StarTech's Affordable Server Racks Continue Working Out Great - 2 More Racks Installed
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 29 August 2018 at 08:08 AM EDT. 14 Comments
For those looking at affordable metal server racks / open rack cabinets, I continue to be quite impressed by the four-post server racks. Recently I commissioned two more of their 12U racks in order to accommodate the latest Threadripper 2 systems in our Linux benchmarking farm.

Since building the basement server room for the benchmarking systems, I've used a number of racks including their 12U, 25U, and 42U racks. Most recently I picked up two more 12U racks to bring the grand total to 4 x 42U racks, 2 x 25U racks, and 3 x 12U racks for accommodating all of the Linux benchmark servers and Phoronix Media / Phoronix Test Suite / development infrastructure... Or 254U of rack space in these open-air StarTech cabinets.

What initially led me to the racks is they are the most affordable server racks I've found from major Internet retailers like NewEgg and Amazon.

But besides being the cheapest, they are very well built and in the several years of use I have run into no complaints about these open server racks from StarTech.

Assembling them are very easy. I used to have my wife take care of them as she has more patience and the assembly is really that easy, but in having built enough of them now, it only takes a few minutes with an impact driver.

The 12U racks are a bit pricier (~$200 USD) per-U than the 25U ($233~250) or 42U (~$290) racks, but for these new racks going in my "front office", they fit better and can also squeeze in underneath the custom Phoronix desks.

Aside from the capacity, their different racks are effectively the same.

So long story short if you missed my past StarTech reviews or as an update, I am still very happy with these racks and at least for the price have yet to find any superior solution. My only criticism would be the 12U being proportionally more expensive than the 25U or 42U models. If you do pick up a StarTech rack for your home or small office, consider using our affiliate link to help support our Linux testing work while making your purchases, thanks.
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