AIO Group shows off mATX case with built in RAID

myriad 2 AIO Group shows off mATX case with built in RAID

Once in a while you run into a company you've never heard of that has a product that makes you wonder why no-one thought of it before. AIO is such a company, although speaking to a representative of the company at CeBIT, it turns out their heritage is from a defunct case maker and the product in question is its Myriad chassis.

Once in a while you run into a company you've never heard of that has a product that makes you wonder why no-one thought of it before. AIO is such a company, although speaking to a representative of the company at CeBIT, it turns out their heritage is from a defunct case maker and the product in question is its Myriad chassis.

myriad 1 AIO Group shows off mATX case with built in RAID

The Myriad is anything but your average chassis, as this mATX case has no less than seven hot-swappable hard drive bays behind a heavy door. But as nice as the hot swappable drive bays are, the fact that five of them are connected to a port multiplier makes this a truly unique product. It allows for the creation of a soft RAID without the need of a RAID controller in the system, as all five drives are connected to a single SATA connector on the motherboard. The port multiplier allows for RAID 0, 1, 3, 5 and 10.

myriad 2 AIO Group shows off mATX case with built in RAID

The only minor complaint is the fact that AIO decided to use trays for the drives which makes the hot-swapping kind of awkward as you have to remove the drive from the tray and screw the new drive back in before you can swap out a faulty drive. Other features of the chassis includes a single 5.25-inch drive, another internal 3.5-inch bay and a 2.5-inc bay, as well as a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports and a pair of audio jacks on the front, all accessible without having to open the door.

myriad 3 AIO Group shows off mATX case with built in RAID

Internally there's space for five expansion cards with plastic retention clips and the case comes pre-fitted with a 120mm fan. We're not so keen on the top mounted PSU, but as this is a mATX chassis it's not a massive deal breaker. AIO claims that the Myriad can handle four 350mm add-in cards, albeit these would only be single slot cards of course. The finishing of the chassis also caught our attention, as it's quite different from what we've seen from other manufacturers. Overall, this is an unusual little chassis, but sadly it only appears to be available in Europe for the time being.

Source: AIO

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