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Icy Dock FlexCage MB975SP-B Tray-Less 5 x 3.5" HDD Dock Review - Installation and Benchmarks

Icy Dock FlexCage MB975SP-B Tray-Less 5 x 3.5

Icy Dock shipped us a very high quality 5-in-3 5.25" bay adapter that looks amazing and is very functional.

| Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: May 14, 2013 5:03 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%      Manufacturer: Icy Dock

Installation

 

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Let's knock this part out first. If your computer case has tabs like this, you will need to bend them out of the way to use this specific FlexCage. The case pictured is a Cooler Master ATSC 840, one of my favorite cases since the Cooler Master Wave Master - good luck bending those tabs out of the way.

 

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Here we see the space taken by the HDD's, there just wasn't enough room to notch out space for 5mm tabs. This specific model is the only model in the FlexCage Series that does not have the recessed area for the tabs.

 

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With that portion of the review out of the way, we can get to a real installation, one that doesn't require super strength. Paul Alcorn (TweakTown enterprise storage editor) and I are ramping up our enterprise coverage and Rosewill was kind enough to forward over some sturdy rackmount cases to house some of our dual Xeon E5-2600 Series servers. This server has two removable, three wide 5.25 cages filled at the factory with fans like you see in the center console. We removed the Rosewill fan/drive cage and installed the FlexCage MB975SP-B.

 

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As you can see, the cage fits perfectly square in the server. I spoke about the build quality of the case, but the highest quality accessory in this picture is the Icy Dock FlexCage. This part is actually too nice to use in a server. The attention to detail matches that of expensive Lian Li or SilverStone cases. To be honest, I want another one to fill this server now.

 

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On the other side of the Icy Dock FlexCage, we see how the cables all fit into place.

 

 

ATTO Baseline Performance

 

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Bare HDD on the left, Icy Dock MB975SP-B on the right.

 

 

Crystal Disk Mark

 

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Again, bare HDD on the left, Icy Dock MB975SP-B on the right.

 

In our two tests we see that the Icy Dock FlexCage MB975SP-B doesn't reduce performance over a bare drive connected directly to the system via the SATA cable.

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