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Pros: Great little server. I currently have it as a WHS box providing backups, but only because I had an unused license. I would probably either roll it with FreeNAS or unRAID for backup purposes.
Cons: Doesn't come with more memory out of the box.
Other Thoughts: Love how it can run ESXi. The processor isn't all that beefy (i.e., no video transcoding), but for fileserver / devserver duties, this thing is awesome.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NORCO RPC-4224 4U Rackmount Server Case with 24 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS Drive Bays
Pros: I always wanted to built out this case, and it took me a few years to finally get to it, but I'm glad I did.
Some complain about build quality, but I think it's high quality. Norco customer service seems very attentive as well when I needed to reach out about a backplane.
Never even tried to use it with the stock fans--put in the new fanwall and Noctua's to keep the noise down.
Cons: Wish it went on sale more often.
I also wish Norco provided a fanless option, since the first thing I did was replace every fan to reduce noise. Anyone want to buy some never-used Norco case fans?
Other Thoughts: I think the update happened a while ago, but the new backplanes only require one molex adapter per plane. There are also no more open/close vents on the drive trays. To account for this, I placed electric tape over the openings on my empty trays to aid with overall airflow (I want the air going over my drives, not just entering the case in general).
I highly recommend not using a splitter but using the actual molex power from your PSU. Ensure the connection is firm to avoid any unnecessary issues.
Pros: Pretty sure this splitter is the culprit that ultimately fried 2 hard drives attached to a SAS backplane.
Cons: Wish I didn't buy it in the first place.
Other Thoughts: 99% certain this splitter killed my drives. Luckily the RMA process worked, but replacing 2 brand new drives with 2 refurbished warranty replacement drives irks me. Beware when using this product.READ FULL REVIEW