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SUPERMICRO SuperChassis CSE-836TQ-R800B Black 3U Rackmount Server Case 800W Redundant
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Nice case, but problems with non-Supermicro boards 02/19/2008

This review is from: SUPERMICRO SuperChassis CSE-836TQ-R800B Black 3U Rackmount Server Case 800W Redundant

Pros: Wonderful case, lots of power. Very nice layout inside. Big plus is that it supports 16 drives, SATA in my case. Another big plus is the redundant 800W power supplies. Hot plug capability. High speed fans keep the processors cool (dual quad core Xeon in my case). Normal "noisy" considering it's a server case. (Don't try to run this in your office at work and expect your co-workers to be happy.)

Be aware that this case weighs 70 lbs in the box.

Cons: Case is primarily designed to work with Supermicro motherboards. I used an Intel S5000PSLSATA server motherboard (Newegg part #N82E16813121038). In this situation, the 8 pin 12V cable was 8" too short, and the 4 pin 12V cable was 5" too short. Also, the Supermicro front panel connector is a 16 pin cable, and the Intel motherboard front panel connector is a 24 pin cable. I did not know this going in, since the pictures on Newegg's site are not clear, and cable lengths are not given. I was building it over a weekend and was fortunate enough to get the power cables I needed, and sufficient parts to build a front panel adaptor cable.

Other Thoughts: Good solid case, particularly if you want support for something that could build a 16TB server. Be aware of the need for extra cables when you purchase. It will save much time. Newegg sells the requisite power extender cables: 4 pin 12V extender cable: Athena Power 12" EPS (24Pin) connector Extension Cable. Model Cable-AD09 - OEM, part # N82E16812198005. 8 pin 12V extender cable: StarTech 8" EPS 8 Pin Power Extension Cable Model EPS8EXT - Retail, part # N82E16812200124. Newegg does not appear to sell a split front panel connector (Supermicro CBL-0068), so you might have to obtain it elsewhere. See the downloadable manual SC836.pdf, p. A-6 for more cable info. The manual is available on the Supermicro web site.

The comments about extension cables are likely to apply to other Supermicro rack mount cases. The respective documentation should mention available extension/adaptor cables.


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