SilverStone DS380 8-Bay Server/NAS Chassis

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SilverStone DS380 8-Bay Server/NAS Chassis

April 2, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

SilverStone DS380
Mini-ITX Case
Street Price

We are currently living in a digital golden age with easy access to many different forms of high definition media, not to mention affordable devices for producing our own. Though the rest of the traditional PC market is shifting toward more portable hardware, mass local storage remains a constant and ever present need. As a result, home servers and network storage devices continue to garner much interest. Recently reviewed server systems like the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 and QNAP TS-469L make strong arguments for pre-built machines, but for some, the fully customized DIY option is ideal.

One of the biggest issues with the enthusiast server solution is case selection. Most mini-ITX enclosures aren't specialized enough for one specific application like storage as manufacturers tend to prefer more profitable products with a wider audience. A chassis may include four to six drive bays, qualifying it as server-friendly in the eyes of a marketing team, but more often than not this is an afterthought rather than a core feature the case is built around. The product we're looking at today goes against the norm.

The DS380.

The SilverStone DS380 reminds us somewhat of the Chenbro SR30169, a small server case with four hot-swap bays we examined a few months ago. The SR30169 serves the same basic function, providing compact removable storage, though it features a completely different (and incidentally flawed) internal design. It has similar proportions, though the DS380 is almost 30% larger in volume, mostly due to its depth. The extra space expands its functionality dramatically though — the DS380 has horizontal front-accessible drive bays stacked from top to bottom, eight in total. It also has more cooling, in the form of three 120 mm fans, two on the side blowing over the drive area, and one at the back acting as exhaust, and there's room inside for a good-sized heatsink as well.

The box.

Surprisingly the styrofoam inserts weren't flush with the edge of the box, so a couple of layers of bubble wrap made up the difference.


The DS380 ships with a basic manual, a bag of screws, a pair of keys, a long case badge for the door, a plastic contraption for holding up a long graphics card, a plastic hook to help route cables, and some labels for the removable drive caddy covers.

Specifications: SilverStone DS380
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-DS380B (black)
Material Aluminum front door, SECC body
Motherboard DTX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bay External 3.5” SAS/ SATA hot-swap x 8 (2.5” compatible)
Internal 2.5” x 4
Cooling System Front --
Rear 1 x 120mm 1200rpm 22dBA
Side Left - 2 x 120mm 1200rpm 22dBA
Top --
Bottom --
Internal --
Expansion Slot 2
Front I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply SFX PSU (sold separately)
Expansion Card *Compatible with 11” long and 4.38” wide
Limitation of CPU cooler 57mm
Dimension 211mm (W) x 285mm (H) x 360mm (D), 21.6 liters
Extra Kensington lock
Remark *Installation of expansion card up to maximum size will occupy one hot-swap bay space, please refer user manual for more information.

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