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ICY DOCK MB324SP-B ExpressCage 4x2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs A pretty good product, but not perfect 03/29/2016

This review is from: ICY DOCK MB324SP-B ExpressCage 4x2.5" SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack comparable to tray-less design

Pros: -Outer metal casing
-One SATA power connector supports four drives
-Supports hotswap if your controller does
-Designed for easy fan replacement with a custom 2/3 pin of your choosing.
-Fan speed settings (High, Low, Automatic)
-Lights for activity indicators just like a stock server

Cons: -Plastic trays are a little flimsy. These could be made with more solid plastic, and with metal outer edges/buttons, and I would gladly pay extra.
-SATA power connector works fine for me, but I can see where it would be found a bit weak by some. Beefing the construction up there would be good.
-(nit-picking) IcyDock's printed numbers on the dock for your drives don't make sense. Drives one and two are on the left, three and four on the right. In a pre-built server, one and two would be top left/right, three and four would be bottom left/right. Just my OCD, but that's how every Dell and HP server I've worked with has done it.

Other Thoughts: I accidentally ordered this instead of the ToughArmor for my HP Proliant ML310e Gen8 v2 server. I like the power arrangement and fan setup of this dock better; I like the drive cages and LED configuration of the ToughArmor better. Also, the ToughArmor is a little more tolerant of drive size (e.g., Velociraptors or 2.5" WD Reds will likely fit and likely will not in the ExpressCage).
I'm currently running two SSDs in it, and will probably add two more eventually; my four mechanical drives are alredy in the server's 3.5" cage.

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ASUS H97I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Best UEFI BIOS setup of any major vendor
MiniPCIe and M.2 slots
VGA/, DVI, HDMI, Displayport all there
All solid caps, great power delivery setup
Intel NIC

Cons: Onboard analog audio is lackluster (Realtek 1150 would improve this, doesn't merit subtracting an egg; you can use HDMI in a media center)
Could use one more USB header (don't know where you'll find the room though, and doesn't merit subtracting an egg)

Other Thoughts: I purchased this board as part of a combo to upgrade my HTPC. I'm using a Core i5-4590S, a Noctua NH-L9i cooler, 2 x 4GB Kingston DDR3L, a Samsung PM851 M.2 128GB SSD, LiteON BD-ROM, in an nMedia 7000B case with the LCD kit. It's a rock-solid board. For small applications, I don't see how you can go wrong.

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SANS DIGITAL AN4L+B RAID 0/1/1+0/5/6 4 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Decent hardware cannot compensate for horrible interface and support 06/02/2015

This review is from: SANS DIGITAL AN4L+B RAID 0/1/1+0/5/6 4 3.5" Drive Bays 64bit 4 Bay iSCSI and Windows/MAC/Linux Files Shared Dual Gigabit Server (Black)

Pros: For the price, you get some pretty good under the hood hardware.

Cons: The user interface is horrible. Sans Digital's website for support is horrible. The customer phone support number goes to a voicemail box. I would rather spend more money for lesser hardware backed by Synology or QNAP's excellent user interfaces, and support. This is not a product you should purchase when there are many other great brands of NAS products available from NewEgg.

Other Thoughts: It is unlikely I would use one of these units even if I got it for free. Sadly, a client purchased one without consulting me, and I am now attempting to assist them.

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Display Name: Douglas T.

Date Joined: 07/14/01

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  • First Review: 10/14/05
  • Last Review: 03/29/16
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