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Pros: -nice looking
-feels high quality
-speced for 4tb drives
-usb 3.0 speeds
Cons: -the full aluminum construction is touted as a means to manage thermal stress but i can't say it does much. i've had my seagate barracuda fully open air in a dock and it idles the same temps. maybe it's impressive that an enclosure can keep that temp. temps hit 42C under several hundred gigabytes of transfer
-hd tray is a hassle dis/mount. you would be better served with a dock rather than an enclosure. would be much quicker
Other Thoughts: -in hindshight, i should have bought a dock. luckily my full sized tower has enough room for 10 drives. i'll be using that now that i've seen how much airflow helps drive temps.
-this is a good product if you intend to move a large capacity drive around. looks like it's very durable.
-i recommend deploying the legs and standing it up vertically. this will increase the surface area for better heat transfer. legs have this grippy rubber on them. it's very stable actually.
-you should really mount drives internally. moving my wd black and seagate barracuda to internal dropped idle temps by a full 10C. this would be huge over 5 years of ownership. don't recommend you keep a drive connected if you're not transferring files. it'll just sit there at 38C....idling. seriously.
-icydock has an fan equipped enclosure too. things i don't like about it:
1. lifespan of the fan questionable
2. fan looks proprietary and not replaceable
3. odd shape ruins the portability of an enclosure. if you're really concerned about temps, mount internally
Pros: -does what's advertised.
Other Thoughts: remember these are LEFT angled connectors. i didn't read the description closely and though i was buying some regular ones. oh well. i'm not that nitpicky. my case has enough cable holes that everything going up doesn't make a mess.
in some ways, it tidied up the cable behind the mobo. every other cable is laying on the bottom but these are up top.
This review is from: StarTech USB3SPLATE 2 Port USB 3.0 A Female Slot Plate Adapter
Pros: -tough to find a usb3.0 mobo to female cable on its own. buy this, unscrew it from the back plate and you have your converter. this is because some cases only come with male ended usb3.0 cables.
Cons: -shipped very kinked up. i had a look at the cable and the plastic was showing signs of compression/stretch stress. they should just ship in this by looping it in a big circle
-newegg wouldn't ship this as part of my other items. an extra $10 for no reason. but i needed it. maybe newegg will start doing this for lots of other items. mildly annoyed