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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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Before, After, and Optimized Results

04/14/2015 - 12:04

I tested multiple samples with the following procedure, but I will single out single units to show the various peformance differences. I'll start with a 120GB 840 EVO: Before update: [inline:files/review/2015-04-14/120 before-.png] Our test sample...

Samsung Magician 4.6 and 840 EVO EXT0DB6Q Firmware Review - Finally Fixed

04/14/2015 - 12:00

The tale of the Samsung 840 EVO is a long and winding one, with many hitches along the way. Launched at the Samsung 2013 Global SSD Sumit, the 840 EVO was a unique entry into the SSD market. Using 19nm planar TLC flash, the EVO would have had only...

Firmware Update and Samsung SSD Magician 4.6 Added Features

04/14/2015 - 11:49

While we suspect the firmware update will be available through the new Magician, we tested this in beta form and the normal update method was not available to us. We had to update the old fashioned way - with the DOS-based updater. Things went smoothly,...

Pricing and Conclusion

04/07/2015 - 14:30


ICYCube MB561U3S-4S 4 Bay 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0/eSATA External Enclosure

04/06/2015 - 18:52

[inline:files/review/2015-04-06/150406-142856.jpg] Starting at the rear we see a standard power connector, Kensington Lock port, three position fan speed control switch, eSATA, and USB 3.0 ports. [inline:files/review/2015-04-06/150406-142913.jpg] The fan...

ICYRaid MB662U3-2S Dual bay SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure

04/06/2015 - 18:11

First lets take a look at the rear, as that is where the most is happening on the ICYRaid: [inline:files/review/2015-04-06/150406-141945.jpg]

ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB and ICYBento MB559U3S-1S Review

04/06/2015 - 17:26

Introduction Today we're taking a quick look at a pair of drive enclosures sent to us by ICY DOCK. [inline:files/review/2015-04-03/150403-114732.jpg] To the left is the ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB, which is a 5.25" bay hot swap chassis capable...

Pricing and Conclusion

04/03/2015 - 16:23

Pricing ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB - $90.14 (Amazon) ICYBento MB559U3S-1S - $66.84 (Amazon) The ToughArmor is in line with other (more cheaply made) equivalent solutions, but the ICYBento seems a bit on the high side compared to other equivalent 3.5"...

ICYBento MB559U3S-1S Slim USB 3.0 & eSATA External HDD Enclosure

04/03/2015 - 16:14

[inline:files/review/2015-04-03/150403-120825.jpg] The housing is nicely built, with an aluminum 'taco' and plastic center band. [inline:files/review/2015-04-03/150403-120838.jpg] At the rear we find power, switch, USB 3.0, eSATA, Kensington lock...

ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB 6x2.5" SATA HDD Hot Swap Mobile Rack

04/03/2015 - 15:59

Outside the housing: [inline:files/review/2015-04-03/150403-115052.jpg] [inline:files/review/2015-04-03/150403-115105.jpg] At the rear we find molex power connectors. There are two, but you don't need to connect both if the power needs do not warrant...