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NORCO RPC-3116 3U Rackmount Server Case w/ 16 x SATA/SAS Hot-Swap Drive Bays - OEM

  • 16 x SATA/SAS Hot-Swap Drive Bays
  • 1 x slim CD-ROM bay
  • 2 x 60mm Fans, 4 x 80mm Fans

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Dan W.
  • 9/5/2012 11:49:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The quality of the case is great for the price. I was worried about the trays being too flimsy, but they are better than expected. It is definitely not quite, but not that loud. I thought after reading the other reviews that changing the fans would be required, but it’s much quieter than a typical server case.

Cons: There is not enough space between the backplane and the fans, so it is really hard to fit all of the wires. Also, the power for the backplane is on the opposite side from the PSU.

Other Thoughts: However, even with these cons it is still a great case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/20/2012 5:24:51 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Case

Pros: Solid design, lighter than other cases, low cost, sufficient room, quiet fans, 6.0 Gbps support, laptop/SSD mounts, sturdy handles.

Cons: Wiring isn't as elegant as other cases, I guess. It would be nice to be able to use more PCI-E ports.

Other Thoughts: I'm not exactly sure why some people are ill with the case. It is pretty great especially for the price. Yes, there isn't a ton of space between the fans and the power/SATA ports, however it was totally fine for me (16 cables). Make sure you don't make the same mistake as me though and put the fans back in backwards (fan stickers face the back of the case) b/c then you'll really lose all the space. The power supply sits on a shelf and hangs over some of the PCI-E ports. If you get a micro-ATX board you will be totally fine. Or if you don't need your bottom ports then you are all set too. The laptop (or SSD) drives can be mounted on the little plates near the front that come with the case (they aren't in the pictures). And my fans were totally quiet (much quieter than my old Supermicro case), so I'm not sure what everyone is expecting. Trays seemed fine. For power you'll need 8 molex connections. I recommend getting a modular power supply. Overall pleased.

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  • Marc-Andre C.
  • 7/30/2012 6:49:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Lots of 3.5" hotswap slots

Cons: NOT:
- PSU redundant compatible
- ASUS KGPE-D16 compatible
- ASUS PIKE 2008 compatible

Other Thoughts: disapointed would describe best my feeling regarding that enclosure.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/3/2012 2:27:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA good case for the price

Pros: - Cheap compared to competition
- Most edges smoothed
- Fits cheap, commodity hardware with ease
- Lots of room for the power supply; can even handle bottom-mounted fan
- Allows full-height cards to be used
- Tall enough to fit standard heatsinks; no need for small, loud heatsinks
- Decently quiet fans

Cons: - Hot swap bay and drive trays are cheap feeling and bind on insertion
- Not enough room for cables between backplanes and fans; requires removing fan wall
- Opening for cables to go through fan wall is small
- NORCO rails are awful; may not fit your rails
- Requires extra parts to mount redundant power supplies

Other Thoughts: Considering how much you could pay for a Supermicro case, this unit is a great deal. It has worked great for me overall; enough room to work (although just barely in some places), good cooling, not super loud like smaller cases, and fits commodity hardware with ease. It helped make for a cheap file server for our office. The cheap feeling of the parts was a turn-off, especially for the hot swap bays, but it works well enough. Careful screwing drives on to the top of the hot swap bays; I had screws protrude into the top bays, scraping the drives!

Overall, it works great for us and at such a competitive price, it's a great deal.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/13/2011 11:36:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Solid build case for the home enthusiast.

* Plenty of HD space (16 hotswap), 1 slim DVD, 2 2.5 HD mounts, 3.5 HD under power supply
* Great air draw through HD's.
* Full height cards fit
* Feels 'solid'

Cons: * Shipped with no FDD mount (which was better for me - should have been on the rightside)
* Main front panel set was mis-mounted on delivery - quick fix by unscrewing it, popping the case over the lip, and re-seating the front panel. Same as everyone else in the comments.
* Fans are *LOUD*, unbearably LOUD. It ships with generic 80mm fan (FFB0812SHE) x4 @ 48.5 dBA / 68.5CFM. Bought Silenx iXtrema Pro Series Quiet Fan 80mm (IXP-54-14B) x4 @ 14 dBA / 32 CFM. Some slight dremeling on fans to neatly pass-through cables. Nearly silent now and no overheating (all
drives are sitting around 35c).
* Power supply mount will overlap the bottom of an ATX board. Can only use 2 PCIe 16x slots, the third is covered. Not an issue for me.
* Rear fans have passthrough molex connectors. I cut these connectors off and soldered on a standard 3-pin motherboard fan mount.

Other Thoughts: Space around internal fans is *TIGHT*. Cable management and patience a must. Buy the following if you don't own it and save yourself the time:

* Get 12x 36" right-angle SATA cables (locking) - hot-swap drive backplanes.
* Get 7x 36" SATA cables (locking) - lowest backplane & 2.5/DVD.
* Get Silenx IXP-54-14B (iXtrema Pro Series Quiet Fan 80mm) x4 to replace mid-fans.
* Zipties (medium)
* Power supply:
- 8x molex connections for backplane
- 1x molex connection for mid fan mount
- 2x molex connections for rear fans (I bought onboard fan connectors and soldered these on instead)
- 4x SATA connections for 2.5 HD's, DVD drive, and under power supply drive
- I used a Topower Powerbird TOP-900W, which allowed me to run 2x molex branches to the backplanes (with 2x molex splitters) and a SATA branch for the top-mounted drives. Used a SATA to molex converter to power mid-fans.

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  • Devon C.
  • 1/8/2011 2:13:55 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: - Well-built
- Full-height PCI/standard ATX motherboard/PSU
- Drive trays do have lights (picture doesn't show them)
- Fits 2.5" OCZ SSD nicely (using pre-drilled mounting holes on the bottom of the drive trays)

Cons: - Power connectors for backplane are about as far from the PSU as they can be - I had to get extensions and splitters to be able to reach and hook up all of them
- SATA connectors on backplane are a little crowded by the fan bay - angle connectors would work well but I was able to fit straight ones. It's easier to take out the fan bay while setting up.
- The shelf thing that holds up the PSU and the PSU itself blocks part of my ATX motherboard. Not a big deal, but I can't really use the IDE connectors and USB breakouts on my particular board. You could probably remove it off to hook stuff up, then reassemble.

Other Thoughts: After looking at a lot of cases, I'm really happy I chose this one. It does everything I want it to and doesn't look/feel cheap. Make sure you use flat drive screws for the trays; they don't slide in very well otherwise.

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  • Joe H.
  • 8/25/2010 4:33:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT

Pros: Well.... Me and some friends are makeing a game server "Company" and we bought this for are first storage unit... to start were just putting in 6 2TB HDD and well see how far we get...

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: Good... I bought from server supply store and it came with a PSU :D

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  • James B.
  • 7/12/2010 11:11:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Case with a couple of flaws

Pros: Great case, very well built and sturdy. LOTS of drive bays (16x 3.5" SATA), with individual power and activity LEDs. Plenty of case fans to ensure proper cooling. Price is very reasonable considering what you get.

Cons: I am currently using about 10 of the 16 drive bays in front. When I first put in all the drives, I noticed that some of the drives were not powering up. Turns out the power and data connectors on some of the drives were not lining up properly with the backplane. I had to take the 4 backplanes out and re-install them, putting spacers under some of the separating posts to ensure proper alignment.

Also, the plastic cover over the power and reset buttons is very cheap. It was attached using an adhesive of some sort and it would often cause the power or reset buttons to stick after pressing it. Removing the adhesive on one end fixes this problem.

Other Thoughts: The fans are LOUD. If you are not installing this in a datacenter, you will probably want to order fan controller(s).

The reason I do not give this 5 eggs is because of the backplane issue. That being said, the problems with the backplane and the front buttons were easy enough to fix once I figured out what was causing the issue. You get a lot for your money with this case.

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  • Malxe W.
  • 12/9/2009 12:03:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery good fileserver chassis, though it had some minor quirks

Pros: Large number of drives with a minimal rack profile.
Drive caddies fit well and have good locking mechanisms.
Empty drive bays can have their grill closed to reduce dust intake.
The power/fault and data lights are very clearly illuminated.
Very effective Nidec fans included.
Easy to manage power and data connections for the drivebays.
Sturdy construction, didn't notice any bending or flexing when assembling the machine or putting it on the data rack.

Cons: Did not have provisions to bolt to all four posts in a data rack.
Part of the front panel was slightly bent in at the top, interfering with the optical drive bay until pushed back out (Not a manufacturing defect...just bent sheet metal).
The power switch motherboard connector was malformed; had to cut it off and splice a spare one on.
Reset and power buttons are a little sticky and do not always work the first time.
Gets a bit cramped trying to route all sixteen SATA cables, took some ingenuity with zip ties for cable management, and some coaxing to get it to fit around the desk of fans in the middle of the case, but it worked.
Did not have a mounting point for SSD; Had to do a little grinding to adapt the floppy drive bracket, but it works nicely.

Other Thoughts: This turned out to be the ideal rackmount chassis for a fileserver that I had built in February this year. It had the needed drive capacity, was not outrageously priced and allowed for the configuration I was hoping for.

Unfortunately as mentioned above the motherboard connector for the power switch seemed like it was partially melted, thus needing a replacement. Probably just slipped past QA but it didn't render the case unusable. The buttons on the front are also a little sticky, I'm not sure if it's the design of the buttons themselves or the thick plastic overlay glued on top. But since this is a low maintenance, high availability server they don't get touched much at all. Overall, to build a compact fileserver that offers alot of scalability and a worthwhile price, it's hard to beat this 3U chassis.

Currently running eight disks in a RAID6 array, leaving the other 8 bays free for future expansion.

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  • Ben B.
  • 8/25/2009 10:12:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes exactly what I needed!

Pros: Default configuration has 16+1 3.5" HDD bays. The 16 bays up front are all hot-swappable and each bay has a separate power and Data light. The trays are fairly solid and easy to mount drives to. Screws go in on the sides. The Slim-dvd slot is also fairly well designed and only requires one screw to hold in the drive.

The optional back cover lets you use 7 PCI slots, as well as a redundant power supply (not available on Newegg)

Cons: As other reviewers have said, it's loud! If you aren't going to put this in a server room where it won't bother anyone you should know it runs all six fans at full speed.

Not really pertaining to the default configuration, but if you get the optional back cover from Norco for a redundant power supply, you may have to modify it to fit said power supply.

Also, the power connections for the front drives and the location of the power supply are a bit far, you're going to need LONG power cables to reach.

Other Thoughts: Very well built case. Holds a SuperMicro dual LGA1366 board well, plenty of room.

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