The Sharkoon Rebel 22 is a combination of my previous two builds -- the Antec Sixteen Hundred
(June 2009) and the Sharkoon Rebel 18
I took the innards from the Antec and put them in the Sharkoon, increasing the capacity by 4 drives, for a total of 22 drives.
I've included a couple of photos from the initial Sharkoon Rebel 18 build in this post, where applicable.OS at time of building:
unRAID 4.6 ProCPU:
Core 2 Duo 2.4GHzMotherboard:
P5B-VM (not DO)RAM:
2x 1GBCase: Sharkoon Rebel 12Drive Cage(s):
4x Scythe "Hard Disk Stabilizer x4" 4in3 cagesPower Supply:
Corsair TX850SATA Expansion Card(s):
2x Adaptec 1430SA PCI-E, 2x SIL3114 PCICables:
Akasa 8 Pin (F) to 8 Pin (2x4 Pin) extension, 2x BitFenix Molex to 4 x SATA Power, 2x 20cm NZXT Black Molex to 4 SATA Power (NZXT are 2x the price, but are better)Fans:
3x Antec 120mm fans (with 3 position speed switch) at front, 1x temperature controlled Antec 120mm fan at rearParity Drive:
2TB Seagate ST32000542ASData Drives:
2x 2TB Western Digital WD20EARS (jumpered)
2x 1.5TB Seagate ST31500341AS
2x 1TB Western Digital WD10EACS
3x 750GB Western Digital WD7500AAKS
3x 750GB Seagate ST3750640AS
4x 500GB Western Digital WD5000AAKS
2x 500GB Seagate ST3500830AS
2x 500GB Seagate ST3500641ASCache Drive:
1x 500GB Western Digital WD50000YSTotal Drive Capacity:
Only used to store 1:1 Blu-ray ripsLikes:
Very cheap system with space for 22 drives -- the Sharkoon case and Scythe 4-in-3s are dirt cheap. The case is very large, which means it's possible to remove the Scythe cages to swap out drives without having to dismantle the fans at the front of the cage, which was impossible to do with the Antec 1200 case.
So far, it's been cool and quiet, but I'll have to see how the cooling works in the summer.Dislikes:
I'm using 2x PCI SATA cards, so parity checks for the first 500GB are slow. If I replace all the 500GB drives, I'll switch to the SuperMicro SASLP card(s).Add Ons Used:
unMENU, cache_dirs, llinkFuture Plans:
Upgrade drives, then upgrade PCI SATA cardsBoot (peak):
290W (Parity check)Light use (avg):
--Sharkoon's PR shot of the caseAnother Sharkoon PR shot of the case internals.
Note the white cables coming from the front of the case for USB/audio etc.Front view
In this shot, note that I've removed the front USB/audio etc. connectors in order to get rid of the unused cables.Enabling the 12th drive bay.
I popped the rivets holding the case top and removed the 5.25" to 3.5" device adapter. This allows you to mount another 5.25" device, allowing all 12 bays to be used.140mm fan brackets.
The case comes with 1x 140mm fan bracket. I bought another two in order to use all 12 drive bays for hard drives.Case internals.
With a bit of work, I've improved the airflow compared to the Rebel 18. There's little in the way of cable routing available in the motherboard, but I have used what there is.12v motherboard power extension.
This shows where I routed the extension cable.More cable routing.Rear of case.
Here you can see where some of the cables have gone, and also the two 80mm fans that cool the hard drive cages at the bottom of the case.Close up of the 2x 3-drive cages.Powered on.
I do not like flashy blue LEDs -- all you can see when powered on is the hard drive light. The power light should also be lit, but that's not working for some reason (fine by me!)
If you like the Sharkoon Rebel 12, you should be able to pick one up in Europe or Asia (under a different name). Sharkoon may be discontinuing the Rebel 12, so I'd be quick about sourcing one. I think the Scythe 4in3s are also being discontinued, so be quick there too!