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NORCO RPC-231 Black 2U Rackmount Server Chassis 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays

  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 3 40mm Fans
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NORCO
  • 4U rackmount design
  • 24 hot-swappable SATA II, III / SAS 6G drive bays
  • Built-in 6Gbps SAS Expander for single SFF-8088 cable connectivity, LSISAS 2 x 36 / 28 expander IC embedded
  • Backplanes are horizontally mounted for better ventilation
  • RoHS Compliant
  • OS Independent
  • Comes with full-range power supply


Specifications

NORCO

Drive Bay 24 x hot-swappable SATA II, III/SAS 6G drive bays
Cooling Fans 3 x 80mm rear fans
Connectors One SFF-8088 "IN" connector for connection to the host, two SFF-8088 "OUT" connectors for expansion to an additional JBOD enclosure
OS Support OS Independent
Power Supply Options Come with standard ATX power supply
Dimensions (W x D x H) 19 x 18.9 x 7.0" (483 x 480 x 176mm)
Packing Double boxes
Weight (Without Hard Drive) 38lbs (17.2kg)(NET) | 41lbs (18.6kg)(GROSS)
Critical Temperatures 32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C) (Operating) | -4 - 140°F (-20 - 60°C) (Non-Operating)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95%, non-condensing

What's in the Box

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Learn more about the Norco Technologies Inc. RPC-231

Model

Brand
NORCO
Model
RPC-231

Spec

Chassis Type
Rackmount
Form Factor
2U
Color
Black
Motherboard Compatibility
Support Micro-ATX (9.6"x9.6"), ITX (6.7"x6.7")

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB

Cooling System

40mm Fans
3

Physical Spec

Dimensions
15.25" x 16.9" x 3.5"
Weight
14 lbs.

Features

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

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

Meets EIARS-310C standard.

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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  • Richard B.
  • 3/24/2014 10:37:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOne glaring issue

Pros: great layout
space efficient
solid construction

Cons: non standard 5.25 bays
small cooling fans x3

Other Thoughts: The biggest issue I had was trying to mount a 3.5" x3 conversion SNT-BPSS302ATL in the 2 x 5.25 bays. The cage did not accomodate the conversion, I had to remove the cage to allow enough room, even though the conversion was built for 2 x 5.25. Not an isolated case as another user reported same issue with istar BPN-DE230SS as well.

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  • JACOB H.
  • 2/13/2014 7:08:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPower Button Doesn't Work

Pros: I've ordered this item before and it worked amazingly. Its cheap for a server chassis, and good quality for being cheap. Well this time...not so much.

Cons: I noticed that the model I got was slightly different then the model I received the first time I ordered this thing. The main difference was in the rack handles, they were plastic instead of metal like last time.

No big deal, everything else was the same and the plastic handles were sturdy enough. So I went ahead and put everything under the hood. Great so I go to turn it on......Nothing. I'm thinking to myself, "great hours of troubleshooting." My first inclination is the PSU, but first I digress to my toddler instincts and mashed the power button like a caveman fixing a rocket ship by banging two rocks together. After pressing the reset button on accident twice the thing comes on. I switched the power and reset header and now it goes on and off with the reset switch. The power switch is broken...the last thing I would of thought to be the problem but thank lord I mashed those buttons. Docked off 2 eggs for this otherwise a great case.

Other Thoughts: So if you have the classic "new computer won't turn on" situation, keep in mind, it might just be that the power button is broken.

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  • Timothy M.
  • 12/11/2013 6:12:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent Build Quality...Defective Front USB Ports

Pros: This is my second Norco case. The build quality is okay. Nothing spectacular, just what you'd expect for its price.

Cons: Front USB ports do not work. This is especially important with a server, since I do not want to reach behind my server rack every time I plug in a USB device.

I considered returning it, however return shipping would be $35, which isn't worth it for a $50 case.

Other Thoughts: I hate writing a negative review for a defective product, because I know defects happen, but this really throws a wrench in my setup.

I would recommend checking the front USB ports before installing your system in the case.

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  • Richard T.
  • 12/11/2013 8:45:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat rack for the $$$$

Pros: Great little 2U rack especially so for the price. 3 small quiet fans and 2 external 5 1/4" slots.

Cons: NONE!

Other Thoughts: The real reason for the review is to say how great NewEgg's Customer Service is. I ordered two racks...shipped by UPS...1 arrived. I tried to work with UPS to find the second but there customer service was non-existent (lie trying to work with Comcast's customer service...actually UPS is worse). Called NewEgg and the problem is solved. THANK YOU!

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  • William C.
  • 10/11/2013 1:25:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggssmall design issues

Pros: 2RU, short depth, atx PSU, good drive options, includes fans, looks good, cheap

Cons: 5.25" bays are setup kinda strange, wouldn't stop me from buying though

Other Thoughts: running a small home server. Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green is a great PSU option for this case.

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  • Matthew P.
  • 1/13/2013 4:57:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsOverall, a very good short-depth 2U case for the money.

Pros: In my opinion, it's an attractive case. I really like the control panel buttons and LEDs. It looks semi-professional grade.

The short depth was a must for my wall-mount rack, and made the search for a compatible case quite difficult. This case is 15 3/4" from front-panel to back. This measurement does not include the front handles.

The buttons are solid and responsive. The LEDs rather subdued - which is nice compared to the blinding LEDs you find on a lot of cases these days. The two front USB ports are very nice to have to booting, especially if you can't fit a CD/DVD drive.

Norco's support is very good. I spoke with a gentleman named Allen Liu via email, and he answered several questions for me before purchase.

Cons: This case isn't perfect. There are definitely some sharp edges (I have a few small cuts on my hands to prove it). Some edges have been rounded, too. The sticker on the control panel was peeling up around the buttons - though a little carefully-placed Krazy Glue was all that was needed. It doesn't appear to be the most rigid construction, but I suspect it will be better once the top of the case is installed.

The fans are a bit noisy, but I'm not sure whether I'll even use them (I'm using all very low-power components).

Other Thoughts: With all due respect, I have to disagree with some of the points the previous reviewers made:

1. This case *should* fit your rack. I measure a case rack mount spacing of 18 3/8" on-center. My rack's spacing is 18.25", so given the ~1/4" hole slot, it fits just fine.

2. There is a plastic sheet on the top and bottom panels, but it's removable, and appears to be in place to protect the panels from scratches during machining and assembly. It peels right off. On my case at least, this plastic was present on the non-painted panels only. That said, I see absolutely no problem with the quality of the paint.

3. I'm using this case with a Supermicro CSE-M28SAB drive bay, and can't comment on the 3.5" drive holders. I've removed them and won't be using them. For the record, the Supermicro bay fits quite nicely; use only one of the provided retainer clips to hold it in place.

4. One reviewer stated that the stand-offs were not in the correct places for his board. I, too, found this to be the case for my Supermicro X9SCL-F board. However, this is really something you should always check for before mounting the board - for any case. The stand-offs are removable, and the case comes with a couple of extra ones, too. I was able to match up all 7 holes on my board to stand-offs (after some adjustment), and had no shorting issues.

Also, make sure you buy a PSU that has only a rear-mounted 80mm fan. PSUs with a 120mm fan will not work (there's not enough clearance). I am using an Antec EarthWatts 380W 80 PLUS Bronze power supply and it fits/works quite nicely. I wanted 80 PLUS Silver/Gold, but given my low wattage system and 80mm fan constraints, the choices were limited.

Overall, if you need a short depth case, this is a very solid choice for the money. I did a lot of research, and this turned up to be the best option.

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  • Phyllis M.
  • 3/29/2012 4:58:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsgood layout...quality control nonexistent

Pros: U2...short...two 5.25 external drive bays...takes a standard-sized power supply.

Cons: Extremely poor quality control...the one I received was not drilled right...rackmount screw holes do not come anywhere close to matching standard width rack rail screw spacing...does not fit in a rack at all. Several screws that hold it all together were stripped out. Some weird plastic coating over every single part is supposed to keep it from oxidizing (the metal is low quality, so it really needs protection from moisture), but this makes it real difficult to prepare for use. Paint job is poor. HHD holders can only be used with ill-considered rubber grommets. Such a shame. The basic layout is great, but there are just too many things wrong to recommend it.

Other Thoughts: Newegg service was good, as always, but the product I received is really poor. I was hoping that this model was going to upgrade my Norco RPC-230 (only one 5.25 external bay), but it is just a total piece of junk...THE RPC-230 I have is way better. The one star I gave it would be for Newegg's timely shipping.

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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  • Thomas S.
  • 2/17/2012 2:17:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLow cost Server Case

Pros: 2U height, takes standard PSU
3 front USB ports

Cons: Fans. But this IS a Server Case- get over it. There's ways to wire the connector to get 7 volts, which would reduce the noise. The fans are 50 or 60MM.

Other Thoughts: I needed something that will take a harsh environment, and this case is it. Installed Gigabyte H61M. DS2, Pentium G620, 4 gigs of Ram and Win7 32 bit "no problemo". Temps are circa 30F over ambient. Could have gone with less than the Antec 380 PSU but why mess with something that always works? Good solid, VERY low cost build.

This build will eventually be out in the Arizona Summer Heat. Let's see if the +30F Ambient holds up.

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  • Richard R.
  • 10/1/2011 2:54:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFull Height PCI Cards???

Pros: 1. Good size
2. Sturdy build
3. Standard ATX Power Supply
4. Price/value(if you don't need full sized PCI slots that is...)

Cons: 1. Edges are a bit sharp on some parts
2. No full size PCI Card slots( to be fair It's not likely possible with a standard ATX power supply and at this size )

Other Thoughts: It's the perfect size for what I needed, but alas I didn't realize that it didn't have full sized PCI card slots available before I bought it...simple oversight on my part. One egg off for the sharp edges. Overall a great value...

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  • John A.
  • 9/13/2011 1:19:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice case but had some problems..

Pros: Nice size
Low price
Great build quality on the metal case service. Almost like a high-end Antec quality build. Room for full PSU and multiple drives.

Cons: Default motherboard stand-offs are not for micro-atx (at least not my SuperMicro) and two of the shorted the board, giving me an evening of troubleshooting before I realized the issue and removed them. System booted immediately after that.

However, once it booted it made a hideous SCREECHING sound. It woke the dog up. One of the small high velocity fans was going insane. I pushed on the middle to see if it was lose and the pressure seemed to fully seat the fan in the housing and the noise went away. Heavens knows how long the bearing life on that will be now.

Other Thoughts: Nice build quality, great size, low price. I'd buy again but the bove problems were a bummer. If your buying a 2U case you can fix these things but not consumer friendly.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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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