Originally Posted by Unicr0nhunter
This is a worry of mine. There is only a tad more than 2" of space there which is not much room at all.
Has anyone had any trouble with fitting their 24-pin cable under the res bracket?
Ugh, I would have hated to see this case have a bunch of hot-swappable HDD bays. I cannot stand those things. I have two on my Cosmo 2 that are the only HDD bays that are going unused, and will stay that way except in the instance I want to grab data off of / put data onto a HDD from somewhere else, and even then that won't really be possible as I didn't have any SATA ports to spare on my mobo for either of them. I'm using all 10 ports already. I'd have to add a SATA hub PCI card for more.
Maybe one HDD bay with a backplane would have been ok/tolerable, but I don't like that they are basically wanting me take up SATA ports on my mobo for it when it's the last SATA thing I would ever use. I MUCH MUCH prefer regular HDD bays. I make up my own SATA power cables so the connectors are perfectly spaced all neat and tidy. I wish it was as easy to do custom-length SATA data cables but at least they do come in a variety of lengths.
I think we talking about two different things. Maybe I can explain better. This would reduce connections not increase them. I, not talking about the hot swap bay on the top of the DF-85....I'm talking about the plain old docking bays on the bottom that ya use once and don't touch again till ya replace something. You slide ya drive into the bay and no cables required. All the "neat and tidy" wiring is done by the case manufacturer.
1. Instead of having awkward PSU cables with inconveniently spaced SATA power connectors, or even nice fabricated ones with 3 connectors at one end and 20 pcs of heat shrink, you don't power the drives, you power the cage. Slide the HD in it docks with the connector. The three docks have their power wired invisibly to one single connector on the cage. Your custom SATA power cable is now a simple one with one connector on each end and no HS required at all.... can't use heatshrinkless method on pass thru connectors.
2. Instead of having three SATA data connectors 1.75" apart and three data cables all with different locations, you simply mirror on the side of the cage, the exact same setup ya have on ya MoBo. Instead of coming off the MoBo, bending left, bending right, twisting from vertical to Horizontal and then another bend to plug in, we just .... aw heck, easier to draw a pic
Not sure where the taking up SATA ports on ya MoBo part came from ..... ya have a SATA device, ya plug in a cable, ya don't then ya don't.