vlad1966

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I just bought 4 64GB Crucial M4 SSDs and have them running in an ICY DOCK MB994SP-4S 4 x 2.5" HDD in 1 x 5.25" bay SAS / SATA Hot Swap Backplane RAID cage. This "cage" has 2 slightly-annoying 40mm Fans that I find to be a little too loud.

My question is, would I be safe in turning off those 2 fans and not worry about my SSDs burning up during heavy use?

Thanks!

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I just bought 4 64GB Crucial M4 SSDs and have them running in an ICY DOCK MB994SP-4S 4 x 2.5" HDD in 1 x 5.25" bay SAS / SATA Hot Swap Backplane RAID cage. This "cage" has 2 slightly-annoying 40mm Fans that I find to be a little too loud.

My question is, would I be safe in turning off those 2 fans and not worry about my SSDs burning up during heavy use?

Thanks!

I'd say unplug those fans and monitor temps on the SSDs, If they get above 50c I'd look at putting a 80 to 120mm fan somewhere in the case to try and draw air through the icy dock.

Most likely you won't need the fans assuming your ambient temp is reasonable. Unreasonable would be Thailand or South America or some such with no AC. Heck even the desert southwest in the US without AC would be unreasonable.

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Those fans are there with the intention that you might put in platter drives. SSDs don't really generate significant heat, so you should be fine without those fans if your case has enough air flow already.

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Yeah, I'm not worried about the SSDs creating heat...but if you have a lot of heat in the case already that can be an issue.

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All good comments above!

Here are a few more suggestions for thinking "outside the box" [pun intended] :)

(1) the older Athena version of that 4-in-1 design came with

really B-A-D SATA connectors that ripped out if the cable connector

was a bit too snug: so, I tore it apart one day, to see its inner workings;

if you feel comfortable doing so, you should be able to disassemble

that unit and replace those fans with quieter 40mm fans,

or remove them completely to help with flow-through ventilation:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994095&Tpk=MB994SP-4S

(2) if (1) above works, you could even route the fan power cables

to a fan controller, then you will have lots of manual control over rpm

and resulting noise;

(3) if you don't want to risk damages to a production subsystem,

buy another and tear it apart (sometimes we must pay for knowledge);

(4) some of the heat generated by your SSDs will conduct itself

to the rest of that Icy Dock enclosure; thus, if you have an

empty 5.25" drive bay above, or below, your existing Icy Dock,

a "rafter fan" will definitely provide extra cooling to the

Icy Dock enclosure -- very cheap and very effective (but not perfect):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817984009&Tpk=rafter%20fan

(5) there are other suppliers of these exquisite 4-in-1 enclosures

e.g. Enhance Technology, Thermaltake, Addonics etc.; if you are ever

in the market to buy more of same, check out the subtle differences;

AFAIK, Athena fixed the "rip-out" problem, so you may also want

to look at their 4-in-1 enclosure:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817998143

http://www.enhance-tech.com/press/press_082509_QuadraPack_X14.html

http://www.addonics.com/products/raid_system/AESN4DA25.asp

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816119025

(latter has a fan speed switch: but, the SATA connectors look the same

as the ones that "ripped out" when I tried to disconnect a fan-out SFF-8087 SATA cable)

Hope this helps!

MRFS

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At idle the SSDs consume nothing (cooling-wise). Under load they're comparable to regular 2.5" platter drives (no Raptor). But whatever the load - 4 of them are going to finish it quickly and return to idle. I wouldn't worry about cooling. Oh, and 40 mm fans are sooo annoying!

MrS

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