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iStarUSA D Value D-214-MATX Black Steel 2U Rackmount Chassis

  • Supports Front Access USB2.0 x 2
  • Power and HDD LED
  • Power and Reset Switch
  • Support ATX PS2 Power Supply
  • Support 4 x Low Profile Add-on Cards

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D-214-MATX is a reliable and stable industrial server chassis. The 2U-high, 15" depth dimension delivers sufficient space to accommodate microATX motherboard, four low profile add-on cards and standard ATX PS2 power supply to meet regular server system applications. It also has optional two intake 80mm cooling fans at front for air ventilation.

  • newegg Ample space With 2U height, 15" depth, the iStarUSA D-214-MATX chassis delivers spacious room to fit microATX motherboard, 2x 3.5" internal drives, 2x 5.25" external drive, 4x low profile add-on cards and a standard ATX PS2 power supply.
  • newegg Convenient I/O Panel 2x USB 2.0 ports located on front panel offer handy access to various peripherals.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Kevin S.
  • 4/18/2016 8:45:17 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Chassis for Lightweight Server

Pros: Layout - The placement of the drive bays, OD bay, and power supply leave enough room for cables to be tucked between the bays without too much hassle.
Case - The case feel sturdy, and most of the metal has a polished or painted finish. The few surfaces that are unfinished steel (mostly the drive bays), at least had dull edges, so no risk of cutting fingers or cable insulation.
Racking - The front handles have mounting points to directly mount this unit to a 2-post frame/rack, but are optional and can be removed easily (3 screws on each handle). The handles can be left in place even with rails installed (my setup), allowing the server to slide in and out for cabling.
Rails - The chassis came with none, but that was expected. The four mounting holes along each side of the chassis are spaced so that most rail kits will work with it (have used a 20" and 27" rail kit from different vendors, no issues).

Cons: No exhaust fans - system is intake only fans. But then again, there isn't much room to install exhaust fans anyway if you use a Micro-ATX board.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/8/2016 12:17:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWell built chassis but tight with limited airflow

Pros: Solidly built.
Plenty of included hardware.
No sharp edges.
Easy to access.
Mounts for intake fans.

Cons: Very tight fit and limited air flow, I wish it included intake fans. The 3.5" drive mounts are right up against the mainboard making the lower tier unsuitable for anything except 2.5" drives. The 5.25" drive bays are pretty useless, 3.5" and/or 2.5" adapters would have been nice but having an additional 3.5" drive mount with 2 additional fan mounts and no external access would have been better.

If you need to mount more than 2x 3.5" drives you'll need 5.25>3.5" adapters because you won't get 4x 3.5" drives into the provided space.

Other Thoughts: There isn't a lot of room in this chassis, get a modular PSU or you'll just be cramming the extras into the 5.25" drive bay.

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  • Ryan S.
  • 1/8/2016 3:55:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Cheap Case

Pros: If you're building a server, this is a good inexpensive option. This case is a well built case. Unlike other cheap rackmount cases, this unit comes with no fans. Why is this a PRO? Because you can install your own system fans instead of using the cheap fans supplied with most cheap cases that only spin at full speed. This case will require a bit of an extended build as you will need to install said fans, but in my mind that's not such a big deal. Case does come with a removable air filter for front system fans.

Cons: Optical Drive Bays Covers are vented. I understand how you may or may not want to draw air in through these holes directly into your PSU to keep everything nice and cool, but it would be nice if they came with optional covers to stop this airflow as well for those of us wanting to build a positive pressure system. I cut a bit of black plastic and wedged it in place to allow my system fans to force air in and over my mobo and HDD's then out thru the PSU. I haven't really checked to see if there is a temp. diff in the two setups, but my main concern is keeping dust out.

Other Thoughts: Would have given 5 eggs if the optical drive bays were solid. Don't let that little rant stop you from buying this case. Overall it's really nice for the price point. You won't find better at this price.

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  • Geoffrey T.
  • 10/27/2015 6:21:11 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsamazing value for the money

Pros: Great Price
excellent craftsmanship

Cons: Tons of screws. Everything is held down with multiple screws. It would have been very nice to see a tool less design. This is the only reason it lost a star.

Other Thoughts: I was worried this case would be made with thin aluminum or still, but to my surprise I found it to be made with thick steel which is very nice. Overall this is a fantastic case that I would recommend. I will be buying another one to put my pfsense server build into.

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  • Daniel L.
  • 7/18/2015 4:21:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSatisfied

Pros: Compact, 2U, micro ATX rack-mountable case with full ATX PSU capability, which seems like a new or new-ish concept. 2 "advertised" 3.5" drive bays, but actually the two internal drive cages have holes for a total of four 3.5" drives. Four 3.5" drives won't fit but I'm using 2.5" drives with 3.5" adapters. I'm also using a shorter depth mATX board. With my adapter I was able to put four 2.5" drives in one cage, leaving the other free for four more 2.5" drives! I don't plan on doing that though. Your results may vary, as your motherboard must not be the longer type, and may also depend on choice of drive adapter.

Cons: Like another reviewer mentioned, there are a lot of screws involved in installing or changing the front fans! I'm not taking any eggs off but will just say it was a test of my dexterity for sure.

Edges not rolled, but not nearly sharp enough to cut me (*whew*). I tested two motherboards and both seemed to barely line up with the screwholes. Seems like the PCI slot grooves (which hold the motherboard side of a PCI card backplate) protrude just a hair too much. MINUS 1 EGG for that.

Other Thoughts: I initially installed an AMD FX8320E with AMD's included OEM heatsink/fan which is very weak (no heatpipes). I skipped installing front 80mm intake fans (MISTAKE #1! LOL). I placed the rig on a wooden shelf and closed the case (Mistake #2!). The whole thing got pretty warm LOL.... as did the shelf! The motherboard mounts right to the bottom of the case, not like many cases which have a mobo tray of some kind, and then a back or bottom cover. Not necessarily a bad thing, but don't skip the front fans!!! A PSU which has an exhaust fan on the back might be preferable also, as there's no actual exhaust fan locations on this case. Again, not docking any eggs for any of this.

I got this on sale and overall I'm satisfied. I'm using this as a dedicated FreeNAS box (AMD single core Sempron 35watt CPU, 4 x 320GB 2.5" drives, FSP 350watt PSU which has an 80mm exhaust fan). I put two 80mm fans in front. Plenty of perforated holes in the back; I can feel air coming through. System runs fairly cool.

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  • Rich R.
  • 4/15/2015 10:51:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I like the short case depth, it is a good fit for 2 post racks. I haven't had any issues installing fans blowing inward from the front. It's a basic usable 2U case.

Cons: As mentioned:
* there are plenty of sharp edges
* non-standard mounting holes - initially I thought the other reviewer was at fault, just not mounting on the correct set of Us, nope, he was dead right, non-standard holes, I tried moving it throughout 3Us and never found a correct mounting point for (4) screws, you can still mount it but it is a bit ghetto (2 screw in cleanly but the other 2 are almost stripping out due to the case's holes versus the rack's holes)
* you cannot mount multiples of these on top of each other because 1) non-standard mounting holes and 2) if using the top power supply vent you'll be blocking it with the next case

Other Thoughts: I'm trying to understand the power supply venting in the top of the case. If you know for a fact they'll never be covered with other rack equipment then they are helpful (ish). Otherwise, you can't take the chance and need to always install a back-venting power supply, so why add the vents at all? It could be with such a low price point they want it to be available for all kinds of use.

I've used the 3U version of this case and the holes line up.

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  • Hunter C.
  • 1/27/2015 1:28:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood value despite a few annoyances

Pros: Solidly built case. It isn't the most vault-like rackmount case I have ever handled, but there is nothing to complain about, especially at this price. The black finish looks good. Overall a nice clean design.

There is a generously-sized vent over the PSU to allow the bottom fan to pull in fresh air directly. This way the PSU runs cooler and soaks less heat into the case which helps keep the ambient air temperature down.

Front air filter for the intake fans (which are not included)

Nice compact form factor at only 15" deep -- however, as a result you must plan carefully depending on what you want to fit inside.

Cons: Main chassis edges are rolled, but everything else is rough cut and there are plenty of nasty edges to slice yourself on if you aren't careful.

Tedious to build in. Front panel has to come off and apart to change the fan filter -- 15 screws! Will require plenty of trial and error to figure out how components and cables fit best.

The plate on which the front intake fans mount is flat, meaning the fan mounts flat against the plate. If you mount the fans blowing inward, the fan hub will be pressed against the plate and unable to spin. Adding 2-3 flat washers on each corner is an easy fix, but the mounting points really ought to be stamped for clearance.

5.25" drive cage had to be bent outward a about a quarter inch as it was interfering with the door mechanism of my hotswap bay (Icy Dock TurboSwap 3.5")

USB 2.0 only on the front panel. 3.0 would be nice, though it's not going to be an issue for me since I will be getting a 3.0 internal card reader and hub (Atech PRO-77U)

No support for full size cards. Well, it *is* a 2U case.

Other Thoughts: I chose this for my home desktop PC so it can be mounted under a desk. Main use is for Lightroom and Photoshop, so my needs were to fit two SSDs (boot drive and cache), one 3.5" hard drive, a hotswap bay for backups, and an internal card reader.

I was not able to fit my existing power supply, an Antec BP550 Plus, inside the case and had to run it outside until I could get a smaller PSU.

The Silverstone ST45SF-G turns out to be ideally suited -- it frees up the space behind the 5.25" bays, the 24-pin ATX and SATA cables are perfect length, and it's fully modular. If you aren't using the bays, a full size ATX supply with a big fan should be a little quieter, but I am very happy with the SFX unit so far and the space savings inside the case are tremendous.

Additionally, 10" and 6" SATA cables and a couple of SATA power Y-splitters are very helpful for keeping the inside of this case tidy.

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  • Neil M.
  • 1/3/2015 1:15:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot As Pictured

Pros: Low price

Cons: Came with non-standard holes for rack mounting

Other Thoughts: Of the four rack mount holes on each side, the middle holes seem fine. But the top and bottom holes are centered 1/2 inch above/below the edge of chassis, when they should be 1/4 inch as pictured. Also different from the picture the top and bottom mounting holes are horizontally aligned with ends of the handles, in the photo they do not align.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear valued customer:
Per our conversation via iStarUSA tech support, please kindly send in the image of misalignment as you see it on the chassis your received. We have not heard back from you in three weeks.

Thank you,
iStarUSA Group

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  • Ryan M.
  • 9/5/2014 4:18:07 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest In Class Short Depth 2U

Pros: Fit and Finish superior to Norco equivalent (which I sold the moment this arrived).
The lid is ventilated for 120mm PSU fans.
Fits perfectly in the standard SKB audio rack (which the Norco did not).
Dust Filter.
All Drive bracketry is fully removable.

Cons: Front I/O is Meh, but thats pretty much the norm in this sector of the marketplace.
Still need to solder in a green 5mm LED, i'm not a big fan of the transition to blue throughout the pc marketplace.

Other Thoughts: I truly wish they made this in a 4U. I have been looking into switching to 3U in order to run full height GPU.

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  • alex P.
  • 7/20/2014 8:58:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfectly Simple

Pros: Excellent layout which I used with a 4 slot tray less RAID cage for 2.5 HD/SSD.

Cons: Configured for ATX supply (which is common at this price)
a more compact 1U or 2U server grade supply would be better as there would be room for a full ATX board which is what I needed to go over 64 GB RAM.

Other Thoughts: I also shortened the case to 11" - which takes too much effort - but this was the only way to build a Flight Bag Server with 128GB RAM

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