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NORCO RPC-3116 3U Rackmount Server Case w/ 16 x SATA/SAS Hot-Swap Drive Bays - OEM

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  • 16 x SATA/SAS Hot-Swap Drive Bays
  • 1 x slim CD-ROM bay
  • 2 x 60mm Fans, 4 x 80mm Fans

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5/ 5
Good value - wrong model pictured

Pros: - Well built
- Simple backplane
- Large fans

Cons: - Pictured model is not what is delivered. See Norco website for the correct model pictures.
- Drive fans have no speed control. I connected to the motherboard to get around this.

Other Thoughts: - This is a single AXT power supply model.
- 24" 8087 or SATA cables needed to reach the backplane connectors


I had to get an ATX redundant power supply.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5

Pros: The quality of the case is great for the price. I was worried about the trays being too flimsy, but they are better than expected. It is definitely not quite, but not that loud. I thought after reading the other reviews that changing the fans would be required, but it’s much quieter than a typical server case.

Cons: There is not enough space between the backplane and the fans, so it is really hard to fit all of the wires. Also, the power for the backplane is on the opposite side from the PSU.

Other Thoughts: However, even with these cons it is still a great case.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5/ 5
Nice Case

Pros: Solid design, lighter than other cases, low cost, sufficient room, quiet fans, 6.0 Gbps support, laptop/SSD mounts, sturdy handles.

Cons: Wiring isn't as elegant as other cases, I guess. It would be nice to be able to use more PCI-E ports.

Other Thoughts: I'm not exactly sure why some people are ill with the case. It is pretty great especially for the price. Yes, there isn't a ton of space between the fans and the power/SATA ports, however it was totally fine for me (16 cables). Make sure you don't make the same mistake as me though and put the fans back in backwards (fan stickers face the back of the case) b/c then you'll really lose all the space. The power supply sits on a shelf and hangs over some of the PCI-E ports. If you get a micro-ATX board you will be totally fine. Or if you don't need your bottom ports then you are all set too. The laptop (or SSD) drives can be mounted on the little plates near the front that come with the case (they aren't in the pictures). And my fans were totally quiet (much quieter than my old Supermicro case), so I'm not sure what everyone is expecting. Trays seemed fine. For power you'll need 8 molex connections. I recommend getting a modular power supply. Overall pleased.

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1/ 5

Pros: Lots of 3.5" hotswap slots

Cons: NOT:
- PSU redundant compatible
- ASUS KGPE-D16 compatible
- ASUS PIKE 2008 compatible

Other Thoughts: disapointed would describe best my feeling regarding that enclosure.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4/ 5
A good case for the price

Pros: - Cheap compared to competition
- Most edges smoothed
- Fits cheap, commodity hardware with ease
- Lots of room for the power supply; can even handle bottom-mounted fan
- Allows full-height cards to be used
- Tall enough to fit standard heatsinks; no need for small, loud heatsinks
- Decently quiet fans

Cons: - Hot swap bay and drive trays are cheap feeling and bind on insertion
- Not enough room for cables between backplanes and fans; requires removing fan wall
- Opening for cables to go through fan wall is small
- NORCO rails are awful; may not fit your rails
- Requires extra parts to mount redundant power supplies

Other Thoughts: Considering how much you could pay for a Supermicro case, this unit is a great deal. It has worked great for me overall; enough room to work (although just barely in some places), good cooling, not super loud like smaller cases, and fits commodity hardware with ease. It helped make for a cheap file server for our office. The cheap feeling of the parts was a turn-off, especially for the hot swap bays, but it works well enough. Careful screwing drives on to the top of the hot swap bays; I had screws protrude into the top bays, scraping the drives!

Overall, it works great for us and at such a competitive price, it's a great deal.

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5/ 5

Pros: Solid build case for the home enthusiast.

* Plenty of HD space (16 hotswap), 1 slim DVD, 2 2.5 HD mounts, 3.5 HD under power supply
* Great air draw through HD's.
* Full height cards fit
* Feels 'solid'

Cons: * Shipped with no FDD mount (which was better for me - should have been on the rightside)
* Main front panel set was mis-mounted on delivery - quick fix by unscrewing it, popping the case over the lip, and re-seating the front panel. Same as everyone else in the comments.
* Fans are *LOUD*, unbearably LOUD. It ships with generic 80mm fan (FFB0812SHE) x4 @ 48.5 dBA / 68.5CFM. Bought Silenx iXtrema Pro Series Quiet Fan 80mm (IXP-54-14B) x4 @ 14 dBA / 32 CFM. Some slight dremeling on fans to neatly pass-through cables. Nearly silent now and no overheating (all
drives are sitting around 35c).
* Power supply mount will overlap the bottom of an ATX board. Can only use 2 PCIe 16x slots, the third is covered. Not an issue for me.
* Rear fans have passthrough molex connectors. I cut these connectors off and soldered on a standard 3-pin motherboard fan mount.

Other Thoughts: Space around internal fans is *TIGHT*. Cable management and patience a must. Buy the following if you don't own it and save yourself the time:

* Get 12x 36" right-angle SATA cables (locking) - hot-swap drive backplanes.
* Get 7x 36" SATA cables (locking) - lowest backplane & 2.5/DVD.
* Get Silenx IXP-54-14B (iXtrema Pro Series Quiet Fan 80mm) x4 to replace mid-fans.
* Zipties (medium)
* Power supply:
- 8x molex connections for backplane
- 1x molex connection for mid fan mount
- 2x molex connections for rear fans (I bought onboard fan connectors and soldered these on instead)
- 4x SATA connections for 2.5 HD's, DVD drive, and under power supply drive
- I used a Topower Powerbird TOP-900W, which allowed me to run 2x molex branches to the backplanes (with 2x molex splitters) and a SATA branch for the top-mounted drives. Used a SATA to molex converter to power mid-fans.

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5/ 5
Great case

Pros: - Well-built
- Full-height PCI/standard ATX motherboard/PSU
- Drive trays do have lights (picture doesn't show them)
- Fits 2.5" OCZ SSD nicely (using pre-drilled mounting holes on the bottom of the drive trays)

Cons: - Power connectors for backplane are about as far from the PSU as they can be - I had to get extensions and splitters to be able to reach and hook up all of them
- SATA connectors on backplane are a little crowded by the fan bay - angle connectors would work well but I was able to fit straight ones. It's easier to take out the fan bay while setting up.
- The shelf thing that holds up the PSU and the PSU itself blocks part of my ATX motherboard. Not a big deal, but I can't really use the IDE connectors and USB breakouts on my particular board. You could probably remove it off to hook stuff up, then reassemble.

Other Thoughts: After looking at a lot of cases, I'm really happy I chose this one. It does everything I want it to and doesn't look/feel cheap. Make sure you use flat drive screws for the trays; they don't slide in very well otherwise.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
5/ 5

Pros: Well.... Me and some friends are makeing a game server "Company" and we bought this for are first storage unit... to start were just putting in 6 2TB HDD and well see how far we get...

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: Good... I bought from server supply store and it came with a PSU :D

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