The first impression: compact and robust. The small backplane for three HDDs needs only two 5.25" bays, the larger ones take three. Material and build quality show ICY BOX did not make any compromise for the backplanes.
These three HDD-Backplanes have proven their strengths in severe server duty. They take in SATA HDDs as well as SAS HDDs. The advantage for the user: when purchasing the backplanes he may be undecided about the standard of the interfaces, SATA or SAS. He can later change from SATA to SAS smoothly. The advantage for dealers: the combination of SATA and SAS in one ICY BOX reduces the storage space needed.
SAS makes faster and more stable data transfer possible. In the "dual channel mode" the transfer speed is doubled. Or the second channel is used for a second host which can access the drive simultaneously.
These new backplanes are made for the demanding duty in RAID systems. There is Hot Swap® as well as Plug & Play to change hard drives quickly while the system is operating.
Temperature control follows the trusted ICY BOX concept. The aluminium parts dissipate the heat. Support comes from an 80-mm fan, reliable and silent. Should the temperature rise too high in the case, there will be audible and visible signals. You can set the temperature limit that triggers the alarm. All parts are designed for huge mechanical strain. The trays and their locks are extremely well fitting, sliding smoothly. The aluminium parts are electropolished. That makes them more resistant and more durable.
ICY BOX IB-553SSK: Euro 109.00
ICY BOX IB-554SSK: Euro 139.00
ICY BOX IB-555SSK: Euro 152.00
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