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Icy Dock FlexCage 2 Bay and 3 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Review


Icy Dock FlexCage 2 Bay and 3 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Review

The Icy Dock MB973SP-1B and the MB974SP-2B are very similar to each other in that they both sport an aluminum chassis with an 80mm cooling fan. The Icy Dock FlexCage MB973SP-1B is able to fit three 3.5″ SATA HDDs in two 5.25″ drive bays using a trayless design. Both FlexCages are powered by two 4 pin power connectors or by adapting two 15-pin power connectors via the included adapters. The tray less design means that not only is installation of drives toolless – it is as simple as sliding the drive in and closing the door. This makes it an ideal platform for hot swapping hard drives with minimal hassle. They are both cooled by an included 80mm fan that, in its shipped configuration, pulls air from the front of the drives and exhausts it out of the back. Each of the hard drive bays has an individual hard drive activity LED that is only active when a hard drive is successfully inserted. Both fans can easily be removed and replaced with any 80mm fan using a 2-pin or a 3-pin connector. The aluminum chassis makes it both very durable and far better at dissipating heat than plastic. The main difference between the two is that pricier of the pair, the MB974SP-2B, has 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front connected via a standard USB 3.0 motherboard header, and can hold one more drive than the MB973SP-1B. This can be very useful for older cases that may not have as many places to mount a hard drive or don’t have any USB 3.0 ports on the front panel… at HiTechLegion


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