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iStarUSA D-400-6-Black Black Steel 4U Rackmount Compact Stylish Server Chassis 6 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a very nice compact 4U rackmount chassis. Solid construction, few sharp edges, and it looks good to boot. Compatible with standard ATX boards and power supplies. This is definitely my server chassis of choice for future builds.

Cons: I'm really nitpicking here: 1) since the chassis is only 20" deep, there isn't much room between the motherboard and the iStarUSA SATA drive bay (purchased separately), which is a pain because my motherboard (Supermicro X10SAT) has angled SATA connectors and it is really a tight fit. 2) Front USB connectors are USB2...I would have preferred USB3 headers on the front of the case for removable USB flash drives & external drivers, as I'm not using optical drives in any of my builds now. 3) Rails not included.

Other Thoughts: My home NAS+web server specs:

iStarUSA D-400-6 Black Chassis
Rosewill Tachyon 550w ATX/EPS Power Supply
Supermicro X10SAT Motherboard
Intel E3-1276 v3 Xeon 3.6/4.0 GHz CPU
2x iStarUSA BPU-340 SATA3 Hot-Swap Cages
Syba PCIe 4 port RAID controller card
Crucial m4 SSD 128 GB boot drive
4x WD RE 2 TB drives in RAID-10
2x WD 10k Raptors
2x WD Red 4TB drives

Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLT2K8G3D1608ET3LX0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3-1600 RAM is excellent low voltage memory and had zero errors. I have run it at 1,666 MHz effective with 8-8-8-20 timings and 1.345v. It will also run overclocked at 2,133 MHz effective with 11-11-11-30 or better timings with a bump in voltage. I'd definitely recommend this RAM to those looking for flexibility of speed, timings, and voltage with good performance.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: So far in gaming and limited benchmarking that doesn't require absurd amounts of sheer memory bandwidth, my new Haswell-R build seems to prefer tighter timings vs higher frequencies.

Asus Z97-Pro
32 GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3-1600 (1,666 MHz 8-8-8-20)

Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is almost the perfect case for the PC hobbyist/enthusiast with multiple purposes from overclocking to gaming. It is spacious without being too large (wider than a normal ATX tower, but not as deep front-to-back as other cases). The interior is spacious and easy to work in, and the build quality seems pretty good. Massive amount of airflow; ideal for big air coolers or liquid cooler radiators. Unique look.

Cons: There is a lot of wasted space in the chamber behind the motherboard (where the power supply, 5.25" bays, and SSD cage are located). Corsair should have included another cage for 3.5" HDDs. It will be a few years before we can completely abandon mechanical hard drives. Also, having the two HDD slots for the SATA backplane at the bottom of the main chamber isn't a great design, as graphics cards will push hot air on to HDDs.

Other Thoughts: Corsair should consider releasing an Obsidian version of this case with less plastic (more steel/aluminum would be nice for a more premium look, for which I am willing to pay), an additional cage for 3.5" HDDs (even if it means widening the case some more). This case could be perfect with a few changes...


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Display Name: Andrew G.

Date Joined: 08/11/04

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  • First Review: 12/30/06
  • Last Review: 08/06/14
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