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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Ixus S.
  • 4/21/2016 2:54:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCheap!

Pros: It's Cheap! That's it..

Cons: One of the backplane's does not work and Norco never responds to support. I've emailed them twice, and NO matter what time you call them, they send you to voicemail. Due to their lack of response and service, I will NEVER buy NORCO products again. Worst Support EVER!!!!

Other Thoughts: Buy another brand. You might actually get tech support.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/14/2016 9:08:26 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOk for budget build but not for important data

Pros: -Cheap price compared to supermicro chassis

Cons: -Backplanes on these are still not good, some of the soldering work is bad and I wouldn't run my important data with this.

Other Thoughts: -Don't get this if you care about your data
-The backplanes still have issues
-Norco customer support does NOT respond to any emails.

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  • Lev P.
  • 1/26/2016 5:05:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsVery good case for someone who likes to tinker. Poor craftsmanship.

Pros: Can't beat the storage potential. Rack mountable. Price.

Cons: This is my second Norco case, first being 4220. Both come with "broken" parts.

The first had one of it's backplanes not working. This one, so far as I can tell, has a broken front handle bar, the one that holds the USB ports. The inner plastic thread is broken and the handle is held by just one screw. Hope that Norco can address this as I do not feel like RMAing the entire case.

Otherwise, like the last case, plenty of sharp corners, but you do not get this case to go into it frequently.

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  • Nicholas D.
  • 11/19/2015 8:42:34 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGets the job done

Pros: Decent construction for the price, 24 hot swap bays in a 4U size. Works great when using SFF-8087 cables and card.

Cons: Back was a little bent but was easily fixed. My big issue is I just got mine and am able to use 8 out of the 12 HDD I have because I have 1 LSI controller card with SFF-8087. However I ran into an issue using a SFF-8087 to SATA break out cable to go from back plane to the SATA on the motherboard. The system refuses to see any disks from the back plane. I also tried using a SYBA SI-PEX40057 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 4-ports RAID Card with no luck. I have been unable to find any documentation that specifically said if this configuration does or does not work. As of now I am going to say that it does not work.

Other Thoughts: I will just have to break down and get another controller card with the SFF a little sooner that I had hoped but once I do I expect I will be happy with this case.

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  • Robbie I.
  • 11/16/2015 1:37:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBig disappointment

Pros: Decent build quality of chassis for the price
Mine came with the 120MM fan wall!

Cons: - Drive tray latches are very poorly designed. 21 of 24 fell out within days. This is a design flaw, not a fluke The locking tab is on the wrong side
- The protective cover for the external USB wires fell off in my hand.
- I have an RPC-4220 that I bought here a few years ago, and it works fine (if not for a few back-plane LEDs that no longer work).
- The back-planes did not have the quick-release/thumb screws, just regular hex screws, so to maintain /replace the back-planes you pretty much have to remove the mid fan wall to get to them.

Other Thoughts: Stock fan wall fans don't move much air for the amount of heat that would be generated by that many drives under load, and all fans seem cheap, though for this price I can't be surprised.

Bear in mind though, this is not targeted at enterprise applications, more a home server.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/21/2015 6:50:24 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow!

Pros: Backplanes appear to be fixed for those who are wondering, mine came with a completely different design that only uses 1 molex connector per backplane.
Also they appear to now be using 12GB backplanes instead of 6! Overall a solid construction quality, I've only been able to test one fo the 6 backplanes but it's been working great ao far.

Cons: Stock fans are EXTREMELY LOUD, not exaggerating when I say you can hear them from 2 rooms over.
No manuals or instructions indicating what the extra parts are for.
Paid extra for the ball bearing rails and they slide very poorly, even after re-loobing them. Definitely not a problem with the server cabinet because, well it's a 1400 dollar 42U APC netshelter.
Still has sharp edges contrary to what the description says, ended up paying in blood when I was relocating some of the main board standoffs.

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  • Imran N.
  • 9/23/2015 1:36:03 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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