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NORCO RPC-4224 4U Rackmount Server Case with 24 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS Drive Bays

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  • 24 x SATA/SAS Hot-Swap Drive Bays
  • 4 x 80mm middle fans wall 2 x 80mm rear fans 80mm Fans

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Stay Away from Norco

Pros: Good price

Cons: Backplane's not working
Terrible Support (They do not respond and when they do, they just want your invoice)
Missing hardware

Other Thoughts: I purchased this case to fill with 12 hard drives to start. The backplane is now recognizing any hard drives. Doesn't matter which cables you use or which controller card. I tested the cards, cables, motherboard and Power Supply. The drives work when connected to the controller cards but not when in the backplane (Backplane is connected to controller cards). I emailed support, they asked for my Invoice, a Pic of the backplane and info on what cables were being used. I provided the info and they stopped responding for 24 hours. When they did respond again they tried to explain details about the cable being used when I explained that the cable in question was purchased directly from Norco. Clueless support...I would stay away from Norco.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
The Cheapest Rackmount High-Density Storage Case money can buy

Pros: - Price
-Features at this price point
-Easy compatibility with normal ATX parts
-No unnecessary frills
-Simple layout and included cooling more than you need for low power storage configurations
-front panel USB for diagnostics
-Perfect for a large FreeNAS array if you're a data hoarder like myself

Cons: -A few sharp edges on the fan grills and on the power supply mount
-The power supply mount on the new version fits extremely tightly to the bottom of the case. I had to loosen the back ATX power supply mount (you'll need a tube screwdriver for 3 of the PSU mount screws that are hard to get to) and remove the sticker from the side of the PSU in order to mount it to the case. Maybe keep a dremel on hand in order to widen the screw holes for your PSU just in case.
-new case design no longer features redundant molex for the use of a redundant power supply.

Other Thoughts: This case now comes with a 3 120mm fan middle wall (the fan hotswap bays are colored hunter orange!) instead of the old four and a 12Gb/s backplane (still SFF8087). I have one of the old and new model. The new model is considerably quieter but the drive trays are noticeably flimsier, however they work just as well as the ones on the old case.

Many people will complain about blown backplanes and blown drives due to this case but most of these issues are traced back to bad Molex connectors/connections. Get a good power supply and note that the Molex power to each of the six backplanes is upside-down from the normal molex configuration.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Defective on arrival

Pros: Cheap, easy to work with, lots of drive bays

Cons: Loud fans, sharp edges, flimsy drive trays

Other Thoughts: My unit arrived with a defective backplane, will need to either replace backplane or entire unit, what a hassle.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
1/ 5
Cheap is the only good thing going for it

Pros: cheap, pretty much it.

Cons: -a quarter of my bays were non functional
-fan wall design makes it just a huge pain to wire stuff up

Other Thoughts: Go with supermicro, used ones are about the same price and will save you a lot of headache

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great case for the money

Pros: Much cheaper than all of the SM cases I have
80TB of Raid6 with 2x hot spares in 4U!
Easy to work on and replace drives.

Cons: Not a fan of the reset/power buttons unprotected on the front of the handle.
With 3x 120mm Noctua fans at backplane, the 2x Noctua 80mm fans cannot exhaust what the 120s are pushing

Other Thoughts: Connect backplane cables (power and data) with fan backplane loosened (you'll save your knuckles and time)
Drive bay numerical sequence is backwards of what I expected...looking at front:
3 2 1 0
7 6 5 4
11 10...etc

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
good device however all 4 of the SSD's i had in the bottom row smoked

Pros: • This case excides any expectation that I had especially given the price. I am using this as a home server/media server/client backups server 2012r2 ssd/hdd 3-way mirror space. I am using the 8 sata ports onboard and https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816118142
• The unit I received is updated from the new egg description as I received 3x120mm nice!!!
• The holes for the sas cables are well placed but take a little finagling depending on what kind of cables you get (I got the 2x https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816133033 and 4x https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816133034)
• Rear 80mm fans are excellent output
• Trays are easy enough to use and ample amount of flush mount screws are included
• Whips for power buttons and usb ports on the front are plenty long enough to reach ports on opposite side of case
• Everything went together quick

6/9/2017
upgrading to 4 stars would like to do 4.5 but I cant do it to 5 because of my original issues
device has been stable but I am still nervous about using the bays as plug and play so I only pull the drives if device is powered off

Cons: • Rear 80mm fans are to loud for the family room, ordered some Noctua NF-A8 PWM 80mm Case Fan to see how they do
• First hour after build 5/23/2017My bottom backplane had some type of issue resulting in each of the 4 SSD’s in it to fry. The smoke came out cooked etc.… (thank goodness for resiliency) this was all known good hardware that had been in use in the previous setup. Sent email to NORCO to see about getting a replacement back plane. Set rating to 1 egg
• 5/24/2017 NORCO contacted me and we exchanged information and they will send me a replacement plane set rating to 2 eggs
• 5/26/2017 received replacement plane, install of the plane was a little annoying had to un-cable everything and take the fan wall out so I could get a screw driver at the hold down screws. Just in case it was not the plane but instead my power plugs I volt meter tested it as well. Put everything back together and put in a 1 sacrificial SSD and ran if under load for 90 min and it did not fail so I added a 2nd and it is currently taking some load. Things are looking good, set rating to 3 eggs

Other Thoughts: don't be stupid like me and assume something like this with so many bays that they all work 100%. test with your non production / sacrificial drives first

will update this as my comfort level improves, I am very hopefully to give this a 5 star as I think that my bad plane may have been a one off

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
3/ 5
About expected given price

Pros: - cheap
- Bulk storage.... Cheap

Cons: - Serious inconsistency in marketing material vs what everyone is getting
- Fans are insufficient for cooling and must be replaced

Other Thoughts: Overall, yeah I'd buy it again for the right project. Documentation and materials state this has a 4x80mm fan wall but people (including me) are getting a 3x120mm. A positive to me except the fans are TERRIBLE. They barely move any air. I filled this with seagate enterprise 6TB 7200s and just sitting in their they were creeping North of 60c! Not Ok. I swapped the fans with 4000RPM-ers and now all drives won't go over 35c.

Hot swap trays are decent but not great. They can snag occasionally but no biggie.

It's nice to be able to use a standard ATX PSU. Pony up for proper power of you're filling this thing up, especially with high performance drives. You need some amps.

My chassis was basically built in to an adhoc jbod chassis of sorts using a supermicro jbod control card, a couple Intel SAS expanders and feeding of a 9280-8e in a separate physical server. VS grabbing a supermicro jbod chassis figure i saved about $800 all said and done. Granted the supermicro chassis are MUCH nicer, redundant and enterprise grade. I build in those as well and love em.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Cheap!

Pros: It's Cheap! That's it..

Cons: One of the backplane's does not work and Norco never responds to support. I've emailed them twice, and NO matter what time you call them, they send you to voicemail. Due to their lack of response and service, I will NEVER buy NORCO products again. Worst Support EVER!!!!

Other Thoughts: Buy another brand. You might actually get tech support.

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