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NORCO RPC-430 Black 4U Rackmount Super Short Depth 15.25" Server Case 6 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

  • 2 x External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 x Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 2 x 80mm Fans

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Norco 4U Rackmount Chassis Drive Bays


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


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)


NORCO Drive Bays

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Bruce M.
  • 1/31/2016 6:12:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWaste of time

Pros: None that I could see - except maybe the short depth.

Cons: I was excited to get this going as it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for - but once I got going on the install - with no instructions - I quickly found out why this case was so cheap.

My breaking point came after spending probably 90 minutes figuring out how to remove everything in order to mount my motherboard only to find when I mounted my video and network card - they were sitting about 1/8 of an inch too high - making it impossible to screw them into the actual holes provided. Seems the motherboard standoffs are way too high leaving the board so high - cards cannot be secured.

This case is cheaply made and nothing fits properly. The rack mount holes also do not line up with a industry standard rack.

The lack of instructions, cheap soft (stripable) screws and other clear cost cutting measures make this a poor value.

Other Thoughts: Do not bother. I am at a loss as to how anyone else - in all these reviews - were able to secure a PCI card? Did others get motherboard standoffs that were actually the right size? I am going to hold off on a return for a day or two (I dropped Norco an email) but failing the ability to get me a correct set of motherboard screws - back this goes to Newegg.

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  • James R.
  • 12/30/2015 1:00:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood rackmount case on a budget

Pros: Room for -6- 3.5" drives (not hot swappable) and -2- 5.25" drive bays that enable some creative options (hot swap drive converter, an Icy Dock converter, etc). Finish was acceptable for a product in this price range. Inclusion of rear exhaust fans was also a nice touch at this price point. I used the RPC-430 as a more intelligent option to rack mount a ThinkServer 140 ($300 for a static shelf - Lenovo is out of touch with reality). Transplanting the existing system into this case involved the removal of the front handles, two small screws at the top, 3 small screws on the sides, and 4 small screws at the very bottom of the front panel.

Once the front panel and drive cages are removed, there's more than ample room to work within the enclosure. No sharp edges/self inflicted wounds were encountered during the process, which is a big positive. All necessary connections for Power, LEDs, etc had plenty of length, which is a bonus. Ample room when using a Micro-ATX or smaller motherboard to hide excess cabling underneath the drive tray and corresponding shelf. The default motherboard standoffs required some reconfiguration for my application, and aligned perfectly with no fitment issues. The left-side (when facing the front) has a sizable filter which will help stave off the build up of dust.

Cons: * "Security bar" covering a small portion of the internal 3.5" drive bays feels like something of an afterthought for security purposes.
* Having to essentially disassemble the case to install a Micro-ATX (or larger) motherboard.
* L-shaped SATA cable connections cannot be used for the 3.5" drive bays closest to the center of the chassis.

Other Thoughts: I went back and forth for a few months between this and one of the budget iStarUSA cases. Careful consideration related to the importance of externally accessible hot-swap drives was the deciding factor that led me to select the RPC-430 versus the iStar D416 case. The reviews on Newegg for iStar's 5.25" to 3.5" converters left significant doubt about proceeding down that path. Just be sure to use straight SATA cables to ensure all 6 3.5" bays are usable.

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  • 12/17/2015 4:59:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsConstruction

Pros: Look's good

Cons: Cover to open the case is very hard to remove. Because of inside obstacles, many Micro ATX motherboards will not fit in this case.

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  • Ashish T.
  • 3/29/2015 1:18:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsI pay for SILVER i get SILVER!!

Pros: Value for Money , Robust Built , Space Availability , The screw actually fit where they are . Comes with two Fans at the rear with a 3 Pin Connector (NOT MOLEX) . The HDD,PWR Led connector are labeled , The connectors are not NASA Standards but are pretty reliable and sturdy , as every body says The front panel has changed , It's Left to Right (PWR,RST,LED's, 2 * USB 2.0) . The power buttons have been changed as well . They seem to be mini button switches now with a plastic cover on the outside . No SHARP edges,machining is adequate, Good powder coated matte finish , the Handels can be removed . The grill in the front has a fine filter on the inside, "should" keep dust out . The spacers are tall and comes prefitted with SATA config spacers with extra spacers and adequate number of Mobo screws.The disk quick release plastic trays work like a charm . Theres a small space available in b/w the 5.25 and the 3.5 drive cages , SDD fits in like a charm!! thought the drive is vertical (SATA facing rear) and cannot be fastened to the chassis but stays put . The panel wires are long enough to reach any corner . My Cooler master PSU went in, and I had space on either side so I can have the fan face the left or the right.. unlike proprietary cabinet issues all over

Cons: >>> W R O N G DIMESIONS <<<it is 15.75 deep and not 15.25<<<< it wouldn't fit a 16" depth rack with the cord at the back!! I am generally happy with what I bought.For the money that its worth I wouldn't expect every thing to LEGO together . NEEDS a screw driver and couple of hours to put together. The SATA ports on my Mobo went under the drive rack also with it went along the 24 pin connector.So Wire the MOBO then install it or , Screw out the cover,top plate,front top edge handles , take out the disk rack put in the Mobo ,wire it up then Reverse... . The case folds inwards on the top and the Disk rack is wider hence it cant be just pulled up, it slides FWD. The quick release trays are not very sturdy, but are strong, They get most of there stregth from the HDD cube shape.When using a SDD tray with it , it does remain loose and flimsy but does its job.

Other Thoughts: People Reported non aligning screw>> If it sits well the screws are aligned. The exercise for the Mobo installation is mandated due to the fact that a 4u idea has been fit into a 3u Space . I am not all gaga over it but it definitely is value for money.

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  • Jason L.
  • 3/19/2015 9:48:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good case. No problems with alignment of drives,motherboard etc. No sharp edges etc. Case wiring is long enough. Case has a sturdy feel to it.

Cons: Front button layout is not the same as the photos show. Case fans are worthless. One was DOA. And the other fan is super loud. I have already ordered 2 replacement fans for the case.

Other Thoughts: The change to the front panel buttons isn't bad. Just unexpected. Missing the mute button. And the type of buttons have changed. Deducted one egg for the poor quality 80mm fans.

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  • Joseph H.
  • 3/11/2015 5:02:53 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot a bad case

Pros: I have read all the reviews of this item prior to order it and I must say that I did not have any hole alignment issue with connecting to rails or securing in my cabinet. Everything lined up as it should. Perhaps the issues being had were because of using non norco brand rails. There was one complaint about the buttons being cheap and I must say that the one I received looked different than the one in the photo so I am not sure if the buttons were changed in the design of this case

Cons: none that I have found

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  • Michael W.
  • 2/6/2015 12:40:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsnon-standard galore

Pros: It's a box, and you might be able to mount most things in it.

Cons: There are so many things I found wrong with this box and I found myself modifying it to a great extent.
* The drive bays are very limited, if you think your going to put an SSDD in this thing without issue think again, the spacers you get with SSDD's do not work in these bays plastic holders. The cdrom bay is also a bit quirky to get mounted up.
* It's not square. Another words it's mishapen and even the bolt holes for the covers do not line up correctly. The power supply mounting holes and the motherboard mounts are especially concerning.
*rail mounting is a joke, plan on getting your drill bits out to make this thing work with whatever rail mounting system you found. Just remember it's a full length box so if you found some small 9U server rack to put it in, it won't fit.

Other Thoughts: It's a box. sadly its the cheapest box any budget minded consumer can ask for but as they say you get what you pay for, just be prepared to re-engineer the thing to get what you want.

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  • David O.
  • 12/12/2014 10:58:51 AM
  • 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
  • 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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  • 5/25/2014 4:17:28 PM
  • 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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