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ICY DOCK MB662U3-2S Dual Bay SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure
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4 out of 5 eggs good speed 06/03/2013

This review is from: ICY DOCK MB662U3-2S Dual Bay SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure

Pros: -slim, save space
-good look
-metal exterior, silver?
-fan, decent power
-did I mention speed?
-easy to setup

Cons: -came with 1 semi loose/broken clipper
-fan a bit loud? could be two HDD running thats why

Other Thoughts: start with the CON, broken or loose clipper, latch releases itself very easily with slight pressure or shock, something i can live with.. I guess.

fits two HDD and very slim, metal exterior to release heat, silver/white colored won't absorb light, keep it even cooler than regular black enclosure, just tiny bit cooler..

could definitely feel the fan running, and heat coming out of it, fan is doing its job for something so tiny.

two HDD measured in sequential 2MB write at QD1 (normal file copy transfer for large, movie/rar/iso/music files) at 320 MB/s with two barracuda 3TB drives, QD4 in CDM shows at 340 MB/s, it'll go even faster with velociraptor or SSDs inside but storage otherwise is wasted.

SilverStone DS322B Aluminum / Plastic 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: cheap enclosure, screw less

Cons: seems to have massive issues with their product, drives can not write/ format.

Other Thoughts: 1st enclosure I was able to format two drives in raid 0, read and write were amazing at near 340mb/s sequential for large files. however it would constantly break off after writing few gb so rendering it unusable and it would no longer write anymore. read from HDtune works fine, but cannot write/format, disk management would freeze.

at first I thought maybe issues with power supply not providing enough power but that is not the case, changed different usb 3 cable and no luck. swap out different drives and again not working, test the same drives in another raid/solo enclosure drives worked fine. tried this enclosure on another computer still same issue, cannot format.

returned it for a 2nd enclosure, same issue can't format out of the box. silverstone, this will be the last time I get anything from the company, you guys have wasted my time.

PNY Prevail Elite 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Cheap for eMLC flash at 25nm
-300+ MB/s write for a sandforce drive
-eMLC 10k write cycle
-Sandforce controller is faster when Data exist on drive comparing to Marvell/Samsung/Indilinx controller

Cons: -Trim NOT fully functioning
-Trim NOT fully functioning
-Trim NOT fully functioning

Other Thoughts: would have been 5 eggs if Trim worked 100% below are my reasons why I wrote so many -Trim NOT fully functioning in the Cons.

-without Trim, 300MB/s write slows down eventually to around 150MB/s I have had mine drop to as low as 120MB/s. this is achieved with massive amount of writes, although with garbage collection after long hours leaving computer and SSD idle, it recovers to 240MB/s ish

-Trim, cleans up used sector, also helps drive LAST LONGER, meaning it increases SSD endurance as well as lifespan. that means, this 10k SSD just became 5k or 3k, better believe it.

-because this has Trim issue, it's using Sandforce performance firmware 5.0.2. After all the Trim with sandforce problems was found at PNY still uses 5.0.2. they probably are not aware of this which also means a chance for getting a firmware update is slim, or have to wait awhile for a FW release.


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Date Joined: 08/16/11

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  • Last Review: 06/03/13
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