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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 Black 2U Rackmount Server Chassis
Model: RPC-231



RPC-231
Features
  • 2U Rackmount design - meets EIARS-310C standard.
  • Two 5.25" Drive bays, two 3.5" drive bays.
  • Supports Micro-ATX (9.6 x 9.6") & ITX (6.7 x 6.7") motherboards.
  • Three 40mm Ball bearing fans for better ventilation.


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Specifications
BP652
  • Drive Bays: Supports two 3.5" drives and two 5.25" drives
  • Cooling Fans: 3 x 40mm ball bearing fans
  • Switches: Power ON/OFF x 1, system reset x 1
  • Indicators: Power ON/OFF x 1, HDD x 1, NETWORK x 2
  • Connectors: Two front accessible USB ports
  • Motherboard Compatibility: Support Micro-ATX (9.6 x 9.6"), ITX (6.7 x 6.7")
  • Power Supply Options: Standard ATX power supply
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 16.9 x 15.25 x 3.5" (430 x 387.3 x 88mm)
  • Packing: Double boxes, 22.5 x 23 x 8"
  • Weight: 4lbs (6.4kg) (Net) | 20lbs (9.1kg) (Gross)
  • Environmental Temperatures: 32 - 131°F (0 - 55°C) (Operating), -4 - 140°F (-20 - 60°C) (Non-Operating)
  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing
  • Vibration (5 - 500Hz): 1G (Operating), 2G (Non-Operating)
  • Shock: 10G (with 11ms duration, half sine wave) (Operating), 30G (Non-Operating)


What's in the Box

RPC-231

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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  • JACOB H.
  • 9/19/2014 10:40:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHas held up well

Pros: 8 months and this thing is still churning. Its cheap; using it to house a concert/event stage lighting computer which sits in a large and heavy rack (albeit shock mounted) with other equipment that is moved very frequently up and down stairs, lifted and sometimes dropped over small ledges, in and out of trailers, rolled across dirt, snow, grass, bumpy pavement, and grating, once knocked over by a crazed club-goer, and constant time on the road. I'm very surprised that all the fans that come inside are still spinning. Why, with all the moving that happens and road time its had under its belt, I thought for sure the fans would of K.O'd or all the front panel buttons (see cons).

Also, the air flow seems to be sufficient, which is another thing I'm surprised about. The rack this thing sits in gets very hot sometimes.

Cons: After we installed the computer into the case, It didn't turn on. Whenever this happens you immediately think "well, were going to here for a while." Turns out the power button on the front panel was dead, so we wired the power switch to the reset button instead. Minor setback but HUGE time waster (1 1/2 hours) trying to figure out why the computer wouldn't start. VERY aggravated about that.

Other Thoughts: Thank the lord for solid state drives.

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  • Nicole H.
  • 8/15/2014 9:26:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFor the price...

Pros: [-] Least expensive 2U case on NE
[-] Suits my needs: Case #1 pfsense, #2 WMC "server"
[-] Holes line up for rails (for me) whereas my 4224 didn't

Cons: [-] For the price, I honestly cannot think of any perhaps one
[-] Sharp edges, but nothing a file (which is kept handy in my PC building arsenal anymore) won't take care of

Other Thoughts: If you do file the edges in this case. Remove the fans first. Do NOT populate the board at all. File. Take outside and use compressed air inside all around it. Take damp paper towel (DAMP, not dripping) and get what the air may have missed. The last thing you want are metal filings floating/blowing around and wondering why your motherboard fried. (Cleaning the inside of the case is good practice before ANY build anyway!)

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  • steven k.
  • 7/24/2014 4:35:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad product

Pros: Nice looking case
No sharp edges
Good workmanship using quality metal

Cons: -Unit DOA. Will not power up. Reinstalled a couple of times. Motherboard and power supply OK. The computer booted up without any problem when reinstalled back to the original computer case. Probably bad front panel switch.
-Unfinished/unpainted top metal cover. Not good if you want a (finished black paint) look especially in home theater rack application. Server application where looks does not matter will be OK.
-Height of the two 5.25 bay not to spec. Too tight to accept two bay 5.25 removable hard drive canister such as (Thermaltake RC2300101A MAX-2533 Mobile Rack HDD). I had to remove the Thermaltake top cover to make it work. Even without the cover, it is an extremely tight fit!

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  • Timothy S.
  • 7/16/2014 4:51:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsgood case, false description

Pros: Solid case, easy to work with, Plenty of room for a 2u short

Cons: 5.25 bays dont hold drives in place and they have no screws holes to screw them into place, I had to leave my cd drive out of the build. Discription states "Comes with full-range power supply" I did not get a power supply, but i made one work from an old build.

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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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