ToughArmor MB699VP-B
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REMOVABLE U.2 / M.2 SSD ENCLOSURES
 

Note: There is a known issue regarding compatibility with Oculink and SlimSAS connection. Please refer to FAQ.

 
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ICYDOCK’s latest product for NVMe U.2 SSD brings the next level of ultra high speed storage in a compact package with the ToughArmor MB699VP-B. The ToughArmor MB699VP-B is a ruggedized full metal SSD cage with removable drive caddies, supporting up to 4x NVMe U.2 SSD in a single 5.25” device bay.
Countless Options in a Single Bay
 
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To fully use the speeds of NVMe SSDs, each drive bay uses its own miniSAS HD (SFF-8643) connector, maximizing NVMe U.2 SSD 's potential transfer bandwidth rate of 64Gb/s.
The MB699VP-B features removable EZ slide trays found throughout the ToughArmor series, allowing for easy swaps of U.2 drives and utilizing the hot-plug function that U.2 SSD natively supports.
 

Note: the host system has to support NVMe hot-plug function in order for the OS to detect the swapped drive while the system is powered on. If you are having trouble detecting your U.2 NVMe SSD, please refer to FAQ.

For extra protection, the EZ-slide trays are fully constructed with metal provided maximum protection to your valuable SSD inside and outside of the unit.
Not just the EZ-slide trays are made out of durable metals, the entire unit is also full metal construction, ensuring that the drives are safe and secure while inside the unit.
To bring more utility to your SSDs and SSDs, a LED is installed into the front of the mobile rack to provide drive status information at all time when the drive is powered on, off and accessed.
With two ball-bearing fans attached and three fan speed settings: high, low and off, depending on the drive usage, user can manually select the proper cooling option accordingly.
Never forget which drives belong in what bays. With our individual drive ID labels you’ll always know which drive tray belongs in your RAID array or which drive contains certain files. Freely unplug and rearrange them to better suit your configuration or simply remove them for a more simplified look.
The ToughArmor MB699VP-B supports 15pin SATA power cables with locking latches so you’ll never need to worry about cables unintentionally disconnecting from your enclosure. Once these cables are connected, they’ll lock into place and stay that way.
 

(Optional) M.2 NVMe SSD to U.2 NVMe SSD Adapter

 

Converting your M.2 NVMe SSD into U.2 NVMe SSD with EZConvert MB705M2P-B adapter offers tool-less SSD installation and comes with a large heatsink designed explicitly for high-speed M.2 NVMe SSDs.

 
Compatible Drive Trays
 
EZ Slide Mini Tray MB991TRAY-B Drive Tray for ToughArmor MB607, MB699, MB991, MB994 Series
   
EZ Slide Mini Tray MB994TK-B Drive Tray with 2-Segment Lock for ToughArmor MB607, MB699, MB991, MB994 Series
 
Key Features
 
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Rugged Heavy duty full metal construction with commercially designed for Medical & Military systems, Media servers, and IPCs, approved & used by Tier 1 companies
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Perfect for rugged applications and complies to flammability requirements
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Fits 4 x 2.5” U.2 NVMe SSD
(NVMe U.2 host is required to accept NVMe SSD)
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Supports NVMe 64Gb/s transfer rate
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Fits any external 5.25” drive bay
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Dual 40mm fans keep your drives from overheating
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Requires only 2 x 15pin power connectors to power all 4 bays
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Drive label plugs to keep track of your RAID drives
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Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) - creates a safe environment for SSDs
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Eagle-hook lock system keeps drives secured within the enclosure
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Removable tray system for easy maintenance
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Supports NVMe U.2 and hot plug
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Industry leading 3 year warranty with exceptional customer support
 
3 Years Warranty

 

Product Name :
Rugged Full Metal 4 Bay 2.5" NVMe U.2 SSD PCIe 3.0/4.0 Mobile Rack for External 5.25" Bay
Model Number :
MB699VP-B
Color :
Black
Support Drive Size :
4 x 2.5" U.2 SSD
Compatible Drive Type :
U.2 NVMe
Number of Drives :
4
Max Drive Height :
15mm
Drive Bay :
1 x external 5.25" drive bay
Host Interface :
4 x miniSAS HD (SFF-8643)
Power Input :
2 x 15 pin SATA power connector
Transfer Rate :
PCIe 3.0 up to 32Gbps / PCIe 4.0 up to 64Gbps
Support HDD Capacity :
No Limitation
Drive Cooling :
2 x 40mm fan
Structure / Material :
Full Metal
Hot Plug :
Yes
Product Dimension (L x W x H) :
140.3 x 146 x 41.3mm
Product Net Weight :
851g
Package Gross Weight :
88.4g
Drive Activity LED Indication :
Drive power: solid green; HDD access: flashing green
Package contents :
1 - Device, 1 - user manual, 1 - ID Plug, 28 - screw
U.2 Connector Insertion Rate :
10,000
Humidity :
5%~65% RH
Operating Temperature :
0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Storage Temperature :
-35°C to 70°C (-31°F to 158°F)
Compliance :
CE, RoHS, REACH
Warranty :
3 years
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By: TomsHardWare - Chris Ramseyer

Posted: April 29, 2018



 

"We used a hot-swappable IcyDock drive cage to house the U.2 drives. The MB699VP-B 4-bay 2.5" U.2 makes working with 15mm Z-height SSDs easy.

We didn't have many nice things to say when we first heard Intel would bring U.2 form factor SSDs to the consumer SSD market. The cabling is bulky and requires a second cable from the power supply to plug into the data cable. In a world filled with petite M.2 and body builder-like PCIe SSDs, U.2 SSDs feel old fashioned.......

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by ServeTheHome - William Harmon

Published on May 29th, 2018



 

"The ToughArmor MB699VP-B will only take one 5.25” device bay and handles the bulky cables and extra power cables that U.2 NVMe SSD’s require with ease. Many of our workstation cases and a handful of server cases have 5.25” device bays that often go unused; this makes the MB699VP-B very handy if you are planning on using U.2 NVMe SSD’s in your build......." 

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Frequent Asked Questions
Q: I'm connecting my Oculink or SlimSAS NVMe PCIe HBA/RAID card to the MB699VP-B via miniSAS HD (SFF-8643) interface, but the U.2 drives did not show up in my system.

A: The MB699VP-B are not compatible with the Oculink or SlimSAS PCIe HBA/RAID cards due to different connector pin assignments used on the device. Please check the compatibility list in the FAQ section for HBA/RAID cards that are compatible with MB699VP-B.

 

We plan to release the Oculink compatible NVMe enclosures in the second quarter of 2020, welcome to sign up ICY DOCK Newsletter to receive product updates.


Q: Can you recommend an add-on card that works with MB699VP-B?

A: The following add-on cards are compatible with MB699VP-B. We highly recommend using the official cable for the best compatibility.

 

Brand Add-on Cards Compatible Cables
HighPoint SSD7120 SSD7180

MiniSAS HD to MiniSAS HD Connector Cable
(SFF-8643 to SFF-8643)

Recommended vendors:
HighPoint

SSD7184  
Supermicro AOC-SLG3-2E4
(2 Ports)
 

MiniSAS HD to MiniSAS HD Connector Cable
(SFF-8643 to SFF-8643)

Recommended vendors:
Supermicro

Broadcom
(HBA)
9400-16i 9405W-16i

MiniSAS HD to 2 x MiniSAS HD Connector Cable
(SFF-8643 to SFF-8639)

Recommended vendors:
PC PITSTOP

9400-8i8e
(2 Ports)
9400-8i
(2 Ports)
Broadcom
(MegaRAID)
9440-8i
(2 Ports)
9480-8i8e
(2 Ports)
9460-16i 9460-8i
(2 Ports)
Intel
(RAID)
RSP3TD160F RSP3QD160J
RSP3MD088F
(2 Ports)
RMSP3JD160J
RMSP3CD080F
(2 Ports)
RMSP3HD080E
(2 Ports)
RSP3WD080E
(2 Ports)
RSP3DD080F
(2 Ports)
RMSP3AD160F  
Broadcom
(HBA)
9500-16i
(2 Ports)
9500-8i
(1 Ports)

Slimline SAS 8-Lane to 2 x MiniSAS HD Connector Cable
(SFF-8654 8i to SFF-8643)

Recommended vendors:
PC PITSTOP

Broadcom
(MegaRAID)
9580-8i8e
(1 Ports)
9560-8i
(1 Ports)
9560-16i
(2 Ports)
 

 

We are currently certifying our NVMe enclosure with the major add-on card manufacturers. We will be adding compatible add-on cards to the list.
 

You can click here to report a compatible add-on card/cable. If you want to check the compatibility of add-on card(s) that are not on the list, please click here.


Q: I'm using Intel/Broadcom Tri-Mode HBA and RAID cards with the MB699VP-B, but the drives do not show up in my system?


A: The issue is caused by RAID card manufacturers using a different pinout for Tri-Mode cards than is typically used for U.2 connections. When using these cards with U.2 NVMe drives and cables, a U.2 enabler cable must be used for compatibility, which reverts the pinout back to standard U.2 specifications. For more information, please click here.


Q: My NVMe drive did not detect after inserting it back into the device while powered on?

A: For systems that support hot-plug function, while your system is powered on, each drive insertion and removal cycle will require a manual refresh from the operating system in order for the system to recognize the drive.

 

If you are unable to detect the drive after performing the manual refresh, your system might not support hot-plug functions. We suggest you check with the motherboard/add-on card manufacturer to see if it supports the NVMe hot-plug function.

 

Windows 10 / Windows 8 – In the search box on the taskbar, type Device Manager, then select from the menu, right-click on the disk drive and then select scan for hardware changes.

 

Windows 7 – Right-click on computer icon on desktop and select properties, click Device Manager, right-click on the disk drive and then select scan for hardware changes.

 

Image result for disk drive scan for hardware changes

 


Q: The mounting screws for the device seem to be too short to secure the device onto my system, what should I do?


A: For computer cases that have a thick metal sheet, the included mounting screws (M3*2.5L) may not fully secure the device. Please use longer screws (M3*4L) to secure the device or contact us at tech@icydock.com for replacement screws.


Q:  Can I replace the cooling fan attached to the device? Will doing that void the warranty?

A:The cooling fan we used has been thoroughly tested with the drive enclosure to ensure it functions properly and supports the fan speed control (for select models). Therefore, we suggest our customers keep the original fan for the best result. However, we understand the stock fan may not be suitable for all the applications, so we elected to honor the warranty when 3rd party fan is using. The warranty may void if the 3rd party fan causes electrical damage to the device, though.


Q:  Which specification should I check before buying the 3rd party cooling fan?

A:The following information is the fan specification requirement and compatible fan models for MB699VP-B

 

Fan Dimension (LxWxH) 40 x 40 x 10mm 40 x 40 x 20mm 
Connector Type 3 Pin Wafer
Rated Voltage (VDC) 12V DC
Rated Current (A) < 0.12A (127mA)
Screw Specification Phillips Flat Head - M3 x 15mm - Steel (Came with stock fan) Phillips Flat Head - M3 x 25mm – Steel (Not Included)

 

Compatible fan models

 

(without test, use it at your own risk)

 

Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX NF-A4x20 FLX    
Sunon MF40101VX-
1000U-A99
MF40101V1-
1000U-A99
MF40101V2-
1000U-A99
HA40101V4-
1000U-A99
EE40101S1-
1000U-999
EE40101S2-
-999
EF40101BX-
1000U-A99
EF40101B1-
1000U-A99
EF40101B2-
1000U-A99
EE40201SX-
1000U-999
EE40201S1-
1000U-999
EE40201S2-
1000U-999
EE40201S3-
1000U-999
EF40201BX-
000U-A99
EF40201B1-
000U-A99
EF40201B2-
000U-A99
EF40201B3-
000U-A99
MF40201VX-
1000U-A99
MF40201V1-
1000U-A99
MF40201V2-
1000U-A99
MF40201V3-
1000U-A99
HA40201V4-
1000U-A99
   
Sanyo Denki 109P0412H901 109P0412M901 9GA0412P6F001 109P0412H601
109P0412F601 109P0412M601 9WP0412H6001  

Q:  Is the ICY DOCK NVMe enclosure supporting the PCIe 4.0 standard?

A:Yes, all ICY DOCK NVMe enclosures support the PCIe 4.0x4 standard, with up to 64Gbps transfer rates.

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