Originally Posted by PuffinMyLye
Yea that server chassis is too deep I've looked at it before. Looks like right now the only option that seems to fit my criteria is the Lian Li PC-A76
. The actual motherboard area is MUCH bigger than I need but I don't really have any other options at this point.
hehe ok i feel like i'm beating a dead horse here but here's a quick analysis.
yes the lian li is a nice case, but it's also almost as big as your switch 810... it has native support for 12 HDD and 2x5.25 bays which at best will give you support for another 3 HDD's. it cost around $200 and it's all aluminum which makes it very nice, but you also pay an acoustic penalty because it's aluminum. aluminum tend to have a more annoying harmonic noise signature and you do have ALOT of vibrations coming from all those drives. however the HDD's are on plastic brackets which isolates alot of those noise so i guess noise wise it's awash.
the kubai is noticeably
smaller, has native support for 9 HDD and 4x5.25 bays (yes i agree with you, i don't count the 2.5 bays either because you can put those anywhere with a double sided tape
) and it cost around $100. now, i KNOW you need to buy a 3x5.25 cage to add the other 5 HDD support, but you are starting off $100 ahead of the lian li. you can pick up a SATA3/SAS hot swap backplane cage for what you saved on the case cost these days. yes the lian li is a "top of the line" case while the kubai is a bargain hunter case, but you essentially end up with an additional 3x5.25 hot swap cage at break even cost... the kubai is likely going to be louder due to the HDD mount configuration, but it's a steel chassis (plastic face
) so the harmonic noise from the case itself is not as bad as aluminum.
so, the executive summery is this if you spend $200.
with lian li you get a premium case with what you want HDD capacity wise. 12 native HDD support with additional 3 HDD support if you buy a 2x5.25 cage in the future. however you take a hit on the size of the case.
with kubai, you get the size closer to what you originally asked for, 9 native HDD support with additional 5 HDD hot swap cage while spending around the same amount of $ as you would buying the lian li. this configuration still has 1 additiona 5.25 bay open so you can still put another HDD on a bracket if you want to maximize the HDD capacity of the array.
in the end game configuration, lian li and kubai can support the exactly the same number of HDD's lian li = 12 + 3. kubai = 9 + 5 + 1
question for you is, how much is overall size worth to you? quality wise, there is no question lian li is a better choice. but IMO in the long run, i rather get the extra 3x5.25 cage that i can transplanted into another build down the road.
PS, doubting phaedrus's word is like shooting your self in the nuts
he's one of the people that makes OCN what OCN is.
just because he's corporate now, doesn't mean he's gonna sell out his street cred like that
if anything, i'm kinda glad he's corporate now because we'll see some new and exciting things from another manufacture now. keeping competition and options alive in the market place is a good thing. he KNOWS what kind of stuff we are looking for, and both CM and people like us will benefit from him being on the inside.Edited by psyclum - 10/24/13 at 1:17pm