|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
SilverStone Technology Premium Mini-ITX/DTX Small Form Factor NAS Computer Case, Black (DS380B)
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- Support 12 total drives with 8 hot-swappable 3.5" or 2.5" SAS/SATA and 4 fixed 2.5" drives
- Unbelievable storage space and versatility for small form factor
- Premium brushed aluminum front door
- Support graphics card up to 11" with supporter design from TJ08-E
- Lockable power button design and adjustable LED from GD07
- Includes three 120mm fans with filtered intake vents
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SilverStone's Case Storage Series
The SilverStone Case Storage (CS & DS) series is designed for users who want to maximize their storage capacity in a compact form factor.
The SilverStone DS380 offers unbelievable storage space and versatility in a small form factor. Thanks to its mini-ITX design, it's under 22 liters, and yet it supports a total of 12 drives, with 8 hot-swappable 3.5” or 2.5” SAS/SATA and 4 fixed 2.5” drives. Other features include:
- Premium brushed aluminum front door
- Hot-swap drive trays support up to eight 3.5” or 2.5” SAS-12G / SATA-6G drives with two LED indicators for displaying drive status
- Three 120mm fans with filtered intake vents
- Lockable front door and power button
8 hot-swap drive trays
Lockable front door
2 x 120m intake fans
|Dimensions||12.68" (H) x 8.29" (W) x 8.27" (D)||12.68" (H) x 8.29" (W) x 8.27" (D)||12.68" (H) x 8.29" (W) x 8.27" (D)||12.68" (H) x 8.29" (W) x 8.27" (D)||6.96" (H) x 8.72" W x 11.85" (D)||11.22" (H) x 8.31" (W) x 14.17" (D)|
|Volume||14.2 liters||14.2 liters||14.2 liters||14.2 liters||11.8 liters||21.6 liters|
|Included Fans||1x120mm Bottom||1x120mm Bottom||1x120mm Bottom||1x120mm Bottom||2x80mm Front||2x120mm Side, 1x120mm Rear|
|2.5" Bays||2||2||8 (6 Hot Swap)||8 (6 Hot Swap)||9 (8 Hot Swap)||4|
|3.5" Bays||2||2||0||0||0||8 (All Hot Swap)|
|Expansion Card Limit||One 7.5” x 2.95”||One 7.5” x 2.95”||One 7.5” x 2.95”||One 7.5” x 2.95”||One 4.41" x 4.72" or One 8.66" x 2.39"||One 11" x 4.38"|
|CPU Cooler Limit||68mm||68mm||68mm||68mm||65mm||57mm|
|Dimensions||17.32" (W) x 6.35" (H) x 18.66" (D)||16.79" (H) x 8.48" (W) x 19.19" (D)||15.75" (W) x 8.86" (H) x 12.44" (D)|
|Volume||33.6 liters||44.7 liters||28 liters|
|Included Fans||1x120mm Front, 1x80mm Internal||2x120mm Side, 1x120mm Rear||2x120mm Rear|
|3.5" Bays||6 (5 Hot Swap)||8 (All Hot Swap)||8 (All Hot Swap)|
|5.25" Bays||1 x standard, 1 x 12.7mm slim optical||2||0|
|PSU Limit||ATX (250mm)||ATX||SFX-L|
|Expansion Card Limit||13.78" x 4.52"||9.5" x 5.9"||10.5" in Length|
|CPU Cooler Limit||110mm||146mm||59mm (49mm recommended)|
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For users migrating to small form factor (SFF) computers with large libraries of media files, storage capacity is often a compromise that is difficult to overcome. Choosing a smaller case may require additional purchase of external storage enclosure, while choosing a larger case with extra drive bays may defeat the purpose of going SFF in the first place. To fulfill the needs of enthusiasts looking for a no compromise SFF media box, Silverstone designed a cutting edge product, the DS380. With the ability to accommodate standard components such as Mini-ITX motherboards, standard-length dual slot expansion card, and entry-level liquid CPU cooling system, the DS380 can easily handle high end system based on CPU with 95W TDP or above. Equipped with two 120mm intake fans and one 120mm exhaust fan plus externally removable filters on its top and side, keeping everything cool and dust-free is as easy as in any Silverstone premium chassis. Notable features from Silverstone's famed HTPC cases were also included such as LED indicator with adjustable brightness and lockable front door and power button. Completing what is an impressive SFF case is DS380's signature feature, a modular eight hot-swappable drive cage design that support both 3.5" and 2.5" drives. It utilizes a custom back panel PCB designed to support both SATA and SAS interface for increased compatibly with nearly all modern hard drives or SSDs. At only 21 liters overall, the impressively small DS380 is perfect for anyone looking to build a powerful SFF NAS for home or office.
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The case is a little tight inside, but I would expect that considering how much is going into such a small space. As others have said, you have to loosen the front drive cage and slide it out the front if you ever need to get to the motherboard. It's not that big a deal, but it is more work than what you would normally need to do in a conventional case. Again, how often will I be doing this?? Hopefully not a lot!
Overall this is a really solid case and would probably be great for a HTPC as well. That said, it's not completely silent and you "know" it's there because you can hear the case fan. Not a lot, but enough to make me want to consider a fan upgrade if I was intending on using this as a HTPC that would be situated in hearing distance. My power supply on the other hand (ST45SF-G) is completely silent by the way.
One last feature that I thought was kind of nice is that "if you choose to do so," you can lock out the front on/off switch. You can set it so that you need a key to open the front door before you can power it off. I like this as I occasionally have little kids running around my house and that little button next to the blue light looks interesting for some reason.
After using this case for a couple of months, I regret to say that I had to come back here and knock off a star. The reason being for poor ventilation on the drive cage. Let me explain:
I currently have 5 HGST 4TB NAS drives in the main drive bay, leaving 3 open. This unit is in my home in my basement where the ambient temperature is very cool. My motherboard is the ASRock C2750d4i with 32G ECC RAM, and I'm running FreeNAS 24x7, and I am the only user. 99.99% of the time, it is sitting idle. I'm not spinning the disks down, so they are spinning, but nothing is being accessed and the drive lights only flicker once in a while.
The good news is that my motherboard temperature sits comfortably at 34°C, and my CPU is at 30°C, using nothing but the fans that came with this case. The bad news is that while my system is idling, I can't keep 1 or 2 of my drives below 40°C. I'm looking at them right now, and 2 are at 41°C, and the others are fine at 31°C, 32°C and 35°C. I have tried repositioning the drives, and the problem always stays with where the drive is positioned within the case. I will also mention that with the cover off, the drives sit between 26°C and 28°C. My concern is what happens when I put my system under a real load, or if I ever decide to add a drive or two?
Looking at the design a little closer, when the drives are installed, the side fans appear to be blowing on the solid metal of the side of drive cage, rather than through the drives. The only side openings are from the 3 unused spaces in the cage, which isn't much. The back of the cage does not have any holes, so I am considering drilling some up and down the length of it. I think this would let the rear fan pull some of the heat out of the cage.
I have read that others have had some pretty drastic temperature reductions by pulling off the side mesh filter. I think that since I have this tucked away in my basement, I will look into other options such higher RPM fans (noisy) or seeing what happens with the holes I mentioned earlier.
I drilled four 1/4" and five 1/8" holes up and down the back of the drive cage (next to the connectors) and my temps have dropped down by 6°C! They now sit comfortably between 29°C and 35°C. Hot air was definitely trapped in the cage. I would think getting higher RPM fans would help even more, but this is a good compromise between noise and performance.
I found a before and after picture that I took of the cage with and without the holes. Someone requested it so I posted them. The holes are not perfect but they definitely help. In hindsight I probably should have made all of them the larger size holes. I was trying not to weaken the cage, but I honestly think it still would have been solid. I'll also mention that about once a month one of my drives reaches 40°C for a few minutes and then drops back down. (I think it's when my volume is being scrubbed, which beats on the drives for a couple of hours.) I don't think this is bad, especially since it's not sustained. I would still not go with more than 5 or 6 regular drives and possibly a few SSD's with this thing. That's about as far as you can comfortably take it. Unless you can afford 12 SSD's!
There is a known defect with the backplane which can cause a short when powering on the machine. Others on Amazon have complained about this, as well as some complaining on Reddit. Many have not found a permanent solution to this.
Sadly, I forgot about this issue as I haven't completely powered down the machine in well over a year. Now I remember the pain I went through when I got it and wish I would have returned this piece of junk and went with a competent company's product.
The case is otherwise fantastic. Not the best case I've ever used to build a computer but far from the worst. There are a number of short sighted design decisions, chief among them being the poor airflow into and around the hard drive cage.
This case is supposed to be a larger version of the Silverstone DS380, but with design changes to make it better. It was announced in 2015 and not released until mid or late 2016. Silverstone had a very, very long time to get it right. They didn't. That's what was so upsetting about this case.
Personally, I really want manufacturers to take the "home server" market seriously, and Silverstone seems to be the only big player doing so, but in the end it's just cobbled together parts. They know they won't sell a lot of these things so why put in the effort?
Initially, I was impressed by how cool the CPU stayed even with the stock cooler. It idles around 34C with a motherboard temp around 29C. I dropped in some test drives (Old 1.5TB WD Black). The operating temperature of the drives are rated to 50C so I though there wouldn't be a problem. Immediately the drives rose to 45C just spinning idle. I turned the fans up to their engine whine maximum and they dropped to 43C. Just for kicks I put the drives to sleep. It took three hours with fans at full for the drives to cool down to the ambient temperature of the case. I repeated the test with the spare drive caddies removed. The drives hit 49C with just of few minutes of a drive-to-drive copy, but only took 40 minutes to cool down after putting the drives to sleep.
Looking at the design of the case, the drives sit in an enclosed metal box with two fans mounted on the side blowing against the metal box. As far as I can tell, the fans are purely cosmetic and don't actually cool the drives. I'm going to drop in some WD Red drives just for comparison.
-i3-8100 (stock cooler)
-2x8GB Corsair DDR4 2400
-Samsung M.2 (boot/OS)
-Ubuntu with with lmsensors and fancontrol
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About the case, I was less enthusiastic with the steel composition because it felt rather light and flimsy. As well, I would have preferred if they designed the USB ports to work both with individual USB connectors or a dual USB 19-pin connector. That would have made it much more flexible as opposed to either a dual USB 3.0 connection or nothing. They should have also made the drive sleds work without screws. This way it's more efficient changing drives plus you don't need to worry about misplacing or storing the screws. With all that said, you really need to consider the price relative to what you get, and I'd say in that regards, it was well worth it. I couldn't find another case that accommodates 8 hotswap drives for this price so yes, they definitely cut corners. At the same time, SilverStone certainly designed it quite well with what they had to work with.
I migrated all components from my existing server to this new case because of the ease that hotswap provides. Now that I've done this, if I were to do it again, the only thing I'd do differently is attach the SATA cables for the extra 5.25" drive bays before installing the motherboard. The reason is because my motherboard's SATA ports are all located directly behind the hotswap backplane, only leaving about 2 centimeters between. As a result, connecting the SATA cables became a struggle since I was not willing to disassemble everything to take the motherboard out.
If you've had experience in a commercial environment, set your expectations proportionately as this is not designed for that. It has many of the features but costs had to be cut in order to target the home environment. I would certainly buy it again and would recommend this case to others.
2019-01-04: After doing some more research on this case, I found a review which was very useful. I did not do everything he suggested, but, just through the use of duct tape, I was able to drop the temperature of all my drives by minimum 2 degrees Celsius each! There's definitely room for case improvements and it's fairly simple yet effective. I can't link to the other review but Google "dmacias unraid Silverstone CS380" and it should be the first result.