length of the MB454SPF-B with and without the fan module attached is 180mm and 220mm
respectively. On the unit PCSTATS is testing today, little data access LEDs are found
along the left hand side adjacent to each of the four SATA drives. The lights
indicate disk status and activity. The Icydock MB454SPF-B fits four 3.5" SATA
drives into the space of three 5.25" optical drives. This model
HDDs into slightly less space.
The MB454SPF-B unit is the same length
as an optical drive without the fan hooked up, but
slightly longer with it attached. Full size desktop computer cases are most likely
to accommodate the IcyDock MB454SPF-B with its cooling system, but
compact desktop, mid-tower and small form factor cases may not. Measure
first to ensure it fits.
Now there are
about as many ways of installing a 5.25" device into a PC
chassis as there are computer cases in the world, but with
all this variety there is a grain of standardization at the hart of each method.
After all, each case must accommodate an equally sized 5.25" x 1.75" metal box
Rail systems, quick clips, locking tabs, post and
screw.... the varieties are endless. The critical aspect that may affect the
IcyDock MB454SPF-B's usefulness in your computer chassis are the supports which
hold the 5.25" devices in place, in the bay area. So long as the little
metal tabs protrude no more than 5mm (3/16") the IcyDock unit will slide in
A groove runs along the center-line of the aluminum box to
accommodate this very component of chassis designs. If the optical drive
bays are individually split up, or have metal support tabs which stick out
further than that, the IcyDock box won't have the space
PCSTATS would generally recommend installing the IcyDock MB454SPF-B at the top of
the stack of 5.25" drive bays, so the cumulative heat generated by four spinning
hard drives will have the shortest path to the power supply where it can
be exhausted from the case.
Reassuringly, the four SATA
drive caddy's are keyed so there is no way you can install
them incorrectly. The hard drives are held in place with special countersunk #6-32 screws, so
try to resist loosing them.