Inateck FD1006C Review

Are you looking for an affordable USB 3.0 docking station with USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP) support that can be used with both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA storage drives? The Inateck FD1006C docking station costs just $26.99 shipped and features a UASP-enabled host controller that will allow you transfer data at speeds of over 450MB/s on both Read and Write operations with the the right hardware. Those are blazing fast speeds and if you are looking for something fast to access your drives that won't break the bank, the Inateck FD1006C might be the device you are looking for. Inatech FD1006C USB 3.0 2.5'' & 3.5''HDD  Docking Station The Intatek FD1006C docking station (product website) ships in a fairly plain looking cardboard box that has the devices basic information on the front with a list of the features on the back. Inateck FD1006C Features: Inateck FD1006C Specifications:  Inateck FD1006C Bundle Inside the Inateck FD1006C packaging you'll find the 2.5"/3.5"  SATA III drive enclosure along with a USB 3.0 cable, DC power adapter and a small foam pad. No instructions were included in the box, so you'll have to figure out how to use this external drive all by yourself. The included foam pad might be a mystery for some, but we are fairly certain that it is placed inside the top housing that slides open to keep rotational drives from rattling if they are tall enough to reach the top cover. The included SuperSpeed USB 3.0 cable features USB Type A to USB Type B ends and measures in at around 28-inches or 70cm in length. The USB 3.0 cable itself supports transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps, 10x faster than USB 2.0. It also carries the power needed for your 2.5" storage drive, so no external power is required. If you use a 3.5" hard drive you'll have to use the AC to DC wall power adapter. Inateck USB 3.0 Enclosures Here is a shot of the Inateck FD1006C (left) sitting next to the Inateck FE2006 (right) to give you a quick size comparison difference between a 3.5" and a 2.5" enclosure. The Intatech FD1006C docking station features a lay flat design and measures in at 179 x 116 x 35 mm (7.05 x 4.57 x 1.38 in) with an empty weight of 146g (5.15oz). Inateck FD1006C Tray Like most all Inateck products, the FD1006C is a tool-less drive, so you won't need to fiddle around with any screws or screwdrivers to get this up and running. You just slide open the top plastic cover and then you can insert a 2.5" or a 3.5" SATA storage drive. Once you have your hard drive (HDD) or Solid-State Drive (SSD) installed you just slide the cover back on and connect the docking station to your system with the included USB 3.0 cable. Inateck calls this design dust-proof as once the cover is on there are no holes on top of the docking station. The bottom of the housing does have some ventilation holes though, so calling it dust-proof might be a bit of a stretch. Inateck FD1006C w/ Corsair Neutron XT Legit Reviews will be using a Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD for testing. We had no issues installing this 7mm z-height drive in the Inateck FD1006C enclosure, but keep in mind that nothing other than the SATA connecetors are keeping the drive from moving around. This is not something you'd want to travel with. The Corsair Neutron XT is not available to the public just yet, but it is one of the fastest we have on hand and we wanted to really push the Inateck enclosure to see how fast we could get on the USB 3.0 interface. The Corsair Neutron Series XT will be coming to market in in Q1 2015 and Legit Reviews published an early review of it here. Inateck FD1006C Power Switch On the business end of the enclosure you'll find a power button, DC 5V power input and the USB 3.0 port. The power and activity LED lights are on the top of the enclosure. We used both hard drives and SSDs and all of the 2.5" notebook models worked fine without the need for DC 5V power being added. All of the 3.5" rotational hard drives did need the external power plugged in. Inateck FD1006C InsideWith the back cover removed we can see the ASMedia Super Speed USB 3.0 & SATA III 6.0Gbps Bridge Controller for direct conversion from SATA III to USB 3.0 with support for the USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP). The 3.3V power converter and other components are on the other side of the PCB. ASMedia USB 3.0 Controller Inateck went with the ASmedia ASM1153E single chip controller to bridge the Serial SATA host interface with SuperSpeed USB3.0 interface. The ASMedia ASM1153E is a third generation chip and is fully compliant with USB 3.0 Specification Revision 1.0 and Serial ATA Specification Revision 3.0. This means that it will work with USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices as well as SATA 1.5, 3.0 and 6.0 Gbps devices on the SATA side. Let's take a look at the test system and move along to the benchmarks!

The SSD Benchmark Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. Windows has the power option set to high performance. Intel Z97 Test System
The Intel Z97 platform that we used to test the Inateck FD1006C was based around the ASUS Z97-A motherboard with BIOS 1008 that came out on 5/29/2014. The Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB 2133MHz memory kit was set to XMP 1.3 memory profile settings, which is 1.65v with 9-11-11-31 2T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD was used as the primary drive (uses 19nm NAND and M310 firmware).

Intel Z97 Test Bench

Intel LGA 1150 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing


Core i7 4790k




Corsair Platinum 2133MHz 8GB

OS Drive

Corsair Neutron 240GB

Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

Operating System

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

ASUS USB 3.0 Boost:

We wanted to make sure ASUS USB 3.0 Boost was enabled and opened up AI Suite 3 and sure enough the drive showed up as having UASP support. The Inateck FD1006C showed up as an ASMedia ASMT1153e SCSI Disk Device in Windows 8.1. uasp Let's have a look at the performance!

ATTO Disk Benchmark

ATTO v2.47

ATTO is one of the oldest drive benchmarks still being used today and is still very relevant in the SSD world. ATTO measures transfers across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and places the data into graphs that can be very easily interpreted. The test was run with the default runs of 0.5KB through 8192KB transfer sizes with the total length being 256MB.

Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD on SATA III:


Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD on USB 3.0 w/ Inateck FD1006C:

inateck-atto-bench Benchmark Results: ATTO showed Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD maxing out at 563 MB/s read and 544MB/s write in the standard overlapped I/O benchmark when connected to the ASUS Z97-A motherboard with the SATA III interface. This drive is rated at having up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s sequential write speeds on ATTO, so we are just slightly above the advertised ratings so far. When we placed the drive into the Inateck FD1006C 3.5-inch USB 3.0 drive enclosure we were hitting 463MB/s read and 458MB/s write! These transfer speeds are higher than what we saw on the Inateck FE2006 2.5" enclosure when using the same drive. It looks like the Inateck FE2006 and its JMicron JMS567 controller is just a tad slower than the Inateck FD1006C and the ASmedia ASM1153E controller!

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64

CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.

Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD on SATA III:


Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD on USB 3.0 w/ Inateck FD1006C:

inateck-cdm-bench Benchmark Results: The Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD scored 541.9MB/s read and 518.5MB/s write on the sequential test when we ran the drive on the CrystalDiskMark storage test with the default settings (incompressible data) and on the 0×00 (0 Fill) test (compressible data) and found that the sequential read/write performance of the drive was about the same. When we placed the same drive in the Inateck FD1006C enclosure we were getting 413MB/s read and 439MB/s write. 

Anvil Storage Utilities

Anvil Storage Utilities 1.1.0

Along with the move to a new platform, we decided to make a change in one of the benchmarks. There's a relatively new benchmark called Anvil Storage Utilities that is in beta but close to production. It's a very powerful tool that measures performance through a variety of tests which can be customized. Since some of the tests more or less duplicate what we get from other benchmarks we use already, we decided to use the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) testing on 4kb file sizes at a queue depth of 4, 16, and 32. IOPS performance is something SSD makers tout quite a bit but we generally don't do a lot of IOPS testing because frankly a lot of users can't relate to IOPS metrics as well and it tends to be more meaningful to the enterprise/server crowd. Still, it is another performance indicator with relevance and while some drives post good MB/s numbers, their IOPS scores aren't always commensurate which this test will prove out.

Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD on SATA III:


Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD on USB 3.0 w/ Inateck FD1006C:

inateck-anvil-bench Benchmark Results: The overall Anvil SSD Benchmark score was 5,143.24 with the Applications test setting of 46% compression with the Corsair Neutron XT running on the SATA III interface. The drive was able to get 526MB/s read and 500MB/s write with these settings. When we switched the drive over to the USB 3.0 interface through the Inateck FD1006C housing our overall score went down to 2,796.13 with 424MB/s read and 417MB/s write speeds.   

Final Thoughts & Conclusions

Inateck FD1006C Bundle The Inateck FD1006C is a very simple and straight forward device that does what it is supposed to. You simply plug it into your system and it works. If you happen to have a system that supports USB 3.0 with UASP you are in for a treat as we discovered that the FD1006C was capable of some pretty sick transfer speeds on the SSD that we tested it with. Thanks to the ASmedia ASM1153E we found the FD1006C was able to top out at an impressive 463MB/s read and 458MB/s write. Those numbers are slightly faster than they ones we saw on the Inateck FE2006 2.5" enclosure ($16.99 shipped) that used a different controller and it means that this is now the fastest USB 3.0 enclosure that we have ever tested! When it comes to pricing the Inateck FD1006C is available for $26.99 shipped from Amazon. That is a fairly reasonable price for what you get as competing single drive docking stations by companies like Anker and Thermaltake are in the $35 to $45 price range.  The Inateck FD1006C is backed by a 1-year limited warranty should something ever go wrong. Most all enthusiast PCs are build today use 2.5" SSDs as the primary drives, but most enthusiasts keep their old hard drives. Having a docking station that can support both 2.5" and 3.5" drives is nice to have as it allows you to access all the drives you have without needing to open up your case to install a drive. This is great if you are the 'tech genius' in your family and are trying to recover files from another persons disk. You can also use it to increase storage space on devices that are out of storage drive bays. There are many uses for the Inatek FD1006C USB 3.0 to SATA 6G Lay-Flat docking station with UASP function and we highly recommend it if you need one!   LR Recommended Award   Legit Bottom Line: The Inateck FD1006C docking station was found work as advertised, has insanely fast read/write speeds and is priced to be competitive.