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Silverstone DC01 Data Center

Network your data easily

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Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 22.02.2012
Manufacturer: Silverstonetek
Product Group: Storage
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DC01

 

Silverstone DC01 Data Center - Network your data easily
 

Out of the box and it's obvious that Silverstone has applied their aluminum case know-how to the DC01. The device is very small and looks excellent - if a bit Mac-ish. All the visible parts are lovely aluminum, but there's also some steel inside. The roof is raised a bit to help with the cooling and the only thing on the front panel is the single power-led.

 

Silverstone DC01 Data Center - Network your data easily
 

The back side is more crowded than the front. Starting from the left there's the power button and -connector, two USB 2.0-ports, e-SATA, Gigabit ethernet, reset-button and finally a hole for a Kensington-lock. Not really much to improve here, really the only thing would be USB3-ports, but the hardware will probably struggle with even those two USB 2-ports, so the extra bandwidth wouldn't improve the real-life performance.

 

Silverstone DC01 Data Center - Network your data easily
 

The bottom is made of steel and there are just a couple of stickers, ventilation holes and screws to see. The DC01 is very easy to open simply by undoing these four small screws.

 

Inside

 

Silverstone DC01 Data Center - Network your data easily
 

Lifting off the top part reveals the internals. The motherboard is tiny, and mostly covered by the hard drive-area. Judging by the prints on the front PCB, there might also be versions with a front-USB.

 

Silverstone DC01 Data Center - Network your data easily
 

Also the motherboard is easy to remove, and here's what's underneath. The PLX NAS7821-chip is what really makes the DC01 tick, this chip actually packs the dual-core ARM 11 processor and also runs both the two S-ATA and USB 2-ports. It can also run the S-ATA-ports in RAID 0/1 or JBOD-states, so RAID is possible via an external eSATA-drive.




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