Pros: Really adaptable to pretty much any hardware one could imagine - which is pretty sweet for the price and height(2u!) and depth. Standard ATX power supplies and low-profile cards are no problem here folks.
Plenty of extra screws (see following comments).
Dual LAN LED.
Cons: None really. There are of course the 'I Wants' like front swap HD, tooless access, yada yada, but come on. This case is cheap and doesn't cut you. What more do you want for a rack mount?
Some screws are stupid cheap and strip. I had to drill a couple out to get the front off and replace the fans.
Overall Review: Images are not accurate. I bought this in part because I thought the handles would screw off, leaving a low profile rack mount for my 'decorative' office computer rack. This is not how my case was configured. None of the handle/bracket system is available to unscrew.
The HD mounting, while 'awkward' and not hot-swap, is really the next best thing available if you're rail mounting this in a rack. It's darn near 'hot-swap' from that perspective.
I expected this case to be way to shoddy for my clients. But I was pleasantly surprised. I'd spec this guy for client builds in the future.
Pros: --Acceptable Ventilation
--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.
Pros: Nice construction, small footprint, takes regular ATX power supply.
Cons: A rack mount case should fit in a standard 19" EIA rack. They call it a 19" rack for a reason. It's not a 19 1/4" rack. The edge of this case's ears are 19 1/4", had to grind them to fit my rack. Also one EIA space is 1.75". Not 1.80". This 2U case is over 3.5" tall. Again, does not fit correctly in the rack. Not rocket science here folks... Also, 1 of the motherboard standoffs (the right rear one) does not line up with any MicroATX board I had. Not a huge deal, but come on..
Overall Review: Too bad they couldn't make the case to EIA standards. Otherwise it's a nice case. Kinda get what you pay for here, a cheap case that's nice for the price, but doesn't really conform to rack-mount standards.
Pros: This is a very solid case. I am using a number of these for a small renderfarm. Once I figured them out, I found them easy to work with. Airflow is good.
Cons: a bit ugly, if that matters to you. The drive bays are awkward. I'm using M.2 drives so this is not an issue for me.
Overall Review: You need a PSU with front to back airflow (IE Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W). Swap out the cheap fans for nice quiet ones like the Noctua 80mm fans. The most difficult thing about building in this form factor is cooling. I went through a number of options and settled on the BeQuiet Shadowrock LP and swapped out the for a slim 15mm deep fan.
Pros: It's small form factor makes it amazingly easy to install in the rack. I mounted it with out rails at first just to see if the case would hold its own weight. It did. I did install rails however. I was impressed with its construction. It does not feel cheap at all.
Cons: The left most drive cages could cause problems IF your using a full height AMD AM2 cooler. Get a 1U or 2U cooler and you can use all the drive cages. The ATX power connector on most motherboards is going to be painful to hookup. You have to take some of the screws off the rack ears and half disasseble the front part of the case to get your power connector hooked up correctly. Took 2 minutes, so not a big deal.
Overall Review: It's a small case, so of course its going to be tight. Dont try to fit a full size ATX board in this Micro-ATX case and you will be in good shape. Make sure your ATX power supply cables are long enough. I got a cheap one from newegg to test with, and while the main ATX power block hooked up, the 12V rail was not long enough. I had some Athena power 12V rail extensions laying around, so it worked out for me in the end. Another reviewer complained about the sound. Guess what, its an Rack chassis, what do you expect? No, its not quiet, its designed for a rack, and a rack should be in a closet or data center where noise doesn't matter. Its not the noisiest thing I have owned. Were talking 50DB, which is pretty good for a rack server. I have owned 80DB rack servers, but mine go in the IT closet where they belong :)
Pros: Well engineered & manufactured case, logical layout, sturdy construction (no flex) takes standard ATX PSU (flow thru design) and cheap as dirt!
Cons: Loud fans (as an audio guy there's nothing worse than loud fan noise - replaced with these - N82E16835226001 Silenx units from the egg).
The review that mentioned that the fan noise is caused by the front panel venilation holes is correct - the "vortex" created by the air flow is clearly (and annoyingly) audible. Instead of cutting away the front panel I chose to replace the fans with those of a lower rpm. Air flow is excellent and the loudest element is intel stock cpu cooler.
Very small screws for the lid & drive mounting - don't let your cat play with these cuz they're really hard to find on the floor!
Overall Review: Advice for "newbs": slow down, take your time with your builds - you CAN put 10 pounds of stuff in a 5 pound bag!
Words for reviewer "DT": EIA is only ONE standard in the world - as such, many manufacturers of racks & enclosures frequently "miss the mark". The RPC-230 fits perfectly in my Middle Atlantic racks.
As a professional systems integrator I've designed & built hundreds of "rack mount" installations. Expected less & got more for the $ spent. Built a WHS box with this using the following:
Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L (N82E16813128357)
Intel E1500 Duo Core Celeron (N82E16819116075)
Crucial 2 GB PC2 6400 (DDR2 800) (N82E16820148163)
WD Caviar Blue 250 GB HDD (OS Drive) (N82E16822136161)
2 Each 1 TB WD Caviar Green HDD (N82E16822136317)
Antec EA380D PSU (N82E16817371033)
2 Each Silenx Pro Series Quiet Fan (N82E16835226001)
1 Each OKGEAR 6" 3-pin fan split cable (N82E16812123321)
Gonna buy a couple more for HTPC use.
Pros: Fits 4 drives, allows adequate cooling. Has nice finish
Cons: It wasn't clear enough to me that "compatible with ATX PSU" meant I need to find a power supply with a linear airflow system, meaning not to use a PSU that has the now common fan on the top/bottom as opposed to the end the cables come out. I should have known, but it didn't click with me.
Overall Review: Shipped via Ontrack, which is a horrible courier that has consistently been dishonest when it comes to my deliveries. In this case, it claimed it tried to deliver at 2 in the afternoon but my place of business was closed. We close at 5 and had 100 cars in the parking lot at 2pm. The next day, it was delivered but was signed for by "Jake". We have no Jake, Jack, Blake, or anything relatively similar. I was in a panic thinking that with the notes from the day before they went to the wrong business. Luckily I only had to look around for an hour (after driving in to work as the package was scheduled for the day before, when I was working) before I found my package. Also, paid for 3 day shipping after having already purchased Newegg Premiere due to the order processing screen claiming I could save money by joining.
Pros: Solid case, good value, relatively easy install.
Cons: Not much room for the drives. Be sure not to get tall RAM or you won't be able to mount 3.5" HDDs behind the front case fans. Airflow thru grill makes noise, installing quieter fans didn't help me.
Overall Review: Using this for main PC and another for an NAS. Wish I'd have gotten 4U cases so the PSU and HDDs could stand on end and create more room.