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AMS DS-3141SSBK 4-IN-3 SATA Module

  • Size: 3.5" AC Adapter: Yes Material: Steel / Aluminum Interface: SATA Fan: 8cm Cooling Fan Dimensions: 7.9" x 5.7" x 5.0"
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Do you need more storage space, but don’t have enough drive bays in your computer case? AMS has the perfect solution for you with the 4-in-3 SATA Module!

This space-saving innovation allows you to add 4 SATA drives to your computer system while only using 3 external drive bays. For your convenience, drives are removable via the front of the case, making removing side panels to get to drives a thing of the past. Each drive also gets its own power button, allowing you to save energy use. Individual locks add extra security for your vital data. Finally, a reset button and fan alarm gives you extra control and monitoring tools over your drives.

Add extra storage to your computer system or home server today with the 4-in-3 SATA Module by AMS today!

  • newegg Aluminum Enclosure The stylish, sturdy aluminum enclosure provides excellent heat dissipation and tough, reliable hard drive protection.
  • newegg SATA Hard Drive Support The AMS DS-3141SSBK features 4 hot-swappable SATA drive bays supporting SATA I/II hard drives. The SATA II interface delivers an ultra-fast speed of 3.0Gbps.
  • newegg Built-in Fan The AMS 3141SSBK features an 8cm cooling fan for increased overall airflow and heat dissipation. The integrated fan speed controller allows manual fan speed adjustments for the balance between cooling performance and noise.

Learn more about the AMS (American Media Systems) DS-3141SSBK

Model

Brand
AMS
Model
DS-3141SSBK

Spec

Specifications
Size: 3.5"
AC Adapter: Yes
Material: Steel / Aluminum
Interface: SATA
Fan: 8cm Cooling Fan
Dimensions: 7.9" x 5.7" x 5.0"

Features

Features
4 in 3 SATA to SATA

Features 4 SATA channels

3.5" hot-swap trays

Individual HDD power on / off switch

Alarm / temp warning sensor

Fits into three 5.25" drive bay

SATA I/II/III & SSD compatible. Transfer speed up to 6Gbps (600MB/s)

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


Customer Reviews of the AMS (American Media Systems) DS-3141SSBK

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  • Indy S.
  • 11/20/2012 5:38:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally nice backplane

Pros: This is a really nice backplane that I use for RAID-5 at home.
It looks and works nice.

Cons: Mainly a warning for people with kids (or adults with childlike fascination): cover up those flashing lit up power buttons.
Lucky for me they only pushed one of them, so the array just rebuilt.
If someone pushes more than one you're going to have a bad day.

Other Thoughts: The power connection is a bit difficult, but not too bad.

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  • Kirk S.
  • 10/20/2012 10:43:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs4/7 failure rate

Pros: 4 bays, hot swap, 6 Gbps.

Cons: I ordered 3 of these:
Batch 1: 2/3 didn't work. RMA those two.
Batch 2: 1/2 didn't work. RMA that one.
Batch 3: 1/1 didn't work. Request refund.

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  • Kurt J.
  • 8/10/2012 3:00:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFits like a glove

Pros: High quality construction,affordable,decent cooling,attractive face plate. Has pretty blinky lights.. lol.

Cons: none

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  • William T.
  • 10/17/2011 5:22:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLiked the first one so much I bought a second.

Pros: The unit is small and fits nicely in our case, the aluminum casing is high quality considering something setting stationary in a computer. The fan keeps the drives cool and the front lights have a read/write indicator and power switch for each drive. The first one of these we purchased was used for a drive that was hot-swapped three times a week, some of our sled levers eventually wore out being plastic but for $15.00 apiece it's hard to beat. We like this one so much I purchased a second.

Cons: The fan is a little loud and after about three years finally gave up the ghost. I eventually installed a new fan but had to mount it on the back of the unit because the factory fan is a little thinner. The fan noise is a minor con considering this unit has lasted so long and is still working. There maybe better units but for the price this has been great.

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  • Jochen T.
  • 4/28/2011 7:15:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice for servers

Pros: It's good quality, solid, and keeps the drives very cool. It's also shorter than other units which was a factor for me since it went into a small micro atx tower case to build a FreeNAS device.

The cables (which are included) nicely attach to the back without causing any installation hassle.

Cons: The fan is just simply said loud -- and that's data center loud. You can't put that thing (even on low) into your living room. I banned it into my basement for now, but in retrospect I would recommend this for a home server.

Other Thoughts: A quieter fan with the same airflow would have been nice, or at least a temperature regulated fan would be a desired feature at this price point. I suppose this was built for data centers and not home servers :-)

I have to see if there's a way to put another fan in it, but it looks to be a non-standard 80mm (only 20mm thick).

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  • Gregory H.
  • 2/22/2011 1:00:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Good Product

Pros: No mod necessary to fit in Azza Hurican case; slid right in and locked. I didn't even use the provided screws, though the holes did line up perfectly. Drives fit perfectly in tray, again toolless, and apparently make good contact with power and SATA connections on backplane. Option to use EITHER 2xSATA power OR 2xMolex.

Cons: Fan is a little loud, but not absurdly so. It's also a semi-unusual size (80x80x20 mm) in case you want to replace it. Only has two settings via a switch: high and low.

Other Thoughts: Very nice way to turn unused 5.25 bays into storage.

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  • Todd L.
  • 8/6/2010 6:22:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice!

Pros: The build quality seems high - the outer casing is aluminum and doesn't flex at all. The trays have a plastic front that is also pretty solid and the inside of the trays are stamped aluminum. I wouldn't try to run them over with my car, but they appear to be built tough enough to actually be used (removed/inserted) regularly.

Fits well in my Antec 900 case in the bottom 3 bays. The fan "bulge" barely overhangs my front panel header and otherwise clears the front-facing SATA ports on my motherboard.

Cons: I can still hear the 80mm fan on the back even on the "low" setting. It would be nice to have 92mm fan to help pull the same amount of air with less speed (and noise). It's not completely obnoxious, but I can hear it over the rest of the fans in my case, all of which are 120mm or larger.

The fan sticks out the back of the unit a bit and gets in the way of my power connectors, which are right-angle SATA. However, the connection is very tight and the power connectors are not going to be accidentally pulled.

The SATA data cables are on the side away from my motherboard and cross the flow of air from the fan. I would like to see those on the same side as the power connector.

Other Thoughts: Each of the buttons on the right side of the unit will activate/deactivate individual bays. They're lit green when active (even without a drive in the bay) and unlit when inactive. The Reset button at the top will turn red when the temperature alarm goes off, which is handled by a built-in piezo-buzzer on the back. Pressing that reset button will clear the alarm and re-set the light to green. The light at the bottom is apparently there only to let you know it's powered up.

The locks on each tray are of very limited use. They'll keep the trays from being accidentally pulled but they won't keep someone that wants a drive from getting to it. A pencil eraser can be used to unlock them, if needed, so not very secure.

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  • Charles K.
  • 5/28/2010 4:41:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat unit

Pros: 1. Keeps Drives cool.
2. Takes up less space.
3. Easy to swap.
4. Quiet.

It is exactly what it says.
Easy to setup.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/18/2010 10:40:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: These things are great! They are well constructed!

I previously used this in conjunction with the Intel Rapid Storage tech drivers and had an issue with one of the bays not being recognized. Since then, I've had to do an OS install and on this round I didn't install the Intel Rapid Storage drivers but just used the AHCI drivers with Win7 Pro 64 and since then I haven't had an issue like I described above.

Cons: The fans can be a little loud but I can understand because the airflow with a fully loaded unit can be restricted.

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  • Calen K.
  • 1/14/2010 11:37:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: Conveniently way to add 4 HDs to my server. HDs are easy to get in and out, easy to wire and works.

Cons: I had to file down two bumps protruding from my case that interfered with the fit in the 5.5" slots, not sure of that's a flaw in my case or this product but likely the case.

Other Thoughts: We'll see how it holds up, only got it installed and running today. Noise isn't a concern for me, it's going in the basement. As everyone else said don't use both molex and sata power connections, I stuck with the Molex cause I wasn't using them for anything else.

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