Layout, design and features …
This means that, in theory, there should be no loss of speed.
But something enjoyable we can see here. Instead of the eight power connections the Icy Dock caddy comes with only two connections. Thus, the user has still six 15-pin power connectors remaining for connecting to other devices. As already mentioned, there are the eight racks made out of metal.
After the installation in our test case, the Cooler Master CM Storm Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker, we saw that this model also fits very well into the case.
But much more beautiful is the Icy Dock MB998SP-B ToughArmor cage in our second test enclosure, the Cooler Master CM 690 III, because nearly the same mesh is used for its case front.
… that it is not possible to insert the power connector without bending the SATA power connector. Even when attempting, distinct pressure points on the cables had already be seen. A connector is needed, which has a rear cable management. Connecting the second power plug was not a problem.
Unfortunately at this point we could clearly hear the noise coming from the fans. It is therefore incomprehensible why Icy Dock has not implemented a fan control, may be only as jumper.
The only option at this point is, that the fans are turned off automatically when no more SSDs are installed in one of the eight carriers. However, this remains a rather cold comfort. BTW. both fans are connected together, so not only one fan is switched on or off when using one cage side. So the user has no choice but to operate the fan by means of a separate fan control, or to live with the higher noise level.
Whether the device has been technically convinced us, we will now show in a practical test.
Icy Dock MB998SP-B ToughArmor cage Installation and operation …