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NORCO RPC-4220 4U Rackmount Server Chassis w/ 20 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS 6G Drive Bays (Mini SAS Connector)

  • 20 x SATA/SAS Hot-Swap Drive Bays
  • 4 x 80mm middle fans wall
  • 2 x 80mm rear fans 80mm Fans
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4U Rackmount Server Case with 20 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS Drive Bays

RPC-4220

Features


chassis_RPC-4220
  • 4U Rackmount Design
  • Twenty Hot-Swappable SATA (II or III) / SAS 6G Drive Bays, Two 2.5" OS Drive Brackets
  • Five Internal SFF-8087 Mini SAS Connectors Support up to Twenty 3.5" or 2.5" SATA (II or III) or SAS Hard Drives
  • Backplanes are Horizontal Mounted for Better Ventilation

chassis_RPC-4220

  • 1 x Slim CD-ROM bay, 20 x 3.5 " hot-swappable drive bays, 2 x 2.5" OS drive brackets
  • Six ball-bearing cooling fans for better ventilation
  • Redundant 4-pin Molex PSU connectors support redundant power supply
  • Supports EEB (12 x 13"), CEB (12 x 10.5"), ATX (12 x 9.6"), Micro ATX (9.6 x 9.6"), ITX (6.7 x 6.7") motherboard

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  • LED Indicators for power and activity on each HDD tray
  • Smooth border prevents injury during installation
  • 4-Pin Molex Power Adapter Option (not included): Sata power to 4-pin Molex power adapter
  • RoHS Compliant

Specifications

chassis_RPC-4220
  • Drive Bay: 20 x hot-swappable SATA (II or III) / SAS 6G drive bays, 1 x slim CD-ROM bay, 2 x 2.5" OS drive brackets
  • Cooling Fans: 4 x 80mm Mid-wall fans, 2 x 80mm rear 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, five internal SFF-8087 Mini SAS connectors, ten 4-pin Molex redundant power connectors
  • Motherboard Compatibility: Supports EEB (12 x 13"), 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 power supply, mini redundant power supply (H x W: 5.91 X 3.39")
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 19 x 25.5 x 7.0" (483 x 650 x 176mm)
  • Weight (without hard drive): 39.7lbs (18kg) (Net) 46.7lbs (21.2kg) (Gross)
  • Packing: Double boxes
  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing


Learn more about the Norco Technologies Inc. RPC-4220

Model

Brand
NORCO
Model
RPC-4220

Spec

Chassis Type
Rackmount
Form Factor
4U
Motherboard Compatibility
Support EEB (12"x13"), CEB(12"x10.5"), ATX (12"x9.6"), Micro ATX (9.6" x 9.6")

Expansion

Hot-Swap Drive Bays
20 x SATA/SAS
External Slim Drive Bays
1 x slim CD-ROM bay

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB

Cooling System

80mm Fans
4 x 80mm middle fans wall
2 x 80mm rear fans

Physical Spec

Dimensions
25.5" x 19.0" x 7.0"
Weight
39.7 lbs.

Features

Features
Five internal SFF-8087 Mini SAS connectors support up to twenty 3.5" or 2.5" SATA (I or II) or SAS hard drives
Backplanes are horizontal mounted for better ventilation
RoHS Compliant;

LED indicators for power and activity on each HDD tray
Smooth border prevent lacerating your skin

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the Norco Technologies Inc. RPC-4220

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  • Victor A.
  • 10/11/2014 3:12:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBuild an HTPC on steroids

Pros: 4U chassis, easy to work with, 20 drive bays, layout, solid construction, rack mountable, good use of space, can use large PSU without issue, full-sized ATX, front handles make relocating it easy (if lifting a ton of drives is ever easy).

Cons: Super noisy case fans (replaced immediately with much quieter models), flaky wiring and board for the front switches, mounting for slim optical drive hard to work with, should have included the necessary MOLEX multipliers.

Other Thoughts: I put a Gigabyte Sandy Bridge board in with an i3-2120 and 8GB of RAM. OS resides on a 120GB SSD. Four cheap 4-port SATA cards add to the built-in 8-ports on the motherboard to feed all the hard drives, the SSD and the optical drive. Each tray is loaded with a Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM drive (NAS drives were far too expensive when I built it), which I will replace with 4, 6 or 8TB NAS drives when I find the money to do so. Everything is working together in harmony under the Windows Home Server 2011 installation with DriveBender software adding back in the pooling technology the misguided nimrods at Microsoft left out. The Gigabit Ethernet port is connected to likewise switches on the router and my network allowing multiple simultaneous streams to run through the house to computers, media players and tablets. That is 60TB of data available at any time. LOVE this chassis. Worth the investment (granted I got it on a wicked Christmas sale in 2010 that included free rails and free shipping for about $250).

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  • Tanner H.
  • 4/19/2014 8:47:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

Pros: Low price for what it is. Compare to hot swap bays that take up 5.25 bays and convert to four or five 3.5 bays and you come out way ahead with this. In my home file server, I wouldn't even consider mounting the drives in anything other than one of the hot swap cages; with a RAID, there is too much risk of accidentally pulling out another power cable or whatnot when adding the new drive (or removing a failed drive).

The cooling is very nice as well. Everything is kept to a good temperature.

All the drive bays have their own activity light (useful for finding a drive).

Despite what it says, you can mount a 3.5" OS hard drive inside the case.

The case I received has USB3, which isn't listed in the specs.

I tested all the drive bays and they all work.

SAS cables are a godsend, I truly cannot imagine having 20 SATA cables streaming through any case. 5 SAS cables to RAID cards (or in my case, 4 SAS cables to two RAID cards and one SAS->SATA cable to my motherboard) is really the way to go. Makes everything much much easier to manage. The previous drive cage I had was a massive PITA to deal with because it needed 5 SATA cables going to it and two Molex connectors.

Cons: The case I received does NOT have redundant power connectors. One of the reasons I chose this case was the redundant connectors. Not really a deal breaker, but since this case also has USB3, it's clear there is a new revision of the hardware that Newegg isn't taking into account.

No instructions for anything. This isn't really a big deal for the motherboard mounting or using the drive cages, but when you want to start adding the OS drive (assuming you're using a supported 2.5" drive or mounting the DVD drive, it gets a little tough until you figure out how it all works. Not a big deal, but still seems bizarre. Personally, I used an old external USB DVD drive I had laying around and yanked it out of its enclosure. Fits perfectly. Then, I just connected the USB cable to the internal motherboard USB headers (the drive itself didn't have an adapter on it like I had initially expected).

The top two rows of drive bays are a bit to snug, the drive trays stick a little bit. Once again, not a deal breaker, but still a con.

Other Thoughts: I've seen people complain about the noise this puts out. It's really not that bad. I mean, it's way too loud for a bedroom or living room (where some people were putting it), but for its intended audience, it's not bad at all. I'd prefer the fans to be loud over potentially 20 drives overheating. I keep it in a room we don't use often and when we do, the noise isn't bothersome in the least.

None of the cons are a big deal, this case it really pretty great, especially for the price. Most everything is simple and easy to figure out even without the instructions. SAS cables make everything easy.

It would have been nice to have the redundant power supply connectors, but I'll deal. Truthfully, I've never had one of those connectors ever break or the cable from the PSU die, so it's probably not a big deal.

Highly recommend.

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  • Cengiz K.
  • 4/18/2014 2:43:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the price

Pros: 20 3.5" SAS/SATA Bays. Good interior volume to work. Not so cutting edges.

Cons: Does not come with dual molex power as stated, but I won't use them anyways. My biggest issue is the opening for the SAS cable is about an inch off and the connectors on the backplanes are right across the fan, making it uncomfortable to plug the SAS cables. NORCO's website had a different picture, making you think that all is good.

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  • Robert K.
  • 2/12/2014 8:42:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNo support

Pros: Great price for a 20 bay rack mount case

Cons: No documentation, No support

Other Thoughts: I bought this case last in April of 2013. I've only just gotten around to populating all of the bays. I've discovered 3 of them are failing. I've tried contacting the manufacture by phone (No answer ever) and by email (No Response). Guess I'm stuck with an 85% functional case.

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  • Brian M.
  • 11/9/2013 6:42:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCan't go wrong

Pros: Number of drive slots in this chassis is fantastic. And the fact that it uses mostly standard parts (especially the power supply) is a big plus. Cooling works well.

Cons: Connecting to the backplane can be challenging, but it just takes some patience.

Other Thoughts: This is a fantastic basic server chassis. For the price it can NOT be beat. I was skeptical at what I'd get for what I paid, but I was very happily surprised. This thing is built like a tank! Plenty of room to put whatever you want in it. The 2 additional internal drive slots makes it perfect for a NAS (I use FreeNAS on this box).

I expected something a lot louder as well, but it's surprisingly quiet.

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  • Brian M.
  • 1/25/2013 5:19:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat FreeNAS/NAS4Free Box

Pros: 20 drive bays
Additional bay for slim CD/DVD, internal bay for hard drive / SSD. Edges were pretty smooth, no cuts. Box feels very sturdy. holding it by the handles did not feel like they were going to break. All backplanes worked as they should. Drive caddies are very rigid for how light/thin they are. Supports standard power supply.

Cons: You have to unscrew 10 tiny little screws to move the fan-wall that partitions the component area from the HDD bays. This is required if you want to hook up the power and SAS cables. Seriously though, that was the only real negative I could find.

Other Thoughts: The case is rather large when you look at it externally. Not too wide, the main case is 17.25" wide, the faceplace with the flanges to rack mount it are wider. The case is about 25.5" long. Seems big, but once you have it open and start putting in your stuff. It's not all that big. I have a mATX board in, and I had to find a place to mount an Intel SAS expander. Not a con, just something to consider. Otherwise my FreeNAS build is working very well. My config is

GigaByte AMD Mainboard
Athlon x2 3.4Ghz
8GB RAM
LSI 9211-8i SAS controller
Intel SAS expander
750Watt Modular Power Supply
4x3TB HDD (RaidZ1)
4x2TB HDD (RaidZ1)
4x1.5TB HDD (RaidZ1)
4x400GB HDD (for testing)

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  • wyatt b.
  • 10/6/2012 8:32:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnot bad for the price

Pros: Cheap, comes with many power supply adapters for the many types of power supplies available. Mobo fit excellent and the standoffs and screws fix excellent. It has a solid backplane for all 20 drives and supports sata and sas 6gbs. Has support to redundant molex connectors on the backplanes. Hard drive trays feel a little cheap, but not bad for the price and i'm sure they will function in the future with no problems. The center fans are exceptionally easy to remove individually with just a push of a button (this is important because you have to remove them to install all the cables).

Cons: no product manual. There are small jumpers on the individual backplanes but I have no idea of what they are for, or what I would use them for. The pci brackets are brake away or punchouts, which at first was ok, however when I installed a couple of pci I cards I had to put pressure on the cards to get good fit, not much and nothing really bad. Another thing is if you install any 2.5" drives you can only mount 3 of the 4 screws, which are not included. Wish the back 2 fans were counter rotating high flow to match the 4 fans in the middle of the case.

Other Thoughts: I think I gonna need another case in the near future.

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  • jose p.
  • 8/16/2012 12:59:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggspop goes my drive

Pros: would've been a good server

Cons: trying out the different bays and a spark and the smell of burned electronics. there goes my hard drive

afraid to try and lose another drive.
sent back for a refund

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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  • Anonymous
  • 7/25/2012 4:03:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost a 5

Pros: Using the chassis for a somewhat budget oriented server build. The advantages are that it takes a number of motherboards and a very large power supply. The hot swap bays are okay. Not the best I've ever used, but certainly no the worst. The fans move some serious air, do a good job of keeping components cool, and even sitting on my desktop aren't particularly loud.

Cons: There's some minor sort of build issues. Its nice the fans in the center come out so easily, but it would be even nicer if it wasn't also so easy to bend or break the power connectors putting them back in, especially with the mass of cables in the area.

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  • Stephen B.
  • 6/25/2012 5:28:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Chasis

Pros: The chasis is very nice and well built with plenty of space. The stock fans that come with the case are not nearly as loud as I thought they would be.

Cons: I gave the case 4 stars because my only real complaint is the limited amount of space between the backplane and the fans makes it VERY TIGHT to plug in the SAS connectors.

Other Thoughts: I also had to tighten and loosen the backplan when installing several of the drives because when installing the drive the connection was not made for drive to spin up. I guess a mm of connection space was all it took, because after getting them set correctly, no further issues.

Would also have been nice to have a four pin molex connection to the backplane fans so that their speed could be adjusted.

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