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Rosewill RSV-L4000 Rackmount Server Case Review - Inside the Rosewill RSV-L4000

Rosewill RSV-L4000 Rackmount Server Case Review
Today we're looking at the RSV-L4000 that's based on the same platform as the $199 Rosewill RSV-L4411, but costs less than $100. Let's take a look.
| Racks & Cases in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 19, 2013 2:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Rosewill

Inside the Rosewill RSV-L4000

 

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The Rosewill RSV-L4000 gives a lot of room inside the case for big motherboards and long power supplies. A removable aluminum bar across the top of the case increases the strength of the case structure, but we found the 1mm steel construction more than adequate.

 

The case is so strong that it didn't flex at all without the top cover installed and without the cross bar installed. Most cases in this price range use thin metal of questionable build quality. A case that flexes increases the chances of the system shorting the motherboard or other components.

 

Inside there are three 120mm intake and two 80mm exhaust fans. Two additional 120mm cooling fans rest in front of the internal HDD bays.

 

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Here we see the internal motherboard tray. Unlike the RSV-L4411 model we reviewed a few days ago, the RSV-L4000 puts the motherboard closer to the fans. In most instances, this will not be an issue, but some server boards may position the SATA ports off to the side, so the far right fan may need to come out.

 

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Further up the RSV-L4000 is the bay area, which is where we find the eight 3.5" HDD trays.

 

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We were disappointed to find that the drive sleds can't come out without removing the whole assembly. This can be an issue if you want to simply hot swap drives, but let's put a foot back in reality. The RSV-L4000 costs around $100 shipped to your door.

 

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The fans are quiet with the system on, a big plus for the DIY crowd with limited space in an office or home office.

 

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We installed an ATX motherboard in the case to use for evaluating TPCe, a stressful benchmark that produces a lot of heat. We managed to overclock the processor and DRAM, even with the Intel stock LGA1366 cooler.

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