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Peter H.

Peter H.

Joined on 11/28/03

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Nice but expense case, Do you need those bays?

CHENBRO ES34069-BK-180 Black 0.7 mm SECC Pedestal Server Chassis 180 W (DC: 19V)
CHENBRO ES34069-BK-180 Black 0.7 mm SECC Pedestal Server Chassis 180 W (DC: 19V)

Pros: Attractive Small footprint Hot-Swap bays (But do you need them?) Screwless optical drive mounting bracket

Cons: Expensive Stock fans are very loud TIGHT space Included riser adapter is PCI. If you need to install a card note that the cable routing in the case will make for an extremely tight install. The four drive SATA cables along with 24 pin power cable will be pressing against it. Case supports 4 hot swap drives, 1 internal 2.5" drive and optical drive but it is hard to find a mini-itx board with more than 4 internal SATA ports.

Overall Review: I bought this case for a Windows Home Server build. Overall I'm very happy with the results. This is a nice looking case that doesn't take up much space. Case comes with 2 pretty loud 70mm fans. I purchased some aftermarket 70mm fans but found that they were thicker than the originals and did not fit in the case since the original fans are already up against the power distribution board. I had originally planned to sit the server on my desk but the fan noise it makes in stock configuration is nerve-wracking. I moved it to a different room. This was my first experience with a mini-itx case and motherboard. If you are used to larger ATX cases then working around in this one is going to be a learning experience. Before you buy this case ask yourself if you really need those hot-swap bays. If not then there are some really nice mini-itx case alternatives (PC-Q08) or consider going with micro atx which really opens up your options.