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SUPERMICRO CSE-825TQ-563LPB Black 2U Rackmount Server Case 560W

  • 560W
  • 8 x 3.5" SAS / SATA Hot-Swap Drive Bays
  • 3 80mm Fans

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  • James R.
  • 4/27/2016 6:41:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsFantastic rackmount case with 8 hot-swap bays!

Pros: Supermicro quality
Ample room for a variety of motherboard form factor
Quiet versus other solutions of the same form factor
8 hot swap drive bays
Variety of included cables and accessories
Excellent, easy to remove hot swappable fans

Cons: Doesn't include another set of the various length SATA cables that make backplane connectivity easier.

Other Thoughts: I decided to take the plunge on a SuperMicro rackmount case based on feedback from a variety of sources. Prior to procuring the CSE-825TQ-563LPB, I was using an inexpensive Norco 4U short-depth case. As my intended application for the system I was putting together was FreeNAS, the desire for hot swap bays moved from a "nice to have" to "mandatory". Navigating SuperMicro's site to ensure my motherboard selection wouldn't present any unexpected challenges took some time, as products that are not current don't seem to get the same level of attention to detail with respect to refreshes related to component compatibility.

Further searching showed another company that was selling a pre-assembled solution using this enclosure and the motherboard I planned on using (review coming soon, but it was the X10SL7-F-O). I took the plunge on this combo, along with some Seagate Constellation ES.3 drives to fill out the first four bays. Upon arrival of all of the components, I got to work putting it all together. This case is exceptionally well constructed, with power supply cable lengths that are optimized for SuperMicro motherboards (as others have noted). Outside of removing an adjustable plate and relocating some of the motherboard standoffs, nothing else required modification to bring the system to life.

As others have noted in various forums and reviews, the area behind the SAS Backplane can quickly get congested if you're using standard SATA/SAS cables. The kit included with this case is good for establishing 4 links, with the appropriate diversity of length for the distances between each drive slot. A second set of matching cables can be ordered for ~$30, and it is worth the investment if you want a clean install with optimized airflow. After 45 minutes, I had a fully operational server that makes far less noise than an outgoing HP DL360 G5. If this case is being installed in rack that will be stored in another floor or a closet, the fan noise won't be noticed.

The thermals have been excellent in a home office environment (sans datacenter-level HVAC), and the hot swap bays have already come in handy for an early life failure on a brand new drive. The recent influx of SuperMicro solutions has cleaned up my rack, right-sized my power consumption, and provided a remote office/branch office type of solution that businesses would desire. While this case may cost more than lesser offerings that don't come with comparable cooling, nor include a quality power supply, the overall value of this case can't be beat. There's nothing worse than going too far down the budget path and having to double your expenses to ultimately get what you should have purchased in the first place. You will not regret spending that little extra up front and getting all of the amenities that this case has to offer!

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  • Justin E.
  • 8/25/2015 8:19:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Case runs efficiently and cool. My UPS claims it only pulls 50 W when running. I really like the modular fans that can be easily pulled out and replaced. Hot swap drive bays are great and sturdy.

Cons: It is relatively quiet for a server chassis but please note it is not quiet like a consumer case. Not a con for me because I was expecting this and I keep it in my crawl space.

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