ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB516SP-B Review - High Density 16-Bay Hot-Swappable SAS/SATA
Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging
A while back, we reviewed the ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB998SP-B and MB993SK-B hot-swap SATA docks. These were well built, high-density docks meant for 7mm height SSDs and HDDs. The former part was unique in that it let you squeeze eight drives in a single 5.25” drive bay, all while enabling you to hot swap all of them at the front panel. The ToughArmor line has been pushing into higher and higher bay counts, so it only made sense that we eventually saw something higher than an 8-bay unit:
Enter the ToughArmor MB516SP-B. While it looks like two MB998SP-B’s stacked on top of each other, there is more than meets the eye in order to pull this trick off properly. We'll focus on that further into the review, but for now, let us get through the specs.
No big surprises here. 16 drives with a 7mm drive height limit.
The MB516SP-B came well packaged, with straightforward documentation and ample screws (even some spares).
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