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iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage - OEM

  • BPN-DE230SS-BLACK
  • Black
  • Front bezel color: Black
  • HDD Interface : SATA I/II/III, SAS I/II
  • LED Display : Blue for Power on, Red for HDD Access
  • Material : Aluminum
  • Power Connector : 15 pin SAT
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Model

Brand
iStarUSA
Model
BPN-DE230SS-BLACK

Type

Type
Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Spec

Color
Black
Specifications
Front bezel color: Black
HDD Interface : SATA I/II/III, SAS I/II
LED Display : Blue for Power on, Red for HDD Access
Material : Aluminum
Power Connector : 15 pin SATA connector x2
Data Connector : 7pin SATA connector x3
Security: Key Lock
Cooling Fan: 1x70mm
Dimension (W x H x D) : 5.71 x 3.35 x 7.64

Features

Features
Aluminum Frame, designed for heavy-duty purpose
Integrative shaping aluminum design for quickest heat sink
Aluminum front bezel with metal key lock mechanism for double safety
Removable fan cover for easy maintenance
Multi-functional LED Indication
Support Hot-Swap & RAID Configuration (need an additional RAID controller)
Low-noise Design with Fan-speed Control
Data Transfer Rate up to 6.0 Gb/s
3TB Hard Drives Compatible

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Stephen A.
  • 6/1/2013 10:15:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent design - and a quiet fan!!

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Functional trayless drive bay; no connectivity issues; quiet fan in low noise mode; SATA power connectors, drive activity lights; locking bays.

Cons: Too esthetically nice! No power switches for the drives.

Other Thoughts: After my recent bashing of the SNT-SAC3141TL and my complaints about the "SUPER NOISY FAN!" in my last iSTar hot-swap bay, I'm really happy to report that they got the noise level right in this third revision of their trayless hot-swap bay. When the fan switch is on low, it's really quiet. This is the first hot-swap bay I've bought that I didn't have to modify!

This hotswap bay looks like the Ferrari of hot-swap bays; in fact, all of the case is brushed and painted aluminum, which is a bit much since 90% of us use opaque cases to house our systems. The only thing I miss is the individual drive power switches from their tray models, but other than that it's a class act. Blue/purple power and activity lights, locking trays... what I wrote in the Pros. It's an excellent product.

One thing worth noting about trayless vs tray: on my iStar 4-disk bay, I can optionally screw an SSD to the tray instead of an HDD. A trayless HDD bay needs an adapter like the ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B, but that's $30 a pop... Food for thought.

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  • Steve W.
  • 4/26/2013 3:18:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood unit, questionable QC

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Easy to use, and quite convenient.

Cons: Spotty QC - I've had issues with 2 of these. One came with a dead port, the other was quite sensitive - even a slight push against the top, or the right bump of the chassis, and the hot-swap cage would short out, and all drives would lose their connection.

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  • Brian H.
  • 2/24/2013 10:21:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Design and Heavy Duty

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: This dock takes up only two external bays on the front of your motherboard but accepts up to 3 hard drives at 3.5". Easy-open doors, the doors are perforated (maybe for some air flow?) and push the drives out a little bit so you can grip them for removal. Parts of this dock are heavy guage aluminum, should be very durable.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I have been using removable hard drives for about 10 years. Makes it easy to swap OSs, use a test OS for debugging a friend's virus-infested system disk. Also very good for swapping backup drives in and out.

On this unit, LED lights are always on for the bays that have a drive in them. I think they can be switched off, but it's not annoying to me so I left it alone. Blue for power, flickering purple for data access. Has an 80 mm (I think) fan on the back that supposedly draws air through the unit and exhausts it into the case.

The whole unit is well built and works VERY well.

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  • Gerhard M.
  • 2/22/2013 7:47:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsposition & drive size

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: As has already been said, build quality and functionality are fantastic, plus no drive trays!

Cons: If mounting so as to have the Hard drive in the vertical position, a smaller drive e.g. 500 GB, does not allign to the connector very easily. No problem with full size 1 - 2 TB drives but the thinner drives need to be installed horizontally for reliable insertions.

Other Thoughts: The fans on these units could use upgrading to higher air volumes. I like my drives to run cool.
Nothing in life is perfect so only 4 eggs.
When the BPN-DE350SS becomes available, I'll be placing my order. Hope I can give it 5 eggs.

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  • Robert M.
  • 2/22/2013 7:51:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Hot Swap Cage IMO...

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: -BUILD QUALITY is absolutely fantastic!
-Looks great in my black metal case.
-Keeps my green drives VERY cool! (28-30 deg C)
-perfect for a raid 5 configuration (you need 3 drives)
-Comes with a set of keys to lock the drives in place
-HDD indicator lights are great (and a MUST have feature...trust me)
-Fairly priced

Cons: Umm...none!

Other Thoughts: iStar, my only worry is that you will discontinue this amazing product one day...please don't!! ;)

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  • Timothy B.
  • 11/27/2012 7:56:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Got this to stick in a HafXB case in place of the 2x5.25 drives. This thing required no fiddling whatsoever. Just plug and chug baby! Took 3x3TB WD drives without a hitch. Running RAID 5 via a PERC 5i controller on AMD Fatal1ty 990FX board without a problem.

Cons: Sometimes things are junk, sometimes they're iStar. Can't find anything wrong. Buy it if you're debating this over other brands. The build quality is amazing.

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  • Derek H.
  • 10/25/2012 9:13:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsNice buy

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Just installed the blue one; great construction and fantastic looking as others have said. Can also find a bit cheaper if you look around.

Cons: Do like the blue LEDs though a green for power would be all around better, IMO. Minor, subjective nitpick though, surely.

Other Thoughts: Agree about power slot orientation though complaining about non-molex is a bit silly when you can get a $1 molex-to-sata adapter (one or two of which many would have lying around...Lord knows I do).

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  • Robert Y.
  • 9/10/2012 5:02:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper Solid

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Super heavy duty construction.
Easy to install/remove drives.
Cage has grooves for installation in tabbed 5.25" bays.
Blue lights for On/HDD in bay
UV purple for HDD activity

Cons: Not sure I care for the star shape of the HDD activity lights, but then again they are the server closet so it doesn't really matter. Worse case scenario they can be turned off.

Other Thoughts: Two shipped with a cutout for the sideband cable ( no pins obviously ) ... I am going to have to see if the rest of the circuitry is in there.

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  • Brian D.
  • 4/1/2012 4:39:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsLooks good, works.

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Bought this to go into an unraid file server box I built in a Lian Li PC-A04. Install was painless, goes nicely with the aesthetics of the case and it's worked perfectly so far with unraid, no compatability or other issues.

The fan is reasonably quiet when set on low, but is still slightly more noisy than the other more silence-oriented parts inside (noctua & gentle typhoon fans with low voltage adapters, fanless PSU). I wish I could replace the fan just for the OCD side of me, but unfortunately the connector is an unusual 3-pin style that won't work out of the box with a standard fan. Maybe someday...

Cons: Easy to access the fan, but unusual connector makes it impossible to replace with another stock 70x15mm fan.

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  • Patrick J.
  • 2/19/2012 2:22:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful

This review is from: iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-BLACK 2 x 5.25" to 3 x 3.5" SAS/SATA Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Pros: Best looking SATA module there is.
-Gorgeous
-No gaudy logos on the front
-Blue LED's are not too bright
-Switches to control fan (low/high) and LED's (on/off)
-Works with SATA 3 and AHCI!!!

Cons: Cabling could be better:
-Data and power ports are vertical
-Data and power ports are side by side vertically
-Right angle power cables collide with the data cables as a result of the above issues

Other Thoughts: These SATA modules really are beautiful. I bought this to replace a pair of Vantec EZSwap4 bays that I found out the hard way do not work with AHCI. I was happy to find that not only does this module work with AHCI, it is also working with SATA3! The cabling issues noted above are not too bad in the long run, but made installation a little annoying due to all the bending of cables that needed to be done.

I set the fan to low and have not had any problem with noise levels. It's a 70x70x15mm fan with a small 3 pin header on it, rated for 29decibels at 2000cfm. Also, I did not find the connectors for anything to be flimsy at all. Everything has a very high build quality to it, the only oddity are the vertical data and power ports.

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