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Old March 23, 2011, 10:00 PM
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I was wondering what the build quality was like for Norco Rackmount cases as their prices seem a lot more reasonable then antec's or supermicro. I imagine i'd need to replace most the fans or get a fan controller of some sort to lower fans rpm if they were too loud.
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Old March 23, 2011, 10:46 PM
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They are alright. The fans are ultra fast and way too loud. I'd say the available reviews are more or less spot on.

I can't talk about the backplane for the drives though. So far so good, but I imagine your use will be the same as mine.
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The RPC-250 I used a while back is fine for the price, quality is on par with what I paid for. Being a 2U, everything is tight, a fan controller is a must and a short PSU is mandatory.
I ran my Raid5 array (6 drives) for a while in there, now the case is in storage.

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Old March 24, 2011, 07:18 AM
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I was potentially looking at their 4U rackmounts to give me more space and more available hard drive storage
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We use lots of their 4u cases at work and they are built pretty well. I don't recall the exact model but the only issue I have is they can only house 4 hard drives and 1 optical drive and if you use an atx board in it the board hangs a bit under the drive bays making it tough to get cables attached so you need to attach all cables first.
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Depends which case you are describing. The 250 can hod 6 HDDs, 1 optical and one 3.5" external. Cable routing is pretty much straight forward (ie. no hiding places), and was easy even when I used an EATX board (X8DAi). Though I highly recommend a modular PSU...





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Old March 24, 2011, 07:43 AM
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I was thinking between NCIX.com - Buy Norco RPC-470 4U Rackmount Server Case 3X5.25 11X3.5 with Lockable Front Panel *No PSU Included* - Norco Technologies Inc. - RPC-470 - in Canada. and NCIX.com - Buy Norco RPC-450 4U Rackmount Server Case 3X5.25 11X3.5 with Screwless Mounting Rails *No PSU* - Norco Technologies Inc. - RPC-450 - in Canada. with Norco. I will definitely keep a modular psu in mind for my server build.
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Old March 24, 2011, 07:54 AM
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Ah we mainly use the 430s.. but the 450 is a nice one too.
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