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

 
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The ToughArmor MB720M2K-B is the world’s first quad M.2 NVMe ruggedized removable enclosure. With our enclosure, your NVMe SSD no longer requires to be installed on to the motherboard or even a riser card which is typically held on with a tiny screw. Now it could be installed and accessed from the comfort of the frontal bay of the computer. In addition, it comes with our patent-pending M.2 adjustable drive locker which can easily place your drive without any tools or screws.

 

The MB720M2K-B is designed to house up to 4x M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, supporting blazing fast PCIe x4 transfer speed over 32Gbps via MiniSAS HD (SFF-8643). Our specialized drive tray accepts all standard M.2 drives length from 30mm to 110mm (2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, & 22110). As M.2 drives are notorious for reach high temperatures, each drive tray is equipped with a high efficiency aluminum heat sink to ensure your drives remains within optimal temperatures even under heavy load. As it is part of the ToughArmor Series, the enclosure and trays are made of metal to ensure the maximum protection against your drives and with an included barrel key lock, it prevents any unauthorized physical access.

World’s First Quad M.2 NVMe Removable SSD Mobile Rack
 
 
 

A typical M.2 NVMe is installed on the motherboard or even a riser card which is often secured by a tiny screw. With this method, it can be a hassle and a time-consuming process to install or remove the drive physically. However, with the ToughArmor MB720M2K-B, your drives are brought to the front of the computer case, making M.2 drive installation and removal a more straightforward and efficient process.

 

Demonstration

When using the ToughArmor MB720M2K-B, the user can simply place their M.2 NVMe SSD in the drive tray, adjust the drive locker to the correct length per M.2 drive size and be set to go. With this method, it will take users a few seconds per drive tray to install, avoid the hassle of dealing with tools and screws while being more efficient and innovative way to installing M.2 drives.

 
Full Drive Length Support
 
 
 
 

The patent-pending adjustable M.2 locker slider accommodates all standard M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD drives including 2230 (30mm), 2242 (42mm), 2260 (60mm), and 22110 (110mm), making this drive universal to all drive length and future-proofing the extra long M.2 110mm drive.

 

EMI Grounding Technology

 
 
 

As little do people know, grounding your drive is very important through many swaps; to ensure your drive and most importantly your drives are always safe. Without grounding, when swapping drives, there is a high possibility that there may be static shocks which can damage your drive and lose your data. With our innovative adjustable M.2 locker, it grounds your drive automatically once your M.2 locker clips into the SSD screw hole. The drive will be constantly grounded throughout the tray and housing of the enclosure. The grounded connector design protects your drives from static electrical surge, ensuring your data is always safe during drive swapping.

 

Superior Performance

 
 
 

To fully use the speeds of NVMe, each drive will use its’ own MiniSAS HD (SFF-8643) connector, maximizing the potential transfer bandwidth rate of 32Gbps in each drive bay which is over 5 times faster than previous SATA standard. This makes an ideal solution for data intensive application such as real-time servers, high performance PCs, deep-learning machines, and 4K / 8K / 3D media workstations.

 

ToughArmor Protection

 
 
 

Ensuring the enclosure can be relied upon for many years, the ToughArmor MB720M2K-B is capable of holding up in the harshest environment. It comes equipped with rugged heavy duty full-metal protection throughout the entire device and tray, making it perfect for industrial devices that may require a flammability rating. Because of the high build quality, it can be used in various enterprise systems including the military and law enforcement industries along with manufacturing conditions such as embedded control and factory automation systems.

 

Maximum Cooling Performance

 
 

As M.2 NVMe SSD are notorious for reaching high temperature, it is important to keep it cooled at all times or it may result in performance degradation and transfer speed throttling. As we understand this may be concerning to some, on each drive tray it comes equipped a extra-large high efficiency aluminum heatsinked. Additionally, it comes with thermal pads included to ensure the extra excessive heat is dispersed throughout the entire heatsink.

 
 
 

Working together with the dual 40mm ball-bearing cooling fan, the heat is further dispersed through the intelligently place ventilation holes throughout the entire enclosure. Each fan has three fan settings: high, low, and off. The user can manually select the proper cooling option to keep the drives at optimal operating temperatures, even under heavy load.

 

Packed with Features

 
 
 

An LED status light built into the tray lets you know your drive is powered up and in use. To save power, the LED is shut off when no drive is installed.

 
 

For an additional physical layer of security, the included key-lock can be used to protect against unwanted access and secure drives in particularly rough environment, such as military application and in-vehicle PCs.

 
 

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 drives contains certain files. Freely unplug and rearrange them to better suit your configurations or simply remove them for a simplified look

 
 

The ToughArmor MB720M2K-B supports 15 pin 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 will lock and stay in place.

 
Accessories
 
Compatible Drive Tray (Caddy)
 
 
Key Features
 
Fits 4x M.2 NVMe SSD of all lengths, 30mm (2230), 42mm (2242), 60mm (2260), 80mm (2280), and 110mm (22110).
Adjustable drive locker holds all length drives securely
Tool-less drive installation design for easy drive maintenance and system upgrading
Installs into any standard external 5.25” device bay
Uses 4x miniSAS HD (SFF-8643) to connect, requires NVMe host
Supports the full NVMe bandwidth specification of 32 Gbps per channel
Ruggedized full-metal enclosure meeting flammability requirements
Integrated extra-large high-efficiency heat sink and ample ventilation for excellent passive cooling
2-segment key lock for additional physical security
Eagle-hook tray latch securely holds the tray inside the enclosure
EMI Grounding – protects SSDs from electrical damage
Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT) reduces noise and protects against environmental damage
Industry leading 3-year warranty against all defects
Complimentary support from professionally trained US-based technical support agents
 
 
3 Years Warranty
Model Number :
MB720M2K-B
Color :
Black
Support Drive Size :
4 x M.2 NVMe SSD 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110
Compatible Drive Type :
NVMe M.2
Number of Drives :
4
Drive Bay :
1 x external 5.25" device bay
Host Interface :
4 x miniSAS HD (SFF-8643)
Power Input :
2 x 15pin SATA power connectors
Transfer Rate :
Up to 32Gbps (Depending on hard drive speed)
Support HDD Capacity :
No Limitation
Drive Cooling (Active) :
2 x 40mm fan
Drive Cooling (Passive) :
Aluminum heat sink with thermal pad
Structure / Material :
Metal with partial plastic
Support Hot-Plug
Yes (host must support hot-plug function)
Drive Security :
2 segment key lock
Product Dimension (L x W x H) :
171 x 146 x 41.3mm
Product Net Weight :
1334g
Package Gross Weight :
1560g
Drive Activity LED Indication :
Drive power: solid green; HDD access: flashing green
Package contents :
Device, user manual, screws, thermal pads, keys
M.2 Connector Insertion Rate :
5,000
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: TechPowerUp - darksaber

Posted: Feb 26, 2020



 

"From an end-user perspective that is the framework in which the ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB720M2K-B really starts providing value. Things become much clearer as soon as you consider expensive, critical commercial systems and scenarios where downtime or data loss could mean the difference in a make or break scenario. Elevate that further into a government or military setting and, well, you get the idea. That is where the ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB720M2K-B aims to deliver, and as simple as the value proposition may seem: it does."

 

Read more: https://www.techpowerup.com/review/icy-dock-tougharmor-mb720m2k-m2-nvme-cage/

 

 

 

 

 

Frequent Asked Questions
Q: I'm connecting my Oculink NVMe PCIe HBA/RAID card to the MB720M2K-B via miniSAS HD (SFF-8643) interface, but the M.2 drives did not show up in my system.

A: The MB720M2K-B are not compatible with the Oculink 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 MB720M2K-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 MB720M2K-B?

A: The following add-on cards are compatible with MB720M2K-B. We highly recommend using the official cable for the best compatibility.

 

Brand Add-on Cards Official Cables
HighPoint SSD7120 SSD7180 8643-8643-0350 (35cm)
8643-8643-060 (60cm)
SSD7184  
Supermicro AOC-SLG3-4E4R AOC-SLG3-2E4R
(2 Ports)
CBL-SAST-0623 (45cm)
CBL-SAST-0658 (60cm)
CBL-SAST-0590 (80cm)
Broadcom
(HBA)
9400-16i 9400-8i
(2 Ports)
U.2 enabled cable is required for Broadcom or Intel Tri-mode cards. For compatible cable options, please refer to the:
Tri-Mode FAQ
9400-8i8e
(2 Ports)
9405W-16i
9500-8i
(2 Ports)
9500-16i
Broadcom
(MegaRAID)
9440-8i
(2 Ports)
9480-8i8e
(2 Ports)
9460-16i 9460-8i
(2 Ports)
Intel
(RAID)
RSP3TD160F RSP3QD160J
RSP3MD088F RMSP3JD160J
RMSP3CD080F
(2 Ports)
RMSP3HD080E
(2 Ports)
RSP3WD080E
(2 Ports)
RSP3DD080F
(2 Ports)
RMSP3AD160F  
 

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 MB720M2K-B, but the drives do not show up in my system.
A: The issue is caused by RAID card manufacturers using a different pin-out for Tri-Mode cards than is typically used for U.2 connections. When using the Tri-Mode cards with M.2 NVMe drives, a U.2 enabler cable must be used for Tri-Mode card to detect the M.2 drive, which reverts the pin-out 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 still unable to detect the drive after performing the manual refresh, please contact us at tech@icydock.com for more assistance.

 

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

 

If you are still 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.


Q: The mounting screws for the device seem to be too short to secure the device onto my system, what should I do?
A: The included M3*2.5L screws fit most metal sheets of the computer cases with 0.8~1mm thickness. For cases that have a wider 5.25" bay, make sure you place the device in the center to tighten the screw holes on both sides. Please contact us at tech@icyock.com if you have a problem securing the drive enclosure onto the drive bay.

Q: Is the ICY DOCK NVMe enclosure supporting the PCIe 4.0 standard?
A: Yes, all ICY DOCK NVMe enclosures support the PCIe 4.0 standard. However, the bandwidth will be limited to PCIe 3.0 when connecting a PCIe 3.0 device to a PCIe 4.0 host. The PCIe 4.0 enclosures are under development. If you wish to receive product updates, please sign up for the ICY DOCK Newsletter.

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 MB720M2K-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  

 

 

 

 

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