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Icy Dock ToughArmor Series Overview Review (Page 1)

Icy Dock ToughArmor Series Overview Review

We've admired Icy Dock's products for years, and we've loved the designs and high build quality. Today Chris walks us through the ToughArmor Series.

By Chris Ramseyer | May 14, 2014 09:00 am CDT



We've tested Icy Dock's innovative line of storage products for years and used them for even longer. I use a few of the company's products religiously in my test SSD test systems. The reason why is because the products allow me to quickly swap one drive for another and don't degrade performance, a critical issue when measuring performance in a professional manner.

The Icy Dock ToughArmor product series uses all metal construction and allows users to install multiple devices in small spaces. The MB996SP-6SB is a great example of providing a quality enclose that packs six 2.5-inch drives in a single 5.25-inch drive bay. It's impossible to increase density further. That unit also allows the user to decrease clutter inside the computer case because it reduces the number of power cables to the drive location. Adding even more sugar to the mixture, the MB996SP-6SB adds a small--but silent--fan to cool the drives directly and pull air into the system.

We're taking a close look at the entire ToughArmor products series today. We have all five models in the product line up in the lab. All of the enclosures use Icy Dock's EZ-Slide drive carriers in a full metal enclosure for easy and reliable operation.

The ToughArmor series was overbuilt for a reason. The metal is dense and doesn't bend under normal use. If you run over the enclosures with a SUV, you might have an issue, but we'll test that later in this review.

We've tested drive enclosures in the past made of plastic and had issues with sliding the drives in but missing the SATA ports. This puts stress on SATA power and data connector, which can damage the drive and the enclosure. The Icy Dock ToughArmor products we've used never have this issue.

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