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Pros: - Reasonable price
- Supports SATA and SAS drives up to 15mm in thickness
- Supports SATA and SAS connections on the backplane
- No compatibility issues
Cons: - Full plastic construction, may feel a little flimsy
- Airflow could be improved to allow lateral cooling
- Drive cover may not latch in fully, double-check the clip is fully latched
These are the main reasons I didn't give it 5 eggs; otherwise it works exactly as advertised.
Other Thoughts: I have a HP Z800 workstation where I was replacing 3x 600GB 15k RPM SAS drives with 3x 500G Samsung 850 EVO SSDs.
The system has 4 internal drive bays, but 2.5" drives can only fit if using an adapter for the drive caddies used in this system. The recommended option was to use the Western Digital IcePack (WDSL00S), but the price for these was a bit high.
I had good experience with ICY DOCK EZConvert kits in the past, so decided to give these a shot. They fit perfectly in the Z800's drive sleds and work without any issues, at a much more reasonable cost than the IcePack.
Note that the drive cover has a small clip on it that may not latch properly, so make sure the drive is fully inserted into the adapter.
Also, this adapter is not really meant to be used as a removable drive bay; you'll find that if you are swapping out drives with some frequency, it'll start getting flaky. This is more of a 'set-it-and-forget-it' converter, where you need to fit a 2.5" drive in a 3.5" bay using a drive caddy and just leave it. If you need to swap drives out with some frequency, look at either their Mobile Rack or their Express Cage product lines.
Pros: - Fast
- Decent price
- Good warranty
- Proven performance
Cons: None that I can think of.
Other Thoughts: Picked up three of these SSDs to replace the three 600GB 15k RPM SAS drives attached to my LSI 9260-8i on my workstation.
Each of the SAS drives would use 12W when idle, and up to 15W during heavy loads; the EVO SSDs use a fraction of that, and performance is much better. No contest, really.
- HP Z800
- 2x Xeon X5675
- 48GB ECC DDR3-1333
- EVGA GTX970 SSC
- LSI 9260-8i
- 1x 160GB Intel SSD320 (boot drive)
- 1x 1TB Samsung 850 EVO
- 3x 500G Samsung 850 EVO (RAID-0)
Pros: Picked this up to add two USB 3.0 ports in one of the front bays of my system. It's connected to a HP USB 3.0 card, and it works perfectly.
Seems well-built and matches the case.
Cons: None. Works perfectly.READ FULL REVIEW