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NORCO RPC-230 2U Rackmount Server Case 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays

  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 80mm Fans

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Black 2U Rackmount Chassis




  • 2U rackmount design, meets EIARS-310C standard
  • 1 x 5.25" drive bay, 4 x 3.5 " drive bays (maximum 5)
  • Supports Micro-ATX (9.6" x 9.6") motherboard


  • Two 80mm ball bearing fans for better ventilation
  • Front accessible USB port
  • Smooth border prevent lacerating your skin


  • Drive Bay: Supports four 3.5" drives and one 5.25" drive
  • Cooling Fan: 2 x 80mm ball bearing fans
  • Switch: Power ON/OFF x 1, System reset x 1
  • Indicator: Power ON/OFF x 1, HDD x 1, Network x 2
  • Connector: One front accessible USB port
  • Motherboard Compatibility: Supports Micro-ATX (9.6 x 9.6")
  • Power Supply Options: Standard ATX power supply
  • Packing: Double boxes, 22.5 x 23 x 8"
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 16.9 x 15.25 x 3.5" (430 x 387.3 x 88mm)
  • Weight: 14lbs (6.4kg) (NET), 20lbs (9.1kg) (GROSS)
  • Environment: 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): 1 Grms (Operating), 2G (Non-Operating)
  • Shock: 10G (with 11ms duration, half sine wave) (Operating), 30G (Non-Operating)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • John M.
  • 3/17/2015 4:58:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsdecent case for the money

Pros: Ease of installation for the components. Nice to have multiple cooling fans in the front.

Cons: Fans are noisy during operation. This is not a big deal since the rack is distant from most of the people who would complain.

Other Thoughts: The specifications state that a Mini ATX board fits, and it does. While it can be a tight fit, there is sufficient room for cooling with proper cable management.

There were comments about using the proper power supply, one without a side fan, or modification of the case cover is required are wise.

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  • Daniel D.
  • 9/2/2014 1:10:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent Case But REALLY Loud

Pros: Case has a pretty decent layout for such a budget 2U case.

Fits standard ATX power supply which is always a plus.

The price is pretty good!

Cons: LOUD!!!!

I think I have been to Rock Concerts that weren't this loud! It actually drowned out the sound from other servers I had running in my data center. I have 10 to 12 year old monster servers with 4 200mm fans running full blast that are not as loud as this thing. LOL!!!

Other Thoughts: If you are completely deaf and don't mind completely annoying the s#!% out of everyone in the building, then this is the case for you! Hell, maybe even pick up two of them at that point! LMFAO!!!

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  • Elizabeth L.
  • 5/16/2014 1:52:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNobody uses SSD's?

Pros: Small factor, which is nice.

Cons: Hard disk covers have no holes for 3.5 to SSD adaptor, ended up having to drill my own??? In this day and age?

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  • Peter O.
  • 4/13/2014 11:07:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Enough

Pros: Case works fine.

Cons: The holes in the rack ears do not line up well with my equipment rack. I ended up having to drill them out a bit to get all 4 screws in place.

I think making the holes into slots would help make alignment easier.

Other Thoughts: Despite the minor mounting problem, I probably would buy this case again.

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  • Blake B.
  • 2/22/2014 10:04:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap. Holds a standard ATX power supply.

Cons: Buttons feel kind of cheap. Depending on the motherboard things can get very tight toward the front of the case. Over all it does feel kind of cheap.

Other Thoughts: I have used several of these and will probably purchase more in the future.

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  • David M.
  • 12/16/2013 12:19:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good for its intended purpose

Pros: --Acceptable Ventilation
--Great price
--Can use "standard" ATX power supply (just make sure air flow is front to back - in other words, no intake fan at 90 degrees to exhaust)
--Quite possibly the perfect case for a pfsense or untangle machine.

Cons: Nothing to deduct an egg for, but...

-- If at least one of the front USB ports was USB 3.0 - that would be great

-- Fans all the way across would have been better than including 5.25 bay. As other reviewers have noted, you are going to want that space for wires, not an optical drive.

-- Due to inclusion of 5.25 bay, a hard drive placed in the left most HDD bay (if you are facing the case from the front) does not get nearly the airflow. Not a problem for me, as I use 4U cases for my NAS and file sever - but something to keep in mind if that's what you want to use it for. The far right bay has the best ventilation, the middle 2 are adequate... the far left bay probably ok for a low RPM drive, as it does get air pulled past it by the PSU.

Other Thoughts: NOTE: Read if you are not familiar with 2U form factor:

-- Saw some of the below listed as "cons" in other reviews. They are not, really. Kind of like the fact that your Honda Civic cannot easily haul a 4x8 sheet of plywood being a "con"

-- This case will take a regular ATX PSU. However, bear in mind that it will be installed "sideways." Which means...

-- You will need to get a PSU with fan(s) that move air front to back in relation to the case. Power supplies with a fan at 90 degrees to the exhaust fan will not work well, as the PSU turned sideways will take up EXACTLY the entire height of the case, with no space on the top or bottom. This is not exactly a coincidence...

-- Yep - you will need to use low profile cards. It's a 2U case - that's just the way it is. Not that there are plenty to choose from in the 2 types of cards you are most likely to be using in this case (Network Interface Cards and HDD/RAID controllers. It is also very common to find that these cards have low profile adapters - just be sure to have a jeweler's phillips head handy (though some number 1 phillips will work on some cards)

-- FYI, this particular case is for a MATX or smaller form factor Mobo.

--I have just ordered 2 more of these. The first has been running my pfsense rig for 6 months or so - no problems at all. I have an Intel socket 1155 MATX mobo (gets me that extra Intel NIC !) Dual core 35 watt Pentium proc, 8GB RAM. 10,000 rpm HDD (total overkill, but just happened to have it), and 4 Intel NICs (One is dual port server grade). I mention the NICs because these fill all 4 slots. Everything stays nice and cool however.

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  • David D.
  • 11/23/2013 11:16:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat low cost case that does the job

Pros: For a case this small and low profile, it actually is very efficient in its spacing.
Solid construction, very sturdy, doesn't feel flimsy
Fairly light for even with all the components in there

Cons: The built-in fans are load, really load. Got used to it, but just recently replaced the, with N82E16811999199 and it was like night and day.
Although the construction is good, i do notice that paint on it comes off of it rather easily. This is not a horrible thing as I am keeping it away most of the time.
I do notice that the holes on the "flaps" on the side do not completely line up with the other server. This would indicate a mistake in the design, but for my situation, it isn't that much of a deal.

Other Thoughts: The grates on the front do cause a bit of that noise with the forced air trying to go through such small holes. but I do not completely mind this. I cannot complain about the laws of physics.
Other than that, I got the case for a specific purpose, and it is fulfilling that purpose.

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  • Edward C.
  • 11/20/2013 11:34:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCase is a little Small, for wires.

Pros: Fits a Standard 19" Rackmount. Three network leds in front panel. Two other optional front LEDs, can be connected to what you want.

Cons: Small Case depth. Long Front Panel Wires. You might need to purchase power supply extensions to connect to your motherboard. I would not recommend using a CD/DVD ROM in this case, you will need the room for wires.

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  • LeAnn S.
  • 11/19/2013 4:05:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for cheap servers

Pros: Looks nice, parts fit smoothly, cables easily connect to all the parts inside. Excellent ventilation, not too loud. Five drive bays is nice.

I've seen far worse, and the price is tough to beat.

Cons: Somewhat shallow depth means motherboard must fit below drive bays. (at the front) Make sure that the CPU isn't there, and if your memory is there, that the memory sticks aren't too tall. We had an issue with this and had to swap out RAM. It's tall enough for normal SATA connectors.

Drives are not hot swappable, so don't use this case for a file server if you can't live with some downtime. PSU is not included.

Other Thoughts: If your expectations are more towards budget than uptime, this is an excellent case! Think small business or when part of an otherwise redundant server farm. The layout of the server means that normal PSU won't work, we used 17-371-033 with good results. (no cable extenders needed)

This is a rackmount server case and it's too noisy for use next to people. Think: server closet or data center.

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  • James S.
  • 8/5/2013 6:30:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great design and weight

Cons: Didn't realize it only accepts Low Profile cards and manufacturer states standard ATX power supply however that would cover the fan on a standard power supply that has the fan on top.

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