Chief Raxxess G1 gangable racks reviewed

Chief says it designed its Raxxess G1 Gangable Racks with installers in mind. The structures come with pre-welded ganging nuts and accessible hardware to gang racks after components are loaded. The racks are available in various sizes and depths from 28U, 71 cm deep up to 44U, 84cm deep.

What do you use it for?

Our dealers and installers use these types of racks in large installations where multiple racks are connected or ganged. Currently it is used in dedicated technical rooms where the infrastructure allows technicians to enter the rear of the racks and in situations where they might need to move around the whole rack.

What do you like about it? 

The fact that the ganging connections are pre-assembled and are front and back accessible, even when loaded, is a great feature. Also the rear rack rails are included as standard and they are also adjustable. That is convenient for a precise component fit and allows effective and tidy cable management.

Another nice feature is the packaging. There are so many scratched racks out there due to speed loading the rack when lying it down on the floor with various surfaces. The G1 gangable racks are packaged with protective padding of the rear of the rack for lay-down installation.

Finally the vented bottom panel provides additional space for mounting components, but can also be easily removed for cable entry. The dual 3U panel in the top is delivered with blank panels pre-installed covering the top. However this also works with any standard 3U vent or fan panel.

What would you change?

At the moment the racks are not delivered with floor levelers as standard. I believe it would be better when the floor levelers are delivered as standard. This is often forgoten by the installers and without the floor levelers, the installation does not look as good as it could. This addition would be better for both the installer and the rack itself.

In use

The G1 racks are very flexible due to their open and adjustable structure. Installations look clean thanks to the wide variety in cable management options. Together with the other accessories, that are available from Raxxess , integration is easy and our installation partners love to use it.

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