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NORCO RPC-430 Black 4U Rackmount Super Short Depth 15.25" Server Case 6 External 5.25" Drive Bays

  • 2 x External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 x External 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 2 x 80mm Fans
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Norco 4U Rackmount Chassis Drive Bays

Features

NORCO Drive Bays
  • Super short depth, only 15.25 inches
  • 4U rackmount design; meets EIARS-310C standard
  • 2 x 5.25" drive bays, 6 x 3.5 " drive bays
  • Easy drive mounting with screwless rails
  • Support CEB (12" x 10.5"), ATX (12" x 9.6"), Micro ATX (9.6" x 9.6"), ITX (6.7" x 6.7") motherboard
  • 2 x 80mm Rear ball bearing fans for better ventilation
  • 2 x Front USB ports
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Smooth border for safe and comfortable handling


Specifications

NORCO Drive Bays

Drive Bay Supports six 3.5" drives and two 5.25" drives
Cooling Fan 2 x 80mm ball bearing rear fans
Switch Power ON/OFF x 1, System reset x 1
Indicator Power ON/OFF x 1, HDD x 1, NETWORK X 2
Connector Front USB port x2
Motherboard Compatibility Supports CEB (12" x 10.5"), ATX (12" x 9.6"), Micro ATX (9.6" x 9.6"), ITX (6.7" x 6.7")
Power Supply Options Standard ATX, mini redundant power supply (H x W: 5.91 x 3.31 inches)
Dimensions (W x D x H) 19" x 15.25" x 7" (483 x 387 x 176mm)
Packing Double boxes
Weight 15lbs (6.8kg) (NET) 22lbs (10kg) (GROSS)
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)

WHAT'S IN THE BOX

NORCO Drive Bays

Learn more about the Norco Technologies Inc. RPC-430

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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-430

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  • David O.
  • 12/12/2014 10:58:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Short Depth
good build quality
just about everything in this case can be dissasembled with a screwdriver

Cons: Rackmount screws holes are not perfectly aligned with 19" standard.

I had to drill out the holes to make it fit in my rack. (All my other rack equipment fits no problem so I know it's not my rack.

power and reset button feels a little flimsy. I'm worried about longevity of these switches

Due to short depth, some parts of the motherboard are covered by the Hard Drive trays, so depending on your motherboard configuration, you may need to hook up / install things before mounting the mother board.

Large CPU Coolers may interfere with HDD installation, or may not even fit. You will need to have dimmensions of the cooler to make sure it fits and that air flow is consistant with chassis fans.

In my situation i had Asus z87 Pro and the following had to be installed BEFORE mounting mother board

Memory DIMMS (you may not be able to add/replace RAM without uninstalling motherboard

24-pin Power connector

USB 3.0 Header cable

Power/Reset/LED Header & cables

USB 2.0 7/8

Also I appears that I may have a short in the front panel USB connector, as every time this was connected, my motherboard kept reseting/throwing a code. Once i disconnected it I had no problems.

Other Thoughts: Despite the "cons" I will buy another one of these cases for my next computer.

While a pain to build and install, they are very good quality and an excellent value for what you are getting.

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  • Frederick V.
  • 10/18/2014 5:07:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood value for Small Studio

Pros: I purchased these chassis for radio station automation, and digital audio recording. They are very simplistic, and have been providing service now for three years. The internal fans are very quiet, and I have one only 8' away from an announcer and the noise is not picked up by the microphone.

Cons: I wish it had more USB connections on the front, (has only 1), and it would have been nice if there were more LEDs to indicate multiple drives. These are minor complaints. If using a screw gun or power screwdriver, the handles will get in the way.

Other Thoughts: If you are a musician or work in radio broadcasting, this may be a good low cost alternative especially if you run three drives or less on your system.

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  • JEREMY C.
  • 5/25/2014 4:17:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good rackmount case for the $. Easy to work with and a pretty stable case, not flimsy.

Cons: Be careful with that screwdriver, the paint looks very nice but it does scratch a little easier than other cases. I put a small scratch on mine but its enclosed so it wont be noticed. Nothing to deduct an egg for because of my mistake.

Other Thoughts: Some instructions for the rails provided would probably be nice. If you've ever installed a car stereo before its pretty simple to figure out. Stick a rail on the left side of the optical drive and slide it in. Locks pretty well and seems fairly sturdy. To remove the drive just push the clip in on the side of the drive inside the case.

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  • Alec K.
  • 1/16/2014 10:41:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: great short rackmount case, sturdy, very quiet, nice tiny power&reset buttons (won't hit accidentally), 4 lan activity leds.

Cons: get ready to disassemble the whole case to get the motherboard in if you're using a large cpu cooler, or if you're installing 5.25in drives.

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  • David C.
  • 1/14/2014 10:41:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOk, but not great.

Pros: * The short depth works well for small home racks (my intended use).
* Plenty of 3.5" bays (6).
* Front panel cables are sufficiently long to reach motherboard headers anywhere.
* Back panel fans are quiet (somewhere in the 20 dB range).
* Screw packs are labeled -- this may seem minor, but it saves a lot of installation headache when you're not trying to distinguish between motherboard mounts and power supply screws.
* Inexpensive.

Cons: The manufacturer had to cut a lot of corners to hit this price point, and it shows:

* Fair to poor mechanical tolerances. Trying to get the holes to line up after taking the drive tray out is a balancing act as you try to apply force in odd directions to get the screws in. (I've seen worse, but this is definitely below average.)
* Screws are made of soft metal -- very easy to strip.
* Screws are too short -- hard to get into the case especially with the poor tolerances noted above.
* Poor finish. As soon as you start removing screws, flecks of paint start coming off and reveal bare metal.
* Plastic handles. You will need to remove the handles to get at the drive trays. However, the screws which hold them in dig into the plastic itself (like how most case fans are mounted); each time you remove the screws, a bit of the plastic comes off. There are a limited number of times you can take the handles off before the screws won't be able to hold.
* Odd rackmount hole configuration. There are two holes in the center on each side; if you put a lot of equipment inside, this will put a lot of stress on the rackmount rails at that spot. I'd expect at least four holes per side (which two at either end) for better weight distribution.
* Installing 3.5" drives requires you to unscrew a centerpiece holder, remove a flimsy plastic carrier (which catches on every corner; very high risk of breakage in this step), seat the HDD into the carrier, then reinstall the carrier and centerpiece. I would've preferred the standard screws here.
* Rear slot covers are not replaceable.
* Installing expansion cards requires you to push the card in partway (the back edge won't seat correctly at first), then use a screwdriver to force the lip back into the case.

Other Thoughts: My main goal was to get a short depth rackmount case (small 16U home networking rack), so this rack ended up being adequate. I would have gladly paid $20 more to have some of the cut-corners remedied -- especially the poor mechanical tolerances, finish, and soft screws.

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  • Matthew W.
  • 1/1/2014 9:30:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNew revision fixes a lot of my old complaints

Pros: I bought a new batch of these at the end of Nov-2013 and Norco has changed the design a bit since my Aug 2013 review.

They now correctly advertise up to 12x10.5 board support and not EATX.

The front panel is completely changed with working LEDs for: power, HDD, three LANs, and an alert. Also, two USB 2.0 ports with a standard 9-pin plug. And it all works this time!

Cons: Paint quality on my new batch wasn’t as good. Came out of boxes with some light scratches and such already. Not really too big of deal for something that I’ll never look at and is in this price range. (I would subtract eggs from a more expensive chassis with this sort of paint quality)

Strangely, one of the USB ports is a blue USB 3.0 plug. But, they don’t have the cable to plug in to a USB 3.0 header on a mobo. Works fine as dual 2.0 ports though.

Many fewer holes in the side of the case now. I guess if you’re using Norco’s rails this shouldn’t be an issue but if you are doing anything creative you might have a harder time.

Other Thoughts: Too bad Newegg doesn’t let you upload pics in a review so I could show changes.

Reluctantly giving 5 eggs to balance out my old review since panel is much improved and case is advertised correctly now. Still don’t like the bend-and-break I/O slot covers though.

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  • Jared C.
  • 12/13/2013 7:26:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExactly what I was looking for

Pros: Friend of mine has this housing his NAS components.
After seeing this, I had to have one to get rid of the bulk mid-tower that was sitting on the desk.

It's built fairly sturdy, compared to others, it's not ridiculously heavy, it's priced right, and one of the front USB ports is a 3.0.

Cons: For motherboards ATX and larger sized, it's a really tight fit inside the case, but not a con worth marking it down for. Just take the HDD tray out (by removing the mounting tabs, faceplate, and screws holding the tray in) and life is a little easier.

Again ^^^ not worth marking down for, still a good case.

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  • Greg T.
  • 12/10/2013 1:49:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsvery happy

Pros: I need a short case and upgraded from an RPC-230. Two 5.25 bays, and 6 hdd slots. I like the layout.

Fans are in the back which conceals a lot of noise.

Cons: Offsets provided are a little long so the PCI cards sat up about 1/4 inch from flush when I tried to secure them so now those cards are not very steady when trying to plug components in. (That's the -1 Egg.)

There were some scratches on the sides of the case but that didn't bother me much. Nobody will ever know but me although it does say something about quality.

Other Thoughts: Installed a micro ATX board and needed to pull off the front and hdd cage to access everything. It wasn't difficult but i wish I had known to save me some time trying to shortcut through.

SATA ports on the mobo sit under the HDD cage. To access those you need to pull the case front off so you may want to pre-install some cables if you plan to add drives later. Also, right-angle SATA cables won't work here.

I read about the fans being loud so I ordered quieter ones...I wish I hadn't spent the money...included fans are fine. (At least compared to the RPC-230.)

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  • Michael H.
  • 11/27/2013 1:32:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Short depth, overall sleek appearance.
Decent cast for minimal $$

Cons: screws like everyone else says, but if taken care of, work fine.
None of my cases power LED lights up, and is definitely pinned properly. Oh well.

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  • Tigran V.
  • 11/18/2013 6:54:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible unless you are cramped for space

Pros: Short depth-wise may even work on a 2-post rack

Cons: Very hard to work on. Camped -
Bad design
No space for HD fans.
No space for aux fans.
Cannot reach MB once assembled.
Likely will not work on multi-proc systems at all.
Bigger RAID controllers or other cards will not fit.
Poor Quality Control.

Other Thoughts: Norco usually makes good stuff - their Cabinets are awesome! This case had good reviews and the case we usually order got discontinued so decided to try it. What we didnt notice is that the case is VERY shallow (not U-Height, but depth-wise). As a result about 1/3 of the Motherboard has to live UNDER the hard drive cage. The cage is massive and takes up the whole front third of the case. It requires nearly 20 screws (some of them hidden) to remove and at first looks like it might not be removable. With it in place you cannot reach 3 of the motherboard standoffs and locations where RAM and SATA ports are typically located, are inaccessible. There is no way to take the hard drives out the front of the case, they have to come out of the back of the cage. When the system is built, this means that you have to pull the 20-screw cage to change out a bad drive. If your system is racked, you will have to completely un-rack it and remove the rails as they block some of the side screws! Although it has space for a bunch of close-fit hard drives, there is no space to add a cooling fan on either front or back of the cage which will make HD failure all that much more likely. In addition, we saw some quality control issues. Places where case edges were not de-burred leaving metal splinters to either stab you or fall onto your electronic components. Also one of our stand-offs had a partly-made thread with the thread 'chad' still stuck inside the standoff. We order about $300k/yr in computer builds from NewEgg - this is the first and last time that we are ordering this case.

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