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Skyhawk MSR4620EP(F) Aluminum Mini Server Case

Author: Ron Goldin
Manufacturer: General

The Outside

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This is a very shiny case. The aluminum is brushed and is very difficult to take a picture with the glare from this case. The front fascia of the case is actually plastic wrapped in aluminum. This gives it plenty of rigidity to handle a server environment. You can also see one of the unique features to this case, in the picture on the right, as the location for the side blow holes are visible. That’s right, not one but two 80mm side blow holes. The unique part that I find intriguing and for which I was a bit dismayed was they are not installed as intake, but exhaust! I thought this would be severely detrimental to the performance but that was not the case.

Here you can see the back of the case. You can see plenty of thumbscrews for both side panels and the PSU bracket. You will also note the color coded I/O panel with punchouts ready for you if you need the game, sound, and network ports available for your motherboard. The picture on the right is a passthru picture through the PSU opening in the back. You can notice the support bracket that give the 11 lbs. lightweight case rigidity and the back of a PSU support. One thing though is that I had trouble with installing an Antec TruePower PSU. The rigidity of the ATX power cable made it a bit of a snug fit with the bracket. But, Skyhawk thought of everything. The bracket does have some minute adjustment capability if you are in need of it. I was, and it worked just fine.


In these pictures you can better see the side blowhole fans of the case and interior. Both are attached to the side by screws. This is when I found out the fans were not intake fans but exhaust. This rather surprised me but it does alleviate the issue of having filters on the side blowholes. You can also see the rest of the interior including the front panel wiring, front fans and all 10 drive bays. One thing Skyhawk has modified over time is the location of the lower hard drive cage. The cage used to be permanently mounted directly behind a single front case fan, even in a dual front fan configuration. Knowing that hard drives are a real hot spot with their increased speeds and rpms, Skyhawk decided to attack this issue by moving the hard drive cage over about half the diameter of an 80mm fan so there is no longer a dead spot of air being blown onto the drives, so you get much more air from half of each of the two fans. Smart move Skyhawk!

Now here is where you get to see the front of the case. You can easily see just how roomy this case truly is. You can see the 6 round holes around the edge of the case. This is how the front fascia attaches to the front of the case using metal spreaders to lock it down nice and snug. This is also where you can see the front filters, and once removed you can see they even have wire guards to protect your fingers as this is a server case. Cleaning filters should not require any downtime and Skyhawk knows this.

One thing that became an issue in regards to the filters is the removable 3½” drive cage that would usually hold your floppy drives. For some reason, in the current design, you have to remove the front filters to remove the drive cage. I informed Skyhawk of this and I hope to see this resolved in the future. The other issue was the cage itself. The cage, by design, is a snug fit into the front of the case. But, this leaves very little room for adding to that width, including the screws that would hold your floppy drive in place. I was able to work around this by opening the other side panel and screwing my floppy in place that way. However, that then negates the need for the removable cage. I hope this gets resolved.

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