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1U Compact Rackmount MiniITX Case, 2x 2.5-inch or 1x 3.5-inch
This 1U Compact Rackmount Chassis allows you to pack a powerful server into a tiny package. It accommodates Mini ITX motherboards (6.7" x 6.7"), as well as either a single 3.5" or two 2.5" hard drives. The case supports a single expansion slot, though if the expansion slot is used, only 2.5" HDDs will fit inside the case.
The case is constructed of steel with an aluminum front bezel. The front of the case features power, HDD activity, and LAN activity LEDs. It features two front-panel USB 2.0 ports and space for three front-mounted 40mm cooling fans (not included). It supports 1U Flex power supplies (not included).
- 1U rackmount space
- Supports Mini ITX motherboards
- Supports 1U Flex ATX power supplies
- Steel construction with aluminum front bezel
- Supports 1x 3.5" or 2x 2.5" internal drives
- 2x USB 2.0 front panel connectors
- Optional 3x 40mm cooling fans (not included)
- Support for up to 1 expansion slot
- Power supply NOT included
|Internal Drive Bays||1x 3.5" or 2x 2.5"|
|Indicators||Power, HDD, LAN|
|Power Supply Type||1U Flex ATX|
|Front Bezel Material||Aluminum|
|Front Panel Connectors||2x USB 2.0|
|Motherboard Size||Mini ITX (6.7" x 6.7")|
|Optional Cooling Fans||3x 40mm|
|Dimensions||19.00" x 1.75" x 11.00" (482.6 x 44.4 x 279.4 mm)|
- The case accommodates either a 3.5" internal drive or a single expansion card. If an expansion card is used, there is only sufficient room for the 2x 2.5" drive option.
- A standard I/O shield will NOT fit any 1U cases.
The next problem is the fans (not included). There are two slots for 40mm fans. However, due to where the circuit board for the front-side USB is located, there's not enough room to mount one of the fans. Again, this is a simple design issue that could be resolved by moving the fan openings over about 1 inch.
Finally, and this is really a nit, the opening in the back of the case is too short to use the cover-plate that comes with you motherboard, unless you have tin-snips to cut it down.
It would have been the perfect case if these design issues were fixed, and it came with the fans and power supply included.
PROS: Great caxe for mini-itx board, easy to configure.
CONS: With no built-in fans, case runs a little hot.
Using 2.5" drives requires angled and slightly longer cables than normal.
Build quailtiy is very good. The metal is thick and has little flex. The top cover uses 2 captured screws that make it easy to remove and install. Some edges are sharp, so be careful. The drive mount is removable and makes installing the drives pretty easy. I installed dual 2.5" drives for redundancy. The 2.5" mounts sideways, so the connectors point towards the motherboard. Depending on the motherboard you pick, the connectors may or may not interfere with some motherboard headers.
Another reviewer had mentioned that the back is too short for an I/O shield. This is not a problem that is the fault of the case. Standard I/O shields do not fit any 1U cases.
My biggest problems with the case are the way the fans and the power supply mount. The fans are at the front and very close to the circuit board for the front I/O. The fan spot closest to the circuit board is very close and fitting a fan is probably doable, but very tight. I only used on fan. I used a Noctua 40mm fan with their rubber mounts, so I did not have to remove the front facia of the case to access the fan screw holes. I'm not sure how difficult that is.
Power supply mounting: The flex ATX sized PSU uses three screws on the back to mount. One at each corner except for the bottom left if you are looking at the back of the case. The back of the case is recessed in slightly and there is a piece of metal across the top that is rolled down to prevent a sharp edge. This blocks the top screws from getting a screwdriver straight on. I was able to screw in one with a smaller screwdriver, but I was not able to get the second, top screw in. So, only the right two screws are in and it allows the PSU to move slightly. Not really a problem in operation, but you have to be careful when plugging the AC cord in.
The front has two LEDs. One for power (blue) and one for HDD (red). The blue LED is extremely bright. Painfully bright to look at. I needed the put some tape over it. The red LED is about normal brightness as one would expect.
Overall, a good case for the money. It needs to have the fan mounting and PSU mounting fixed.
PROS: Low Price
CONS: Fans hard to install
Power supply screws hard to install
Power LED extremely bright