The IcyDock MB453SPF-B SATA hard drive
module will accommodate most PC chassis configurations, but there are at least two
critical areas which may conflict with some chassis designs. The
length of the MB453SPF-B with and without the fan module attached
is 180mm and 220mm respectively.
The unit is the same
size as an optical drive without the fan hooked up, but slightly longer
with it attached (it sticks out 40mm, and is 85mm square). Full size
desktop computer cases are most likely to accommodate the IcyDock
MB453SPF-B with its cooling system, but compact desktop, mid-tower and small
form factor cases may not.
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 MB453SPF-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 MB453SPF-B at the top
of the stack of 5.25" drive bays, so the cumulative heat generated by three
spinning hard drives will have the shortest path to the powersupply where it can
be exhausted from the case.
Reassuringly, the three 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 the
temptation of loosing them.
A few extra screws are tossed in,
which is good because they're hard to find and the caddy won't fit in with
standard computer case screws.