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NORCO RPC-3216 Black 3U Rackmount Server Chassis

  • 16 x SATA/SAS Hot-Swap Drive Bays
  • 1 x slim CD-ROM bay
  • 2 60mm Fans, 4 80mm Fans
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Learn more about the Norco Technologies Inc. RPC-3216

Model

Brand
NORCO
Model
RPC-3216

Spec

Chassis Type
Rackmount
Form Factor
3U
Color
Black
Motherboard Compatibility
Support EEB (12"x13"), CEB(12"x10.5"), ATX (12"x9.6"), Micro ATX (9.6" x 9.6"), Mini ITX (6.7" x 6.7") motherboard

Expansion

Hot-Swap Drive Bays
16 x SATA/SAS
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
2 x OS drive brackets
External Slim Drive Bays
1 x slim CD-ROM bay

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB

Cooling System

60mm Fans
2
80mm Fans
4

Physical Spec

Dimensions
16.9" x 25.5" x 5.1" (430mm x 650mm x 130.1mm)
Weight
12.3 kg/27 lb (NET)

Features

Features
Switch: Power ON/OFF x 1, System reset x 1

Indicator: Power ON/OFF x 1, HDD x 1, NETWORK x 2

Connector: Two front USB ports, Four internal SFF-8087 Mini SAS connectors, ten 4-pin molex redundant power connectors

Four internal SFF-8087 Mini SAS connectors support up to sixteen 3.5" or 2.5" SATA (II or III) or SAS hard drives

Hot-swappable HDD tray with special designed power-off and lock mechanism

Six ball-bearing cooling fans for better ventilation

Power Supply Options: Support standard ATX power supply only.

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


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  • Ryan G.
  • 4/14/2014 8:39:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Mid grade case

Pros: Case has 16 drive bays, room for ATX board and power supply.
Has room for 16 drives, plus 2 2.5" internally.

Cons: Factory fans were loud in my setup, I swapped out for quieter fans. Overall, its still a work in process, but I found a few quirks that I've learned to work with/around. Don't plan on using 16 7200rpm fans unless you have mad cooling. I use this in a home, so fans had to be softer, WD Red hard drives work awesome, 30 degrees cooler.

Other Thoughts: Aside from a need for more air flow, the case has been working pretty well for me. Its big and heavy, but thats expected with a box this size. Also note you need a deep rack as this is a good 24" deep box.

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  • Walter C.
  • 7/16/2013 9:51:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNice try Norco!

Pros: Looks great on the website. I am trying hard to come up with another Pro. Read the other reviews. Newegg deserves 1 egg.

Cons: The case looked new out of the box, but upon closer inspection I could see it was assembled by a 10 year old. The front bezel wasn't positioned correctly which I didn't even notice till the slim optical drive didn't seat correctly. The screws for the horizontal slot holder were in crooked. I pulled all 16 of the trays to inspect the connectors as there was issues with some connectors being loose. I used a powerful flash light and the connectors looked OK but the capacitors didn't look right. After pulling the top one out, the cap on the far opposite side of the power connecters was blown. The metal body was bulging and a brown substance on the top. Pulling the rest of the boards showed similar evidence of severe heat damage along the same side. 3 of the 4 I wouldn't even use. The PCBs were even silk screened 201315. I couldn't find any signs of previous usage.
After showing tech support the photos, I was sent 3 new boards. Just opened today and 2 are in worse condition. One looks brand new, the other 2 have capacitors rolling around in the plastic bag. One of the bad items was obviously opened previously as the bag was torn where they are taped closed, then retaped closed. One the same board, LEDs that are angled outward to line up with the light guides for the tray are mangled and pointed inwards. I am not even sure how that happened as there is a plastic tab on the PCB edge.

Other Thoughts: I'm going to have to pull all of the hardware out of the case and RMA back to newegg. This is definitely not something I would expect out of a company that thinks it is making "server grade" cases. Fortunately, this is for my personal use and not something I would be embarrassed/ridiculed over professionally. Now I get to pay for shipping back to Newegg and then purchase a REAL chassis. just an FYI, Habey and Norco are the came company. The Norco website "news and events" has only been updated once singe 2008.

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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  • Chris H.
  • 12/29/2012 5:20:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOoops, needed ATX Back Window

Pros: I really like the weight, included backplane with 8087 connectors and fans (although loud).

Cons: Big con is that I didn't read that this model has the back window that requires a 2U single or 3U redundant power supply. The Norco website still shows the old ATX compatible back window....assumed without reading that the unit I purchased from NewEgg would have the ATX back window....

Other Thoughts: Sent sales at Norco a email hoping I can purchase the ATX compatible back window, since repacking and shipping back the 3216 to NewEgg is not attractive.

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  • Bryan B.
  • 9/17/2012 2:11:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood start but needs work

Pros: The case is relatively inexpensive and can hold 16 3.5in HDDs.

Cons: The space between the fan block and the SAS back-plane is too small. Had to remove a fan and use that space for SAS cable pass-through. The second and fourth (from the top) back-planes don't have enough room between the metal and the connector for most of the SAS cables on the market (ie the cable locking clip hits the metal such that the cable cannot lock in place). The power for the fan block was not secured properly, it was pulled out while disconnecting the power cable from it. There are only 5 expansion slots, which don't happen to be located where I wanted them to be.

Other Thoughts: Fan block needs to be redesigned (its actually worse then the previous version that had a very narrow pass-through for SAS cables). Would be nice if there was a SAS expander option instead of a pass-through.

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  • Michael G.
  • 5/21/2012 10:51:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat Case..Terrible Backplanes

Pros: The case itself is fine for my needs, with plenty of SAS/SATA drive space*!

Cons: *(Plenty of SAS/SATA Drive Space)... unfortunately, as others have commented... not a single one of all 3 cases have a functional backplane! Yup, not ONE out of a dozen (X4 Drives each). I even special ordered the Norco cables thinking that was the problem. It's not. Had to temp wire directly to my drives.

Other Thoughts: Until the issue is resolved.... I would NOT suggest a purchase based on the backplanes themselves... unless you want to hand wire the drives, which is NOT fun, or even close to what the case was designed for.

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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  • shaun l.
  • 5/4/2012 4:34:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNORCO

Pros: Well, the pros.... Cheap , 16 + 2 hard drives. for the money, this case is unbeatable.

Used these cables for the onboard SATA
1 x NORCO C-SFF8087-4S Discrete to SFF-8087 (Reverse breakout) Cable - OEM

Cons: The cons....

!!! IMPORTANT!!!!!

The power Supply mounts on the bottom side of the motherboard!!! You will need a PSU extension!!!
The slot in the middle of the case ( the wall the fans mount to ) where all the SAS cables are supposed to go through is a little tight.
The thing that angered me the most was the 2.5HD mount. Not sure if my case is a new revision or what but the way the HDD mounts on a funky bracket thing is awful.

I sent an email to NORCO about the awful way the 2.5 HDD mounts and they said they were going to submit it to their engineer. Haven't heard back yet. ( over a month and a half ago) Finally got my HBA card and discovered the SATA plug on one of the bays is mis aligned. It will work if i put the HDD in then slide the tray in.

The lights are a little funky, If you like a light show you may be disappointed. Some of the lights are brighter than others. some of the lights you have to be looking straight on to see them.

Other Thoughts: All in all I'm happy with the case. I'm a cheap skate and would never spend more than 329 on a computer case.

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  • Chika K.
  • 12/7/2011 2:38:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA good case for what it is...BUT....

Pros: - Cheap case, comfortable space to work on.

- Decent air-flow with default fans (noise isn't really an issue when used in an already noisy server room)

Cons: - The location of the fans make it a PITA to get to the power connections for the backplanes, it could have been setup with the center fan mount being hinged to allow access to the backplanes.

- The metal behind the front handles of the case is sharp as hell. Consider yourself warned.

- The screws for the top cover look like something out of a watch, could have simply used some thumb screws at the back of the case.

- Redundant power supply install is quirky, see other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: If you are using a redundant power supply you NEED this
" 3116_optionalbackwindow " (Google it) or to spend some time with a dremel tool to get the power supply to fit. And ya, I didn't find that part off of norcotek's website until after went and cut everything to fit. Do yourself a favour, spend the $11

Other than the "quirks", they didn't meet or exceed the problems I expcted to have from a $340 - 16 Bay server chassis. I would (and am going to ) buy one of these again.

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  • David M.
  • 5/28/2011 9:34:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsCheap and effective but design flaws

Pros: Cheap

Cons: The PSU bracket blocks 2-3 expansion cards on a normal ATX board. The mini-SAS ports are too tightly close to the fans. It would have been better to move the fans to the right and left and leave a pass through for the min-SAS.

Other Thoughts: It's cheap.

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  • ROCKY V.
  • 4/19/2011 7:31:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat

Pros: great case cheat price i can now make my own server with lots of hard drives

Cons: 4 fans are too close to sas connectors i have to make hard bends in the cables

Other Thoughts: make your own server you need to buy 16 port raid card
highpoint i have is great works like a charm

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  • Jeff B.
  • 3/6/2011 5:24:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: This case has solid construction, easy assembly, 16 hot swap drive bays with just 4 drive connectors. I built a server with this case, 16 - 2TB drives and a Highpoint 2740 controller. It has been rock solid with no issues. This is my third Noco case. The others are RPC-450TH cases. Had I found this one before the other two, I would have 3 of these.

Cons: The midplane fans are noisy (replace them with cheap ball bearing fans) and the case is deep. Make sure your rack is deep enough to support this case. A standard pwoer supply covrs a couple of the motherboard expansion slots so plan accordingly or get the Noco redundant power supply, which will give you access to all slots.

Other Thoughts: If you have the need for lots of storage in in a 3RU case, you can't go wrong with this case.

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