Icy Dock this week announced a new M.2 enclosure that can house up to 12 M.2 SSDs and is the size of a single, 5.25-inch optical drive bay. You can install the ToughArmor MB872MP-B directly into your best PC case — if you still have a case that even supports external 5.25-inch drives.
The ToughArmor MB872MP-B can be a really cool option for those with mass storage needs. Housing up to 12 M.2 SSDs can be great for NAS or server use, for example.
The ToughARmor MB872MP-B supports drive sizes from 30mm all the way to 110mm (2230 / 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110). The only obvious downside of this drive rack is the lack of NVMe support; the only M.2 form factor drives it supports are SATA-based. That means you're limited to 6 Gbps speeds.
All 12 SSDs are connected via three custom OcuLink (SFF-8612) data connectors and two SATA 15-pin power connectors.
For cooling, the chambers are specialized slimline trays. They're made with a thick aluminum to help act as a heatsink for keeping the M.2 drives cool. There's also a 40mm fan is installed to ensure active airflow is going over all the drives.
The ToughArmor MB872MP-B is currently available for $773.
Interesting, at least.
Not really. You can have a PCIE switch controller card. Eg, 48x to 4x. Then you can have all 12 nvme sticks. But total bandwidth will be limited.
Unfortunately, thats not going to happen. The enclosure can only support M.2 SATA drives, not Nvme ones. While 8TB Nvme drives are available, I have never seen any for M.2 SATA.