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iStarUSA D Value D-214-MATX Black Steel 2U Rackmount Compact Server Case

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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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  • Rich R.
  • 4/15/2015 10:51:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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