Chenbro SR30169 Mini-ITX Server Chassis

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Chenbro SR30169 Mini-ITX Server Chassis

November 26, 2013 by Lawrence Lee

Chenbro SR30169
Mini-ITX Server Case
Street Price

Chenbro is not a household name but has been a veteran of the PC case industry since the '80s. The Taiwanese company is a large OEM manufacturer and produces a variety of enclosures of all shapes and sizes for other companies as well as the general public. They focus on rackmount, server, and workstation cases and accessories. Recently they sent us the SR30169, a US$150 mini-ITX SOHO (small office / small home) server case for evaluation.

Specifications: Chenbro SR30169
(from the product web page)
Order Code SR30169T2-250
Description Compact server chassis for SOHO & SMB office
M/B Form Factor Mini-ITX
Processor Intel / AMD UP Quad
Support Backplane 6Gb/s SATA
Security Padlock Loop
Intrusion Switch Support
Kensington Slot
Chassis Dimension
(D x W x H)
31 x 20 x 27 cm / 12.2 x 7.78 x 10.63" (16.7 liters volume)
Power Supply
Form: Factor PS2
Watt: 250W
Redundancy: N/A
Drive Bay
Hot-Swap 3.5": 4
Internal 2.5": 2
Metal Material: SGCC
Metal Thickness: 0.8mm
Plastic Material: Type Hi-PS
Expansion Slots
LP: 1
System Cooling
Middle: 1 x 120mm (T=25mm), PWM
Slide Rail
Front Panel
Front Control: Power On/Off, System Reset
Indicator: Power, HDD Activity, Fault LEDs
Ports: USB 2.0 x 2
Shipping Information*
Net Weight: 5.2kg
Gross Weight: 7kg
Cubic Feet: 1.85
* Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
* The specification and pictures are subject to change without notice.

The SR30169 provides a platform for users to build a custom server alternative with more versatility and power than a typical mid-range NAS box. As it uses standard PC components, it is significantly larger than a pre-built NAS with similar capacity, though as far as mini-ITX cases go, it falls somewhere in the middle. It's equipped with four hot-swappable 3.5 inch drive caddies that connect to a SATA 6 Gbps backplate, two internal 2.5 inch bays, and a full-sized 250W ATX power supply. It also has some security features including a lock for the door covering the drive bays, an intrusion switch, a Kensington security slot, and a padlock loop. The Chenbro SR30169 does not have many competitors; among the many cases we've tested over the years, we can pick out only two of similar size with as much or more HDD bays.



Chenbro's cases typically lack the pizzazz of more consumer-oriented models and the SR30169 is no exception. It ships in a well-padded but plain cardboard box. Included with the chassis are some basic accessories: an AC power cord, keys, and screws to mount the motherboard and drives. Aesthetically, the case itself doesn't really standout but that's not really a key ingredient for a small server as they're usually tucked away, out of sight.

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