[clug] Mini-ITX NAS build - case to avoid
clug at christophersmart.com
Thu Dec 10 01:16:27 UTC 2015
So I'm building a NAS and thought that the Silverstone DS380 case
looked great. It has 8 hot-swappable SATA bays, claims decent cooling
with filters, neat form factor.
It requires an SFX PSU, but there are some that have enough juice on
the 12v rail (although avoid the SilverStone SX500-LG, it's slightly too
long) so that it's not a major problem (although I would prefer standard
So I got one to run low-power i3, C226 chipset mainboard and five HGST
3TB NAS drives. Unfortunately the cooling through the drives is pretty
much non-existent. The two fans on the side draw air in but blow _onto_
the hotswap chassis and nothing really draws air _through_ it.
As a result, many of the drives run around 65 degrees Celsius at idle
(tested overnight) which is already outside of the drives' recommended
temperature range of 0-60 degrees.
I've replaced the case with my second choice Fractal Design NODE 304
and the drives at idle all sit at around 35 degrees.
It has two smaller fans at the front to bring air directly over the
drives and a larger one at the rear, with a manual L/M/H speed
controller for all three on the rear of the case. As a bonus, it uses a
standard ATX power supply and has plenty of room for it.
The only downside I've found so far is the lack of hot-swap, but my NAS
isn't mission-critical so that's not a deal breaker for me.
Your mileage might vary, but I won't buy the DS380 for a NAS again,
unless it's going to run full of SSDs or something (or I heavily mod the
case). It's OK for a small machine though without a bunch of disks
(shame!) and that's what I've re-purposed it for now.
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