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Icy Dock Introduces MB996SP-6SB Backplane Cage

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The 5.25" device bay has been a long standard in computer history. It started from the 90s legacy industrial PC cases all the way to today's Micro ATX cases. The 5.25" bay has been widely used for optical drives such as DVD and Blue-ray, or with even a single 3.5" hard drive with mobile rack. However, it is almost impossible to use a single 5.25" bay to create complex RAID storage until the MB996SP-6SB Full Metal 6 x 2.5" SATA Hard Drive & SSD Backplane.

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That is...the coolest thing on the face of the planet.
 
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I think I just had an eyegasm. :pimp: Looks nice, it's begging for a 6-pack of SSDs. :respect:

EDIT: Newegg has them in stock, $99.99. ICY DOCK MB996SP-6SB Full Metal 6 x 2.5” SAT...

The one comment on Newegg mentioned that 90 degree SATA cables look like they would be a problem. Likely not a big deal to most. Also, seems the power adapters are *not* included.
 
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That is...the coolest thing on the face of the planet.
I agree, but two things give me pause. Loud fan and molex connectors (why didn't they use SATA for power?)
 
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I agree, but two things give me pause. Loud fan and molex connectors (why didn't they use SATA for power?)
Uhm, to save you time and clutter. I don't know about you, but just about everything I own doesn't use 4 Pin Molex, yet because of legacy Pata drives and crap like that everything has a few on each PSU. IMO this is two birds 1 stone, gets those formerly useless power connecters being used without adapters, and means I don't have to run 6 Sata Power cables to the front me my case.
 
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Uhm, to save you time and clutter. I don't know about you, but just about everything I own doesn't use 4 Pin Molex, yet because of legacy Pata drives and crap like that everything has a few on each PSU. IMO this is two birds 1 stone, gets those formerly useless power connecters being used without adapters, and means I don't have to run 6 Sata Power cables to the front me my case.
I think you'd only need two, like the two molex they have. It's not a big deal for some, but other than case accessories (some fans and lights), I have nothing that uses molex.
 
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... Also, seems the power adapters are *not* included.
A non issue. I think 100% of PSUs come with molex connectors. You just need 2 for this device and it converts the power to 6 SATA bays.

Typical for these kinds of devices. And this one looks real nice.
 

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I agree, but two things give me pause. Loud fan and molex connectors (why didn't they use SATA for power?)
From an electrical standpoint the SATA power connector is rated around 1.5 Amps per pin whereas the Molex supports much larger current loads (I think 11A per pin). If someone wanted to use high RPM standard 2.5 HDDs in this unit there would be less of a concern about exceeding the max rating and potentially causing a failure or fire hazard.

But I don't know how much current these drives consume...so it's just a thought
 
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From an electrical standpoint the SATA power connector is rated around 1.5 Amps per pin whereas the Molex supports much larger current loads (I think 11A per pin).
Actually, SATA has 3x 12v pins @ 1.5A each (54 Watts) + 3x 5v pins @1.5A each (22.5 Watts)

Assuming only using the 12v power, it indeed might be a stretch with 6x 15,000RPM drives pulling close to 10w each.
 

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This is pretty sexy. I like it. Only thing I woulda changed but not a real issue is the fan switch. I woulda put it on the front somewhere som you have easy access to turn it up when your using your pc alot and need the extra cooling on the drives. Its sleek looking to fit just about every case style not like others with the blue tabs to open the drives that don't match and stand out like an ugly thumb lol
 

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Id load these up with 6 750GB WD blacks for a super awesome gaming drive!!!
 

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ohh yeahh.. finally a docking that match my core1k panel! :cool:
 
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Pretty sweet, I could easily find a use for one of these.
 

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does this come with a raid controller?
 
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i want for my techbench :D
 

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It doesn't come with RAID. It is simply a RAID backplane. Need connect it to RAID controller.

Hmm for some serious RAID it is stupid idea. They should create 2U backplane for 12x 2.5" drives. It would be possible to mount 1 or 2 80mm fans for proper cooling.

There is no such thing as quiet 40mm fan. All of those work like little hairdryers, making your life miserable. 40mm fans are good used as pencil sharpeners, not for cooling.
 

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Hmm for some serious RAID it is stupid idea. They should create 2U backplane for 12x 2.5" drives. It would be possible to mount 1 or 2 80mm fans for proper cooling.
Keyword here is 'space'
some peoples HTPC might only have enough room for 1 optical drive.
However I a 12x2.5 varient should be made available but then again if you are gonna purchase 12 laptop hard drives then that would be not only a waste of time but also a waste of money, given the price you are going to pay you could buy 2 512GB Samsung SSDs to raid and they would probably give you better performance then any raid setup will give you not to mention, less noise, less power consumption and less reason to buy a RAID or SATA expansion card so you can hook up more hard drives to your PC.

Secondly, who says it has to be used specifically for raid??


There is no such thing as quiet 40mm fan. All of those work like little hairdryers, making your life miserable. 40mm fans are good used as pencil sharpeners, not for cooling.
Maybe with some careful undervolting, noise might be acceptable. but then again it probably wouldnt move much air. All the more reason to fill it with SSDs