Enclosure for Home Server / NAS

Published on August 30, 2012

Enclosure for Home Server / NAS



    Many people use NAS at home. They make him a jailbreak or install a modified firmware. But there comes a time when the capabilities of standard NAS begins to be missed. At this point, I want to assemble my NAS so that it has installed productive hardware, economical in power, and all this is not noisy. I want it to be not just a NAS, but a full-fledged server on which you can assign additional tasks. So once I was puzzled by this problem. As it turned out, there are not many options for server chassis Mini-ITX format with the ability to install four hot-swap SATA-drives. An overview of one of these buildings I bring to your attention.


    Searches, reading forums, prompted me to the work of our Taiwanese friends, the case CFI-A7879, manufacturer Chyangfun Industry Company. Unfortunately, these cases are not sold in Russia, at least I have not found. Nevertheless, in the XXI century it is not a problem to order anything from abroad. My case came from USA, and cost $ 149.95 + $ 21.74 shipping in USA + $ 140 shipping FedEX from USA to Russia.



    The first thing I'll talk about is the characteristics of the case.

    Specifications


    • Case material: SECC (abbreviation derived from Electro Galvanized Steel Sheet in Coil - steel with anticorrosion coating applied by electric galvanization)
    • Front Material: ABS Plastic
    • Drive space : 3.5 "x 4 (SATA hot swappable) and 3.5" /2.5 "x 1 (inside)
    • Cooling: 12 cm rear fan
    • IO Connectors: Front USB 2.0 x 2
    • Indicators: 2xHDD, power
    • Power Supply: 100-240 V, 200 W
    • Form Factor: Mini-ITX
    • Dimensions: 200x250x303 mm
    • Weight: 4.3 kg
    • Certificates: CE, FCC, UL, CB, ROHS
    • Warranty: 1 year


    Contents of delivery


    • CFI-A7879 housing with power supply
    • Power cable (in my case, according to the USA standard)
    • 4 trays for SATA HDD
    • 4 identical keys
    • Power adapter MOLEX -> SATA -> MOLEX
    • Adapter 2.5 "-> 3.5" HDD
    • Fastener Set




    The case is assembled very high quality, the parts are fitted to each other, nothing creaks, there are no gaps.



    On the front of the case are the power and reset buttons, two USB 2.0 connectors and 3 LED indicators: 2 HDD operation indicators and 1 power indicator. The second HDD indicator can be useful if, for example, an external raid controller is installed.



    Trays for disks are opened by shifting the latches to the right and look no less reliable than the case itself. When purchasing a case, you can also order replacement trays.



    A low-noise 12 cm fan is installed at the back. In my opinion, the drawback is that a fan with a three-pin connector is used; in the server case, I would still like to see a four-pin fan.

    The ventilator on the power supply is also almost inaudible.

    A slot for a PCI-e card is also provided.



    Side covers are easily removable and fastened with convenient hand-tightening screws.





    The Delta Electronics Flex-ATX power supply unit operates at a voltage of 100-240 V and produces 200 watts.



    The following connectors come out of the power supply:
    • 20/24-pin ATX
    • 4-pin 12V-P4
    • MOLEX - 2 pcs, but both are used to power hard drives


    disadvantages


    • Three-pin fan

    For some, perhaps the disadvantage would be the lack of space for a CD / DVD drive. But I do not see a problem in this, because the case is intended primarily for use as a server.

    Advantages


    • Stylish design
    • Compact
    • Excellent build quality and materials
    • Mesh housing, good ventilation
    • Silent fans
    • High quality rubber feet


    Today you can find a large number of Mini-ITX motherboards for this case. From silent and very economical on Intel Atom to server boards with IPMI and Intel Ivy Bridge on board. We will consider one of these boards in the next review.