If you fall into Icy Dock’s target audience with this product – that is, high intensity, high RPM drives, possibly in a RAID environment – then you’ll be satisfied. But what about if you’re not in the target audience?
I was pleasantly surprised.
The MB994SP has many things going for it. Not only is a sleek looking solution to keeping all your 2.5” drives in one convenient location, but it also cools them (if they’re mechanical) and keeps them safe.
As previously mentioned, installation is easy.
What really had me grinning was the ability to eliminate cable clutter. I, personally, like to keep the interior of my case neat and tidy. Being able to do away with SATA power cables in favor of a MOLEX power cable was extremely pleasing. I was able to completely remove my 3.5”/2.5” drive bays (with a bit of case modding) and just use the Icy Dock for my main set up. Being able to place it at the very top of my case also helped with keeping cables out of sight and therefore, out of mind.
Benchmarking my SSD in the MB994SP-4S gave me one disappointing facet; the performance of the drive decreased, albeit slightly. Whilst the difference was extremely minimal, there was a difference, and it is worth noting.
Right now you can pick up the MB994SP-4S for $69.99 at my favorite online retailer. Overall, ThinkComputers would like to award the Icy Dock MB994SP-4S Mobile Rack a 9 out of 10 score.
– Holds 4 drives
– Easy to install
– Lots of drive protection
– Hides clutter
– Looks good
– Good thermal performance
– Low noise
– Causes slight performance decrease