The 2.5" format has grown in popularity over the last few years for both enterprise and consumer use. No longer is the format used for just notebooks and rackmount servers. The HDD companies have increased platter density increasing capacity size. And SSD manufactures have done the same. Sure, 3.5" HDDs are now up to 4TB, but six 2.5" drives in RAID 5 offer even more capacity and redundancy to keep your data safe.
Fitting several HDDs or SSDs into your computer case can be an issue, though. Most of us find a good case and use it for ages. Many of our beloved cases were made before the SSD revolution so we just have SSDs sitting at the bottom of the case with the SATA power and data connectors attached.
Luckily, companies like Thermaltake have introduced nice adapters like the MAX-1562 that allow us to retrofit our existing computers to use 2.5" drives.
Specification, Availability and Pricing
The Thermaltake MAX-1562 is currently on sale at Newegg for $72.99. Thermaltake also makes a 4 drive unit for $63.99 and it can use SATA or SAS HDDs with a z-height of 15mm, i.e. the larger enterprise drives. The MAX-1562 that we're looking at today fits six drives, up to 9.5mm high, the standard used in notebooks for the quite a while.
The specification sheet from Thermaltake states the MAX-1562 only supports up to SATA II, but in our testing, we ran the system with all six bays populated at SATA III and didn't have any issues. To be sure, we used the fastest SSD on the market today, Samsung 840 Pro in all six bays.
Two cooling fans in the MAX-1562 keep the drives cool. We often don't associate SSDs with heat, but they do generate some. Six SSDs in a small enclosure can generate more heat than a single 3.5" drive, so the MAX-1562 cooling takes care of pushing air over the drives to keep them cool.
Let's take a look at the unit and run some tests.