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NORCO RPC-4216 4U Rackmount Server Case w/16 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS Drive Bays - OEM

  • 16 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-4216

Model

Brand
NORCO
Model
RPC-4216

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"), ITX (6.7" x 6.7")

Expansion

Hot-Swap Drive Bays
16

Front Ports

Front Ports
1 x USB

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
2 x 5.25" drive brackets.

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

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

Connector: four SFF-8087 connectors, eight 4-pin molex redundant power connectors.

Backplanes are horizontal mounted for better ventilation.

RoHS Compliant.

Screwless top cover.

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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  • Nick T.
  • 11/5/2012 4:25:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsbeware - sharp edges, some driling required

Pros: good value for the money -

(16) 3.5" hotswap bays
(2) 5.25" bays, I modded to accept (4) more 3.5" bays
for a grand total of (18) 3TB drives, 54 TB raw, 51TB in raid-5. you could probably fit more if you needed to.

comes with lots of screws and adapter plates for stuff

Cons: Biggest gripe - I bought supposed rails for the RPC-4216 and there were no holes drilled out on the chassis. i had to drill holes myself. i hope that this thing doesn't drop out of the rack. I feel that a rackmount server case should come with rails or at least an insert on the correct item# to purchase.

even after reading the review indicating that YOU WILL CUT YOURSELF. where some heavy duty leather gloves when assembling this. i proceded to nearly cut my finger off removing the fans by the backplane!!!

some holes for routing cables are not well rounded so be careful you can easily sever your cables which could cause a short circuit

Other Thoughts: I wish the backplane had 2 8087 connectors instead of 4, there aren't alot of raid controllers that have 4 8087 ports, i overlooked this and ended up having to buy another raid card.

mobo is an intel x600, cpu xeon 2620, 32gb ram, 10gbe ethernet, 3 raid cards. psu is corsair TX650.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/4/2011 6:45:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDissapointed

Pros: 16 hot swap bays + 2 drives

Cons: - 5.25 bays only usable with CD/DVD drives. Incompatible with a tape unit
- No screw less top as mentioned in the specs
- Activity blue LEDs are too dim. Difficult to see when the green LED is on

Other Thoughts: It would be great to have a manual to know the function of all the parts that come with the case.
I am happy with other Norco cases llike the NORCO RPC-450B

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 B.
  • 10/22/2011 10:09:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo close

Pros: 16 bays and 4 SFF-8087 connectors so not terrible cable management as long as you have ML connectors on your RAID card. I have an Areca 1261ML so all set. You don't need terribly long cables either. The 0.5m is plenty.

Dark green power LEDs

The backplanes are very unobtrusive to allow for good air flow.

Cons: Bays are ordered backwards. Top row is L->R 4 3 2 1, second is 8 7 6 5, etc.

Not really rack mountable. While it is 19" form factor width (and fairly deep), the ears are not drilled properly. The holes are not wide enough and there are only two per side and in the center (vertically). They are almost right, but not enough. For how heavy this case will be with 16 drives, it should have four per side, oh, and be drilled correctly. Mine is in a rack sandwich at the bottom so not too bad, but still.

Covered 5.25 bays catch on my tray on retract. Why have covers?

The blue activity LEDs are not terribly bright. It would have sufficed with the green LEDs blinking with activity, then steady on for nothing.

Case lid is four tiny screws on the sides. Instead, just have two thumbscrews on the back.

Other Thoughts: These should really come with the 120mm fan wall instead of the extra $20 it takes to acquire one. The supplied 80mm fans aren't Delta screamers, but might as well supply the 120s instead.

Dual molex power connections are ok, but should be one molex, one sata these days.

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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  • Gilbert J.
  • 9/23/2011 12:04:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNo engineering

Pros: 16 bays
4 fans

Cons: Not tool-less
Price to features is poor
No documentation
No cables

Other Thoughts: Very poor design compared to any server case from Dell, Intel, Hp, or for that matter any server case I've ever touched. Absolutely no documentation on what the pin layouts are for on the 4 backplanes. The backplanes btw require 4 sff-8087 to sff-8087 connectors or a reverse breakout if your sata/sas controller has a separate connection for each drive. Sadly, I don't see many other options out there for a DIY server case.

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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  • Carl W.
  • 5/14/2011 10:33:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSome assembly required - no manual included.

Pros: Great price for features. Cavernous. Excellent cooling capacity. A built in fan controller and a manual would have gotten it 4-5 stars.

Cons: No instruction manual... at all... not even on their site. Not a first-time builder, but there are a bunch of parts (brackets, clips, etc.) that I don't recognize.

Other Thoughts: Suggest a fan controller for the 2nd 5-1/4" bay? 6 fans, not including power supply, CPU, Video. Might be too loud for home use... more to follow after power-up

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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