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  1. I have the Norco 4224. It's a decent case. The video that you have in your post shows redundant power for the drive backplanes. That's not available any more. The case is damn heavy. The drive caddies feel a bit cheap, but they're solid enough. Make sure your CPU fan isn't taller than 92mm, or it won't fit in the case. The complaints I have about the case: 1) there's no instructions with it. It's fairly straightforward, but there are 6 pins on the fan array that aren't labelled. I'm assuming they're fan header pins, but without docs, it's hard to say. 2) the fans in the
  2. Yeah, if you use both m.2 slots, then you will lose that PCIeX4 slot. The other two slots can be configured as either 1 PCIeX16 or 2 PCIeX8 slots. The second m.2 slot will turn off the U.2 slot, which you may or may not care about. If you have plans to have 2 SATA controller cards, then you might want to look at the Gigabyte C246-WU4 instead. It has more PCIe slots available. However, if you use both m.2 slots, you will lose one SATA port on the Gigabyte mobo. Since it has 10 SATA ports on the mobo, this probably won't be that big of an issue.
  3. I have this case, but there are absolutely no instructions provided, so I can't give you a definitive answer. My guess is that they're fan control header pins. Since there's 6, there would be 2 per fan that you'd connect to the motherboard.
  4. I'm in the middle of a 4224 build myself. Unfortunately, I haven't completed the build, so I can't specify (yet) on how it would fit your task. I'm still waiting for the final SSD to be deliverd. I'll just speak on the parts I went with: SUPERMICRO MBD-X11SCA-F-O ATX C246 Motherboard Intel Core i7-8700 Coffee Lake CPU Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) Noctua NH-D9L CPU Cooler SUPERMICRO AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 PCI-Express 2.0 x8 SATA / SAS 8-Port Controller Card NORCO RPC-4224 Case EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G1+ Power Supply 2 x WD Gold 10TB Hard
  5. I picked up a Norco 4224 for my next Unraid server. For the build, I also picked up a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. It looks like it will, somehow, be too high for this case. No idea how that's possible. For an i7-8700, does anyone have any suggestions on another option for cooling that doesn't involve liquids, and will fit this 4U case?
  6. This was incredibly useful information. I'm building a 20-bay server with this mobo, and I wasn't sure which lanes the m.2's used. I don't need the 4x PCIe slot, so losing that is no biggie. Same with the U.2 connector.
  7. For me, I won't buy another Green drive ever again. I've gone through 8 in about 2 years. In my environment, I keep my file server on 24/7/365. The Greens aren't rated to handle that. Greens are desktop level drives, whereas, according to WD Marketing, Red are rated for RAID and are supposed to handle 24/7/365. If you plan on having your file server operate like that, then I'd recommend staying away from the Greens. (There's other Marketing fluff about how Reds are specially built for RAID situations and therefore won't take down a complete RAID array, but, I can't comment on that. Besides..