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ICY DOCK FlexCage MB974SP-2B Tray-less 4 x 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I should start by saying I did not use this device because I couldn't use it. The Icy Dock website (incorrectly) lists this raid cage under their SAS/SATA heading. THIS IS NOT A SAS ENCLOSURE, DO NOT BUY IT FOR SAS DRIVES. This is specifically a SATA-only raid cage. It might be a very good one, it might be one of the best, but again, this device was improperly listed on the Icy Dock site and I could not use it for my purposes.

Cons: Not a SAS enclosure, which I confirmed with the Icy Dock support staff even though it is listed on the "SAS/SATA" part of their site

Other Thoughts: Check reviews and verify with Icy Dock before purchasing.

iStarUSA D-400-6-Black Black Steel 4U Rackmount Compact Stylish Server Chassis 6 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Solid Construction, Good hinges on the bay-doors. Decent construction provided it doesn't see too much field-action. The steel thickness leaves a little to be desired, but it's still a sturdy case. The drive bays fully detach and lift out, for VERY easy drive installation. The power supply has plenty of clearance. You CAN use larger ATX boards in this case, but I imagine things could get cramped pretty quickly. This case is not as deep as I thought it was, but in my situation that's ok. I think this is a very comfortable fit for longer 5.25 drives and an M-ATX board.

Cons: The steel is just a little thin. Some of the machine work done to fabricate the case resulted in some sharper edges (most edges aren't folded over for safety, so work and cable-manage with mild caution) No real regrets though

Other Thoughts: The exposed front of the drive bays aren't really precisely machined. When you install drives, you get little gaps on either side. Not a show stopper...and might actually improve airflow, but clearly not intentionally.

NORCO SS-400 4 Bay 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs So far so good 04/24/2013

This review is from: NORCO SS-400 4 Bay 3.5" SATA or SAS Hot Swap Rack Module

Pros: Appears to be exactly as advertised and then some. This whole enclosure is assembled using philips-head screws, making for very easy fan replacement/maintenance. The circuit boards in the unit are very clean and internal connectors are solid. The SAS ports look good and the board revision on my backplane is V1.2 which I believe should handle 6Gb/s just fine. I'll post more when I get my SAS drives to test it with.

Cons: My only complaint is the lack of documentation, and inconsistent parts. One box came with screws, one didn't (that I can tell) and neither came with any kind of manual. Not a deal breaker, but still strange.

Other Thoughts: I have very high hopes for these cages, they look great. The metal parts aren't super-precision, but they fit well enough and look like they'll have no problem being fully populated with drives.


Andrew D.'s Profile

Display Name: Andrew D.

Date Joined: 06/20/05

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 02/24/11
  • Last Review: 05/01/13
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