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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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Learn more about the Norco Technologies Inc. RPC-4224

Model

Brand
NORCO
Model
RPC-4224

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
24 x SATA/SAS

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"

Features

Features
Hot-swappable HDD tray with special designed power-off and lock mechanism.
Ball-bearing cooling fans for better ventilation
RoHS Compliant
Screwless top cover
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


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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 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816133047) 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
roomy!
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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  • Troy B.
  • 6/25/2013 12:04:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBang for the Buck

Pros: Price, 24 hard drives, seems to have good air flow and keep things cool.

Cons: Noise, no USB 3.0 on front ports, top panel is not black.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to house a growing BluRay backup collection and use my primary machine, so it had to be quiet.

Outlier negative reviews from experiences like user mmx had nearly put me off. Thankfully everything worked for me and I did not run into the backplane issues that others have experienced.

I did upgrade the center 80mm fan baffle to the 120mm version. Downside of that is 80mm has hotswap mounts for the fans, the 120mm does not; no issue for initial build but going to be a pain to swap. I also used resistors to slow the rear 80mm fans down. I can't justify taking eggs off for noise on a server component or the upgrades i performed, though I think Norco should consider a "silent" version of the case with the 120mm baffle and lower rpm rear fans.

I slid the Norco into an Ikea Lack w/ casters and it looks amazing (slightly snug fit, but no issue at all).

All in all, this case was the foundation for the smoothest build I've ever done and would purchase again. I highly recommend this case.

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  • Saro G.
  • 4/18/2013 9:00:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAbsolute Disaster

Pros: - Excellent price point for the features it offers.
- Chassis feels solid and heavy duty.

Cons: As noted in previous reviews, the backplanes are wired incorrectly, specifically the molex connectors are inversed. This overlooked issue by Norco resulted in the death of two Intel server boards upon first power-on. It also forced me to perform full diagnostic scans of twelve (12) Seagate ES 4 TB SAS drives, each taking 8 hours or so to complete a Long DST. 32 Gigabytes of ECC memory also had to be tested thoroughly.

Until I figured out what the issue was (thanks to the NewEgg reviews below) I basically wasted time (testing components, troubleshooting) and money (pre-purchased new boards, backup components, shipping costs for RMAs with other suppliers, employee costs, etc.) something of which Norco can't give back to me by simply sending fixed/correct backplanes.

I can't believe the QA department (if it even exists) could let such a mistake go through. I have seen DOAs before, but this was a nice gift to make the rest of my components "DANA" (Dead After Norco's Arrival, I just made that up).

Unfortunately, after this incident, I can no longer trust Norco's product lines. When you have 4,500$+ worth of hard drives alone sitting in a defective case like that, it makes you wonder what else they have overlooked in terms of quality control.

Fortunately, NewEgg accepted my returns and even took care of the shipping costs.

Other Thoughts: I will never buy Norco products again as the thought of having 400$ 4TB SAS drives connected to it and shorting doesn't sit well with me.

I am now trying to find an alternative case and/or solution to house 24 drives in a single chassis, while trying to meet the same price point for my client. SuperMicro's offerings are starting at 1,000$ a piece. I might just have to bite the bullet.

I am building a FreeNAS/ZFS solution for a client.

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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  • PAUL J.
  • 3/8/2013 9:22:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat price, but be careful!

Pros: Great Price. Cheapest 24 bay solution I know of.

Cons: * BE CAREFUL *
Check the backplanes BEFORE you turn on your power supply. Make sure that none of them have the power connectors opposite of each other. The molex connector should have the 45 degree slots on the bottom, so the top part of the connector is flat. If this is opposite, contact Norco immediately for a replacement. It will wreak havoc.

They need better Quality Control.

Other Thoughts: With the 120mm fan wall (as cheap as $18 shipped from other retailers), this thing is great. I replaced all of the fans with quieter ones that have similar CFM.

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