iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA and BPU-124DE-SS HDD Docks

Posted by on Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 8:11pm

The two products from them that will we will be taking a look at are the BPN-2535DE and the BPU-124DE-SS. Both are backplanes that will fit in either a 3.5” or 5.25” bay depending on the model that best fits your needs. Also, they each share the ability to house multiple 2.5” drives. For most average computer users today, these products are ideal for if you have problems with having lack of support for internal drives in your chassis. Getting either the BPN-2535DE or the BPU-124DE-SS will be a wiser solution than buying a larger chassis which would likely cost you more. Now, read on to check the differences of the two to determine the best for your need.

Introduction

Our new friends at iStarUSA are known as major players when it comes to enclosures, towers, hot-swap cages as well as other devices in the field of industrial and professional computers. If you are looking for something that will allow you to add additional storage devices to your current built, we advise you to check their site first. Also, you can continue to browse Pro-Clockers as we will be featuring more of iStarUSA products in the near future.

The two products from them that will we will be taking a look at are the BPN-2535DE and the BPU-124DE-SS. Both are backplanes that will fit in either a 3.5” or 5.25” bay depending on the model that best fits your needs. Also, they each share the ability to house multiple 2.5” drives. For most average computer users today, these products are ideal for if you have problems with having lack of support for internal drives in your chassis. Getting either the BPN-2535DE or the BPU-124DE-SS will be a wiser solution than buying a larger chassis which would likely cost you more. Now, read on to check the differences of the two to determine the best for your need.

iStarUSA’s take on the BPN-2535DE-SA

BPN-2535DE-SA internal drive cage is a compact and cost effective solution for an internal 3.5” drive cage with two 2.5” hard drives. It provides an extra storage within a compact design to satisfy many application needs. BPN-2535DE-SA is constructed of aluminum material that provides excellent heat dissipation required for high performance 2.5"DDs and SSDs. It is easy and quick to install it into any tower or rackmount chassis.

iStarUSA’s take on the BPU-124DE-SS

High availability storage in compact design, BPU-124DE-SS adds extra storage and hot-swap capability to satisfy any application needs. The BPU-124DE-SS is constructed of aluminum material that provides best heat dissipation required for high performance 2.5" SATA and SAS drives. The housing is designed with excellent front to back airflow cooling with two 40mm fans. BPU-124DE-SS is an ideal solution for 2.5" HDD RAID and JBOD applications.


Specifications (BPN-2535DE-SA)

Model Number

BPN-2535DE-SA

RoHS Compliance Version

Yes

Standard Drive Bays

3.5" Drives: 1
Hotswap 2.5": 2

Hotswap HDD Type:

2.5" SATA I/II/III

Indicators

Power and HDD access

Security

Key Lock

Material of Main Chassis

Aluminum

Color of Main Chassis

Black

Dimensions (WxHxD)

4.00" x 1.00" x 5.74"
101.6 mm x 25.4 mm x 145.8 mm


Specification (BPU-124DE-SS)

Model Number

BPU-124DE-SS

RoHS Compliance Version

Yes

Standard Drive Bays

5.25" Drives: 1
Hotswap 2.5": 4

Hotswap HDD Type:

2.5" SAS I/II & SATA I/II/III

Indicators

Power and HDD access. fast red blinking: overheating. slow red blinking: fan failure

Security

Key Lock

Material of Main Chassis

Aluminum

Color of Main Chassis

Black

Cooling Fan

2x40mm

Dimensions (WxHxD)

5.75" x 1.65" x 7.09"
146.0 mm x 41.9 mm x 180.1 mm


Closer Look(BPN-2535DE-SA)

The first of the two we will look at is the BPN-2535DE-SA. This particular model is designed to handle dual 2.5” SATA II/III HDD or SSD drives adopting them to a single 3.5” drive bay. This is the ideal option if you are looking to add a couple of 2.5" drives to a system and want to read each drive individually. In short, this model does not support true forms of RAID.

The enclosure is made of aluminum and painted in black. The aluminum body helps with the dissipation of heat from the drive and the black color would easily match with many of the PC cases out there. A red stripe is present of the top of the unit which gives it a nice racy look.

The front of the enclosure consists of two bays. In order to gain access to the drive bays, you have to pull a small plastic lever to open. Each of the levers has a series of air holes to allow air to enter and each lever has a typical round computer key lock to secure the drive inside. There is a pair of activity lights for each drive bay.

The sides of the enclosure are comprised of a few screw holes for mounting the enclosure to your chassis.

In the rear of the enclosures we have more vents for air circulation. There are two SATA data connectors as well as a single SATA power connector for both drives. The small switch is to disable the front LED lighting.


Closer Look (BPU-124DE-SS)

The iStarUSA 124DE-SS is a total beast altogether. This unit is designed to fit in a single 5.25" drive bay and has the ability to house up to four SATA II/III 2.5" HDD and SSD drives. With the aid of some type of RAID controller either from the motherboard or via controller card, the 124DE-DD has support for it. If not, the drives will be seen and operate individually. 

The overall design is similar to that of the 2535DE-SA but larger. It also is made of black aluminum which is a must in an enclosure that can support four drives. The same red stripe is present on the top of the unit. The rear which we will see in a few is mostly red giving it a nice touch of contrast.

This amazing unit supports up to four 2.5" drives which is why there are four doors on the front. Each drive rack has a ventilation hole for cool air intake, a key lock and a small pull handle for opening and pulling out the rack.

A good feature of the product is that racks in this model detaches from the rest of the enclosure enabling the user to mount the drives to the rack first. That makes is easy to mount the drives where only a little work is needed on the side of the builder. It only takes a few seconds to actually mount the drives to the rack and the rack into the enclosure.

Here we have the side of the enclosure and the four mounting screw holes for securing the unit to the PC case. 

The rear of the enclosure remains aluminum put is painted red for a nice look. Once again there are four SATA data connections and a single SATA power plug. The difference here is the additional of two 40mm cooling fans to help exhaust hot air out of the enclosure. There is also a switch to turn off the front LEDs.


Mounting Images

Both devices are simple to install and no one with basic PC knowledge should have any issues with this process.

The 2535DE-SA does not require any tools for mounting the drives in the enclosure. You only need to insert the drives in the slot and allow the lever to secure the drive to the internal connectors.

In the case of the 124DE-SS, you will have to take a minute or two to mount each drive on to the rack and insert them into the enclosure.

 


Quick Performance Testing

Here we have a few screenshot from CrystalDiskMark on the performance on the enclosure with some Kingston HyperX 3k 90GB drives.


Conclusion

Both the iStarUSA BPU-124DE-SS and the BPN-2535DE-SA are very useful devices for those that need them. Adding data storage to a small form factor system is a daunting task given with such limited space but that is a thing of the past with this kind of enclosures. One of the biggest features of the enclosures is the material they are really built in. The aluminum structure is not only there for looks and sturdiness but to help with the dissipation of heat that can build up in such a small casing.

If you are planning on running drives in RAID, we advise you to opt for the 124DE-SS as it does offer support RAID just as long as you supply the actual function via the motherboard or a controller. Either of the two products can be used if you want your drives to function separately.

We feel that iStarUSA has a couple of winners with the two enclosure and we hope to see more soon from them so stay tuned!

 

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