Date Joined: 04/06/11
Pros: works well
Cons: the card itself is low profile but the ports are not; 2 of the 6 sff ports would be blocked because they are at the edge of the card. unfortunate design.
Overall Review: still a great card
Pros: more RAM, good price
Cons: system turned on 4 times fine, now doesn't work. unsure if cause is RAM, but that's the most recent change. have to tear the whole laptop apart (again) to get at 2 of the 4 sticks to even test anything. kind of annoying that I can't be sure it's not the RAM.
Overall Review: eh. bought cheap, might be the reason the laptop is now a brick.
Cons: doesnt actually have 5.25" bay. its internal 5.25', with a stupid door system, designed only for optical drive. useless for what I wanted, since i needed an actual 5.25" bay, like it says it has
2x 5.25 bays in front
standard ATX PSU
micro ATX motherboard
Cons: accessing the front fans requires disassembling the entire front of the case
has one USB 2 and one USB 3 on the front...but some idiot tied the headers together so they cant be used at the same time if the motherboard headers are more than an inch apart (edit: OK, plugged in just the USB3 and both ports work, so the weird plug must do both somehow - would have been nice if there was some kind of advanced way for a company to provide information to the end user in a simple printout to tell you things like this.....)
there is no way for an ATX PSU to breath if it isn't a back fan style
fits a standard ATX PSU, but completely blocks ventilation, not even perforated panels; the motherboard is on the wrong side for an SFX PSU and so the cables are too short. simply putting the 5.25 and PSU on the other side seems like it would have completely eliminated this problem.
the FANs are insane. they aren't just loud, loud i could handle. these things sound like they are trying to make the case fly, wanting to grow up into their big brothers, Helicopter blades. they sound like they are going to rattle themselves right out of the case. I unplugged them before they pop out of the housing and eat their power cables like Kirby the Vacuum Cleaner....probably going try and remove the entire front fan structure and put some fans that arent pure junk in
no manual that I can find
Overall Review: has a mount for a full height single slot PCI card above the CPU. doesnt seem to be in the description
the FAN power cables are literally long enough to go out the PCI slots...
Pros: ball bearing rails
Cons: provided washers are laughably to small for the L brackets, go right through the slots...i added some bigger ones I had
the L bracket needs lots of space outside the mounting holes, had to bend the edges to get it to fit, kind of S rails now ______|¯
edit: mounted hardware is 5mm too low, doesn't sit in the U space
Overall Review: lining up the rails isn't the smoothest ever
quality feels a little weak but seems to hold.
does not lock in extended position
Pros: strong rails, feel like quality build
pre assembled, no screwing around to mount L brackets
Cons: the silly "quick mount" system is incompatible with threaded rack. ( I missed this when ordering so while not norco's fault, it's a huge shame since the rails themselves are nice)
Overall Review: a little tight, so pushing the server into the rack is fairly stiff
just regular mount holes would have been nicer, or some way to switch out the quick mount for standard holes
I removed parts of the quick mount, which leaves a square hole I can put a threaded screw through, but the size is wrong so it doesnt sit quite right. need to either find a square space or drill out the dumb clips
the rails are nice enough that I might order more despite having to modify
solid construction of cage
front accessible drives
screws and sats cables included
Cons: power and data connectors on wrong side
Overall Review: sata plugs are not numbered directly requiring lookup in manual
toolless drive sleds would have been awesomer
Pros: compact. 4 front removable drives.
Cons: silly money grubbing:
drive trays included are 3.5" only, with a silly plastic spacer attache with screws to each and every drive tray.
2.5" drive trays are avaiable but cost 30$ EACH, raising the price to 300$ if you want to use 2.5.
the 2.5 drive trays seem to be identical to the included drive trays, meaning they could have just put those in isntead of the stupid plastic spacers and greatly increased the value of the product.
Pros: trays work as expected
Cons: being FORCED to buy these instead of them being included in the case. made a 200$ case cost 300$ for absolutely no reason.
Overall Review: screws are awkward to get in, something more toolless would have been alot easier.