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ToughArmor MB699VP-B V3

4 Bay 2.5" U.2/U.3 NVMe SSD PCIe 4.0 Mobile Rack Enclosure for External 5.25" Drive Bay (4 x OCuLink SFF-8612 4i)
Product Details
  • Note: To utilize an M.2, U.2, or U.3 NVMe SSD in a PCIe 16x or 8x slot, the motherboard or add-on card must support PCIe Bifurcation. This mode divides PCIe lanes into specific configurations like x4, x4, x4, x4 for a 16x slot or x4, x4 for an 8x slot, ensuring the SSD can be read by the system. For compatible hardware, please refer to the FAQ section. If your hardware is not listed there, please contact us for assistance.
  • Product Introduction
    The ToughArmor MB699VP-B V3 is a Ruggedized Quad Bay Removable U.2/U.3 NVMe SSD Enclosure supporting PCIe 4.0 and fetching up to 64Gb/s data transfer rates through OCuLink (SFF-8612) interface. It is made out of heavy-duty full-metal construction and equipped with removable U.2/U.3 drive trays that simplify the time-consuming drive installation/removal process for easy drive maintenance. In addition, the MB699VP-B V3 uses dual 40x20mm cooling fans to keep the high-speed U.2/U.3 SSD at optimal temperatures and let you adjust the fan speed through the 3-speed fan control located in the rear of the enclosure.
  • Now Compatible with Tri-Mode Controllers
    Due to popular demand and recent circuit board changes from host card manufacturers, the ToughArmor MB699VP-B V3 is now compatible with *Tri-Mode controller cards from Broadcom, Areca, and more. To view more details on compatible cards and cables, please go to the FAQ section of this product page.

    *Note - The MB699VP-B V3 only supports NVMe SSD when connecting to a Tri-Mode controller. It does not support SAS/SATA SSD/HDD.
  • Superior PCIe 4.0 Performance
    To unlock the full potential of the PCIe 4.0 U.2/U.3 NVMe SSD, each drive bay uses a dedicated OCuLink (SFF-8612) connector to achieve the bandwidth rate of 64Gb/s, which is two times faster than PCIe 3.0 and 10 times faster than SATA standards. The extremely fast IOPS (Input/output operations per second) makes it an ideal solution for data-intensive applications such as autonomous driving, mobile automation, real-time forecast, film editing, and military computing.
  • Removable Drive Tray Design
    Typically, NVMe U.2/U.3 SSDs are installed inside the computer case, which can be tough to reach when it requires maintenance. With the ToughArmor MB699VP-B V3, your drives are brought to the frontal 5.25" optical drive bay, where the U.2/U.3 SSDs can be easily accessed, making drive maintenance more efficient and straightforward process. The removable drive trays support any standard U.2/U.3 SSD from 5mm to 15mm drive height.
  • Maximizing Cooling Performance
    Built-in with the dual 40x20mm cooling fans, the heat generates by U.2/U.3 SSD is further dispersed through the intelligently place ventilation holes throughout the entire enclosure. The dual cooling fans come with three fan speed settings: High, Low, and off. The user can choose the appropriate fan speed option to keep the drives at optimal operating temperatures.
  • EMI Grounding Technology
    Grounding your drives are essential as swapping drives without the proper grounding may lead to hardware damage due to static shocks. With our innovative EMI Grounding Technology, once the drive is screwed onto the drive tray, the drive will be in a constant grounded state throughout the tray, housing, and computer system to ensure your drives are protected from static electrical surges safe during swapping.
  • ToughArmor Protection
    Ensuring the enclosure can be relied upon for many years, the ToughArmor MB699VP-B V3 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. The outstanding build quality is suitable for various enterprise systems such as military and law enforcement industries, in-vehicle computers, and manufacturing conditions such as embedded control and factory automation systems.
  • Packed with Features
    An LED status light built into the tray lets you know your drive is powered up and in use. The LED will shut off when no drives are installed to save power.
  • Never forget which drives belong in what bays. With included individual drive ID labels, you'll always know which drive tray belongs in your RAID array or which drives contains specific files. Freely unplug and rearrange them to better suit your configurations or remove them for a simplified look.
  • Exceptional Product Compatibility
    The MB699VP-B V3 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 MB699VP-B V3 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.
  • Enhance Security with Our Lockable Drive Tray
    If your application demands added physical security to protect valuable data from theft, you can upgrade with the compatible lockable drive tray MB994TK-B for an instant security boost to your MB699VP-B V3. For bulk orders of MB699VP-B V3 pre-equipped with lockable drive trays, reach out to our sales team at sales01@icydock.com (Minimum Order Quantity applies).
  • (Optional) M.2 NVMe SSD to U.2 NVMe SSD Adapter
    Converting your M.2 NVMe SSD into U.2 NVMe SSD with the EZConvert MB705M2P-B adapter offers tool-less SSD installation and comes with a large heatsink designed explicitly for high-speed M.2 NVMe SSDs. The MB705M2P-B uses a bridge connector to link the M.2 NVMe SSD, ensuring that the gold fingers of the M.2 NVMe SSD are protected from damage during insertion and removal. This makes it an ideal solution for users who frequently swap M.2 NVMe SSDs.
  • Wide Range of Compatibility
    The EZ-Slide Mini Tray MB991TRAY-B offers effortless interchangeability among different ToughArmor models.
  • Explore our range of compatible cables to simplify your setup process, eliminating the need for extensive research and ensuring a more straightforward experience.

    Compatible Drive Cables:

    • MB206L-B Cable
    • MB302L-B Cable
Which ToughArmor MB699VP-B is right for you?
Model MB699VP-B MB699VP-B V2 MB699VP-B V3
Cooling Fans Dual Fans
(40 x 40 x 10mm)
Dual Fans (40 x 40 x 20mm)
Fan Speed 4,800 RPM 8,000 RPM
Connectors 4 x MiniSAS HD 4i
(SFF-8643)
4 x OCuLink 4i (SFF-8612)
Pin-out Defined Legacy SFF-9402 Rev 1.1 SFF-9402 Rev 1.1
(Tri-mode HBA/RAID adapters compatible)
Product Dimension
(L x W x H)
140.3 x 146 x 41.3mm 150.3 x 146 x 41.3mm
Net Weight 854.2g 911.2g
Gross Weight 935.2g 945.7g
Suitable for NVMe HBA/RAID adapters
with Legacy pin-out
NVMe HBA/RAID adapters
with SFF-9402 pin-out
Tri-mode HBA/RAID adapters
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 MB699VP-B V3
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 4x PCIe NVMe U.2/U.3 SSD, up to 15mm drive height
   
Installs into any standard external 5.25" optical drive bay
   
Uses 4x OCuLink (SFF-8612) to connect, pin-out defined by SFF-9402 Rev 1.1
   
Supports PCIe 4.0 specification with transfer rates up to 64Gb/s per drive bay
   
Supports Tri-mode controllers PCIe/NVMe pinout (Broadcom, Areca, and more)
   
Ruggedized full-metal enclosure meeting flammability requirements
   
Removable tray system for easy maintenance
   
Dual high-performance 40x20mm cooling fan with three fan speed setting (High, Low, Off)
   
The Eagle-hook tray latch securely holds the drive tray inside the enclosure
   
Supports SATA 15-pin and OCuLink cables with locking latch design for a secure connection
   
EMI Grounding – protects SSDs from electrical damage
   
Industry-leading 5 years limited warranty against all defects
   
Complimentary support from professionally trained technical support agents

Specification
Model Number: MB699VP-B V3
Color: Black
Support Drive Size: 2.5" (up to 15mm height)
Compatible Drive Type: U.2/U.3
Number of Drives: 4
Drive Bay: 5.25" half height bay
Host Interface: 4 x OCuLink SFF-8612 4i, pin-out defined by SFF-9402 Rev 1.1
(Tri-mode HBA/RAID card compatible)
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 40x40x20mm 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: 911.2g
Package Gross Weight: 945.7g
Drive Activity LED Indication: Drive power: solid green; SSD access: flashing green
Package Contents: Device, user manual, drive ID plugs, screws
SSD 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: 5 years

Compatible Drive Tray (Caddy):

  • MB991TRAY-B
  • MB994TK-B

Compatible Drive cable:

  • MB206L-B Cable
  • MB302L-B Cable

Related Products Series:

  • NVMe Enclosures
  • SAS/SATA Enclosures

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FAQ

Q: Can you recommend an add-on card that is compatible with MB699VP-B V3?

A: To ensure compatibility with MB699VP-B V3, 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: 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 11 / 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 V3

 

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
(Not Included)
Phillips Flat Head - M3 x 25mm – Steel
(Came with stock fan)

 

Compatible fan models
(without test, use it at your own risk)

 


Q: I feel that the drive tray's upper and lower metal spring is stuck when inserting the drive tray. What should I do?

A: Remove the drive tray from the enclosure and reinsert the tray without putting excessive pressure on the metal mesh sheet in front of the tray. Excessive force on the front metal mesh sheet may bend the top and bottom metal spring, causing difficulties when inserting the drive tray. Therefore, please do not forcingly insert the drive tray when this happens as it may cause damage to the metal spring.

 

metal spring
Please DO NOT put excessive pressure on the metal mesh sheet as shown


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