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iStarUSA S-917 Black Aluminum / Steel Tower Compact Stylish mini-ITX Tower 7 External 5.25" Drive Bays

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  • 7 External 5.25" Drive Bays
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iStarUSA Server Tower Chassis S-917

The external multi-bay NAS tower series are designed specially for storage applications. The wide variety of the tower with hard drive cages is able to easily max the hard drive capacity up to 42 bays for storing mass data. Quiet 120mm cooling fan enhances the ventilation inside. The external NAS tower chassis with solid construction is a cost-effective and flexible solution for your critical data storage.


Product Features


iStarUSA S-917
  • Sleek Front Panel with Power On & Reset Button
  • 7x5.25" Bays Available for Mobile Drive Cage
  • Aluminum Front Panel with USB2.0
  • Front Door keylock design to secure data inside
  • Heavy Duty SECC Construction
  • Compatible with Mini Redundant Power Supply
  • Support Standard I/O Slot
  • Support mini-ITX Motherboard
  • Power and HDD LED Indicator
  • One 120mm Cooling Fan
  • Internal 2.5" Bay for OS HDD

Specifications

iStarUSA S-917
Model Number S-917
RoHS Compliance Version Yes
Form factor Tower U
Standard Drive Bays 2.5" Drive (internal): 1
5.25" Drives: 7
Indicators Power, HDD
Switches Power, Reset
Supported PSU Type ATX PS2
Expansion Slots 2
Material of Front Bezel Aluminum
Material of Main Chassis SECC 0.8mm
Color of Front Bezel Black
Front Connector 1x USB 2.0
Motherboard Size 6.7 x 6.7 (mini-ITX)
Cooling Fan 1x120mm
Color of Main Chassis Black
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.23" x 12.68" x 18.82"

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4/ 5
Good case with little documentation

Pros: Very modular since almost every piece can taken off/replaced. 7 5.25" bays adds to the usefulness. The m-ITX standoffs are premounted. Very sturdy and heavy. Only takes up 1700 cubic inches which means you can get 11 HDDs + motherboard in just 1 cubic foot.

Cons: Airflow in this case isn't very good. There is only 1 120mm fan spot. I think this case should have at least one more 120mm fan mount on top for an exhaust. Even with high CFM fans on the ICY Dock drive cages the drives are still near 40 C.

The screws that are mounted on the bays are very difficult to get out. I don't even know why they put them on there. It took me like an hour to do that.

The hole mounts don't seem align very good for the drive cages I used (Icy Dock & AMS).

The documentation is sparse to non existent. Even if you download their PDF it gives no directions at all about where the connectors go especially their cleaved USB 2.0 connector. I couldn't get it to work at all. The reset "button" can only work if you use a pen or something since it isn't a button at all. The only positive is that the connectors have different colors on them.

I think this product is meant for industrial use or for integrators.

Overall Review: Overall very modular. Lots of ancillary problem (see Cons section). I used this as an external RAID enclosure for 11 HDDs (it could be used for 10 HDDs & 6/8 SSDs as well). The Intel 24-port SAS expander I used along with all the SAS cables was a very tight fit so airflow was a problem.

I think in retrospect I probably should have bought a Lian Li case which probably has better airflow, however this is a good case but for my purpose it didn't entirely meet my needs.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
iStarUSA S-917 Mini ITX Case

Pros: Dismantles into individual pieces. You can take each piece apart to modify as you wish. It makes it much easier to work on. Some other brands are riveted together & are harder to modify.I put 3/4" rubber feet on the bottom. On the top, I put two handles to make it easier to lift the finished computer. The case has (7) 5.25 external slots. I put full sized BluRay & DVD burners. Also used 5.25 to 3.5 adapters to mount card readers,dual hot swap 2.5 drive bay, & USB + Audio bay. Everything fits in very well as it is large, 7.23"W x 12.68"H x 18.82"D. It is very well made.

Cons: It is pushing the "Small Form Factor" size.
It would be worth the price if it came with a 600W PSU; but
it doesn't.

Overall Review: It is hard to find an ITX case with (7) 5.25" External bays.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good NAS Case

Pros: I bought this as a NAS case. I typically use ReadyNAS and I decided I wanted more performance and control so I bought this case. iStarUSA has been a good company for me in this regard as I have a lot of internal drive bays from them to go with this. I am using this with a supermicro X9SPV-LN4F-3QE that also uses ECC ram. It is not a cheap board but with this case it is an extremely solid ZFS Freenas machine. Use this case in conjunction with iStar internal raid cages.

Cons: It is a MiniITX case, I had wanted the other model they have on their site, the S-919 which has more bays and is MicroATX but it is not available for sale yet.

Overall Review: You get what you pay for.

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