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NORCO RPC-250 Black 2U Rackmount Server Chassis

  • 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 2 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 80mm Fans
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Black 2U Rackmount Chassis

RPC-250

Features


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  • 2U Rackmount Design, Meets EIARS-310C Standard
  • Supports CEB (12 x 10.5"), ATX (12 x 9.6"), Micro ATX (9.6 x 9.6"), and Mini-ITX (6.7 x 6.7") motherboards

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  • 2 x 5.25" Drive Bays, 6 x 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 4 x 80mm Ball Bearing fans wall for better ventilation
  • Front USB Ports

Specifications

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  • Drive Bays: Supports six 3.5" drives and two 5.25" drives
  • Cooling Fans: 4 x 80mm middle fans
  • Switches: Power ON/OFF x 1, System reset x 1
  • Indicators: Power ON/OFF x 1, HDD x 1, NETWORK X 2
  • Connectors: Two front accessible USB ports
  • Motherboard Compatibility: Support CEB (12 x 10.5"), ATX (12 x 9.6"), Micro ATX (9.6 x 9.6"), Mini-ITX (6.7 x 6.7")
  • Power Supply Options: Standard ATX, standard 2U power supply, 2U redundant power supply (W x H: 3.98 x 3.31 inches)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 19 x 21.6 x 3.5" (483 x 550 x 88mm)
  • Weight: 18.5lbs (8.4kg) (NET) 23.8lbs (10.8kg) (GROSS)
  • Packing: Double boxes
  • Environment Temperature: 32 - 131 °F (0 - 55 °C) (Operating) -4 - 140 °F (-20 - 60 °C) (Non-Operating)
  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing
  • Vibration: (5 - 500Hz): 1Grms (Operating), 2G (Non-Operating)
  • Shock: 10G (with 11ms duration, half sine wave) (Operating), 30G (Non-Operating)


Learn more about the Norco Technologies Inc. RPC-250

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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Norco Technologies Inc. RPC-250

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  • Seth G.
  • 10/15/2014 6:57:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAwesome case for the price

Pros: This case is very good for the price.
Everything in the case comes apart with simple hand tools
Front and rear drive bays allow for use of either ATX or 2U power supply. Pretty nice design consideration

Cons: The case cover could use a vent for ATX Power supply users. The power supply can get hot spots and cause extra heat for the front facing hard drive bay due to the fact that most high powered supplies are vented on the top rather than the rear.
Takes a lot of time and thought to figure out how everything goes together. VERY tight fit with ATX power supply.

Other Thoughts: Over all I like the case a lot. It works great for my home KVM test lab. I had no issues fitting standard ATX components in it (except the power supply, I may eventually drill out the top cover to make a vent for the power supply I chose)

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  • Neal A.
  • 1/5/2014 1:02:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood inexpensive 2U

Pros: * Cost effective 2U server case. Used for a server build in a server room environment for a small business.

* Excellent internal fan bracket with 4 detachable fans.

* Fans are reasonably quiet for their size.

* Overall a good 2U case that serves well. If you are building a server, double-check the maximum motherboard size as this will not do larger EEB (for which you need RPC-270) or LGA 771 (see Cons).

Cons: * Transferred an older an LGA771 dual socket to this case but this case lacks the holes for the CPU heatsink/fans which I did not realize. I improvised by cutting the threads off metal standoffs with a dremel.

* Small screws holding the lid were finicky and misaligned. Would be better with a thumbscrew on the back edge.

* Sharp metal edge on some parts, particularly the middle cable pass-through. Would be better to have larger pass-throughs and rounded edges.

* No manual or instructions in the box. Some of the brackets like the pencil-width metal bar are a mystery. Others parts are dependent on the type of power supply selected. I received different brackets than what is shown in the Newegg listing.

* Front 5.25" drive bay covers are flimsy plastic, unlike the rest of the case which is solid steel.

Other Thoughts: * Installed with a SeaSonic SS-400L2U 400W 2U power supply and it was tight against the fans, but it works fine. Did not attempt an ATX power supply as with the other reviewers, so no issues there.

* In retrospect I could have bought the RPC-270 to have a little more room for cables and EEB form factor for the future.

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  • Terry C.
  • 11/1/2013 11:43:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Case For < $100!

Pros: Provides all the necessary features for a basic, 2U rackmount server.

I used the following components to make a decent SQL Server 2008 R2 machine for around $3,100:

Norco RPC-250 2U Chassis + Athena power 550W PSU
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Mobo
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-core CPU w/ Stock Cooler
4x 4 GB DDR3 1333 RAM
3x WD "RE4" 250 GB SATA HDD
2x WD VelociRaptor 500 GB SATA HDD
Sony/Optiarc SATA CD/DVD Burner
MS Windows Server 2008 R2
MS SQL Server 2008 R2 for Sm. Bus.

I mounted this using a 4U vertical wall-mount rack to save floor space in a small wiring closet. (Extra depth for another server or a rackmount UPS) It works beautifully!

Cons: For this price point, I expected the Norco RPC-250 to need some adjustments, and it does. There are sharp edges around the cable pass-throughs on the fan bulkhead. These are easily rounded off with a small rat-tail file. (Couldn't the manufacturer do this?) Be careful which PSU you order, since there is limited mounting depth, as others have described. I used the Athena Power Hercules AP-MPS3ATX55EP80 for my PSU (Though it's currently out of stock...)

Other Thoughts: Overall, if you're patient and careful, this chassis works just fine. If you want one that makes your dreams come true out of the box, you'll need to spend more.

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  • jonathan s.
  • 2/8/2013 4:45:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreatly disapointed

Pros: Cost, airflow is good and it doesn't sound like a jet engine.

Cons: Thought I'd give NORCO a try, never again. I ordered two cases for our rack, one was beat up from either being used previously or from the manufacture. Either Newegg or the maker messed up, and the customer pays for it. It's missing chunks of plastic, scratches all over.... You get what you pay for... I'd stay away from this case, its just not worth the hassle. Spend the extra 20-50 bucks and get a better built case. Also, the tolerance was so tight on the 5.25in bays, my hotswap bays wouldn't fit.

Other Thoughts: Granted it is a 2U case, so I expected it to be a tight fit, the holes for your cables are very small, it just feels cheap.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues you are experiencing with this case. Please contact us at service@norcotek.com, so we may get more details and assist you in resolving this issue.

Best Regards,
Norco Support Team

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  • David H.
  • 8/29/2012 12:12:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood all around chasis.

Pros: I used it for an ECS desktop board with an atx p/s and it has pleanty of space.

Cons: I was unable to route a standard ATX power supply around the fans, cables were not long enough. I had to remove 1 of the 4 fans and cut the metal grill out of it so it would reach. Even with the 4 fans the air flow is not great for an expensive motherboard, but probably ok for a cheap board. Also the way that the atx power supply is mounted causes the p/s fan to pull against the airflow of the case fans, reducing the case airflow and recycling hot air internally.

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  • Sean F.
  • 3/23/2012 1:46:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good case

Pros: Well-thought out

Cons: Nothing

Other Thoughts: I've built many machines with 2U cases, this is the best. The fan power connectors have been daisy-chained so they work, the PSU/Drive backets screw in from the TOP, rather than having to try to thread a screw to the bottom of the case to mount. Yes, the case is tight, and yes, you'll cut your fingers on it. That goes with this class of case. But frankly, after putting together 2U servers in no less than a dozen different brands of cases, I think is the best.

With respect to the chassis width, I've have many cases with this problem. As a work-around mount the rails INSIDE the cabinet posts, ie, instead of screwing the L-brackets into the front of the cab post, put them behind the post and screw them into the post that way (from behind). Then you can push them to the sidesa bit and as long as the case fits between the posts, you are golden.

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  • Thomas H.
  • 1/24/2012 10:19:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Great place to store my server components.

Low Cost - easy install if you get the right power supply. (see below)

Cons: Should have include an plastic insulator in the PSU cable passthrough slot. Should provide information on recommended power supply dimensions and PSU fan orientation.

Other Thoughts: All ATX power supplies are not the same length. Too long and you will have to leave out two of the fans. something 6.5 inches or shorter works great. Also you need a PSU that has the FANs in the proper place. This PSU works great: Athena Power AP-P4ATX85FE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104126

I used WD interal drives in the bay, fit perfect.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/2/2012 1:40:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Terrible - Not Great

Pros: The case has a good price. Comes with 4 internal fans on a nice little mounting system, I liked this a LOT. I can easily take 1/2/3/4 fans off/on and pop them back in without having to run a single wire. I had no problems getting the top off the case. Fits a regular size PSU (see my notes below on this)

Cons: Well one of the biggest cons is that if you HAVE to mount a reuglar size PSU, it WILL fit but man is it a pain to install. They didn't design this very well for regular PSU sizes. They really want you to use the smaller size PSU's for this 2U case. The standard size PSU gets mounted backwards in the front. They give you an internal power cord for this (which is a pro i guess), but it took a lot of figuring out to get it in. I had to remove a few brackets and even then it was really tight. Also the hole they give you for your PSU wires is not that big. It JUST fit all the wires but after some tugging/pulling.

The other HUGE con was that regular hard drives did not fit. I was using a western digital drive, and it would fit in the bracket, but the bracket wouldnt fit in the case. The front of the HD would rest up against the front of the case, which wouldnt allow me to screw down the bracket.

Other Thoughts: its not a TERRIBLE case, but its at the bottom of my list. For the price its a good buy, its sturdy it seems. But there are just too many issues fitting in hard drives/power supplies. I had to put the HD caddy in the back of the system where the HD normally would go. Becasue it didnt fit as stated above AND the hd caddy actually scratched up my PSU since it barely fit (the hd caddy).

I'd look at another case if I were you. I buy a lot of Norco products and have never had issues. I wanted a deeper 2U case this time, but this was not worth the money in my opinion. I should have settled for one of the other cases from them rather then this one. I'll still buy NORCO but never this case again, just too many design flaws.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues you are experiencing with this case. Please contact us at service@norcotek.com, so we may get more details and assist you in resolving this issue.

Best Regards,
Norco Support Team

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  • William B.
  • 7/31/2011 11:40:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Plenty of room - if anything, larger than I expected! Used GB GA-H55M-USB3 MATX board, which just happens to have seven internal SATAs, to match the seven drive capacity of the box - monster home server!

Cons: Recommended RL-26 rails won't fit, at least in my rack! (I thought this stuff was 'standardized'?) 'Flexi' power switch front panel overlay 'collapsed' into a dent versus the intended convex shape - isn't hurting anything, & have done too much 'surgery' to the front panel to make replacement practical...

Other Thoughts: Seems to be a lot of confusion re the bracketry - the large ninety-degree one is an adapter for 2U PSUs, replaces the rear drive bay. The two 'oddballs' with the welded, threaded spacers are for old Xeon cooling mounts that are not seen anymore...

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  • Dee C.
  • 4/29/2011 1:54:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGets the Job Done

Pros: * Relatively Cheap
* Quiet
* Good Air Flow
* Light Weight
* Sturdy, once everything is installed

Cons: * Sharp Edges
* Minimal Quality Control

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a decent case. I got two and one of them had a faulty power cord. This is my third encounter with Norcotek, and this is the third time I've had to work around a quality issue. I don't even see any contact info on the web site. The one that isn't faulty works extremely well. The other one...not so much. Still, it is a 2U case for dirt cheap.

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