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SUPERMICRO CSE-743TQ-865B-SQ Black 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
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  • Robert M.
  • 6/20/2013 12:33:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPower Supply Up in Smoke

Pros: Well constructed & mechanically solid

Cons: Power supply went up in smoke after 7 months. One pays the extra money so things like this don't happen.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/16/2011 9:28:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs2.5 months of good use

Pros: Fits the non-standard size Supermicro X7DWA-N motherboard I use, lots of hard drive bays (I've got 10 HDs and a DVD-RW in it), larger UPS, quiet, cool (no overclocking), different color plastic used for the power button and also the USB front panel connectors and power button are at the top of the front panel (convenient for under the desk location), heavy construction.

Cons: Requires a not-included special plate in order to secure the CPUs (you'll see it listed as an accessory on the Supermicro webpage for CSE-743TQ-865B-SQ), USB front panel connections 25% slower than my Supermicro CSE-733TQ-645B case (despite same motherboard), came with a detached piece of plastic rattling inside the UPS which at one point got caught in the UPS fan although I managed to dislodge it, nonstandard shape UPS that must be replaced from a Supermicro reseller, not as roomy as its enormous footprint would at first suggest

Other Thoughts: None of the cons were "gotchas," ultimately, but they were annoying nonetheless; however, having owned a couple Supermicro motherboards I have come to expect as much and was prepared (for example, the required special plate had been included with my X7DCA-L motherboard and so I just utilized it to secure the CPUs). Supermicro built in capacity for 4 internal 4-pin fans, but only 2 are supplied.

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  • Tim M.
  • 8/21/2010 5:42:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCase is awsome

Pros: This case is quiet. installed xeon 5620 with noctua heatsink/fan. Gskill ripsaw nonecc dimms. Need to install dimms 1st. Hot swap bay is very nice. power supply has enough juice on 12V to handle a GTX480. plus has the 6 pin and 8 pin PCIe power supply connectors.

installed supermicro mobo X8DA3 without any problems.

graphics card had to be installed on 2nd PCIe slot as the noctua heatsink covers the 1st.

I plan on buying another one.

Cons: should come with 4 80mm fans

Other Thoughts: I have only 1 processor installed. When the six core xeon comes down in price i'll upgrade to a 2 processor six core setup. Currently have 12GB of DDR3. Lots of room for growth with this mobo/chassis combo.

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  • James G.
  • 2/2/2009 6:21:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo-So Purchase

Pros: Like all in this series from SuperMicro, it's a good case/PS/disk array combo. Got all the room you'll need for a XEON or AMD server system (you will need some longer cables - especially the floppy cable). PS is sized large enough for dual quads, lots of RAM and 8 HDs. The large rear fan should be standard on this line from SuperMicro.

Cons: The "Quiet" part of this case is the problem. There isn't enought airflow with the fans provided to keep even the low heat Opterons cool without the fans racing - LOUDLY. It comes with only 2 internal 80-90mm fans and 1 120mm (at the back). The case is built for 4 internal 80-90mm fans that are 1.5 in deep. The ones that ship with it are only about 1in deep. The 2 empty fan slots have no blanks to block airflow so air doesn't move thru the case. To make this case work with a dual quad with 8 drives and 32 GB RAM, I had to trade some deeper fans from another 743 case I have and block off the empty fan slots. Otherwise the mobo would constantly cycle the fans up to max and back down again (very annoying to listen to - much more annoying than loud fans).

Other Thoughts: If you have a mobo that can cycle fans as needed, I suggest you get the other version of this 743 case - the one with 4 internal 80-90mm fans. That model isn't as loud as this one if the fans are running 30-40% speed. The other model's fans are 1.5 in deep and can move a lot of air out the back (even at 30% fan speed). The 120mm at the rear would be ideal, but doesn't come with the other model's I've purchased here. Even so, I'll be buying the other model in the future. FYI - I've been using these cases to building dual dual Opteron (2220-2380) servers on Tyan S2932 mobos with 16 -64 GB RAM, 8 Seagate SATA drives - so you're not limited to Intel and or SuperMicro mobos with this case.

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  • STEPHEN S.
  • 1/20/2009 1:59:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case, but there are a few potential issues

Pros: - Quiet (when driven by a MB supporting automatic fan speed with 4-pin PWM).
- Very solid case (over 60 lbs).
- Very powerful PSU that includes 6.5A on 5Vsb and dual 8-pin 12V connectors (these are required for the Tyan S5397 MB I am using).
- 8 hot swappable SAS/SATA drive bays (the backplane does support SATA as well as SAS, I2C & SGPIO).
- Nice layout that separates the HDs from the MB with central cooling fans.
- Lots of space to cleanly secure all cabling and a huge amount of hardware.

Overall this is a VERY nice workstation case that does everything well.

Cons: - The biggest issue with this case is: If you plan to install a modern Xeon based setup, you REQUIRE an FB-DIMM air duct (or other active FB-DIMM cooling solution).
- If you use a stock, active Intel CPU cooler, the overall cooling is a little on the borderline side of things (requiring the fans to run near full RPM).
- The 4-pin cables for the fans are VERY short and would not reach my MB headers (note I am using a Tyan S5397 MB and this issue likely won't exist with a modern Supermicro MB).
- Another issue is Newegg doesn't seem to carry any of the necessary accessories. Hopefully they will in the future so you can purchase everything for the build from Newegg.

Other Thoughts: Summary & Solutions:
- For a modern Xeon based system, you REQUIRE active cooling for the FB-DIMMs (part #MCP-310-74301-0N is the basic Supermicro FB-DIMM duct and it sells for between $5 and $10). Note that this duct is designed for MBs with 8 DIMM slots in the "standard location" (my MB has 16 so I'll need modify the duct a little).
- Supermicro recommends using their active Xeon CPU cooler since the overall cooling design for this case "expects" a CPU cooler that pushes air to the back of the case (part #SNK-P0034AP4 is the recommended Xeon cooler).
- If you plan to install a lot of RAM and dual CPUs (I will in the future), it is probably a good idea to install one or two additional "hot swap" cooling fans (Supermicro part #FAN-0104L4).
- To lengthen the fan cables, the easiest solution I found (other than soldering) is to use a "modified" second cable for each connection (Supermicro part #CBL-0216L). 4-pin fan extension cables don't seem to exist anywhere.

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  • Joseph M.
  • 1/18/2009 10:25:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case for RAID

Pros: If you want to build your own server-class machine with a lot of storage, this case is great.

The eight hot-swap drive slots are wonderful. The backplane they connect to supports SGPIO and I2C for integration with RAID controllers. The hot-swap carriers are compatible with the SuperMicro CSE-M35T mobile rack.

It's set up for great cooling - 4 80mm fan slots (two populated) between the drive bays and rest of case, and one 90mm fan in the back of the case. Great cable management for drives - it has a car-wash-like row of little rubber doors next to the row of 4 fans that let you securely run cables between the drives and the motherboard, minimizing flopping.

The power supply has many connectors for anything you might want.

The fans, drive bays, and case lid all come off very easily. No need to remove the front of the case for maintenance.

Cons: My case didn't come with a printed manual (no big deal as PDFs are easy to find online).

If you want to use all eight hot-swap bays, I highly recommend getting an extra 80mm fan, as the drives can run quite hot (I saw over 70C!) during full activity otherwise.

I've managed to cut my fingers several times while building the system with this case. While the case makes great use of a lot of smooth plastic, it has occasional semi-sharp edges, though not more than a typical case. It just ends up being a problem because the spaces can be so tight (especially while installing the bracket for motherboard IO connectors and changing jumpers/installing cables into the backplane).

The 3.5" cutout in the external bay only has bottom screw connectors - you need an adapter if you're trying to plugin something that only has side screw holes.

Other Thoughts: The air shroud mentioned in the manual does not come with the case (the manual makes this easy to misunderstand, though it's clearly optional from looking at SuperMicro's product specs).

If you want the drive LEDs on the hotswap bays to light up, you need to use either I2C or SGPIO. A RAID card with SFF-8087 connectors (4x SAS plus one SGPIO) helps control the cable mess

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  • Darren A.
  • 8/28/2008 8:25:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case for workstation

Pros: Real quiet provided your mother board has support for 4-pin PWM controlled fans. You have several selections in the BIOS to control fan speed: No Control full on - REALLY LOUD, Server, Workstation, Quiet and Super Quiet. I have it set to Quiet and the CPU/board temperatures have not really risen more than a couple of degrees C. This is doing work on 3D CAD models not gaming, so I do not know for that situation where the CPU may be loaded more continuously. When I benchmarked in SiSandra the fans did start to ramp up some, but no where near the full on level.

Cons: It is a tight fit between the drive bays and where the hot swap fans are located. Just be patient and you can get it to fit.

Other Thoughts: Used with: Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM (get ethernet drivers from Intel website), SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DWA-N Dual LGA 771 Intel 5400 Extended ATX Server Motherboard, VisionTek 4870 (runs hot) video card, 8GB Crucial CT25672AF667, 2 Intel Xeon E5420 with active cooling heat sinks, SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB hard drive (seems fast enough). Surprised Vista installation went better than expected and actually works. So far I like the Vista x64, but I have not tried to load some of my other work related software for programming control systems. I expect that to be a little frustrating.

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