Thecus N8800PRO: Peeking Inside
Removing the top cover of the N8800PRO exposes its innards. You see the eight hard disk bays on the right, two power supplies in the upper-left, and the motherboard below them.
Here's a front view without the top cover:
Looking around back, we see the redundant power supplies and a quartet of fans responsible for keeping the hard drives cool.
Here's a close-up on the four fans, which cool eight drive bays.
Although this is a storage appliance, the motherboard looks like something you'd find in a PC, for the most part. An embedded processor is actively cooled, and a couple of memory modules come pre-installed. Risers enable PCIe-based expansion.
Now we zoom in to the new DOM with Open-E's firmware pre-installed.