Icy Dock has launched the ToughArmor MB842MP-B, a PCIe card with detachable bays for 2 M.2 SSDs. The MB842MP-B is an improve over the MB840M2P-B, which Icy Dock launched three years in the past.
Many motherboards include two and even three M.2 slots. The ToughArmor MB842MP-B comes into play when customers want extra M.2 slots than the motherboard can present. It is also a sound choice for homeowners of legacy motherboards so as to add one, or on this case, two M.2 slots to an older system. Apparently, as soon as the cardboard is put in, you may add or take away SSDs with out opening your PC’s case.
Different choices available on the market, corresponding to ASRock’s Blazing Quad M.2 Card or the PCIe riser playing cards included in premium motherboards, present housing for extra SSDs. Nevertheless, one in all ToughArmor MB842MP-B’s promoting factors is the tools-free design, the place customers can set up or change SSDs with out opening the pc case.
The SSD goes right into a small aluminum enclosure, or M.2 locker, as Icy Dock calls it. The set up consists of popping the lid off, sliding the drive, and placing the duvet again into place. The M.2 locker accepts M.2 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110 SSDs. The utmost allowed width is 3.8mm, although. The M.2 locker is a big heatsink, whereas the included thermal pad helps warmth dissipation.
The ToughArmor MB842MP-B comes with LED indicators to indicate drive exercise. Icy Dock additionally sells an optionally available 2-pin HDD exercise cable to attach the ToughArmor MB842MP-B to your motherboard or entrance panel.
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M.2 SSDs are hot-swappable, relying if the motherboard and firmware helps it. The characteristic is not quite common on mainstream motherboards. Except your system has that characteristic, Icy Dock recommends homeowners to show off the system earlier than changing or putting in SSDs into the ToughArmor MB842MP-B.
The ToughArmor MB842MP-B is suitable with PCIe 3.0 and PCIe 4.0 growth slots that function at x8 or x16. The one requirement is that your motherboard should help PCIe bifurcation for the ToughArmor MB842MP-B to work appropriately. PCIe bifurcation means splitting the growth slot into smaller interfaces. For instance, an x8 growth slot divides into x4/x4, or an x16 growth slot is bifurcated into an x4/x4/x4/x4 configuration. PCIe bifurcation is a characteristic that is on most fashionable motherboards. Nevertheless, for those who’re uncertain if yours has it, Icy Dock has a useful record you may seek the advice of.
Icy Dock sells the ToughArmor MB842MP-B for $249.99 (opens in new tab). The ToughArmor MB840M2P-B, which solely has spacing for a single M.2 SSD, retails for $105.50 (opens in new tab). The twin-bay variant prices greater than two occasions that of the unique.