Intel casing review
There are not many producers of server cases and their price is high. Even the evident fake costs two hundred bucks… Company Supermicro, not popular among average users, is one of the leaders of server componentry. Good cases of their production cost from 600 dollars. This is too much for me, that’s why I decided to buy a case made in China. I reviewed their quality, looked at unhandy tin-like cases that bend in your hands even without the stuffing and got distressed… I even got an idea to make it on my own from the ground up. But then I changed my mind as the server provider could not accept a home-made device. I almost decided to spend money on Supermicro when by some chance found a firm selling habitual Intel cases as cheap as 200 bucks! There was a 500 W power box and four advanced coolers in set. It was marvelous! I reserved the goods in advance by phone, went and bought it.
I beg honorable Intel Company my pardon but I didn’t expect such a deceit from the famous manufacture. Well, let’s start from the beginning. When I unpacked the huge factory packing I understood at once that I had been cheated… It was useless to bring the purchase back as documents on the case were lost somehow while I was selecting and buying mother board…
1. Case is supplied without front panel, plastic front is sold separately and costs 30 dollars.
2. Case is designed ONLY for Intel mother boards of special modification, fasteners, holes for slots, etc. The appropriate mother board costs 600 bucks. This plate has SCSI and SAS controller but to make it work you have to buy an activation key for 400 dollars. At that this is not mentioned anywhere; I’ve learned this by chance in some Ukrainian forum.
3. Power box has non-standard slots and short loops of the worst quality, they don’t bear the voltage.
4. If you are going to install hard disk into this case, you’ll have to buy a special set of fasteners and electronics board for 180$, otherwise you won’t manage to mount the hard disk without bench work…
5. Slides for placing the case into the stand are not supplied with the set; you have to buy them separately for 75 dollars.
6. Control buttons are also sold separately :) They are sold together with some display unit and two light diodes; I don’t remember the price, it’s like 120 dollars.
This is the story. Someone can name me a dummy and tell that I don’t know about servers; one just must know these things… Yes, it’s partially true. However I think that respectable manufacturer will notify the consumer in advance, they can make a proper inscription on the package, for example… or sell it only with mother board and the complete set…