This page lists my research into the ultimate case for a FreeBSD ZFS NAS build. As with most things, nothing ticks all the boxes! All we can do is get closer.

Preferred specs

With hot swap drives

Case Size 3.5 5.25 Extra
Chenbro SR105 ATX 4 3 4x 2.5”
Chenbro SR209 ATX 4 3 4x 2.5”
Chenbro SR107 E-ATX 8 3 1x FDD
Chenbro SR112 E-ATX 8 2 2x HDD
CFI-A789 Mini-ITX 4 0
CFI-A1028 ATX++ 6 6 HUGE!
CFI-A1068 ATX 6 4
CFI-A5000 Mini-ITX 7 1
CFI-A7X79 Mini-ITX 4 0
Fractal Design Array R2 Mini-ITX 6 0
Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX 6 0
Fractal Design Node 804 Micro-ATX 8 0
In-Win IW-MS04 Mini-ITX 4 0.5 SAS
In-Win IW-PLV E-ATX 12 1 Wow!
Norco ITX-S8 Mini-ITX 8 0
Silverstone DS380 Mini-ITX 8 0
Silverstone CS380 ATX 8 2
Supermicro SC742 4U 7 3 1x FDD
Supermicro SC743 4U 7 3 1x FDD
Supermicro SC747 4U 8 3 1x FDD
Thermaltake Level 10 ATX 6 3 Wow!
U-NAS NSC-800 Mini-ITX 8 0
U-NAS NSC-810 Mini-ITX 8 0 2x PCI

With just 5.25” drive bays

Case Size 5.25” Notes
AeroCool ZeroDegree-BK ATX 9
AZZA Helios 910 ATX 9
[Antec Nine Hundred] ATX 9 V3
[ENERMAX ECA5010M-B-B] ATX 11
[Lian-Li PC-A79] ATX 12
[Lian-Li PC-D600] ATX 10 Thermal zone
[Lian-Li P80N] ATX 12 Pivot door
Lian-Li PC-Q35B Mini-ITX 5
CoolerMaster SGC-5000-KWN1 ATX 9 Oh dear
CoolerMaster CM Storm Trooper ATX 9 Oh dear
iStarUSA S-917 Mini-ITX 7 Newegg
iStarUSA S-919 Micro-ITX 9 Nobody sells?
iStarUSA S-9112-EATX EATX 12 “Coming soon”
Nexustek Edge ATX 13 Discontinued :(
SilverStone TJ11B-W ATX 9
Thermaltake Core W100 EATX 11
[Thermaltake Core W200] EATX 10

With several 5.25” drive bays and internal 3.5

Case Size 3.5 5.25
CFI-A8008 ATX 6 4
CoolerMaster CM 690 II Plus ATX 6 4
CoolerMaster CMP-350 ATX 7 4
CoolerMaster Silencio 652s ATX 8 3
Lian-Li PC-A75WX HPTX 12 2
Lian-Li PC-A76 HPTX 12 2
Lian-Li PC-7FN ATX 4 4

These could be fitted with ICY DOCK or SuperMicro hot-swap trays.

Consumer JBODs

Case eSATA3 USB3 3.5
CFI-B7843JD 4
CFI-BXX46XM 4
CFI-BXX86CM 8
CFI-B7843JU 4
CFI-B7883JD 8
CFI-B7883JU 8

Backplane Cage

Cage Bays HDDs Notes
Chenbro SK32303 2 3
ICY DOCK MB973SP-B 2 3 Trayless
ICY DOCK MB973SP-1B 2 3 + 3x USB 3
ICY DOCK MB973SP-2B 2 3 + eSATA, USB 2
SilverStone FS303 2 3 Trayless
NORCO SS-300 2 3
NORCO SS-400 3 4
SilverStone FS304 3 4 Trayless
Thermaltake Max 3504 3 4 Large vent
Chenbro SK33502 3 5
ICY DOCK MB975SP-B 3 5 Ind. HDD power
ICY DOCK MB975SP-B R1 3 5
NORCO SS-500 3 5
SilverStone FS305 3 5 Trayless
Supermicro CSE-M35TQ 3 5

Other useful parts

Part Description
ATXBRACKET Power and reset switches on a PCI bracket