Chenbro Debuts RM23624 2U 24-Bay Server Chassis

Do you need a lot of storage? Do you need to achieve superior IOPS performance? Then you should look at Chenbro’s newest system which is called the RM23624 and is a 24-bay 2U rack server. The RM23624 features 24 hot-swappable 2.5-inch drive bays for HDDs or SSDs and a 12Gb/s SAS expander with LSI DataBolt that provides the higher performance and reliability that data centers demand.

Cooling challenges encountered by placing this many hard drives in a 2U chassis are countered through a strong thermal design by experts from Chenbro and their years of experience in the field. The chassis is perfect for enterprise storage, online transaction processing, database servers, and other I/O constrained applications.

Besides the 24 drive bays in the front, the case also features an additional HDD cage that supports two internal 2.5-inch drive bays for your operating system and system software deployment. The server chassis doesn’t just feature a lot of hot-swappable drive bays, the four anti-vibration fans are also easy swappable and so are the redundant power supplies.

You can optionally mount three full height or seven low-profile expansion cards through the PCIe expansion slots on the rear, which gives you even more flexibility for your build.

 

As mentioned earlier, the chassis is designed with optimal airflow and heat ventilation in mind and to be able to provide a reliable thermal structure with its four patented anti-vibration fans with smart speed control configuration. You can mount two more optional 40mm rear fans to achieve the maximum thermal performance in this setup.

Power supply options include a choice of a single power supply or 1+1 redundant power supply for that extra backup and safety.

Chenbro didn’t reveal any pricing or availability time yet, but both are sure to follow soon. Until then you can also check out all the juicy details on the official product page.

Razer Core External GPU Enclosure Demoed by AMD @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Razer’s latest Stealth Blade ultrabook can be accompanied by an external graphics card enclosure which supports a maximum size of 5.98 in./152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in./44 mm (Width) x 12.20 in./310 mm. This is more than enough to accommodate the majority of GPUs available today including the unbelievably long Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X which measures 305mm. The installation procedure only takes a matter of seconds as the aluminium housing slides open without any effort and only requires a single screw to hold into position.

Even more fascinating, AMD GPUs are hot-swappable with a single Thunderbolt 3 USB-Type C cable. This is unlike anything I’ve seen before and a huge selling point. Please note, this is only possible due to AMD’s drivers and any NVIDIA GPUs will blue screen and require a hard reboot.

On another note, the device only requires a single PSU cable which powers the unit while charging the main laptop. This cuts down on clutter and makes the device a more portable proposition. Other features include Gigabit Ethernet, Chroma lighting, and four USB 3.0 ports. Overall, the Razer Core impressed me a great deal and the advent of hot swappable AMD GPUs is fantastic!

SilverStone Releases New FS-Series Drive Cages

It can be a troublesome job to find a chassis with enough room for all the drives you might want to add to the build you are making, and this is especially the case when you build server and storage oriented systems. SilverStone is aware of this issue and released a whole list of new drive cages to solve this problem. The new SilverStone drive cages either support plenty of 2.5-inch drives in the FS2xx series or plenty of 3.5-inch drives with the FS3xx series.

Let us start out with the 2.5-inch models where there will be three new drive cages. The first is the FS202 with room for two drives in one 3.5-inch bay, then there is the FS208 with room for eight 2.5-inch drives in two 5.25-inch device bays and finally the impressive FS212 with room for twelve 2.5-inch drives in just three 5.25-inch device bays. The SilverStone FS3xx series can fit either three, four, or five 3.5-inch drives in respectively two, three, and three device bays with the FS303, FS304, and FS305.

All the new FS drive cages are made with an all aluminium body with a beautiful hairline brushed finish. The loading is trayless and screwless and all of them support hot swapping too. They come with adjustable drive status LED and the 5.25-inch device bay models also feature fan control system and built-in cooling fan. For safety, you can lock each drive tray individually to prevent sticky fingers from running away with your drives as well as preventing accidental ejection.

Another added bonus with drive cages as these, besides the easy setup and better cooling, you also require a lot fewer power cables which reduce the overall clutter in your case, improves the airflow, and brings you past the limitations based on available PSU connections.

 

SilverStone’s new FS drive cages will be available on December the 18th for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $25 for the FS202, $94.80 for the FS208, $115.80 for the DS212. The DS303 will cost you $62.40, the FS304 $80.60, and the FS305 will cost you $98.00.

Gigabyte Presents High-Performance NVMe Servers

NVMe storage is nothing new in the enterprise sector, it is where it started before it became almost affordable for us normal human beings. We get more and more NVMe drives on the market, so the step onto making servers with hot-swappable NVMe drive bays. Gigabyte presented two new servers in this category during the Supercomputing 2015 show in Austin, Texas. The above pictured is the H27N-H70 High-Density NVMe Server and the one picture below is the R18N-F2A 1U 10-bay NVMe server.

The two new server are part of a larger line-up with more systems to come. Compared to SATA III and SAS3 interfaces, NVMe drives bring significantly higher IOPS as well as lower latency and power consumption. The H27N-H70 is a 2U 4-node system with support for Intel’s E5-2600 V3 CPUs and C612 chipset. They support up to 64 RDIMM or LRDIMM modules and you can add up to 8 hot-swappable NVMe drives and eight more SAS/SATA 6Gbps drives. All that is connected through eight Intel I350 controlled Gigabit Ethernet ports and the system is naturally also IPMI 2.0 remote controllable. It features dual 1600W 80 Plus platinum power supplies and has root for four half-length half-height expansion cards as well as 4 mezzanine card slots.

The R18N-F2A  is only a 1U server, but it still features 10 drive bays. It is however only two of those that are NVMe bays and the last eight are SAS/SATA 6Gbps bays. The server also works on a Xeon E5-2600 V3 base and can support up to 24 RDIMM or LRDIMMs. You can expand the system with two half-length full-height and one half-length low-profile expansion card or a mezzanine card instead. This server also features dual 80 Plus Platinum rated PSUs, but only 800W models. It has two Gigabit Ethernet ports controlled by Intel’s I350 and also feature IPMI 2.0 remote management and iKVM.

H27N-H70 – High-Density NVMe Server

  • 2U 4 nodes high-density system
  • Supports the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 V3 product family
  • 64 x RDIMM/LRDIMM ECC DIMM slots
  • 8 x 2.5″ hot-swappable NVMe bays
  • 8 x 2.5″ hot-swappable SAS/SATA 6Gb/s bays
  • 4 x Half-length low-profile + 4 mezzanine card slots for expansion cards
  • 8 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I350)
  • 2 x 1600W 80 PLUS Platinum 100~220V AC redundant PSUs
  • Complete remote management functions via IPMI 2.0 web interface and iKVM

R18N-F2A – 1U 10 Bays NVMe Server

  • Supports the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 V3 product family
  • 24 x RDIMM/LRDIMM ECC DIMM slots
  • 2 x 2.5″ hot-swappable NVMe bays
  • 8 x 2.5″ hot-swappable SAS/SATA 6Gb/s bays
  • 2 x Half-length full-height slots + 1 x Half-length low-profile or 1 x mezzanine card slots for expansion cards
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I350-BT2)
  • 2 x 800W 80 PLUS Platinum 100~220V AC redundant PSUs
  • Complete remote management functions via IPMI 2.0 web interface and iKVM

Akasa MAX MT Fanless NUC Chassis Review

Introduction


Big chassis get all of the fame and glory, but there are a lot of cool things happening in the world of ultra-compact chassis. Akasa is one of the biggest names when it comes to the smallest products and their range of NUC chassis is virtually unmatched. With Intel offering up some truly incredibly NUC motherboards, packing many of the latest Intel Core products, M.2 memory support, USB 3.0 and so much more, there’s now a huge range of applications for this type of system, at home in the workplace and beyond.

• Aluminium fanless CPU cooling design
• Stylish front panel diamond effect
• Two bay 2.5″ SATA mobile tray
• Support one serial port
• Support IR remote function
• Compatible with the following Intel® NUC Board
NUC5i5MYBE / NUC5i5MYHE / NUC5i3MYBE / NUC5i3MYHE
NUC5i5RYH / NUC5i5RYK / NUC5i3RYH / NUC5i3RYK

With full aluminium construction, support for a range of NUC boards, a compact form factor, dual 2.5″ drive trays and more, the MAX MT is certainly appealing, but let’s dive right in and take a closer look at what this chassis has to offer.

There are all kinds of accessories included in the box, included a second backplate to expand the motherboard compatibility, a pass through cable for COM connectors, a short and slim SATA cable and more.

The chassis is made from thick and beautifully machined aluminium, with a sleek black finish. While this does add to the aesthetics, the construction is incredibly practical too, as it is durable and the whole bulk of the chassis acts as a passive heat sink for the CPU, allowing it run completely silent.

Down each side of the chassis, you’ll see a fin array, this gives us a greater surface area to help dissipate heat.

The front panel is certainly interesting. As much as this chassis is designed to be tucked out of the way, it’s still very attractive and I’d have no issues have it out on show as part of my desktop setup or a home AV setup and the trimmed silver edges of the front panel certainly add to the appeal.

Aside from the IR port, the power button, USB and the HD audio, you’ll also notice the most important feature of this chassis; dual 2.5″ drive bays. These can be opened at the front, allowing for easy hot-swapping of 2.5″ drives, making this a great option for a compact NAS, workstation or HTPC.

around the back, you’ll find a com port, motherboard I/O, two rubber pegs which can be removed to mount WiFi antenna and a Kensington lock fitting. Of course, you can also swap this backplate for the other included in the box, which offers support for some other NUC motherboards.

across the top, even more thick fins in the aluminium, which will help improve the cooling performance even more, but also keeps the design uniform with the sides of the chassis.

The base of the chassis is compatible with VESA mounting kits, meaning you can easily install it on a bracket, on the back of a compatible monitor or TV and a whole host of other places. There are four screws here too, as the base is the only access point for installing your hardware.

SilverStone Storage Enclosures at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Silverstone has a wide variety of enclosures and it doesn’t really matter where or how you need them, They got it covered. From internal to external, hybrids, and from USB to SAS – you’ll find it all.

There are traditional hot-swap bays so you can utilize all you front bays for drives, with and without trays.

The Silverstone MS06 for example is a hybrid solution that allows you to take the drive on the road as USB 3.0 high-speed storage and just plug it into your own system for a direct connection when you get home.

External enclosures such as the DS222 allows you to connect two drives externally to your USB ports and that includes built-in RAID support. RAID isn’t just for external drive bays and the Mobile and Treasure storage MS08 is a 2.5-inch SATA hot-swap module rack with RAID support and a tray-less design.

The TS431 and TS231 units allow you to connect 3.5-inch SATA drives easily to your system via USB 3.0 interface and support hot swap for their trayless drive bays. The units are also available with miniSAS connectors for direct connection to your high-performance controller.

Storage enclosures are nice, but what if you want to build a complete system with lot of drives and keep a small form factor. A thing that used to be difficult, but isn’t anymore thanks to SilverStone. The CS280 and DS380 provide lots of drive bays as well as room for mITX motherboards and internal power supplies.

The CS series are cases for storage and that’s just what they do. The mITX cases support 6 external 2.5-inch hot-swap drive as well as two internal. The whole thing is wrapped in a beautiful aluminum enclosure with rounded corners.

Last but not least, SilverStone also brought along their line-up of internal drive bays, used to expand your case’s front bays in a more practical way. Whether you need 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives to be easy accessible and with hot-swap abilities, SilverStone has it covered with their huge amount of options.

Stay tuned for more news, photos, and information directly from Computex 2015

Enermax 2.5 and 3.5-Inch Mobile Drive Rack Roundup Review

Introduction


Being able to quickly eject drives can not only be an extra convenience but also a great bonus in many situations. Enermax has created a very long list of amazing docking bays and mobile racks for just this and today I’m taking a closer look at three of them in different form factors and with different capabilities – one for every usage scenario.

We will need to go up a drive size when we have a docking station around the drive, that’s a given. The three mobile racks that I’m taking a closer look at today are the EMK3101 for a 2.5-inch drive in 3.5-inch bay, EMK5102 for a 3.5-inch drive in a 5.25-inch bay, and the EMK5201U3 that combines the two previous into one smart unit. It has both a 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch bay as well as two front USB 3.0 ports in the spare area.

The EMK3101 allows you to easy swap, plug-in, and swap out 2.5-inch drives in this 3.5-inch sized mobile rack. A simple mechanic lever will eject the drive when you need it and it comes with a lock when you want to make sure that it stays in there. The connection is a direct pass-through and one that won’t affect performance. A simple solution that works every time.

SSD or 2.5-inch HDDs might not be all you would like to hot-swap with easy front access, 3.5-inch drives are still king of the storage area and that is where the EMK5102 comes into play. The 5.25-inch sized mobile rack allows you to hot-swap a 3.5-inch drive, in the same way the EMK3101 does with a 2.5-inch drive.

Combining the two enclosures above and adding two USB 3.0 ports and we get the Enermax EMK5201U3 mobile rack. It can hold both a 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive as well as having two USB 3.0 ports with direct header connection.

All three enclosures come with the patented Non-Scratch SATA connectors that guarantee a maximum life span with up to 50,000 drive insertion and ejections. The SATA connectors are gold-plated for better grip and protection from corrosion and the steel clip on the included SATA cable to avoid accidental cable removable.

The mobile racks support the latest SATA III and SAS drives as well as USB 3.0 5Gb/s connectivity for the EMK5201U3 model. The enclosures are built from with sturdy stainless steel frames to keep everything living for as long as possible and have LED indicators to show when the drives are being accessed.

Enermax EMK3104 Hybrid 2.5-inch Docking Station Review

Introduction


There are many types of drive enclosures on the market; some are internal, some are external and some are hybrids. The Enermax EMK3104 Mobile Rack is a hybrid solution and a smart one at that.

The enclosure can take 2.5-inch hard disk and solid state drives and convert them into a 3.5-inch standard sized drive. This allows the easy use of a smaller 2.5″ drive in a 3.5″ drive bay that otherwise wouldn’t allow the use of them.

But it does more than that, it also allows easy front access to switch and replace the drive, or just remove it. It also allows you to lock the drive to both prevent tampering with your drive as well as accidental ejection.

On the inside, it uses a patented non-scratch SATA connector to guarantee a maximum life span with up to 50.000 drive insertions and it can handle both SATA III and SAS drives.

The Enermax EMK3104 doubles as a mobile disk rack and allows you to connect it via USB 3.0 instead of using the normal SATA connectors on the rear. To the rear of the enclosure, you’ll find a micro USB 3 connector and the cable needed is included with the drive array.

If it was to be docked in a 3.5-inch drive bay, you could just eject it and take it with you as USB 3.0 portable drive.

The hot-swap system allows you to quickly change the HDD or SSD when you need another one. Inside is a simple mechanism that will eject the drive when opened and automatically retracted it when closed.

When enclosing a drive in such a small space, you’ll need to make sure that it stays cool. To aid this, the EMK3104 has an aluminum cover on the top and ventilation holes on the bottom. This should provide the best passive cooling capability.

 

Icy Dock Release ToughArmor MB998SP-B 8×2.5″ SATA Drive Hot Swap Mobile Rack

Being able to put four or even up to six 2.5-inch drives into a single 5.25-inch bay has been seen before, but having a total of eight drives in a single bay is somewhat unusual, but that is what Icy Dock’s new ToughArmor MB998SP-B hot swap mobile rack can do.

The full metal-built docking rack allows you to slide eight 7mm drives right into the enclosure and easily connect them to your SATA and RAID controllers. The rear has eight SATA ports and two SATA power ports, saving you a total of six power cables.

The MB998SP-B mobile rack also has two 40mm fans and a built-in fan controller as well as LED activity lights for each drive. The enclosure also has EMI grounding, anti-vibration, and metal heat dissipation to help the flawless usage.

Thanks to Icy Dock for providing us with this information