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ICY DOCK MB990SP-B Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SATA/IDE Adapter - Final Thoughts

SSDs were standardized for notebooks, but many power users have plans for desktop use. 2.5 to 3.5 done easy right here!

| Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Apr 2, 2010 5:31 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ICY DOCK

Final Thoughts

 

Until we start to see more desktop PC cases like the Corsair Obsidian 800D that supports 2.5" drives out of the box, enthusiasts and power users looking to use SSDs in their desktops are going to need adapters. As we mentioned in the introduction, there are several adapters already on the market and that list is destined to grow every month. Some of these are very cheap and hold a single drive, but are a pain in the butt to install in most cases. On the enterprise side of things you can buy adapters that hold up to eight drives and take up a few 5.25" CD-ROM bays, but these are expensive and overkill for most users.

 

The ICY DOCK MB990SP-B sites in the sweet spot that will allow you to install up to two SSDs in your system with little effort and is cheap enough to make it a true accessory that fits the definition perfectly. With Intel's latest RST 9.6 driver release more users will feel comfortable using two drives in RAID 0 and the performance is amazing when doing this. The new driver adds RAID TRIM support so you will not see a significant slowdown in performance over time, making RAID 0 SSDs the next must have tech for enthusiasts. The ICY DOCK MB990SP-B gives you that option since it can hold two drives.

 

At 19.99 USD from Newegg the ICY DOCK MB990SP-B does cost more than some of the other adapters on the market that has less features. Like everything else in life, though, you get what you pay for. Even at a slight premium this price point is still acceptable for anyone purchasing a solid state drive.

 

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