I purchased the X-Case RM424 Pro- V2 to replace a 16 bay Chenbro case that I managed to outgrow. Firstly X-Case - they're awesome! I managed to order the wrong cables and they held the order and swapped them out for me with zero hassle - very much appreciated. The case - it's leaps and bounds ahead of older models - I've just finished assembling it and don't have a single cut, every edge is nicely finished and there's no blade-like surprises hiding in there. Cooling is very much improved - the three fans have short leads, but chances are you will be using a breakout board for motherboard control. They can be connected to the backplane, but it appears there's no temperature control with this method, just static speed settings set by tricky to reach jumpers. The backplane itself is nicely made - no suspect joints of residues - only thing I would have liked would have been the afore-mentioned fan temperature control, and some poly fuses on the supply - if a cap or drive go bad you're solely relying on your PSU to limit current. A self-resetting fuse would be a welcome addition. Drive bays are also much improved - there's larger intakes for better airflow, and they include an insulating spacer to avoid shorting to the bottom of 3.5" drives, although this does make them a snug fit when fitting screws. An airflow shutter to block off un-used bays would be nice, but I think the improved airflow of the case means that doesn't matter too much. The 12G SAS cables need the wrap-around markers removing to get a sane bend radius when plugging them into the backplane, as they try to get into the fans with it on. For some strange reason, there are two 60mm fan mounts at the rear above the motherboard I/O. In a youtube vid, X-Case themselves say most users don't fit them. There's just enough space to fit two 80mm fans there, but no holes! If they turned that whole area into a mesh, you would get better exhaust flow, and you could add 60 and 80mm mounts for anyone wanting to add extra fans. Front panel consists of two USB2.0 sockets on the right mounting ears, and on the left are power and reset switches, HDD activity LED, two LAN activity LED's and a Fault LED. My only comment would be that the power switch is very slightly proud of the ears, not flush, so accidental poking is a possibility. Overall a brilliant case for the price, and I'll happily be back to X-Case for another when I fill this one!
I have just built a home server with 20x8TB disks and it is humming along nicely. There were a few errors initially because the disk trays are a little temperamental, but as long as you load these carefully (don't force them!) then the case is amazing value for money. Note: you will want to replace the supplied fans with quieter ones - no doubt!! Thanks x-case for an awesome product. Simon.
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