A Closer look:
The Chenbro RM41416B comes in a massive brown box with little in the way to recommend it the box itself weighs 24.66 Kg (54.36lbs) which will make shipping quite expensive. Beyond being a massive brown box there is little information on the outside of the box.
Once you get past the spartan packaging you can see the real beauty of this case…. its massive drive bay selection, all of the drives are mounted in fully hot swappable drive caddy’s providing quick hot swapping of all the hard drives the second you need to. Unfortunately the cabling to connect the 16 drives to your mother board is not included but that is a minor inconvenience.
As you can see from the pictures this case is massive, all that space was put to great use with the 16 drive bays as shown below. Each of these bays are fully removable and hot swappable as we mentioned earlier but what we didn’t tell you was that each drive bay also comes with its own activity lights which are displayed on the front of the case in a numbered grid. All of the drives are held very securely so they will never come out unless you deliberately take them out.
Overall putting the case together was much the same as any other traditional case with the exception of the power supply which while the brackets work they are not intuitive and there is little documentation to support how they go together. Your best bet when assembling the power supply bracket is to look at the pictures from the website and to recreate the look utilizing the pieces available. Overall it took only about 10-15 minutes of fiddling around with the brackets to get them in the proper placement to mount the power supply.
One thing that becomes immediately obvious to anyone familiar with server hardware is that the RM41416B utilizes triple redundant power supplies. In other words, unless the power to your building goes down you will not have to worry about power supply failure causing your server to go down. If one unit fails the RM41416B automatically switches to one of the remaining two, and the same for the second with fail over to the third. This is not a cheap feature for a server case and definitely signifies some serious quality.
|Form Factor||ATX (12″x9.6″)
|Processor Support||Intel / AMD UP Quad
Intel / AMD DP Quad
D x W x H (inch)
|26″ x 16.9″ x 6.9″|
|Cooling||Middle – 5 x 8032 mm
Rear – 2 x 8025 mm (optional)
|Front Bezel||Optional (included