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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
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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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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  • Joel M.
  • 1/22/2014 10:21:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmid geek-life crisis salve

Pros: all backplanes wired correctly ( think they've solved that issue )
replacement fan wall was cheap and well built
norco sas cables work with my finicky 9271-8icc card
not insanely loud after filling with noctua fans

Cons: roomy! ( perhaps a bit large )
not terribly quiet after filling with noctua fans, i do have extra's in there as my raid card runs awfully hot

Other Thoughts: easy to work with, blinky lights make me happy but I had to move it into a closet. even with noctua fans if you have cpu cooler + 3x fan wall @120 + 2x 80mm it's a bit loud for a studio apt. I blame the 80mms, might not have needed them, and my 120's wouldn't spin up with ultra low noise adapter but that's not the cases fault in any way.
put into an Alera 36w x 24d x 72h wire rack ( cheap ) it fits great and saves over a 'real' rack

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  • David-Luc M.
  • 9/12/2013 11:08:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsBetter then what I tought it will be.

Pros: I heard that the backplace can have bad electric wiring... well good news, it seem that this if fixed. I got 6 backplaces with wirrten on it 2013-26. They were all wired correctly. However, no more redundant molex connector, only 1 connector. There's space in it and can handle every type of motherboard plus also regular ATX power supply.

Cons: Doesn't come with a manual - I have a lot of pieces that I do not know what to do with it. The USB cable to powerup the 2 fronts USB connectors is not long enough to reach my motherboard internal USB port - I had to build a USB extender.

Other Thoughts: The 4 middles fans were less bad then what I tought they were going to be. I still suggest to changes them for 120mm. The wiring on the fan look old taught (they do not seem "like-new"). They are working.

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  • Ashton M.
  • 8/20/2013 4:56:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNorco 4224 Review

Pros: Inexpensive large drive capacity
Fairly decent airflow
Roomy for motherboard and PSU bay

Cons: Top cover is not easily removable in a datacenter environment. I would've like to see either a handle, or at least larger screws than the flimsy tiny ones they use. Makes removing the cover a pain, especially if you lose these screws.

Powering of the backplanes is EXTREMELY finicky. Make SURE to avoid Y power splitters at all costs, use a high wattage and amperage PSU with a single 12V rail.

Power/Reset button placement is not in a good place. Consider unplugging them if you expect to need to pull it out of the rack by the handles while it is running.

Weight is definitely not the best, but what can you expect from such a large beast. Remove all the drive caddy's before attempting to mount this on rails, definitely do not attempt to mount on rails if the drives are in place, even with two people.

Airflow is average to start with, I suggest using electrical tape or such to mask the many holes on the sides and rear of the case, as well as between the fan-wall and the backplane bay. I noticed a several degree drop in drive temperatures after doing this. The reason being is that there is very little room in the drive bays for airflow, you'll need a decent negative pressure effect going on to pull any large amount of air through the front.

Other Thoughts: I currently utilize this case for a lab SAN running OpenIndiana/Napp+It. So far it has 10 7200 RPM 3TB drives, 4 2TB drives and a few other various drives.

As mentioned in the cons, the power supply is critical on this. I have an extremely large Corsair 900+W PSU on mine and had backplane issues where drives would randomly vanish. I removed the Y splitter cables and bought SATA to Molex connectors, it solved all my problems.

If you are like me and started with much less than the 24 drives this accommodates, I suggest moving a spare hard drive through each slot and verifying that it shows up and works. One of my main concerns was not knowing about a defective back plane until much later down the road. Save yourself the hassle and check as soon as possible.

Also, there is a fairly large thread over on the storage sub-forum of Hard-Forum for Norco case owners. I would highly advise anyone that owns or is looking to own one, review it.

In the end, this is a very good case for the price, assuming you don't get one with bad backplanes like others have received.

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