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Tower cases with 5.25" drive bays top to bottom...

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On 4/30/2017 at 2:47 PM, neilt0 said:

I just put together a build with the new Silverstone CS380. I considered the 804,but went for this instead: http://silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=709&area=en

 

It's been a while since your post.  I am thinking about buying the same case for my UnRaid, and was wondering if you had any additional opinions now that you've had it for a while?  Drive trays been reliable?  Cooling working well enough?

 

Thanks in advance!!

Stevbe

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On 11/2/2016 at 10:05 PM, FreeMan said:

 

Holy Cow! modDIY.com is still selling those cages at the same $40!!

 

Has anyone used them? Any comments on quality, reliability of the site, etc?

 

Now that it's been a bit over a year...

 

I bought 3 of those drive cages and installed them in my Zalman MS800 case. They were a tight fit to get into the case - I had to make sure that all of the regular drive supports were bent well out of the way. The drives were occasionally a bit snug going into the cages, but all in all, I'm quite happy with them. They're not hot swap, but since I installed everything, I've only had the case open once or twice for a dusting and didn't even power down for it, so I've had no issue with cabling.

 

They don't come with a fan at all, so you're free to put whatever 120mm fan in there you'd like. Drive temps have definitely dropped as well. I previously had a home-made "cage" from 2 pieces of bent aluminum that held the drives and had some holes for a fan on the front. The drive temps are down for those 5 drives, as well as for the other drives that had been sitting in their original individual mounted bays. Of course, each set of 5 drives now has a fan blowing directly on them, where only the 5x3 set at the bottom of the case did before.

 

For $120 for all three cages vs ~$100 per cage, I'm happy with these and they're suited to my needs. For those who swap drives more often, these probably wouldn't work since you've got to pull the entire set of 5 drives out to unscrew one, and that also means unplugging 10 cables (power & data x 5).

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Thanks for the list! it has been very helpful! I was able to find a Xclio Nighthawk for a really good price,

I have replaced the hideous side and top fans with a transparent gray acrylic sheet (3 mm), so now the case is slightly thinner and more elegant.

The shop that provided the acrylic material and did the laser cutting only charged me 20$ for the two transparent panels (I'll be happy to share the file that was fed to the laser cutting machine). 

The built-in 4-in-3 cages are surprisingly good because when you open the front cover you can see the serial numbers of the drives and pull each of the drives separately

(my Lian Li EX-23NB has a fan in front so you can't see the serial number of the drives, and you likely have to pull the entire thing out to get one drive out)

(p.s. It took me a while to realize, but the metal pins in the drive trays pop out, and you can use screws instead of the tool-less configuration which requires too much force to use)

 

The case is not very deep (473 mm including the front panel, 440 mm without the front panel),

I'm now waiting for a right angle molex power connector because without it I can't fit one of my Kingwin KF-3001-BK racks, I have 20 mm clearance from the motherboard power connector so a right angle connector is a MUST for me.

 

Xclio Nighthawk with side and top acrylic panels

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This case is discontinued?

Aplus, as a manufacturer, is also not present on the net anymore?

You could fit a third of those "build-in-cages" as far as I can see from pics?

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AFAIK the Xclio Nighthawk case was never marketed under the A+ brand (other Xclio cases were), in any case, the manufacturer is no longer in business.

Yes, the case has 9 x 5.25" bays so you can fit an additional 3 x 5.25" cage for 3.5" hard drives.

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On 22/01/2018 at 2:40 AM, 172pilot said:

 

It's been a while since your post.  I am thinking about buying the same case for my UnRaid, and was wondering if you had any additional opinions now that you've had it for a while?  Drive trays been reliable?  Cooling working well enough?

 

Thanks in advance!!

Stevbe

 

Yes, it's working well. I did have to add extra fans, IIRC. Otherwise it was too hot.

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This has been one of the most informative threads I've found on this subject. Very helpful. I'm looking to start a build soon and I was wondering if anyone has seen any newer cases in the wild with many external 5.25 bays, or something new with multiple hot swap cages without breaking the bank. Many of these cases in the earlier parts of the thread are discontinued and unavailable. I know they are getting fewer and farther between, and harder (and more expensive) to find, even used. My local craigslist is full of garbage, and although eBay has had some bright spots, I'm still not ready to pull the trigger on a case yet.

 

Form factor is not an issue for me. Just need space for drives. Looking to stay away from rack mount and would like to stay in a tower, or even cube format. I like the CS380 from Silverstone, but have seen some hiccups about the build quality and possible cooling issues. Also the backplane/cage is proprietary. If it dies, I'd need a new case. I absolutely love Fractal's Define XL R2, but not sure if I can cram cages/trays top to bottom in it without too much modification. The internal trays are sideways and I'd have to relocate fans. Ideally 8-12 external spaces for hot swap is ideal. Thoughts are appreciated.

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If anybody is looking for a spacious case, Newegg currently has Antec Nine Hundred on sale for $68.99 after $30 rebate. The case has 6 internal HDD slots, 3 external HDD slots + 1 3.5" slot. If you need more than that, you can convert the 6 internal slots to 8, using 2 of these 3-to-4 hot-swap cages (like I did).

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3 hours ago, izarkhin said:

Newegg currently has Antec Nine Hundred on sale for $68.99 after $30 rebate.

 

I got two of these and you can remove all  internal drives housings so that you have Nine 5-1/4" slots available.  I have NINE 3.5" hot-swap enclosures in mine but you could just as easily install  THREE 5-in-3 enclosures for fifteen 3.5" drives in this case.  And I suspect, you could still find room for a 2.5" ssd if you use double sided tape to mount it.  

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I am trying to find a case that would hold 15 drives or so but my issue is I have to fit in a cabinet that is 16" high and 19" wide. So that limits my choice of cases a lot.

 

Only two options I found would the Lian Li PC-D600 (but I would have to turn it on its side since it's too high) or the Caselabs S8S which is the perfect size but costs $500+ and takes two months to build.

 

Any other case with a lot of 5.25 bays that would fit my cabinet?

 

Thanks!

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2 hours ago, txenakis said:

but my issue is I have to fit in a cabinet that is 16" high and 19" wide.

 

You should also be considering the problem of heat dissipation If that cabinet space has six sides.  Even if it only has four, I would be concerned as you are going to pack a lot of heat producing devices in a very confined volume .   Even the 5-in-3 housings have presented cooling issues in the past.  You really have to move a lot of cool air through them to keep the drive temperatures down.  And that means that you actually have to plan out a air movement strategy for you case.  

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1 hour ago, Frank1940 said:

 

You should also be considering the problem of heat dissipation If that cabinet space has six sides.  Even if it only has four, I would be concerned as you are going to pack a lot of heat producing devices in a very confined volume .   Even the 5-in-3 housings have presented cooling issues in the past.  You really have to move a lot of cool air through them to keep the drive temperatures down.  And that means that you actually have to plan out a air movement strategy for you case.  

Yes I agree I will have to be careful and monitor my temps. I'll add as many fans as possible too.

 

Any thoughts on cases?

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