Foxconn RS-338 Mini-ITX Case Mini Review

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  1. dembones

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    Well i did some searching and couldnt find a decent review of this case , so i figured id make one just incase people are looking at getting this case, Please be kind this is my first review and i do apologize about the photo quality, only camera i have atm is my phone's camera.

    Lets take a look at the case.


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    Starting at the top, there are two areas of ventilation, the vents towards the back of the case actually have a 80mm exhaust fan underneath, the front vents do not. On the top of the Front bezel we see the power button, reset button and hard drive activity LED, which is red.

    On the front bezel we have a stealth type 5.25" bay cover, under it is a button for opening the optical drive, under that is the blue power LED. Further down the case we have an external 3.5" bay and under it is our two USB 2.0 ports and front panel audio jacks.

    On the rear of the case, we have plenty of ventilation, a space for your motherboards I/O shield, 1 low profile expansion slot, a latch which allows you to lock the case with a padlock (not included) and the 150watt power supply which is included with the case, this power supply is branded FSP Group and have 1x 20+4pin ATX plug, 1 4pin CPU plug and 2x SATA power plugs. The power cables are not sleeved and arnt the longest, but they're perfect for this case.

    Lets go inside.


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    Taking off the left side panel reveals the inside of the case, this panel is secured to the case via 1 screw, not a thumbscrew

    At the front of the case is the optical drive bay and external 3.5" bay, this cage has to be removed to install the motherboard and hard drive. It is easily removed by unscrewing two screws at the front of the case and then it simply lifts off. When removed you can install the optical drive into the cage and the external 3.5" device, using two screws per device. Note a standard hard drive will not fit in the 3.5" external bay with the front bezel cover in place, as the hard drive will not clear the power supply behind it.

    Once the cage is removed, you are able to get to all the motherboard risers, There are 4 motherboard risers to attach the mini-itx form factor motherboard using the included screws. The hard drive is attached using two screws, going through the front of the case into the side of the hard drive, it can be a bit tricky to slide the hard drive into the area its meant to sit with the power supply installed.

    On the top rear of the case is an included 80mm exhaust fan, it is installed in a plastic case which slides into groves in the top, and then is held in with one screw, this fan uses a 3pin power plug.


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    Included with the case are two adjustable feet which will give better stability if you choose to have your case standing vertically. Also a power cable is included and a little bag of screws along with a couple of zip ties


    I hope this mini amature review helps anyone thinking of buying this case.
     
  2. Mau1wurf1977

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    Looks cute!

    Is this a intel Atom board? Or H55?
     
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    using the foxconn D51S atom board
    1gb ARAM PC2-5300 ram
    160gb low profile seagate hard drive
    LG SATA DVDRW

    it surprised me to find a dual core atom with HT

    its quiet enough, the cpu fan makes a slight noise, probably less than 25db though, its perfect as a torrent box and pretty quick too
     
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    Awesome review, I was considering buying one but yeah lack of reviews.

    EDIT: Well until now anyways. If you have any issues with your PSU please post as I'm weighing up a few options.
     
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    I got one of these cases months ago.
    The only problem is the main power cable doesnt quite reach the socket on the mother board. I think thats more the fact that the motherboard ive got in it is places towards the top side of the board rather than on the right side of the board like the one in these pictures. Simple cable extender fixed this.
    Makes for a good box to put next to a plasma or LCD screen.
     
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    the last few days ive been repainting this case
    Ultra Blue panels with Sungold interior

    the colours kinda look like tonka truck colours
     
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    I bought this case for a mITX board. It worked well for me for a couple of months I used it.

    It'll be in the FS section this weekend ;) (moved to a different form factor)
     
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    Have you done a review? What temps are you getting because I believe some of the FOXCONN boards were fanless which is good but can run warm.
     
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    im using a Foxconn D51S mini itx board in this case, the small heatsink is actively cooled by a small fan, and cpu temps are about <50
     
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    So wait this must be one of the newer ones to have the fans. If anyone has the older ones can they post temps?

    Dembones, is the fan loud and whiney?
     
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    With a gigabyte GA-GC230D (atom 1.6ghz single-core) it was low 40s idle, low 50s under load with only a 80mm case fan. CPU HSF had its fan unplugged for the testing.

    so temps were pretty good for me. certainly nothing to worry about.
     
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    you can hear it if you're trying to, but it doesnt make a high pitched noise like other tiny fans, does about 4500rpm, but when you are trying to hear it, its more of a drone
     
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    Not too bad. I'm still aiming for the older Foxconn Intel Atom ones which were fanless, hopefully they've dropped in price and I can get one on the cheap.
     
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    asus have some passive atom boards that are pretty cheap
     
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    I'm looking at spending under 100 :p
     
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    Hi, I'd like to use this case for my HTPC. What type of 3.5" drives do fit? Or is it a matter of leaving a front cover off if a drive is fitted?

    Thanks
     
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    you can fit one 3.5" drive interally, it sits infront of the mobo, behind the front bezel
    though im sure you could put a couple of 2.5" drives where a floopy drive would go
     
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    Thanks Dembones. Sorry, I am a novice.

    I understand it has a normal internal 3.5" HDD bay. I was thinking of a second HDD drive.

    The case specs indicate a second external HDD bay, but it states this is a "short" bay, and your review confirms a standard HDD won't fit in this bay. I am trying to work out what will fit?

    Does it need a special short HDD? Or if a HDD is fitted would it protrude from the front of the case? Or is it only designed as a Floppy Drive bay?

    Would a 2.5" drive fit in the external 3.5" bay?

    Thanks for your help
     
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    i think its more for a card reader

    but a 2.5" hdd should fit, gimme a couple of hours and ill try and fit a hard drive there and ill let you know
     
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    Thanks dembones.

    I've had clarification from Foxconn that the primary purpose of the external 3.5" slot is for a card reader. Would help if they put that in the specs!
     

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