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

By Chris Ramseyer from Oct 5, 2018 @ 10:00 CDT

Final Thoughts


We've tested a number of products from Icy Dock over the last decade and found that sometimes the enclosures have little issues that we have to work around but can live with, and other times they are just perfect right out of the box. The two units we tested today fit in the latter category where we couldn't ask for anything more and wouldn't ask for anything to change in the design.




That doesn't mean we can't find anything to complain about. The MB998IP-B at $159.99 and MB516SP-B at $299.99 are extremely expensive. There are very few alternatives, and you would have a difficult time finding one with equal build quality at a lower price.



The real question is who needs to stack sixteen or even eight SSDs together. That takes us to the outer edges of computing when talking about flash storage. The enclosures are small enough to build a power NAS in a small form factor system or to build extreme performance storage without dealing with rackmount hardware and the drawbacks that comes with it, like server-level noise and power consumption. The two Icy Dock enclosures we tested today really just give you more flexibility in your system design and eliminate obstacles that previously might have added expense or complexity to an otherwise simple task, like adding a lot of storage space to your system.

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