Installation & Testing
ICY DOCK their best to provide a tool less installation which allows even the most technically challenged users to successfully install a hard drive inside the MB668 enclosure.
And they succeeded nicely, installation takes less than 5 seconds and requires no tools whatsoever, swapping a new drive in/out is done a flash without any risks. We tested the MB668 with an SSD as well as 7200rpm 2.5” HDD, both were detected without issue and worked nicely, maxing out USB 2.0 transfer speed.
ICY DOCK includes a discrete LED light to indicate disk activity, it’s hidden inside the D of the “ICY DOCK” logo printed at the top of the drive:
Performance wise the device allows you to max out your USB 2.0 port, what more do you want? If we compare the read/write performance with a performance 16Gb USB stick (Corsair Voyager GT
) using ATTO disk bench, we get these numbers:
Reading data from a disk inside the ICY DOCK enclosure hits the transfer limit of USB 2.0; smaller file sizes are read faster from the disk/SSD compared to the USB stick, but the difference is minimal, especially if we compare the outcome of the write tests:
Here you can see the ICY DOCK solution dominating when it comes down the raw write speeds, at small and larger files it’s noticeably faster. All in all the performance of any drive put inside the MB668 will be limited by the USB 2.0 interface, but you do get better small file performance even when compared to a high performance USB stick.