[clug] Mini-ITX NAS build vs Fractal Define R5 series

George at Clug Clug at goproject.info
Thu Dec 10 02:28:29 UTC 2015


Nice case. Is it hot swappable ?

I have tended to use the larger Fractal Define R5 series, but the
drive bays are not hot swappable.

I remove the font cover to allow the air to flow straight in, install
two front fans and one back fan, mount the power supply the wrong way
around so the internal air is forced through the power supply as well
as through the back fan.



At Thursday, 10-12-2015 on 12:16 Chris Smart wrote:

So I'm building a NAS and thought that the Silverstone DS380[1] 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[2] that have enough juice
the 12v rail (although avoid the SilverStone SX500-LG, it's slightly
long) so that it's not a major problem (although I would prefer

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
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
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
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
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
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.

[1] http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=452
[2] http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=342
[2] http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=524


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