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ToughArmor MB873MP-B

8 Bay M.2 NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0 Mobile Rack Enclosure for External 5.25" Drive Bay (8 x OCuLink SFF-8612, no Tri-mode support)
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Product Details
  • The ToughArmor MB873MP-B is a Ruggedized Eight Bay Removable M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure that fits a single 5.25" optical drive bay of the computer system and supporting PCIe 4.0 64Gb/s data transfer rates through 8 x OCuLink (SFF-8612) connectors. It is made out of heavy-duty full-metal construction and uses removable M.2 SSD trays that support tool-less drive installation/removal for effortless drive maintenance. In addition, the MB873MP-B is equipped with dual 40x20mm cooling fans in the rear to remove the heat generated by the high-speed PCIe 4.0 SSD for best cooling performance.
  • High Storage Density for High-Performance PCs
    The ToughArmor MB873MP-B's Ultra-high storage density design makes it suitable for data-intensive systems with limited storage space, such as High-performance PCs, Compact Servers, Workstation PCs, and Data Centers.
  • Supporting up to eight PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 drives in a single 5.25" device bay increases the storage efficiency of your system.
  • Superior PCIe 4.0 Performance
    The MB873MP-B unlocks the full potential of the PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSDs by using 8x OCulink (SFF-8612) connection dedicated for each drive to allow up to 64Gbps transfer speeds per drive bay, which is two times faster than PCIe 3.0 and 10 times faster than SATA standards.
  • State of the Art Tool-Less M.2 Drive Tray
    Typically, M.2 SSDs are installed on the motherboard or adapter card that is often secured by tiny screws and requires opening the computer case to access the drives. With the MB873MP-B's removable drive design, your M.2 NVMe SSDs are brought to the 5.25" optical bay of the computer system and lets you change the drives without opening up the case or using a tool, making drive maintenance an efficient, straightforward process.
  • The ToughArmor MB873MP-B is equipped with a patent-pending M.2 adjustable locker for tool-less drive installation/removal. Simply insert the M.2 NVMe SSD (2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110), move the adjustable M.2 locker until it firmly secures the SSD and closes the lid. The whole process takes less than 10 seconds to complete, saving your valuable time and resources.
  • High-performance Cooling System
    Powering up the eight M.2 NVMe SSD at once can accumulate heat. Therefore, we have included dual 40x20mm cooling fans, providing a massive amount of airflow throughout the entire enclosure to keep the M.2 NVMe solid-state drive at optimal operating temperatures, even under heavy load.
  • The specialized slimline drive tray is made with thick aluminum and acts as a heatsink to dissipate heat generated by M.2 NVMe SSDs.
  • The included thermal pad fill the gaps between the contact surfaces and transfers heat away from the M.2 SSD to the heatsink tray, allowing airflow to dissipate the heat away efficiently.
  • ToughArmor Protection for the Harshest Environment
    Ensuring the enclosure can be relied upon for many years, the ToughArmor MB873MP-B can hold up in the harshest environment. It comes equipped with rugged full-metal protection throughout the entire device and tray, making it perfect for industrial devices that may require a flammability rating. The MB873MP-B is suitable for various enterprise systems, including the medical, military, law enforcement industries, and manufacturing conditions such as embedded control and factory automation systems.
  • EMI Grounding Technology
    Grounding your M.2 NVMe SSD is essential as swapping drives without proper grounding may lead to hardware damages due to static shocks. With our innovative EMI Grounding Technology, once the M.2 locker clips into the SSD screw hole, the SSD will be in a grounded state throughout the enclosure's tray and housing. After the enclosure is installed in the system with four screws on its' side, it will ground itself throughout the computer system.
  • Packed with Features
    The LED status light in each of the trays gives you the drive status information with a glance. With Active Power Technology, the enclosure turns on when the drive is inserted and automatically shuts off when all drives are removed.
  • Never forget which drives belong in which bays. With drive ID plugs, you'll always know which drive tray belongs in your RAID array or which drives contains specific files. Rearrange them to suit your configurations better, or remove them for a simplified look.
  • Exceptional Product Compatibility
    The MB873MP-B is compatible with motherboards, RAID/HBA cards, and M.2 adapters from major brands including Adaptec, Areca, Broadcom, HighPoint, Supermicro, and more. This compatibility gives you the freedom to choose from a wide range of hardware options, moving beyond the constraints of single-brand system configurations. For more information on product compatibility, click here.
  • The ToughArmor MB873MP-B is designed to work seamlessly with SATA 15-pin power cables and OCuLink cables equipped with a locking latch. This ensures cables remain firmly attached, minimizing the risk of unintentional disconnections during vibrations or movement. Once secured, these cables maintain a steadfast connection.
  • Wide Range of Compatibility
    The specially designed MB840TP-B removable drive tray effortlessly enables seamless interchangeability across various models.
Which ToughArmor MB873 is right for you?
Model MB873MP-B MB873MP-B V2
Pin-out Defined SFF-9402 Rev 1.1 SFF-9402 Rev 1.1
(Tri-mode HBA/RAID adapters compatible)
Suitable for NVMe HBA/RAID adapters
with SFF-9402 pin-out
Tri-mode controller cards
with SFF-9402 pin-out

Customizable ICY DOCK Drive Enclosures: Tailored to Meet TAA & UL Certification Standards and More!
At ICY DOCK, we understand the paramount importance of adhering to various industry and safety standards. While our standard products are already crafted with the highest quality in mind, we also provide our customers with the option to customize ICY DOCK drive enclosures and mobile racks to meet their specific certification requirements. This includes standards such as TAA and UL to wide temperature tests.

Our dedicated team is fully prepared to adjust product materials and designs to ensure complete compliance. Furthermore, we offer comprehensive guidance to our clients throughout the certification process. Our goal is to not only meet precise specifications but also ensure that our products successfully pass stringent tests. Below, you'll find a detailed table listing all the optional certifications that can be tested with our customizable solutions.
Optional Certifications Available for ToughArmor MB873MP-B
TAA Trade Agreements Act Compliance
UL Safety Standard Certification
UL94 Flammability of Plastic Materials
FCC Federal Communications Commission Compliance
Wide Temperature MIL-STD-810H - Method 501.7 & 502.7
Customizing ICY DOCK products for specific certifications involves fees for the creation of the certificates, including necessary testing. Please note that some certificates may require recurring fees to remain valid. For more details and inquiries,please contact us at tech@icydock.com

Main Features
Supports 8 x PCIe M.2 NVMe SSDs of all lengths - 30mm (2230), 42mm (2242), 60mm (2260), 80mm (2280), and 110mm (22110)
   
Installs into 1 x standard external 5.25" optical drive bay
   
Uses 8 x OCuLink (SFF - 8612) to connect, pin-out defined by SFF - 9402 Rev 1.1
   
Supports PCIe 4.0 specifications with transfer rates up to 64Gbps per drive bay
   
Powers 8 x M.2 SSDs through 2 x 15 - pin SATA power connectors
   
Ruggedized full - metal enclosure meeting flammability requirements
   
Equipped with high-performance dual 40 x 20mm cooling fans
   
Removable drive tray with tool - less drive installation for easy drive maintenance
   
Huge heatsink trays with thermal pads included dispersing heat from the drive
   
Anti-Vibration Technology - Creates a safe environment for SSDs 
   
Active Power Technology - Saves power by shutting off the enclosure when no drive is installed 
   
EMI Grounding - Protects SSDs from electrical damage 
   
Drive ID plugs are included to keep track of your drives 
   
The Eagle - hook tray latch securely holds the tray inside the enclosure 
   
Supports SATA 15-pin and OCuLink cables with locking latch design for a secure connection 
   
2 x SATA 15pin power cable are included 
   
Industry-leading 5 years limited warranty with exceptional customer support

Specification
Model Number: MB873MP-B
Color: Black
Support Drive Size: 8 x M.2 SSD (2230-22110)
Compatible Drive Type: NVMe
Number of Drives: 8
Support Drive Length: M.2 SSD (2230-22110)
Drive Bay: 1 x 5.25" half height bay
Host Interface: 8 x OCuLink SFF-8612 4i, pin-out defined by SFF-9402 Rev 1.1
(Tri-mode HBA/RAID card incompatible)
Power Input: 2 x 15pin SATA power connector
Transfer Rate: Up to 64Gbps (depending on SSD speed)
Support SSD Capacity: No limitation
Drive Cooling: 2 x 40*40*20mm Fan
Structure / Material: Full metal
Product Dimension (W x H x D): 146 x 41.3 x 167.8mm
Product Net Weight: 1136g
Package Gross Weight: 1147g
Drive Activity LED Indication: Drive power: solid green; Drive access: flashing green
Package Contents: Device, user manual, drive ID plugs, screws, 2 x SATA 15pin power cable
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: 5 years limited warranty

Compatible Drive Tray (Caddy):

  • MB840TP-B

Compatible Drive cable:

  • MB206L-B Cable
  • MB302L-B Cable

Related Products Series:

  • NVMe Enclosures
  • High Density Enclosures

ToughArmor Lineup:


FAQ

Q: Can you recommend an add-on card that is compatible with MB873MP-B?

A: To ensure compatibility with MB873MP-B, please make sure that your add-on card or motherboard’s BIOS/UEFI supports PCIe Bifurcation when using a PCIe 16x or 8x slot. Additionally, set up the PCIe splitter in the BIOS/UEFI with the configuration of x4, x4, x4, x4 for a PCIe 16x slot or x4, x4 for a PCIe 8x slot.

Please click the icon below to view the compatibility of your motherboards or add-on cards that support PCIe Bifurcation mode. For the best compatibility, we highly recommend using the cables recommended or manufactured by the motherboard or add-on card manufacturer.

 



We are currently in the process of certifying our NVMe enclosure with major add-on card and motherboard manufacturers. We will keep updating the list to include compatible accessories.

To report a compatible add-on card, cable, or motherboard, or to check the compatibility of add-on card(s) or motherboards that are not listed, please click here.


Q: I've completed the installation of the hard drive and device as per the instructions in the product manual, but the system still can't detect the drive. How can I troubleshoot this issue?

A: Please first confirm the compatibility of your hardware, and make sure that the drive, drive enclosure, cable, and host interfaces are compatible. Try connecting the drive directly to the host to see if the system can detect the drive. If it still doesn't detect it, this can rule out issues with the drive enclosure. You can also try connecting the drive enclosure with different drives, cables, or systems to see if the issue can be resolved. If the system still can't detect it, here are some possible issues:

Insufficient PCIe lanes in the system: Whether you're connecting the drive enclosure to the motherboard or add-on card, It is important to note that the number of available PCIe lanes is limited. This includes understanding the number of lanes provided by the CPU and chipset, as well as their allocation method. Failure to do so may result slower transfer speeds, unstable connections, or even the inability to detect the drive.
Incompatible interface protocols: It is crucial to verify whether the Mini-SAS HD, OCuLink, or SlimSAS interface on the motherboard or add-on card is capable of supporting NVMe.
Incompatible interface pinout standard: Prior to connecting the drive enclosure to the Mini-SAS HD, OCuLink, or SlimSAS port on the motherboard or add-on card, please verify that the port utilizes the same pinout standard as the port on our drive enclosure. To check the pinout standard of our drive enclosure, you can refer to the specification table on our product page, where it specifies whether the pinout standard is Legacy or SFF-9402 1.1.
Excessive length of the connecting cable: To ensure optimal performance, it is advised to use a connecting cable that is no longer than 50cm. Using longer cables can lead to excessive signal loss, resulting in slower transfer speeds, unstable connections, or even the inability to detect the drive. Additionally, we recommend using the same interface connector for both the device and the host to prevent any potential compatibility issues.

Q: The system does not detect the M.2 SSD I installed in the ICY DOCK enclosure. What should I do?

A: Since the M.2 SSD is not designed for hot-swapping, we highly recommend powering off the device/system before inserting or removing an M.2 SSD. If the system is still unable to detect the drive, follow the steps below to scan for new hardware manually:

 

Windows 11 / Windows 10 / Windows 8 – In the search box on the taskbar, type device manager, and click it from the menu. Once the device manager window pops up, right-click on the disk drive icon, and click scan for hardware changes.

 

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


Image result for disk drive scan for hardware changes

 


Q: I'm having the difficulties closing the lid of the drive tray and unable to insert the drive tray all the way to the drive enclosure after placing the M.2 SSD onto the drive tray.

A: Make sure to lock the M.2 SSD with the adjustable M.2 locker. The tray lid will not close properly if the M.2 locker is not fully secured. If you are having difficulty secure the M.2 locker or close the cover, the M.2 SSD you are using may not follow the standard M.2 SSD thickness, which is less than 1.5mm height for each side with a total height that does not exceed 3.8mm. Using the M.2 SSD with non-standard thickness will cause improper tension on the M.2 locker and tray lid and make the M.2 connector misaligned. If you are having issues inserting the drive tray to the enclosure, please stop the operation immediately and check the drive thickness to ensure it follows the standard M.2 SSD thickness - less than 1.5mm height for each side and less than 3.8mm for total height.

Metal heat dissipation sticker

 

Note: Some M.2 SSD uses a metal heat dissipation sticker that causes each side's thickness more than the 1.5mm. Remove the sticker will solve the problem, but do it at your own risk (might void the warranty of SSD)

 

ICY DOCK enclosure is design to be compatible with M.2 SSD that has standard thickness. We highly recommend checking the drive thickness before purchase, and please refer to the incompatible M.2 SSD list below for further information:

 

M.2 NVMe SSDs known to be incompatible due to physical fitment with ICY DOCK enclosure:


 

Please contact tech@icydock.com if the problem persists so we can resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Click here to report a compatible/incompatible M.2 SSD.



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The product mentioned in the video is our ToughArmor MB873MP-B. The ToughArmor MB873MP-B is a Ruggedized Eight Bay Removable M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure that fits a single 5.25" optical drive bay of the computer system and supporting PCIe 4.0 64Gb/s data transfer rates through 8 x OCuLink (SFF-8612) connectors. It is made out of heavy-duty full-metal construction and uses removable M.2 SSD trays that support tool-less drive installation/removal for effortless drive maintenance.

Mar 16, 2023

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