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NORCO RPC-450 4U Rackmount Server Case 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays

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  • 3 x External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 10 x External 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 2 x 120mm Fans

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great case for the money, especially delivered to AU. Short enough to (mostly) fit into a comms rack

Pros: - Good simple case for a whitebox NAS
- front disk "mobile racks" (not really a mobile disk rack, don't have a backplane just are removable) are easy enough to take out for changing drives, and there's space for some hotswap drives in the front 3x5.25" bays as well.
- Decent high-airflow high static pressure fans, ended up replacing mine with some spares that are quieter but they do the job just fine.
- Huge and roomy, plenty of space for weird/long cards. Could probably get some PCI card grille HDD holders to add another few drives at the back in a pinch, or screw in some more modded mobile racks on one side if using a small (mITX/mATX) MB
- Decent amount of LEDs at the front for status
- Updated(?) filter door lock at the front isn't as flimsy as previous reviewers note
- Takes everything from your DIY NAS and makes it rack mountable
- Low profile LEDs, can show network activity for up to 3 NICs if your MB supports it along with HDD activity and presence/locator/alarm, front USB ports are good
- plenty of cooling if you add 2x80mm fans at the back

Cons: - It is (only just!) too long to fit comfortably in my old comms rack (by about 2ish cm/roughly 1 in), had to take the door off for it to fit with power and network cables attached at the back. Could take off front handles to fix this I suppose, but at the cost of severely reduced airflow around the fan intakes.
- No cable management, I found it was fine to ziptie common-type cables together but no preformed mounting spots to tie cables to the case. That being said, the sheer size inside this case means you won't run out of cable space!
- The disk slots in the mobile racks on my (updated?) version of the case don't include the quick-mount plastic rails, but are screw-in-place instead. Would have been great to get the quick-mount racks to make disk swaps easier long-term... but for the price I can't complain.

Other Thoughts: Awesome case for the money, especially delivered to AU. Literally cannot beat it for the price, and it is short enough that it will fit in a comms rack in a pinch! Fans are _very_ quiet for a rack case, and it's easy to change them out for silent ones (just make sure to get high static pressure ones as they sit quite close to the drives)
If you're wanting to rack mount your DIY NAS build from a tower case without buying special rack-mount power supplies, this is a great way to do it for up to 10 drives without modding/additional components. Don't expect the luxuries of a mid-range tower case. This thing is heavy and built like a tank, with no frills but all of the necessities.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Simple and cheap

Pros: 4U Norco Case that Supports Full Size EEB motherboards (needed for my Intel CP2600S board)
Solid build, and I mean it is solid. I haven't measured the steel but it's probably 1mm thick. (Warning it is going to be heavy)
Potential to be rack mounted.

Cons: Rear PCI expansion slots have the one time cutaway covers. Possibly to cut down on costs. Given that the metal is quite thick I'll be finding it hard to remove once I get a PCIe expansion card like a NIC or Graphics card.
Opening it up and looking inside. The edges are a little on the rough side careful not to cut yourself. It's fine closed up. Don't carry when open. You'll risk hurting yourself (speculation based on observation).

Other Thoughts: OEM, no user-manual in the box (at least not in mine).
It's not light, nor flimsy.
Came with plenty of screws and other fixtures in the box.
You want a rackmount-able case for unconventional size'd boards? You found it. It costs as much as a typical mid-tower case without the frills of course. And it has two 120mm fans on the drive cages.
It feels really sturdy.
There is no visible cable management. I have not owned or worked in a server case before. Not sure if there are typically cable management in the case or not. Had to do with bundling cables together and laying them around the motherboard as much as possibly.
Drive cages are typical. It does have dampening rings for each set of screw holes per drive bay.
Note the bottom bay will be vary close to the bottom of the case. Take care to not over-stress your connectors.
It has a dust filter in the security door.
The locking mechanism is simple. It doesn't fit very well, you'll need to push the door with a little force to be able to "lock" it.
And apparently there are three potential network activity connectors on the front I/O. I only have two hooked up, no third interface on my motherboard.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Does the job, but is frustrating

Pros: It's cheap, comes with just about everything you need to get the mobo and drives in and ready to go.

Seems sturdy enough - for the price.

Fans do push a good amount of air (for the noise they make).

back panel screws for add-on cards were included.

Cons: I had similar issues that many of the others had - but I ended up getting it all together anyway.

Sharp edges. Ow. Even if you're careful you can still nick yourself good.

When I got it, the lock seemed like it would not open with the key. So I forced it. This was ok, but when I tried to lock it again, it wouldn't catch on the overhang that holds the lock in place. A pair of pliers to the metal bit on the lock (bending it outward) fixed it just fine. The locking mechanism is a bit weak though.

The HD cages were a bear to get in and out because of the metal attaching tabs that didn't stay on very well. Once I got them in place, they went back in. Not a completely solid conection - leaves room for HD vibrations.

Fan molex connectors were the crappiest I've ever seen. The metal pins went everywhich way of their own accord. Took me 15 minutes to get them connected.

No real support for the powersupply. Just hangs there after it's bolted up.

Other Thoughts: All in all, I'm ok with the purchase. For the price, I guess it's not bad. Needed the extra room for an EEB board and this fits it well.

The mounting screws put my mobo about 1cm too high, causing the io panel to not match up perfectly. Caused my mobo to end up the tiniest bit warped when bolted down, but not enough to make me worry.

I do like how high the mounting screws were in general, letting a good bit of airflow under the board as well.

mobo - ASUS KGPE-D16
PSU - Zalman ZM600-HP

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4/ 5
good

Comments: Be careful if you are handling the case, especially with added weight from components...

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good for the money

Pros: Cheap. 10 internal drive bays, get a 4in3 and have 14 total 3.5" drives. Well-built, very solid for the most part. Includes backplates for s604 and I believe 775. Lots of screws come with the case

Cons: Should be a half inch deeper. If it were, then the bottom two internal drive bays would be useful with an EATX board. The way it is now, those drive slots are unusable. Very, very disappointing.

Other Thoughts: All in all it's a good case. The fans aren't quiet, but it's a rackmount case for a server environment....so it's expected.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: Cheap price
Plenty of space for hard drives
Rack-mountable

Cons: Sharp edges on the metal
Door on the front doesn't stay closed unless locked
Fans are WAY too loud.

Other Thoughts: Really cheap case, but does the job. Nothing fancy.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Steal of a Deal

Pros: This case is built like a tank, came packaged well from the manufacturer, and provided exactly what was advertised. The price for what you are getting here is absolutely unbeatable.

Oh, and the fans are like jet engines. Very awesome.

Cons: I found one edge that was rather sharp, but it was not an issue. I had some minor initial concerns about the HD rails, as they felt pretty cheap, but they did well regardless. The top cover has two screws installed from the factory that must be removed to open it, and they are very hard to find, but...it was, in fact, in the manual, which only took me 30 minutes to resort to.

Other Thoughts: There are actually very few things that rule this out as being a production server case.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great Case for Price, but needs improvement

Pros: Well for starters it is a very versatile 4U case, comes with all brackets and hardware included, and is also very lightweight (when empty). The front cover has a good filtering medium, as well as ventilation slots on the drive bays and easily mountable 80mm fans in the rear.

Cons: Aside from the mounting hardware being sliding rails which can be easily bent and broken as well as the front lock being a simple key lock available from the hardware store for $2, there is not a lot of things to complain about this case. Top cover comes off easily after removing the 4 screws securing it, same with the 3.5" bays (have to remove 2 mounting screws) and the filter holder (also has 2 screws holing grate down).

Other Thoughts: I configured mine with 5 HDD's in RAID 5 and a Foxconn P41A-G motherboard with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400. System is being used as a CCTV recorder in an office building, mounts perfectly on our 4 post open frame rack, planning on buying another to run multiple Virtual Machines for testing purposes and server apps

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