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NORCO RPC-4224 4U Rackmount Server Case with 24 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS Drive Bays

  • 24 x SATA/SAS Hot-Swap Drive Bays
  • 4 x 80mm middle fans wall 2 x 80mm rear fans 80mm Fans

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  • Imran N.
  • 9/23/2015 1:36:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Case

Pros: * Great price
* Comes with 3x120mm fans
* Comes with a dual SSD tray that hovers over the motherboard section. For an ATX motherboard, this tray would NOT be directly over the motherboard. It is removable, so you could possibly move it to other side, if you have a larger motherboard or it obstructs.

Cons: * Trays on the whole are good, but feel a little flimsy. One of the trays keeps getting stuck. I have to put more than double the amount of force to remove that one drive/tray. I only found one tray with that issue, since it was a tray I removed to relocate the drive. I randomly tested 3 or 4 other drives, which came out fairly smoothly, so there may be more with that issue. And the issue is the tray itself, since it gets stuck in different slots, however other trays work fine there.

Other Thoughts: Even with that sticky drive issue (it does come out), I think its a great case, with a good price compared to the feature-set you get.

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  • Jon A.
  • 6/26/2015 12:34:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful

Pros: Mine came with the SSD tray and 120mm fans!!!
Price point!
Solid feeling

Cons: Fans could be better, but for the price I won't complain
Not trayless (you have to screw down your drives)

Other Thoughts: The cons don't matter at this price, but be warned, WAIT until you receive your unit before going out and buying the 120mm fan bracket or SSD tray. I got a little excited and ordered both from [unnamed], I should have waited...

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  • JAMES M.
  • 4/11/2015 9:24:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome case for the storage, um, "enthusiast."

Pros: 24 hot-plug bays on the front make building your NAS a breeze. This is perhaps the best density/dollar value on the market for a proper, hot-plug, backplane equipped storage-centric server you will find. Being able to fit all this as well as a full ATX board (or any of its more Lilliputian brethren) into the case and still have room to work is wonderful. Airflow design is ideal for the purpose, and draws fully front to rear, with no obstacles. The addition of several status LEDs, 2 USB ports and power+reset buttons on the rack "ears" is an interesting placement, but not unheard of. The drive cages are not only fitted with 3.5" mounting holes, but also 2.5" mounting holes. No adapter is required to mount 2.5" drives in the bays.

Cons: There are only 2 real cons with this unit.
1. The separator/fan wall used. Instead of using the (ample) vertical space to house 120mm fans, Norco defaults to 4 80mm fans. Those are not the quietest in the world. Spend the extra money, and purchase Norco's 3x 120mm replacement divider. Your ears will thank you when you can hold a conversation directly over or in front of this monster while the cover is actually off the unit (yes, with 3 quality 120mm fans, even at full speed, you can have a conversation and the other party will not know you are calling them inches away from a running server).

2. This is a bit if a con for the, "a little at a time," builder. not everyone will fall into this category, but if you do, be aware: In my circumstance, I only populated 8 of the 24 bays (I placed the empty cages back in the front). This is not a terrible issue for the electronics behind the drives; the 16 cages that have no drives pass massive amounts of air into the chassis for the items behind the drives. This "path of least resistance" for the air does mean that airflow over the 8, populated, drives is reduced. My solution was to use travel-case foam cut to the hight and width of a hard drive, then to friction-fit into the empty cages, and re-insert. I believe Norco's intent with this case was for it to be fully populated, making this less of an issue, but is is still something to consider if you are running fewer than 24 drives and want to ensure adequate airflow over the populated bays.

Other Thoughts: 1. SFF-8087 - Don't forget - this thing has 6 backplanes. You cannot just plug standard SATA cables in and rock on. Not everyone sees this before buying, and this could cause a panic if it were to arrive without knowing. SFF-8087 (and recently SFF-8643) is commonplace in servers and higher-density systems, but the first time buyer venturing into home-built NAS may not know about it when they open the lid of this guy. Be sure to get SFF-8087 cables appropriate to your needs to attach to the backplanes. Also, new, 12Gb SAS cards are on the market (like the Areca 1883 series) that sport SFF-8643 connectors. These cards often have a number of SKUs that may include none, SFF-8643 to SFF-8087, SFF-8643 to SFF-8643 or SFF-8643 to SATA cables in their kits. Reasearch your card of choice to be sure it comes with the cables you need, or purchase separately.
2. The unique placement of the power and rest buttons on the rackmount ears can make for a bad day if you are not careful - Be sure to set the system to require a 4-second press to actually power off. I would avoid connecting the reset button entirely. That being said, they DO require a hefty amount of force to press, but be safe when walking by the rack.
3. The case can be very quiet - Track down the 120mm fan equipped divider wall and throw away the 80mm fan wall. Even with a Xeon 1230, an Areca 1883ix, an 850 watt PSU and a wall of 120 MM fans, the server is quiet. VERY quiet.
4. It's heavy. Either install this in your rack without the drives populated, or call a friend over to help. Your back and knees will thank you.

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  • James C.
  • 2/2/2015 7:26:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBe cautious before purchasing

Pros: Cheap. That's about it.

Cons: It's a gamble as to if you will get a case without issues with the backplanes. I am not one of the lucky ones.
If you decide to get this case just know that the backplane is just pass through and will not have features like locating a drive. The SFF connectors on the backplane are offset so you will have to contort the cable to get them in (fans are in the way)
Other reviewers have said support is awesome but that is not my experience. No call back and no response to email support. Decided to return it and go with Supermicro case

Other Thoughts: Really do your homework and know the issues reported can bite you. You have been warned

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  • Gary M.
  • 9/25/2014 6:14:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFreeNAS SAN

Pros: 24 hd bays
low noise
tray for either one additional hdd or two 2.5 in ssd's for ZIL or L2ARC
Less expensive than some of the others out there

Cons: The fan panel has been redesigned and uses 120mm case fans. The only downside is that for the sff-8087 cables are not flexible enough to go through the right side. Then try to make a 90 degree right had turn to plug into the back panel. I had to take the middle fan out to put them through. It can be fixed by a simple redesign. It does not take any eggs away but would be nice if they could fix that.

Other Thoughts: This is a very nice case to have to use for either a san or even a NAS using FreeNAS. The issues that plagued the original fan and sata back panel has been fixed. Works like a charm. They just need to fix the cable issue for routing the sff-8087. When I am ready to build my second one I will definitely purchase this case again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/9/2014 6:03:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: Came with fan wall and three 120mm fans installed.

Cons: Now I have to return my separately ordered fan wall.

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  • Orian I.
  • 7/12/2014 8:13:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case for the price.

Pros: I had done a lot of research and decided on this case for a few reasons. 24 drive bays that support SATA and SAS, 3TB+ drive support, decent price.

Cons: Drive cages are just ok, quality control could have been a bit better overall. Fans are loud but nothing you wouldn't have heard before if you've ever worked on an HP or Dell server.

Other Thoughts: I had ordered this case and a Supermicro case at the same time. The Supermicro case was double the price, but very high quality. That said, I still kept this Norco 4224 and I think you should, too. Get the 120mm fan midplate, 3x Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm fans, 2x Noctua NF-R8 PWM 80mm fans, and a nice single 12v rail PSU and you'll still be hundreds of dollars cheaper than the Supermicro. Granted, you'll not have a server grade redundant, hot swap PSU setup, but lets be honest., you're buying this for your home so a single high quality PSU should be good enough for your data.

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  • Al J.
  • 5/11/2014 9:05:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS Case

Pros: This review is for a NORCO RPC-4224 4U Rackmount server (Item #: N82E16811219038).

+ Norco Support. Before I bought the case I had questions regarding the rack I am putting it into, so I e-mailed them. They responded in short order.
+ It might sound stupid, but I like the drive lights.
+ "New" backplane design with a single molex and all were wired correctly.
+ All screw holes lined up without any force, including the 120mm fan plate.

Cons: - No instructions. No instructions. And in case I forgot to mention or you missed all the other reviews, IT HAS NO INSTRUCTIONS! Not a big deal, you can work your way through it but they would have been nice to have. As others have said, I have extra parts I'm not sure what they are for.
- The 120mm fan plate has to be ordered separately. Wish they had 2 versions.

None of these are enough to take away eggs, I knew every one going into buying this case.

Other Thoughts: * Make sure you get long enough drive cables. I purchased two NORCO (Item #: N82E16816133034) which did not reach my IBM m1015's.

* It might seem roomy at first, but it gets tight fast.

* My 120mm midplate also came without screw holes for the optional OS drive caddy. Easy enough to fix with a drill.

There's a LOT of negative information regarding this case, it seems that NORCO have listened to people and fixed the issues. If you have need of a large number of drives in a single case, do not be put off, it's totally worth it.

Running ZFS on Linux on this. Plan on buying another smaller NORCO for an esxi server.

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  • Jaime M.
  • 3/25/2014 5:13:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI'm a fan of this case!

Pros: I always wanted to built out this case, and it took me a few years to finally get to it, but I'm glad I did.

Some complain about build quality, but I think it's high quality. Norco customer service seems very attentive as well when I needed to reach out about a backplane.

Never even tried to use it with the stock fans--put in the new fanwall and Noctua's to keep the noise down.

Cons: Wish it went on sale more often.

I also wish Norco provided a fanless option, since the first thing I did was replace every fan to reduce noise. Anyone want to buy some never-used Norco case fans?

Other Thoughts: I think the update happened a while ago, but the new backplanes only require one molex adapter per plane. There are also no more open/close vents on the drive trays. To account for this, I placed electric tape over the openings on my empty trays to aid with overall airflow (I want the air going over my drives, not just entering the case in general).

I highly recommend not using a splitter but using the actual molex power from your PSU. Ensure the connection is firm to avoid any unnecessary issues.

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  • Brian E.
  • 2/12/2014 10:26:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat capacity/price ratio

Pros: - lots of storage space for the money
- hard to find a better deal for a 24 drive hotswap system
- plenty of included hardware

Cons: -1 egg because I had to remove one fan from the middle fan wall. The fan was too close to the SATA backplane for the heavy duty, not so flexible cables that came with the ARC-8026. Traditional, more flexible cables (or maybe the kind with a right angle connector) might be able to bend the immediate 90 degrees needed to clear the fan. IMO, this is bad design as moving the fan 1-2 inches left (and there's plenty of room to do so) would eliminate even the potential for this issue to happen.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this as a JBOD enclosure with an Areca ARC-8026. I debated much about just getting the NORCO DS-24E ( which is the exact same build - it's a turnkey jbod solution. I'm a DIYer so I wanted to piece it together and figured I'd save a couple bucks.

An ARC-8026 is about $600 - paired with this enclosure ($430 at time of this writing) plus power supply, mounting bracket for ARC-8026, cables, etc you're already looking at around $1,200. I'm a true DIYer, but in retrospect I think I'd advise the DS-24E if your intending to use this as a JBOD. The enclosure is smaller, it doesn't have USB ports (a JBOD doesn't have a mobo so no USB headers...) and it's not super easy to find good PSUs with 6 molex connectors for the backplane - not to mention you'd need to hotwire your PSU to not require a mobo to turn on. Not a big deal, but I'd say the extra $100 or less is worth the simplicity and peace of mind - go with the DS-24E.

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