Friday, January 17th 2014

SilverStone to Release the DS380 Mini ITX-Supporting 8-Bay NAS Chassis

SilverStone is just about ready to roll out the DS380, a NAS server case that has room for a mini ITX motherboard and includes eight hot-swappable 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive bays, plus four 'fixed' 2.5-inch drive bays.

The enclosure measures 211 (W) x 285 (H) x 360 (D) mm, it has a steel structure and an aluminum front door, and it includes two front-placed USB 3.0 ports, two PCI expansion slots, three pre-installed 120 mm fans (one at the rear and two on the left panel), and supports one SFX power supply, CPU coolers up to 57 mm tall, and graphics cards up to 11 inches long. The DS380 can be found on pre-order @ 149.90 Euro.
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15 Comments on SilverStone to Release the DS380 Mini ITX-Supporting 8-Bay NAS Chassis

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
definitely looking forward to a review. building a NAS has always been high on my to do list
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#2
W1zzard
that's how the how swap bays work:
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#3
ZetZet
Why upside down..?
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#4
Fourstaff
by: ZetZet
Why upside down..?
Because Silverstone has always been the special kid in the block. Check out their Fortress line if you need introductions
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ZetZet
by: Fourstaff
Because Silverstone has always been the special kid in the block. Check out their Fortress line if you need introductions
Yeah, but those have windows on the orther side of the case and all that, this one is just straight up upside down for no reason.
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#6
Fx
by: FreedomEclipse
definitely looking forward to a review. building a NAS has always been high on my to do list
Agreed. I like where they are going with this.
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#7
Assimilator
Why do manufacturers insist on putting USB ports and audio connectors on a chassis that most likely, will never see those ports used? (How often do you connect headphones to a NAS FFS!) Furthermore, why put them BEHIND the door?

Other than that, it looks like a nice chassis, but the price is pretty steep considering no power supply is provided. Also the hot-swap bays don't look entirely tool-less for 3.5" drives.... and good luck finding an mITX board with 8 SATA ports.
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#8
Dimi
by: Assimilator
Also the hot-swap bays don't look entirely tool-less for 3.5" drives.... and good luck finding an mITX board with 8 SATA ports.
There's room for a raid card, you don't build a nas without a raid card, or do you?
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by: Dimi
There's room for a raid card, you don't build a nas without a raid card, or do you?
I use 6x 2TB drives in RAID-5 to store lots of data, the only thing a discrete card would give me over motherboard RAID is better performance (not an issue) and shorter initialize/rebuild times (also not an issue). For the added cost and complexity, it isn't worth it for most users - particularly on a 150 euro case.
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#10
james888
I want to find a cheap tiny case like this, mod it, and make it a powerhouse.
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#11
raschmidt
by: Assimilator
Why do manufacturers insist on putting USB ports and audio connectors on a chassis that most likely, will never see those ports used? (How often do you connect headphones to a NAS FFS!) Furthermore, why put them BEHIND the door?

Other than that, it looks like a nice chassis, but the price is pretty steep considering no power supply is provided. Also the hot-swap bays don't look entirely tool-less for 3.5" drives.... and good luck finding an mITX board with 8 SATA ports.
I see your 8 SATA ports and raise you 4.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157419

Been waiting for this case to go on sale since it was first announced last summer. I really want to pair it with the 8 core Avonton ITX board Asrock has.
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#13
raschmidt
If you have found a decent RAID card with more than 4 ports for under $300 please point me in that direction
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#14
JDG1980
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For that price you might as well get a discrete RAID card. Not to mention you won't be able to build a RAID set over all of the SATA ports, since they're spread out over 3 separate controllers (6 + 4 + 2).
You could use ZFS, which offers far better reliability than hardware RAID anyway. (This is assuming that the Marvell controllers are compatible with FreeBSD - I haven't checked.)
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#15
asimpleton
How can I extend the SATA power connectors from a SFX psu ? I can only see SFX PSU with just x3 sata power connectors.
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