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iStarUSA D Value D-214-MATX Black Steel 2U Rackmount Compact Server Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Compact, 2U, micro ATX rack-mountable case with full ATX PSU capability, which seems like a new or new-ish concept. 2 "advertised" 3.5" drive bays, but actually the two internal drive cages have holes for a total of four 3.5" drives. Four 3.5" drives won't fit but I'm using 2.5" drives with 3.5" adapters. I'm also using a shorter depth mATX board. With my adapter I was able to put four 2.5" drives in one cage, leaving the other free for four more 2.5" drives! I don't plan on doing that though. Your results may vary, as your motherboard must not be the longer type, and may also depend on choice of drive adapter.

Cons: Like another reviewer mentioned, there are a lot of screws involved in installing or changing the front fans! I'm not taking any eggs off but will just say it was a test of my dexterity for sure.

Edges not rolled, but not nearly sharp enough to cut me (*whew*). I tested two motherboards and both seemed to barely line up with the screwholes. Seems like the PCI slot grooves (which hold the motherboard side of a PCI card backplate) protrude just a hair too much. MINUS 1 EGG for that.

Other Thoughts: I initially installed an AMD FX8320E with AMD's included OEM heatsink/fan which is very weak (no heatpipes). I skipped installing front 80mm intake fans (MISTAKE #1! LOL). I placed the rig on a wooden shelf and closed the case (Mistake #2!). The whole thing got pretty warm LOL.... as did the shelf! The motherboard mounts right to the bottom of the case, not like many cases which have a mobo tray of some kind, and then a back or bottom cover. Not necessarily a bad thing, but don't skip the front fans!!! A PSU which has an exhaust fan on the back might be preferable also, as there's no actual exhaust fan locations on this case. Again, not docking any eggs for any of this.

I got this on sale and overall I'm satisfied. I'm using this as a dedicated FreeNAS box (AMD single core Sempron 35watt CPU, 4 x 320GB 2.5" drives, FSP 350watt PSU which has an 80mm exhaust fan). I put two 80mm fans in front. Plenty of perforated holes in the back; I can feel air coming through. System runs fairly cool.

TOSHIBA PH2100U-1I54 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It works! No issues or SMART warnings. I use this at work as a second drive in a system with SSD for the OS. Its about 50% filled. I partitioned so that commonly accessed stuff is on the outer edge of the platters, and large files (windows images) are on the inside.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Can't speak for performance of this disk as a primary OS disk as it's a second drive for data.

ENERMAX Liberty ELT400AWT 400W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Bought in 2006. Worked consistently and flawlessly for 9 years, across several platforms.

Cons: It didn't last forever!

Other Thoughts: Finally stopped working, unable to boot an 8-core 125 watt AMD Vishera on an Asus Crosshair Formula-Z. Might still work on a less demanding system but no longer able to play with the big dogs lol...


Daniel L.'s Profile

Display Name: Daniel L.

Date Joined: 07/30/02

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 08/15/03
  • Last Review: 07/18/15
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