Icy Dock MB601VK-B and MB705M2P-B and ASRock U.2 Review


Today we are looking at a very special combination of different U.2 products on OCinside.de. To be more precise, we test a Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe Gen3 x4 SSD in the Icy Dock EZConvert MB705M2P-B U.2 frame, which was connected in the Icy Dock ToughArmor MB601VK-B U.2 hot-swap removable frame with a Delock SFF 8643 U.2 miniSAS HD cable via the ASRock U.2 Kit on the ASRock X299 Taichi XE Intel LGA 2066 motherboard. Sounds complicated, but is despite Hot-Swap amazing fast!

But let’s start at the beginning, U.2 is an interface that can be connected like the SATA interface via a cable. So if you use e.g. a ASRock X399 Taichi motherboard and already have a U.2 interface, you can connect a U.2 NVM Gen3 x4 SSD or SAS SSD directly to it. If you don’t have a U.2 interface on your motherboard yet, you can upgrade it very inexpensive (available from less than 30,- Euro) with the ASRock U.2 Kit. Who wants to connect a PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 SSD to the U.2 port can use the Icy Dock EZConvert MB705M2P-B U.2 mounting frame. If the whole thing should also be hot-swappable, this can be used in the Icy Dock ToughArmor MB601VK-B NVMe removable frame. We have tried this exciting U.2 solution!

Thanks for the support …

Many thanks for the support to Daniel and the manufacturer Icy Dock.

The Icy Dock EZConvert MB705M2P-B U.2 Frame has at review date a price of approx. 30 Euro.

Here you can order the Icy Dock MB705M2P-B NVMe U.2 converter.

The Icy Dock ToughArmor MB601VK-B U.2 Hot-Swap Frame has at review date a price of approx. 80 Euro.

Here you can order the Icy Dock MB601VK-B U.2 case.

Das ASRock U.2 Kit has at review date a price of approx. 30 Euro.

Here you can order the ASRock U.2 Kit.

The Delock SFF 8643 U.2 miniSAS HD cable is at review date at a high price of about 45 Euro.

Here you can order the Delock SFF 8643 U.2 cable.

The delivery of the Icy Dock EZConvert MB705M2P-B …

The Icy Dock EZConvert MB705M2P-B U.2 mounting frame was packed in a sturdy cardboard box and contains screws, assembly instructions and a thermal pad.

The delivery of the Icy Dock ToughArmor MB601VK-B …

The Icy Dock ToughArmor MB601VK-B U.2 Removable Frame is also supplied in a neutral carton containing instructions and two keys in addition to the screws.

The stylish box of the ASRock U.2 kit contains the NVMe M.2 to U.2 adapter and a manual.

Let us now look at the technical data in detail.

Icy Dock MB601VK-B and MB705M2P-B and ASRock U.2 Kit technical specifications …