Icy Dock MB992SK-B Dual 2.5″ Drive Enclosure
Almost all of us have spare drive bays on the front of our PCs and a fair number of us have either got spare parts kicking about or have run out of space inside our system for hard drives. Icy Dock are looking to problems like these with their drive racks/cages which are designed to add storage space to our otherwise empty front of case bays. One such model is the MB992SK-B which we have on our test bench today.
Packaging and Bundle
Icy Dock package the device in a package which does a good job of giving us a picture of the cage plus information on the features both on the front and back. Inside we find a manual and the screws required to install our drives.
The MB992SK-B uses a black painted aluminium and SECC chassis. Two bays (supporting 9.5mm thickness drives) can be found on the front alongside a lock (with supplied keys). Designed to fit into 3.5" spaces this 2 bay model measures 133×101.2×25.4mm and weighs 375g with status LEDs used on the front of each drive area.
Inside we screw our drives into trays before sliding into place and round the back connecting the rack to our system we have a single SATA power connector and two sata ports capable of 6GB/s operation.
Performance and Conclusion
The MB992SK-B uses Direct SATA connections and we installed our 1TB Samsung Evo SSD into each and tested the speed on a Z87 based motherboard. Shown below are the highest speeds in ATTO.
In terms of build quality and design the MB992SK-B is built solidly with the Aluminium and SECC structure feeling robust. Each drive bay is easy to remove and install with all the bundled items we need included in the box.
If we were to change one aspect of the design it would be to go tool free for the drive brackets, just to make installation as easy as it could possibly be but in reality four screws isn’t a lot of work.
As the graph shows there is minimal impact from using the Icy Dock product, in fact it is fair to say the differences in scores are very much down to the margin of error between test runs. Great news for those looking at maximum performance from the enclosure.