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Supermicro-sc731i-300b.33802498
8.4 out of 10

SuperMicro SC731i-300B

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Overall 10
10

Beautiful little case

ASTRA L., Newegg
7 May 2011
  • Summary: I'm using a Supermicro X8SIL-V mobo with this, fits like a glove. DVD drive, SSD boot drive, and 4 2TB platter drives in RAID 10 all fit perfectly. I was originally going to buy an extra fan to put on the hard drives, but after getting it up and running I noticed that a significant amount of air is pulled through the hard drives just by the rear case fan and power supply fan. I'm not really sure a dedicated fan on the hard drives is all that necessary anymore.
  • Pros: Cheap, quiet, light, and easy to set up. Idle power with a SSD boot and 4 platter drives is around 30-40 watts. I got a 470W UPS to make sure I had it covered, and I'm usually sitting around 7% load with a full hour of run time on the UPS. When I run a drive test to jack up the load on the RAID my power consumption rises to about 55 watts, then immediately drops back to ~30 watts once the test is over.
  • Cons: Power supply could use a bit more power and an 8-pin CPU power connector. Don't try to run a power-hungry CPU with this, as it probably won't support the CPU current draw at full tilt. I'm using a Xeon X3430 without a problem, but it's not being pushed.
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Overall 10
10

Makes for a nice little server!

Max F., Newegg
4 January 2011
  • Summary: The look of the case is really nice IMO. I like how it's not really that flashy and the tool-less design is pretty nice too. Fit and finish is VERY good, like all SuperMicro junk. I'm pretty happy with it and I'll keep an eye out for a sale since it's a little pricey...
  • Pros: VERY good build quality. No sharp edges to cut your face off or fingers. EASY setup of all hardware since pretty much everything (other then a few screws for the mobo) is tool-less. I really like that, saves a ton of time, but it's not cheap like most tool-less cases. Good quality rear chasis fan, but nothing in the front. Still seems to pull good air into case however. Used a GIGABYTE board and it fit really nice and solid.
  • Cons: The pannel wiring is a little weird, I think when you plug in the cable it changes the polarity, so when you plug in your hdd headers to the board it might have to be flip flopped to get the lights to come on... Not really a big deal. No front fan and the power supply isn't all that great. I've seen far worse, but you're going to want to swap in something better then what is included.
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Overall 10
10

Small size, feature-packed

Aaron O., Newegg
30 December 2010
  • Summary: Using this as the chassis for a home-use file server w/ 3 2TB drives and a fourth, smaller drive for the OS and it looks like it will fulfill that role with gusto. Very solid, very well-built, the only gripes I have are pretty minor.
  • Pros: This case feels like it's exactly the size it needs to be. Carrying it around, it feels (comparatively) small and light, it weighs only 23 pounds with four drives installed along with everything else. The case side, expansion cards, and hard drives are all tool-less and all feel pretty solid. The hard drive cage rotates 90 degrees to allow loading of the hard drives, which also allows you to do some nice cable management underneath it. The power supply seems like a so...
  • Cons: The USB header cable really needs to be longer. It's barely long enough to reach the USB headers if your board has them at the bottom (which is where virtually every board has them). As such, you can't run that cable through the cable management hole they provide. The hard drive cage rotates, but you can't remove, but that's really only a minor gripe. I'd also like some better documentation as a whole. It comes with a quick-start guide, the manual can be found on Supe...
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Overall 8
8.0

excellent value

john a., Newegg
24 December 2010
  • Pros: Used for an Ubuntu NAS / Media server.
  • Cons: I would be a fool to complain about this deal.
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Overall 8
8.0

Not a bad home server case

Robert S., Newegg
20 November 2010
  • Summary: It's currently a great case for a home server, but it doesn't provide a lot of expansion potential. I'd recommend it as either an entry HTPC or home server case.
  • Pros: An adequate case for a server. The tool-less design is pretty functional, the case has enough airflow for a small server, and the instruction are clear and easy to follow.
  • Cons: The power supply! The case has a built in supply which doesn't have enough power connections if you use SATA drives (hard drives and disc drives) to populate everything.
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Overall 10
10

Nice, quiet micro-ATX case

Jason D., Newegg
27 May 2010
  • Summary: A friend and I have built 5 systems with this case a highly recommend it. It's great for a home server, office computer, or quiet workstation. Just remember that this case only fits micro-ATX motherboards, despite being a "server" case.
  • Pros: Screw-less hard-drive mounts are simple and quick. Very low noise. Small and unobtrusive. Surprisingly stylish considering it's a server case.
  • Cons: Bit odd that it lacks a reset button. No front audio ports (but it's a server case, so no surprise). In theory it has a highly reliable power supply, but my friend built a system with this case and the power supply fan starting making noise in less than a week (but no problems with other 4 builds).
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Overall 10
10

my review

jeff k., Newegg
17 December 2009
  • Summary: Great case.
  • Pros: Quick case to build up. Screwless cd/dvd and hard drives. Have built about 15 systems with the case so far with no problems.
  • Cons: Internal floppy slot doesn't have a cutout in the front cover. Will NOT take an atx board, micro only...
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Overall 10
10

Good case, all the essentials

Alexander K., Newegg
12 December 2009
  • Summary: Using this case for a fileserver: DQ45CB, dual-core Celeron, 2 WD Velociraptors, WD Caviar Green, DVD.
  • Pros: Quality parts. Nearly silent fan. Unobtrusive. Tool-less HD install. No [useless] floppy bay.
  • Cons: The DVD drive is secure but could only manage to screw it in on one side. Accessing the other side looked like a hassle.
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Overall 10
10

Pocket Server

Luis S., Newegg
2 December 2009
  • Summary: great little case. perfect for a mini-server.
  • Pros: Small. great HDD bay design. Open airflow. Well made steel construction. 80 plus efficient 300W power supply.
  • Cons: only a 4 pin connector for the mobo. Just get a 4-8pin adaptor. Or make one.
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Overall 10
10

Sweet lil case

Anonymous, Newegg
29 May 2009
  • Summary: The power supply could be a bit larger.
  • Pros: Small, well built and easy to work on. There are no sharp edges to cut yourself on and adding hard drives are a snap.
  • Cons: None at this time
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