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David M.

David M.

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Very good for its intended purpose

NORCO RPC-230 2U Rackmount Server Case 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
NORCO RPC-230 2U Rackmount Server Case 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays

Pros: --Acceptable Ventilation --Great price --Can use "standard" ATX power supply (just make sure air flow is front to back - in other words, no intake fan at 90 degrees to exhaust) --Quite possibly the perfect case for a pfsense or untangle machine.

Cons: Nothing to deduct an egg for, but... -- If at least one of the front USB ports was USB 3.0 - that would be great -- Fans all the way across would have been better than including 5.25 bay. As other reviewers have noted, you are going to want that space for wires, not an optical drive. -- Due to inclusion of 5.25 bay, a hard drive placed in the left most HDD bay (if you are facing the case from the front) does not get nearly the airflow. Not a problem for me, as I use 4U cases for my NAS and file sever - but something to keep in mind if that's what you want to use it for. The far right bay has the best ventilation, the middle 2 are adequate... the far left bay probably ok for a low RPM drive, as it does get air pulled past it by the PSU.

Overall Review: NOTE: Read if you are not familiar with 2U form factor: -- Saw some of the below listed as "cons" in other reviews. They are not, really. Kind of like the fact that your Honda Civic cannot easily haul a 4x8 sheet of plywood being a "con" -- This case will take a regular ATX PSU. However, bear in mind that it will be installed "sideways." Which means... -- You will need to get a PSU with fan(s) that move air front to back in relation to the case. Power supplies with a fan at 90 degrees to the exhaust fan will not work well, as the PSU turned sideways will take up EXACTLY the entire height of the case, with no space on the top or bottom. This is not exactly a coincidence... -- Yep - you will need to use low profile cards. It's a 2U case - that's just the way it is. Not that there are plenty to choose from in the 2 types of cards you are most likely to be using in this case (Network Interface Cards and HDD/RAID controllers. It is also very common to find that these cards have low profile adapters - just be sure to have a jeweler's phillips head handy (though some number 1 phillips will work on some cards) -- FYI, this particular case is for a MATX or smaller form factor Mobo. --I have just ordered 2 more of these. The first has been running my pfsense rig for 6 months or so - no problems at all. I have an Intel socket 1155 MATX mobo (gets me that extra Intel NIC !) Dual core 35 watt Pentium proc, 8GB RAM. 10,000 rpm HDD (total overkill, but just happened to have it), and 4 Intel NICs (One is dual port server grade). I mention the NICs because these fill all 4 slots. Everything stays nice and cool however.

12/16/2013