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NORCO RPC-470 Black 4U Rackmount Server Case 3 External 5.25
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4 out of 5 eggs Great for a budget server build 07/10/2012

This review is from: NORCO RPC-470 Black 4U Rackmount Server Case 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays

Pros: I used this case to construct a ten disk NAS using components that I had from a previous computer. For this purpose the case is wonderful, albeit probably deeper than necessary.

Cheap, lightweight, lots of fan mounts and holds a ton of drives.

Build construction is pretty solid, but has a lot of sharp edges. I managed to cut my hand once when I gripped it wrong.

Cons: The internal fan backplane has to be removed to get access to the drive bays in their shipped configuration. This isn't terribly hard, but would be impossible to do while the unit is rack mounted. I went ahead and left it out, since the front and rear fans move more than enough air to keep the drives cool. Once that was out I had no issues installing or removing drives.

Mounting the front fans was an exercise in frustration, and I recommend doing it first thing. The fan mounts must be detached to install the 120mm fans, but the screws which hold them in place are very tiny and hard to install again when you're done. I had to sit the unit on it's rear, with the front on top, and very carefully guide the screws into place with a magnetized screwdriver. Even with those changes it was like playing Operation and took many retries before all 8 screws were in place.

Other Thoughts: The 5.25" bays do not include the typical mounting mechanism one would use to mount an optical drive. There was some additional hardware included, but I couldn't figure out how to use it.

Images of the case depict a quick-release latch for the lid. This is NOT present, the lid must be secured with screws on the side of the chassis.

GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Fast and feature rich board for the price.

Lots of USB3 ports.

Graphical BIOS UI is nice, but a little weird if you're used to the old blue text BIOS layout.

Updating the BIOS was a breeze, and the auto-overclocking tool worked exactly as advertised.

Cons: The on-board system fan controller will only work if the fans are connected to the headers in order (FAN1, FAN2, FAN3). Took me a while to figure out that this is why my fans were all running full speed despite the BIOS being set for silent operation.

Given this requirement, the order of the fan connectors is really stupid. The placement is almost perfect, but what should be FAN1 (the pin out closest to the processor) for the rear system fan is actually FAN2. What should be FAN2 (the pin out closest to the front of the case) is actually FAN3. FAN1 is at the bottom of the board, on the opposite side of the PCI bus.

To get the fan controller to even work I had to route my rear fan cable over my PCI cards. My front fan couldn't even be connected to its pin out, the cable wasn't long enough. I was forced to use a secondary fan controller to slow it down.

So if you aren't going to have three fans connected to this board, I suggest buying some fan cable extensions

Other Thoughts: I installed this board along with a Core i5-3570K, a Crucial M4 SATA3 SSD, and a Radeon 7850 2GB. After overclocking, the Windows Experience Score was maxed at 7.9, the machine runs super fast, I'm loving Ivy Bridge.

Note, if you plan to use the on-board raid at all (non-boot disks), make sure you have the BIOS set to RAID before installing Windows. I didn't, and Windows refused to boot after enabling the raid controller even tho the boot drive was unchanged.

SimpleTech SimpleDrive 320GB 7200 RPM 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small and quite portable, performance is about where I'd expect for a USB device of this size and price.

Cons: The drive inside is very power hungry, you have to use both usb connectors on the cable included in the package, and even then it doesn't always work. The drive has a connector for an external power source, but there's no power brick included and no information on the device to indicate power specifications.

Users Guide tells you that this drive will not be able get enough power from a Mac's USB ports. Wish something here had said this, I probably wouldn't have bought it.

Other Thoughts: External power adapter port takes a 3mm 5v DC input, 1amp, positive center pin. I've been running it fine on a 6v supply.
Internal drive is a SATA Western Digital.


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Display Name: Katharine S.

Date Joined: 07/17/03

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