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D-200S is a reliable and stable 2U-high 17" depth with 3-slot PCI industrial computer chassis. The full size I/O supports all ATX motherboard. D-200S supports three add-on cards include PCI, PCI-X, AGP, or PCI-Express architecture that provide your server or cluster maximum flexibility and performance. This unit is ideal for data intensive business, multimedia, and surveillance applications when rack space optimization with high data storage capacity is crucial. Optional aluminum body reduces total chassis weight and also provides enhanced thermal cooling solution.
This review is from: iStarUSA D-200S Black Aluminum / Steel 2U Rackmount Compact Stylish Chassis 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
Pros: - 2U, but uses 1U PSU, not PS2 - Ample room to maneuver cables and drives - ATX form factor in a compact case - Foam air filters on front bezel - Unlike some competitors, this case has standard screw holes for rails
Cons: These are the reasons for one egg penalty:
- On many ATX boards, the front left 3.5" cage outer mounting point interferes with motherboard mounting to the case. You will need to remove and grind or cut the metal down to allow proper mounting of ATX boards. - On many ATX boards, the front left 3.5" drive cage will overlap and interfere with the motherboard. (See Other)
This is a highly nitpicky list and didn't affect my overall rating. This is more of an FYI for others:
- No PCIe riser card or rack rails included. (I prefer to supply my own rails) - Extra long PSU units will need to remove the lower standoffs (see Other) - The front of the unit will protrude from the rack and potentially cause clearance issues with cabinet doors. (See Other)
Other Thoughts: Because I wish others did this on their reviews, I'm going to provide some measurements here for others:
Maximum PSU depth is 275mm before hitting the drive cage. This includes any cables or connectors that may come off the back of the unit! It is about 208mm to the standoffs; if you're using a standard 1U PSU that exceeds that length you will need to remove those standoffs by force (grinding/hammering out). I wish universal case manufacturers would use screw-type standoff posts instead of these permanent press ones. Also note that if you use a full-size 5.25" DVD/Bluray drive this may reduce your overall clearance as well by protruding past the cage. I used a slim-DVD 5.25" adapter to mount a slim-DVD burner that is significantly shorter. You can find that bay adapter along with slim DVD converter cables here on NewEgg.
All of the drive cages are fastened by screws and removable. However note the front right 5.25/3.5" combo cage is all one piece; you cannot separate the 3.5 from the 5.25" unless you grind the welds.
The front left 3.5" internal drive cage will overlap with ATX boards by about 20mm, even when adjusted fully away from the board. In many cases this will block SATA or other important connectors. You CAN buy custom spacers and longer screws and raise that cage by about 15mm, this may assist with clearance. Otherwise expect to remove this cage. If you do keep this cage in, the mounting bracket on the outer side can prevent an ATX motherboard from properly lining up with the MB standoffs. You will need to remove and cut or grind down the material to get the motherboard to mount properly.
Overall, trying to find a case to house a full-size ATX workstation motherboard and a PSU that can power it, while being under 20" in depth was very challenging. Even though I will need to modify this case, I am very happy I chose it because in the end, it WILL work for my needs.
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