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Icy Dock MB998IP-B/MB516SP-B Review - 8/16-Bays with MX500

Icy Dock MB998IP-B/MB516SP-B Review - 8/16-Bays with MX500
SSDs are cheap so stack them deep with Icy Dock 8 and 16 - Bay Enclosures
By: Chris Ramseyer | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Oct 5, 2018 3:00 pm

Introduction

 

Do you ever dream of having server-like storage capacity in your desktop PC without the ear-busting noise?

 

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Icy Dock builds accessories for storage products. The product line consists primarily of drive cages, but there are some external enclosures as well. The company has enjoyed success with both small and, in recent years, large drive count products used to adapt hard disk drives and solid state drives into 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch bays.

 

Today we take a deep dive into two of the latest high capacity storage enclosures from the company. The MB998IP-B is the latest 5.25-inch bay 8-drive enclosure with mini-SAS connectivity. It's nearly identical to a previously released model that used eight standard SATA connectors to add drives to your system.

 

For those of you that don't remember and wonder what the covers on your computer are for, a 5.25-inch bay used to house optical media drives, like CD and DVD ROMs.

 

 

The MB516SP-B uses a similar mini-SAS cable configuration but doubles the density to a massive sixteen drives that fit in just two 5.25-inch bays. The MB516SP-B is the densest storage we have ever tested.

 

Finding sixteen identical drives proved difficult. We didn't have any modern matching SSDs, so we reached out to Crucial to fulfill our 16-terabyte storage aspirations, and the company came through with the remarkable MX500 1TB, one of the best-selling and fastest SATA SSDs ever released.

 

 

Specifications

 

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We're looking at two enclosures, but both are very similar. The MB998IP-B starts us off with eight drive bays with two SFF-8643 connections to the host system, and it fits in a single 5.25" bay. Take those specifications and double them for the MB516SP-B.

 

Power delivery doubles as well with two 15-pin SATA connections for the MB998IP-B and four for the MB516SP-B. The fan cooling goes the opposite way with two 40mm fans on the back of the 8-drive enclosure and a single 80mm fan on the 16-drive enclosure. Both enclosures feature a switch to control the fan's rotation speed. We didn't have any issues with noise even with the fans running at full speed on either system.

 

 

Pricing And Warranty

 

Like many other Icy Dock enclosures, the MB998IP-B and MB516SP-B come with a no hassle 3-year warranty. Pricing starts at $159.99 for the 8-bay and $299.99 for the 16-bay enclosure.

 

 

Icy Dock MB516SP-B

 

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The freshest line of 2.5" drive enclosures feature a few updates and upgrades over previous models. Users can install a plastic tag on each drive tray to keep them in order. On the back, we see the new SFF-8643 that eliminates the individual SATA data connectors. Each SFF-8643 transmits data for four drives.

 

 

Icy Dock MB516SP-B

 

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From the front, the 16-bay version looks like two 8-bay enclosures stacked together. Unlike the MB516SP-B, the 16-bay version segments the power and data to different sides of the enclosure. That makes installation easier.

 

 

Accessories

 

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Both enclosures ship with screws for installing 2.5" drive in the trays and screws to mount each enclosure in your case. The tabs for the drive sleds come on a mold like the parts for plastic models.

 

 

Crucial MX500 1TB

 

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We can't forget the Crucial MX500, the SATA SSD with the best balance between performance and cost shipping today. The MX500's biggest attribute comes from the Micron 64-layer TLC memory that delivers exceptional random read performance at low queue depths.

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