GTS 512 video card, Vista Ultimate x64...

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