Originally Posted by Jawswing Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I'm going to be looking at purchasing one soon when I upgrade my server, and I've seen these from Startech seem to get pretty decent reviews.
I'm 90% sure that's the same unit again, just with a different face plate.
From the Kingwin website:
From the Startech Amazon listing:
I notice that all these units have drive activity LEDs (which is useful), but where do they get this information from? My concern would be any additional electronics in the SATA signal path affecting drive performance.
The Kingwin/Vantec/Startech units seem to require an additional power feed for these LEDs (and circuitry?), as you can see from the above pictures. You have to use a Molex Y adapter:
The Icy dock doesn't have anything like this for it's LEDs.
EDIT: A Newegg review for the Kingwin dock said:
I bought this to use with a new OCZ Vertex 2 SSD, but the fit is *way* too tight. I'm going to try another rack for this.
And an Amazon review for the Startech version confirming this:
Recently, I inserted an OCZ Vertex 2 solid state drive, and the fit was tight. When I tried to eject the SSD, the flimsy plastic lever that ejects the drive broke, so now I have only a single usable drive bay.
The dimensions of the Vertex 2 are 99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3 mm, while the M4 (I'm not using the 7mm version) is 100.5 x 69.85 x 9.50 mm. I have a feeling I should go for the Icy Dock. Looks like the others would be OK for 7mm SSDs.Edited by Oubadah - 9/2/13 at 10:25pm