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ICY DOCK MB990SP-B Dual Bay 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Good, quick-release drive bracket. Works well for SSDs. Decently sturdy construction.

Cons: SSDs that are not "full-height" have a little play up or down in the bracket. Not a huge con, but something to keep in mind when plugging in your drives once mounted in the bracket. The new Samsung 840's were thinner than my Crucial M4's, so they didn't fit in as snugly on the top and bottom. Front-to-back was still fine and secure enough to keep them from falling out or anything.

Other Thoughts: I've ordered two of these now, they're pretty nice. I'm happy with the overall product.

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Amazing performance. Got 2 of these and put them in a RAID-0 array on my new Z87 mainboard, and I'm getting pretty unbelievable numbers. TRIM works fine through the new Intel drivers to the RAID array.

Cons: None. Worth every. Single. Penny.

Other Thoughts: Note that the Samsung Magician software will no longer "recognize" the drives once in a RAID array. To upgrade the firmware, you will need to switch to AHCI mode in the BIOS (rather than RAID mode), upgrade the firmware using the DOS ISO from their website (and nVidia chip owners will need to guess a bit, as the DOS mode on current nVidia chips is.. ahem... not well done) and then switch back to RAID mode. I did it and did not lose data.

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Decent drive. Nothing really special to say about it. Seems to be standard build quality, and is relatively quiet. Short, so will fit in cases with less room (media machines, etc).

Cons: When they say OEM, they mean it. NOTHING else comes with this drive, not even the sample BD player from Cyberlink/etc. Maybe my memory is getting faulty, but I remember getting the "sample" software included in the bubble wrap on OEM drives, just not the retail packaging/manuals/etc. Plan on spending 40$ more (minimum) if you want to play current blu-ray movies normally (some free stuff can be put together via VLC player, but the codes for those discs is out of date and you may not be able to play newer discs).

Other Thoughts: Good drive overall. If you are already an owner of a blu-ray player software suite, this drive will fit the bill nicely.


Brian S.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian S.

Date Joined: 08/22/02

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 12/06/06
  • Last Review: 09/01/13
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