InWin mITX NAS Chassis

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  1. Patrick

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    I saw this one on Amazon just before ordering another CSE721. It is a mITX NAS chassis from InWin for about $160. Here is the Amazon page https://www.amazon.com/IW-MS04-01-S265-Server-Backplane-80PLUS-Mini-ITX/dp/B0167NCADS/ Newegg is the same pricing.

    It appears to have a 4x 3.5" hot swap bay as well as a spot for a slim optical drive. I can also see a 2.5" internal mounting spot so I do think you could fit a total of 4x 3.5" hot swap bays and 2x 2.5" internal non-hot swap mounting points. The 3.5" trays look like they have mounting holes for 2.5" drives (bottom) as well. I guess the benefit is that you would not need to use adapters for 2.5" drives but the disadvantage is that the trays are not likely to fit into a larger server if you ever had to migrate them.

    Like the 721 it also has a removable motherboard tray.

    Here is the InWin product page IW-MS04-01_IW-MS04-01_Server IN WIN | SERVER

    If anyone has used the case, any idea in terms of noise? I have a feeling that if it included a double-wide expansion slot I would have already bought it.
     
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    I do not think it has the motherboard tray and I think it only has 1x easy to get 2.5" SATA slot.
     
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    I wouldn't trust the InWin's FlexATX PSU to be quiet. The Chenbro uses a SFX PSU with a larger fan that I'd expect to be quieter.

    The Chenbro does have 2 2.5" mounts, one on each side of the 3.5" bays. No optical, but for a NAS who cares.

    The Chenbro is a bit larger.
     
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    Patrick, have you looked at the SilverStone "Case Storage Series"? They don't have removable motherboard trays but they all have hot-swap drives (w/backplane). The mini-itx cases are the CS01-HS (2.5x6 + 2.5x internal), CS280 (2.5x8 1x2.5 internal), CS380 (3.5x8 + 4x2.5 internal). I have the CS380 and a friend uses the CS01-HS (it's portable enough he can take it to photoshoots). Both run quiet and are well built.
     
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    (First post, new to the forum and to the field.)

    Patrick, I have just bought this case, but other components are still on their way, so I can't say anything for it in operation yet (and won't likely be able for the next couple of weeks). But I can provide pictures and details if required.

    Over here in Europe, it seems availability of the case has got a lot poorer over recent months. In Win say you need a bracket that is available separately to use the space for the optical drive for a second 2.5". I haven't found this bracket anywhere though, so I brace myself for something requiring a bit more engineering.
     
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    Welcome!!
     
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  8. Patrick

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    With SSDs, Velcro works well.
     
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    I took a different route.
    I am trying to find a suitable case for my 2 newly purchased Gigabyte D1521 mITX boards.
    I happened to have a Cooler Master Elite 130 case on hand. I gave it try and like the case.

    Pro:
    I am looking to house only 6 x SSD, no 3.5 hard drive, only 2.5" drives.
    The case has a 5-1/4" slot, perfect for my favor 4 or 6 x 2.5" hot swap bays.
    The case still have room for 2 x 3.5" and 1 x 2.5" drives, or 3 x 2.5" drives.
    It has lots of room for more SSD by using Velcro.

    Good air flow and quiet
    Front: 120mm fan x 1 (installed)
    Side: 80x15mm fan x 1 (installed) / 20 CFM

    Con:
    Power supply installed on top of system board.
    To minimize the inconvenience of power supply location, I ordered a Seasonic SFX 300w power supply.
    Hopefully, the SFX supply would have less obstruction.

    Once, I received and installed the smaller SFX power supply. I'll order a second Elite 130 case.
    It is onsale at Newegg now, for $29 AR.
     
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    My dream case is an ITX tray with moderate clearance, 8 hot swap bays (or even better 6-7 x 5.25" and I'll supply the cages) and a REGULAR, EMPTY psu bay because **** the small and vendor supplied ones. Cube-ish format, solid carrying handles are a bonus.
     
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  11. Marsh

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    I have 2 Lian Li Q25 cases, it has 5 x 3.5 hot swap case , room for 2 x 3.5". It takes a full size ATX PS.

    mITX case and 6x 5.25" does not go together, but you could always buy a ATX case with lots of 5.25".
    Install the ITX board, then ITX board would look like a midget in a castle.
     
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    Indeed it does. :D
     
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    Caselabs BH2:

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    Bullet BH2 mITX Case

    ITX, 8 SSD (no hot-swap, sorry), cube, additional handle.
    Niiice design(yeah, put fancy CPU cooler and LED's inside!)

    -SFX power supply. But those are pretty good.
    -no hotswap. I guess, you can put controller and/or sff cage from ebay.
     
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  14. Marsh

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    Install the Seasonic SFX 300w power supply into the Elite 130 case.
    PS is compact and very quiet. I really like the layout.
    Lots of clearance ( approx 2.5" ) between power supply and CPU heatsink.

    Time to order a second $29 Cooler Master Elite 130 case for the second D152 board.
     
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    Do you use a CSE-M14TQC with that case? I was thinking of that configuration for a cheap ssd nas box.
     
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  16. Marsh

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    I have either Icy-Dock or iStar ( 4 or 6 bays for 2.5" SSD ).
    The case is very roomy with the smaller SFX PS.
     
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  17. gigatexal

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    My next build will be based on this. This case is amazing.
     
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    @TLN nice! I was totally ready... then I saw it was $170... the I saw they have green.

    @Marsh so is it SFX only not ATX PS2?
     
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    I think that is actually the first caselabs that looks good to me.
     
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