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This review is from: Logisys CS6501H 1.2MM Steel 4U Rackmount Server Case
Pros: Lots of room for the motherboard, power supply and most components.
QUIET. Honestly, if you look at the fans when reviewing the product, and like me, opening the box up and seeing all the fans, going "great, how will this thing sound" honestly, it creates a subtle wind tunnel sound, but it's not the wailing banshee I thought it would be, especially given that the fans in the middle of the chassis use a common Molex for power. The two rear fans use 4 pin connectors that work fine on motherboard 3 pins. They're quiet as well. The two fans up front produce almost no noise, but they're larger than the others. Air flow is NOT an issue on this case.
I also really dig the removable hard drive cages - just swing open the front doors and unscrew the cages, slide them out and populate the hard drives. Easy.
The gap between the midplane fan housing and the back of the hard drive cages is a little tight - be sure you keep the hard drive cages unscrewed for a bit if you need to adjust them a bit to do some cable work. I didn't have too many problems with the standard length SATA cables, though buy some extended 18" cables if you're worried. It'll help in the end.
The filters on the front doors are nice and beefy, yet still allow massive amounts of airflow through. You can actually feel the air flowing by your hand if you stick it in front of the case. That's pretty amazing given the density of these things.
Cons: Won't fit the tower coolers, but honestly, it's a server case, so expecting my Hyper 212+ to fit was kind of silly, and an oversight on my part. Had the caps on the top of the heatpipes not extended as far as they did, maybe it would work (the tips were only a few mm too tall, so the right person could probably make it work) I moved to a smaller heatsink that was still well rated and solved that problem. If you have a gigantic tower cooler, be aware of this. If you can use the OEM heatsink or something smaller, you'll be fine.
No rails, but I knew that when I was buying it.
Other Thoughts: I've been building both consumer PCs and administering enterprise servers for years - when I set out to build a storage server for the home network, I settled on this case. I let it sit in the other room for a week before finally working the nerve up to build with it today. I had nothing to fear, as this case was a pleasant surprise in the end. It is WAY quieter than I thought it would be. Well done, Logisys. Newegg got it to me alright, and a few dings and dents to the cardboard indicated that UPS probably played rugby with it, but the case itself was otherwise unscathed.
If you need a deep case for a larger motherboard, with lots of storage capacity (I outfitted it with 6 hard drives, could easily hold 8 before using 3.5" adapters in the middle slots) this one is priced fairly for what you get. Would definitely recommend.
Pros: Was sufficient for the needs of the system it was installed in
Cons: Driver crashes were constant, unrelated to driver revision installed.
When attempting to get warranty replacement, company states that the warranty period is actually ONE year unless you register the card to receive the full five years.
Other Thoughts: Neither Newegg nor Diamond MM made the slimy warranty details present so that I could make an informed purchase decision, so has effectively robbed me. I will never do business with Diamond MM again, and Newegg is on notice. So disappointed.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RX35-AT-SU BLK Aluminum 3.5" Black SATA USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Cons: Someone really fell asleep at the factory on these lately. Lost a 1TB hard drive to one of these. Not because of operational use mind you, but because it's now impossible to get the stupid drive out of the enclosure! What a joke! I have another one of these and it works fine, but it had the right specs milled, so that you could easily slide the drive in and out, but this is a joke!
Other Thoughts: Buy another brand that has adequate spacing because now there's NOTHING that can be done to get the drive out.READ FULL REVIEW