Here is my first attempt at doing some sleeving with my new crimson colored MDPC-X! Decided I would start small...and make a power cable harness for 8 of my Vertex 4's. In this picture, you can see what they would look like if I just used the standard 6 pin to sata power cable cords that come with the Corsair AX850. They really are not the bad. They string 4 on one cable. So...two different cables can cover the 8 of these that sit inside one of my CaseLabs SDD cages. The biggest problem is the space between each of the sata power connectors is MUCH longer that I need, so it creates a pretty big loop between each drive:
So instead of just sleeving these two standard cables and living with the large loops....lets create a custom sata power harness designed for how close together these SSD's are inside the CaseLabs cage. I got some white punch down sata power connectors and plugged them into the drives. Then I chose some white 18 awg wire and punched it down into the connectors while they were still plugged into the drives. That let me perfect the spacing on these since they are so close together. Clicked some caps on the end of each of the connectors...and this is what I had:
Then strip a little insulation from the end of each wire....
Then crimp some pins on to the end of each wire.....
Then cut some sleeve and threaded it on to each of the cables. I used some heatshrink at the Vertex 4 end of the cable....but went shrinkless on the PSU end of the cable. I used the shrinkless method that Lutro0 has a new video on
. It was pretty easy and I like the results:
It made quite an improvement over the standard cables I started out with. Compare the picture below with the first picture in this post.
I made the length just long enough so I would be able to navigate around a reservoir or other component in front of the SDD cage. Few more shots inside the case....
I'm loving the looks of the sleeve...and I'm resolved to ensure that every cable in the box gets similar treatment....with custom lengths and sleeving. I've always thought that sleeving and cable management are really what set apart beautiful builds. I'll probably do another sata power harness for the other SSD cage next...and then I think I'll tackle the 8 pin connections. I have six of those to do.
I've ordered some shorter sata data cables to use before I get around to sleeving those.