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NORCO RPC-4220 4U Rackmount Server Chassis w/ 20 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS 6G Drive Bays (Mini SAS Connector)

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  • 20 x SATA/SAS Hot-Swap Drive Bays
  • 3 x 120mm middle fans wall 2 x 80mm rear fans 80mm Fans

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4U Rackmount Server Case with 20 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS Drive Bays

RPC-4220

Features


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  • 4U Rackmount Design
  • Twenty Hot-Swappable SATA (II or III) / SAS 6G Drive Bays, Two 2.5" OS Drive Brackets
  • Five Internal SFF-8087 Mini SAS Connectors Support up to Twenty 3.5" or 2.5" SATA (II or III) or SAS Hard Drives
  • Backplanes are Horizontal Mounted for Better Ventilation

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  • 1 x Slim CD-ROM bay, 20 x 3.5 " hot-swappable drive bays, 2 x 2.5" OS drive brackets
  • Six ball-bearing cooling fans for better ventilation
  • Supports EEB (12 x 13"), CEB (12 x 10.5"), ATX (12 x 9.6"), Micro ATX (9.6 x 9.6"), ITX (6.7 x 6.7") motherboard

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  • LED Indicators for power and activity on each HDD tray
  • Smooth border prevents injury during installation
  • 4-Pin Molex Power Adapter Option (not included): Sata power to 4-pin Molex power adapter
  • RoHS Compliant

Specifications

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  • Drive Bay: 20 x hot-swappable SATA (II or III) / SAS 6G drive bays, 1 x slim CD-ROM bay, 2 x 2.5" OS drive brackets
  • Cooling Fans: 4 x 80mm Mid-wall fans, 2 x 80mm rear fans
  • Switches: Power ON/OFF x 1, System reset x 1
  • Indicators: Power ON/OFF x 1, HDD x 1, Network X 2
  • Connectors: Two front accessible USB ports, five internal SFF-8087 Mini SAS connectors, ten 4-pin Molex redundant power connectors
  • Motherboard Compatibility: Supports EEB (12 x 13"), CEB (12 x 10.5"), ATX (12 x 9.6"), Micro ATX (9.6 x 9.6"), ITX (6.7 x 6.7")
  • Power Supply Options: Standard ATX power supply, mini redundant power supply (H x W: 5.91 X 3.39")
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 19 x 25.5 x 7.0" (483 x 650 x 176mm)
  • Weight (without hard drive): 39.7lbs (18kg) (Net) 46.7lbs (21.2kg) (Gross)
  • Packing: Double boxes
  • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent Value. Upgraded Version for 2018

Pros: As of Nov 2018, comes with 3x120mm fanwall in middle. Powered by a single molex power connector from PSU.
As of Nov 2018, came with USB 3.0 port in front panel.

Cons: None. It's a low-cost, high-density storage case. No complaints!

Other Thoughts: Just thought I'd post a quick review to point out that the listing is incorrect (in a good way). The mid-case fan wall now houses 120mm fans rather than 80mm fans. And the front panel now houses a USB 3.0 connector (and a USB 2.0 one). There is now no need to buy the separate 120mm fan wall.

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4/ 5
Not bad at all.

Pros: Cheap compared to competition
Does what is asked of it

Cons: Tight space up front where the power connectors and fans are
Need decent fans for good airflow. Some of my hard drives get a little hot, but I did replace the stock fans with Vantec Stealths so it might just be that. But for the most part doesn't get all that hot inside.

Other Thoughts: Purchased this to house my Plex Server. I've had it since 2011. Haven't had a single problem with it.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Thoughtful desgin, snug fits, loud rear fans

Pros: The folks at Norco clearly put a lot of thought into this design because even though the fits are snug (EEB form factor), the case is still pretty easy to work in

Cons: Rear fans are pretty loud, but hey, it's a server case.
Fans to cool the drive bays can conflict with the SAS cables (I'm using reverse SAS/SATA cables) but it's workable.
4 pin molex powers the drive bay fans, so there's no speed control, but hey, it's a server case.

Other Thoughts: I replaced the loud rear exhaust fans with 80mm Noctua fans which have rubber pads on them to absorb vibrations. Those rubber pads made it difficult to replace both rear fans because the tolerances are so tight on this case (read: no wiggle room), but with some finesse (read: brute force), I got the new fans on without needing to remove the rubber pads.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great All-In-One JBOD / RAID Case - Not Perfect, But For The Money It's A Bargain

Pros: Metal drive cages, plenty of screws. They've updated the design and the models shipping out now come with the 120MM triple fan wall (rather than the smaller fans in the middle of the case). I thought this would be an opportunity to upgrade the fans with three Xigmatek AOS XAF-F1251 120MM fans, but they just weren't as good at moving air as those the came in the case originally.

Other Pros:
- Mini DVD/CDROM drive opening.
- Mostly metal construction; seems pretty sturdy.

Cons: - Design doesn't sufficiently move air when it's fully loaded. I have 20 6TB 7200RPM drives and they idle at 35C which is pretty hot. My x SANS DIGITAL EliteSTOR ES316X6+B JBOD moves crazy air and the same drives run AVERAGE (not idle) at 27C according to Avago's Megaraid Storage Manager. When I tried to initialize the drives in the RPC-4220 they hit 48C so I got a bit worried and shut it all down. Now I'm forced to buy some "turbo" Vantecs and see what happens.
- SGPIO doesn't seem to be working properly when connected directly to my LSI-9280-16i4e via Mini-SAS (SFF-8087) cables. The adapter shows it's working, but drive location won't blink the drive you're looking for sadly and their backplane doesn't show the connector the drives are hanging off; it only shows "null x0" so locating bad drives is going to be painful in the future. Not sure what they were thinking when they designed their backplane.
- USB2.0 connector on front, no USB3.
- Rails just don't work. The RL20 rails are not capable of fitting a short rack and look like they won't hold a fully loaded case. It's pretty heavy when loaded up with 20 drives, a PSU and the remaining gear.

Other Thoughts: - Wish they had their cooling worked out - 20 drives need a ton of ventilation and this case needs better fans.
- Crummy rails.
- Watch your hands. Despite what they say there are sharp edges.
- Lastly, they have their middle fan partition backwards. The fans are all mounted on the side closest to the drives so there is no room for the SFF-8087 cables without bending them to the point they will end up breaking (as other's have posted, this has happened to them and they ended up breaking the assembly connector on the backplane (the female port end of the 8087 connector on the backplane breaks). All you have to do is pull the fan partition and move the drives to the other side -- just make sure you have them blowing air the proper direction towards the back of the case. This gives you an extra precioius 2-3 inches for your cables to not get damaged.
- Redundant power would be a great addition. My SANS DIGITAL ES316X6 has three power supplies and it just makes you feel a bit safer knowing your raid won't die due to a bad PSU (I still have it connected to an UPS and the LSI 9280-16i4e has a Battery Backup, but still -- you could be out of service for a few days while sourcing a new PSU if your one and only goes bad. Separate redundant PSU's cost megabucks so it would be nice to see an affordable one in this case for an extra couple of hundred bucks.

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Verified Owner
1/ 5
Avoid - company doesn't respond. Problems with SATA errors on most drives

Pros: The price is right... In theory should be able to use 20 hotswap drives.

Cons: Trouble with any/all drives actually running at full speed. All the drives I've used have been SATA III but mostly connect only at 1.5Gb/s - sometimes 3.0Gb/s. Very slow regardless of what speed is negotiated. I've tried several RAID controllers and even on-board SATA ports and all have trouble.

To use the case I finally just gave up and removed the backplanes and plugged each drive in directly using SATA and Power cables. All drives work at full 6Gb/s this way but no more hot-swap.

Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: I've emailed Norotek 11 times over the last 8 weeks asking if they'd sell me just the backplane pieces and if they had known issues from the time I bought the case... Not a single response even after receiving 'Read' receipts that my email had been read.

Maybe they have gone out of business? Or maybe they only care about selling the things and not actually following up? Just not worth the hassle. Spend a little more and get a case that works and has support after the sale.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
A great rack chassis for a reasonable-ish price

Pros: Build quality is as good as any rack chassis I've ever laid hands on. Makes the iStarUSA chassis it is replacing look like it was constructed by inebriated goats.

Cons: The included fans are some seriously "lowest bidder" fans. Recommend you replace them right off the top. I can't speak to their longevity, as I replaced them very, very soon but they were unacceptably loud.

Also recommend you replace the middle fan wall with Norco's 3x 120mm fan wall option. Three 120's are a HELL of a lot quieter than four 80's. I put three Noctua IndustrialPPC 2000RPM PWM NF-F12s in mine and it's fantastically quiet. (Note: As of this writing, Newegg didn't actually carry the 120mm middle fan wall. I had to order it elsewhere.)

Other Thoughts: WARNING: The bullet point above states this chassis includes the 3x 120mm fan wall option. THIS IS INCORRECT. It includes the stock 4x 80mm fan wall (with fans). I contacted Newegg customer service about this on June 18th, 2016. (Let's see how long it takes them to correct it.)

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great price.

Pros: Great Price. Lots of space. I am currently running a linux server using ZFS with 5 WD 3G enterprise HDDs leaving lots of room for upgrades.

Cons: Access to backplanes is tight and removing the mid fans is a must for connecting both the power cables and the SAS cables. Newegg discription is a bit confusing (see other thoughts) this is why I only gave it 4 eggs.

Other Thoughts: I was a bit unsure what to expect as the overview page states SAS (II or III) @ 6G but the specifications page states SAS (I or II) @ 3G. This must be an older model as it is actually only SAS (I or II) and does not have the redundant power connections (only single connection per backplane). Given what I paid for this case, I was not too disappointed about it being an older model.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great case for cost

Pros: Very cheap 20 bay case. I have been using it to run a SAN for esxi. Backplanes work great with lsi 9260-4i and an intel sas expander.

Cons: Wish the bays were made of metal and not mostly plastic.

Other Thoughts: Compared to other brands that want $1,000 - $2,000 for a case like this, this case is great for the money.

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