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This review is from: SUPERMICRO SYS-5018A-FTN4 1U Rackmount Server Barebone FCBGA 1283 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: IPMI, lots of ethernet ports, quiet, low power
Cons: Not so easy to find compatible memory. Ethernet ports were on the wrong side of the box for our application.
Other Thoughts: We used Kingston memory (Newegg Inv #137015908) and it worked fine. The bracket to install 2.5" drives is MCP-220-00044-0N. It looks like Newegg has started to mention these on the same page as the computer. That may be chance, but if it is policy, then that bodes well for Newegg customers.
The cooling arrangment appears to meet a concern that the disk drives might catch cold from a draft. There is a tiny fan on the CPU, and one in the power supply, but no baffles to direct air across the drives and CPU heat exchanger. I poked a bit of sponge in the box to prevent air from going to the exhaust fan without passing over any components. I expect that helped, but curiously the BIOS doesn't show any temp data.
This review is from: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
Pros: keeps many drives cool and has a dignified appearance.
Cons: disk mounts
Other Thoughts: We have had 5 of these cases for over a year, with no problems till today.
The SATA standard provides for two holes on each side fo the drive for mounting screws. A third hole has been provided in the past for all the drives I have seen, and this case uses that third hole (the middle one) and the forward one. However, my recent purchase of Seagate 8TB drives suggests that Antec's assumption about drives coming with the extra holes is misplaced. These new drives have 2 holes on each side, per the official standard and only one hole on each side lines up with the screw locations defined by the disk carrieers in this case.. A serious problem if those are the drives you have - or if this practice becomes more widespread. Note that Seagate has the standard on its side.
Pros: Holds 8TB, inexpensive
Cons: Missing middle screw hole.
Other Thoughts: I won't comment on performance since we have only had the drives for 24 hours, but one thing is clear. All the 3.5 inch drives I have ever seen have 3 holes on each side for mounting in a case or tray. These have only 2 on each side - the middle hole is missing. That is allowed by the SATA standard but was a problem for our Antec cases.READ FULL REVIEW