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SUPERMICRO SuperChassis CSE-512L-200B Black 1U Rackmount Server Case 200W

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Focal D.
  • 1/8/2016 9:05:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsfor the price it is a great product

Pros: easy to set up.
accepts many mother boards.

Cons: does not accept other manufacture back plates.
(Need cable CBL-0084L) for power switch if you do not go with supermicro mother board
intel heat sink and fan is too tall, aftermarket is needed.

Other Thoughts: customer service responded quickly about power button cable issue. very happy with them.
my units have:

GIGABYTE GA-Z97-HD3 (rev. 2.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-4590 Haswell Quad-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 1150 84W BX80646I54590 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
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16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

WD Black 500GB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5003AZEX

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  • Sally N.
  • 12/13/2015 7:05:03 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOdd design choices.

Pros: Small.
Relatively easy to work with... To a point.
Not much else.

Cons: There are several cons to this case and I'm going to RMA it. (It's still useful for someone else I'm sure.)

First and foremost, the front panel header is made for Supermicro Motherboards only. It will not and cannot be modified to work with Asrock Rack boards or similar. Even if the board fits you will have to either end up hardware modding the case or buying a Supermicro board instead.

Secondly is the placement of the HDD(s) in the case. They are not high enough for airflow under them, it will KILL your drive if it is not in a cold datacenter. There was also no protection from shorts under the drive. (Bare steel)

Going on the drive placement itself, is it's right next to the center fan. Wouldn't be a problem if I could perhaps plug in a SATA power plug into my drive... The drive is mounted so low that the included PSU SATA power plug would not actually go on without breaking my drive apart. (An HGST he8 8TB drive.) Sata cable has to make a direct 90 degree bend upwards from my drive in order to actually run the sata cable correctly in the case. (Perhaps my very expensive drive used non-standard placement of sata-power and sata-data alignment? I highly doubt this was the case.)

The back of the case is not fitting or friendly to other motherboard back plates. (use supermicro board.)

Aside from the potential HDD killing design flaws there is one minor detail that won't' affect the server's operation however I find it's one detail that is just a very obvious representation of the case in general...

The center fan. It looks like it's held in place by two screws right? It's actually held in place by gravity and two screw-posts. These screws do nothing to keep the fan down rather these posts keep it aligned. I can lift the fan out without unscrewing the posts.

Other Thoughts: It's a useable case. Very popular in fact.

I recommend using this case with 1-2 3.5" > 2.5" drive bay adapters with bottom-mount screw holes. This is critical because the HDD bay adapters will need to mount from the bottom holes instead of on the sides.

With 2.5" drives there will be no HDD cooling issues (Considering the drive is cool-running), open air, no short-out risks and most of all easy to cable up the drive.

About the 3 egg rating. If this case was marketed as a 2.5" drive case with 3.5" capabilities I would have given it 5 stars. Being marketed as a 3.5" drive case leads to many many frustrations, I imagine I am not the only one that has bought this and realized it is unfit for my purpose.

Other notes: I bought ram that was too high for 1U, That was my fault. No fault of the case there.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your comment! Supermicro needs your comment to improve our quality and service. If you still have any question, feel free to contact us. Please see the below technical support contact information:

Phone: (408)503-8000
Hours: 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (Monday – Friday)

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  • Brian C.
  • 4/25/2015 6:26:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDefinately use a SUPER MICRO motherboard. Motherboard contacts only fit super micro.

Pros: The case actually fits more super micro motherboards then what is listed. I am using a X10SLL-F-0 edition motherboard from supermicro and it fit. According to their website it said it wouldn't fit or work. Yet it does. I like the fact that the case comes with both types of back plates as I can easily put the right back plate to match. Which gives a professional look that my customer will like. Air cooling is efficient and comes with extra plastic walls to keep air flowing in the right direction. I recommend using a SSD drives for this unit as the cooling is past the front drive cage and doesn't off much air flow for the hard drives. But again this is typical in a 1U case. Great handles on the unit that are solid to make it easier to lift into the rack.

Cons: Stock cooler doesn't fit but kind of expected since this is a 1U case. Everything 1U you need to order a separate cooling unit for it to work. Power cables for the HD are too long and not necessary to be that long. Had to tie up more cable in a tight cramped space. Power supply is weird. it has an 8 Pin 12 volt rail and a 20 pin power connector. This normally is not a problem because it can be adapted for smaller. Just seems odd. I removed an egg from this review because the power supply has a little hummm noise that is a little annoying. I might need to investigate this further to see if this is a problem or by design.

Other Thoughts: Over all this is a great case. But when you purchase a supermicro case be sure to get a supermicro motherboard. They don't fit anything else. I attempted to line up another ASRock server motherboard and it won't fit properly. Not that I was intending to use the ASRock, just wanted to see if the motherboard contacts were in a different position. They are. then again supermicro server motherboards are great and have all the professional perks of the higher class server motherboards.

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  • JEAN S.
  • 11/11/2012 9:07:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case For a Tie Badge!

Pros: 1-Affordable
2-Less power consumption 200 w (I'm coming from Tyan system 650W ;(!)
3-2 3/5 bays or 4 2/5 bays(with bracket)!
4-Runs Cool 1 blower to cool down plenty of cooling.
5-Quiet (compared to a Tyan server)

Cons: 1-Not quiet enough to put on my leaving room yet ;(

Other Thoughts: Design to hold a central backup on my house, using Whs2011.
Here is the parts that I used.

1 Intel Xeon Quad-Core Processor X3440 2.53GHz 2.5GT/s 8MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail

2-Item#: N82E16813182211 SUPERMICRO MBD-X8SIL-F-O Xeon X3400 / L3400 / Core i3 series Dual LAN Micro ATX Server Board w/ Remote Management

3-Item#: N82E16820139262 Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Server Memory Model KVR1333D3E9SK2/8G

4-N82E16816101298 SUPERMICRO SNK-P0046P CPU Heatsink for Xeon Processor X3400 / L3400 Series

5-N82E16816101390 SUPERMICRO RSC-RR1U-E8 1U PCI-E x8 Slot to PCI-E Slot Riser Card

6-Item#: N82E16815113007 KINGWIN 2 Ports PCI Express USB 3.0 Controller Card Model U3PCI-2

7-(2) Item#: N82E16822236350 Western Digital RE WD4000FYYZ 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

8- Item#: N82E16817707265 StarTech SATDOCK22U3S Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB 3.0 Dual 2.5/3.5in SATA Hard Drive Docking Station

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  • Jorge M.
  • 9/13/2012 4:50:40 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable Chassis and Power Supply

Pros: I have been running production environment with these cases without a problem. Power Supply is very reliable and if you get the right SuperMicro motherboard, you can build a nice server for a very good price. Couple that with the correct CPU and vent shroud and hard drive... then you got yourself a nice system.

Cons: It does require a bit of work to route Sata cables if you are using mirror configuration. There are no slide rackmount rails. It only has 2 screws that mounts in the front. So ensure you plan your deployment right if you need to provide maintenance with minimum downtime.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this chassis if you are working with a tight constraint for budget and power. The chassis is very good, and if you configure the system correctly, then you have a nice server you can count on in a production environment. I have over 15 of these server running Windows Server behind F5

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  • Jorge M.
  • 6/14/2012 5:15:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: This is a very nice case to get if you get the SuperMicro motherboard (part # N82E16813182211). Power supply is very quiet and I have been running 6 of these servers in a production environment with no issues so far. This is a great solution if budget is a concern. Also there is very little power consumption.

Cons: none I can think of.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood case at Good price

Pros: Low Cost
Reliable Power Supply
Light Weight
Includes Blower
Fits Most SM motherboards directly

Cons: Single Fan Setup
HDD Layout is very Tight
Non SM Motherboards can be used, but without Backplates.
FrontPanel connector designed exclusively for SM motherboards - Requires adaptation for other MB brands

Other Thoughts: I have 10 servers that use these cases. All of which have been running for roughly 3 years. The power supply that comes with these cases is very reliable. This is a great benefit considering the low cost of these cases. You can use non SuperMicro motherboards, in these cases, but you will be left without a backplate, and it will require adaptation of the front panel i/o conector. All but 2 of my server are SM motherboards, so it has not been much of an issue for me.

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  • Peter B.
  • 10/20/2011 2:23:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes NOT fit ASUS P8B-X R server board

Pros: None yet

Cons: I/O panel doesn't match ASUS server board layout.
Also, server front panel connector is 16 pin, but the ASUS board uses 20 pin.

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  • Peter B.
  • 10/17/2011 10:18:59 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes NOT take just any ATX M/B

Pros: Can't tell yet, since the motherboard I got DOESN'T FIT

Cons: WARNING - Although the case says it will take any motherboard up to full ATX size, I found out (the hard way) that you MUST get a motherboard that is compatible with the existing I/O Shield (which is a couple millimeters SHORTER) than the standard. You can't even use the motherboard without the backplane if the port housings are too tall.
From the manual page 5-5:
Important Motherboard Installation Information
Before installing the motherboard, be aware of the following:
I/O Shield Backplate
The backplate holds the motherboard ports in place. Your motherboard must match SC512 backplate. If your motherboard does not match, you must choose a different motherboard.

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