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The only one I know of is the Fractal Design Array R2 but it's lots of $$$ and the sole review I read makes it seem like not a very good case. Are there any other cases that are mITX and are suitable for NAS purposes?
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post #2 of 12
The Array R2 is actually a very solid case.

The only other suggestion is the Lian Li PC-Q08
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post #3 of 12
There's the Chenbro ES34169. Smaller than both the above.
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There's the Chenbro ES34169. Smaller than both the above.
This looks pretty good. Noticed it's actually used by one of the systems advertised on the FreeNAS website.
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post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post
The Array R2 is actually a very solid case.

The only other suggestion is the Lian Li PC-Q08
This. I have it and it can house up to 6 3.5" hdds and one 2.5" hdd. The fans are really good too
    
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post #6 of 12
Isn't the Fractal Design case micro ATX and not mini ITX?

The Chenbro case is good for a dedicated NAS box as long as you don't need to go above four 3.5" HDDs and a single 2.5" drive (boot drive?). Some caveats are that the PSU doesn't seem the most reliable based on some end user reviews (general disclaimers apply). If it fails, it can always be replaced by a Pico PSU. There is not much space for the CPU cooler. Also, it uses a couple 70mm and a 60mm fan for cooling.

The Lian Li case would be great for using a lot of drives. It isn't very small, however.
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post #7 of 12
The Array R2 is mITX; comes with the same 300w FSP unit as the Sugo 5 did. Though; it's modified in cabling.
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post #8 of 12
DOH! Forgot about that one. I was thinking of their latest case.
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Zap View Post
DOH! Forgot about that one. I was thinking of their latest case.
They've got a lot of good stuff out there for all sizes.

The Array is not that big; but I like the slightly larger Q08 more, just because it's easier to work with, and doesn't really limit you in configuration.
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post #10 of 12
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I might just go with the Q08 seeing as I can't find the Chenbro case at any local distributors and the cooling seems suspect.
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