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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

  • 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.

RPC-231 RPC-231 RPC-231 RPC-231

  • 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)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Michael D.
  • 1/14/2016 9:30:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent case...Fans leave more to be desired

Pros: -Strong thick case, Does not feel cheap
-IO lights for multiple NICS (Though requires the hardware)
-Fans included
-2 - 5 1/4" bays
-Supports ATX PSU
-Fits an MATX and ITX
-Short and compact
-Locking mechinism on the bays is awesome
-HDD dampening for 3.5" HDD bays
-Looks to be a full length card slot at the top of the case over the mobo. would be great for a single slot GPU for visualization, or a 4 port NIC/SATA controller card

Cons: -Fans wires aren't spun, sleeved or bonded so they have to be cable managed or twisted to keep the individual wires from ending up all over. Easily fixed just annoying, either get new fans or twist/cable tie the wires.
-Removing the fans is a pain, gotta take out the handles, and the front panel. This wouldn't be an issue if they were decent
-This one is more just cause of my build, but a regular (top fan) PSU doesn't have anywhere to breath. Should put a little venting at the top. I'm sure most people that would look at this case are just trying to rackmount a system they built for cheap.

Other Thoughts: I would buy this again. I'm using it for an unRAID setup with my media server. I use a 4-2.5" HDD hotswap bay and the included 3.5" HDD bays and it's great for what I use it for. I don't have to get an expensive deep rack just a cheap cabinet works. I also had to get a blower fan setup for the 5.25" bay, but thats just to ensure great cooling as I don't have it in a fridge. For a 2u case at a great price its amazing. The quality is top notch, the ability to expand is great. The flaws are just little things, I saw a review of the older model with the front panel sticker over the power/reset button issue was fixed so they are paying attention. Good Job Norco, I love your product.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/28/2015 8:34:17 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSolid case but many annoyances - NOT 40mm FANS!!!

Pros: Solid construction
Plenty of space

No frills but the case does its job just fine.

Cons: Replacing the fans is a tremendous pain, I've never had to undo so many screws just to get at some fans. Plus the fans are junk. They work but they're loud and within a few months they started making grinding noises.

The description is incorrect regarding the fans. THEY ARE NOT 40mm FANS!!! I read everything and ordered some 40mm fans to replace the 3 in the case and when I opened it up I was surprised to find 50mm fans.

Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor and replace the fans when you build for the first time, they're a pain to replace. Furthermore, mine came with 50mm fans. I don't want to tell you to default to that in case there are multiple models of this case out there but you might want to wait until you open yours up before you order.

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  • James H.
  • 1/24/2015 4:14:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid, Economical Case

Pros: Solid design, comes with fans installed, clean design

Cons: None from the mfr.

Other Thoughts: It's a cheap case... It's thinner metal, it's not as polished as the high ends, doesn't have any fancy internal components. When I say cheap -- I mean economical. The case is doing a great job for my firewall. I do not have any abnormal noises from the fans and the build quality is within my expectations from the cost. It arrived without any manufacturer defects. I will buy from this company again.

I could list all of the "cons...." but I paid $50 for the case and was not expecting this to be the build quality of a several hundred dollar case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/2/2014 7:45:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheep. Works great for me. Works with Norco's RL-26 Rails. Fits My ATX PSU and Mini-ITX motherboard great.

Cons: A couple of the screws were stripped.

Other Thoughts: The 5.25" bays are a little tight but I didn't really have any issues like a lot of other people did. My ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB994SP-4SB-1 fit in them fine.

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  • JACOB H.
  • 9/19/2014 10:40:49 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Tim S.
  • 7/16/2014 4:51:38 AM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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