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SilverStone DS380 Eight Bay NAS Chassis Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 11, 2014 6:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: SilverStone

The Build

 

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As I stated in the introduction, when building your own NAS, especially in this DS380 chassis, you will certainly need an SFX PSU. For this build, we will be using the SilverStone ST45SF-G, a fully modular 450W SFX PSU.

 

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The ST45SF-G comes with a full compliment of modular cables to aid your build; these cables are made shorter to fit easily in the schematic of an SFF build. SilverStone did include an ATX PSU adapter, allowing you to use this PSU in a full sized chassis.

 

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Here we have the layout of the PSU. As you can see, we have a 24-pin connector up top with an 8-pin PCIe connection to the right in blue. Below, we have the 8-pin EPS connection and two SATA/Molex connections.

 

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In our build, we chose to use a full sized video card. As such, we had to utilize one of the design features of the DS380. Here, as you can see, SilverStone has allowed the removal of a panel to allow longer video cards to be installed into the chassis. The caveat for this is you will lose a bay for the hot swap bays.

 

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Above, you can see our completed build. Overall, the build went off without a hitch, and as you can see, we did have a good amount of room left in there to where we could install an all-in-one water cooling solution if we wanted to.

 

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After the build was completed, I fired up the motherboard to get an idea of the noise of the build as a whole. As you can see, at the intake side of the chassis, we measured a reading of 34 dBa.

 

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Over on the exhaust side of the DS380, we received a reading of 37.8 dBa.

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