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HighPoint Shows Off 40-Port SATA3 Controller

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HighPoint released the Rocket 750, a 40-port SATA3 controller.

Highpoint Technologies is launching the world's first 40-port SATA3 controller, the Rocket 750, which is the least expensive SATA-based storage solution.

It is powered by a PCIe 2.0 x8 interface. The device itself has only 10 Mini-SAS ports, but they each expand to four SATA ports with a single splitting cable.

Included with the Rocket 750 is HighPoint's ISHM (Intelligent Storage Health Manager) software, which is a web-based interface that has a number of different notification services. It allows administrators to monitor each of the drives, as well as the Rocket 750 itself. As it is a web-based interface, it also works from anywhere, so administrators can log in remotely and keep an eye on the setup.

Imagine connecting forty 4 TB hard drives to the Rocket 750, creating a total capacity of up to 160 TB. Then imagine using numerous Rocket 750's in a single machine. One just might even start to contemplate downloading the Internet!

Highpoint's Rocket 750 will hit the market this month again with an MSRP of $739.

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    mightymaxio , April 8, 2013 10:54 PM
    I want one, although my server chasis can only handle 24 hard drives. I would still want one though, would never run out of expansion if only I had this chasis I would totally get it XD http://www.aberdeeninc.com/abcatg/stirling-x888.htm
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    chicofehr , April 8, 2013 11:40 PM
    Just what I need to make a 3D rendering/photo/video editing computer. Raid 20 1TB HDD together and get some sweet speeds and lots of storage for raw audio/video files. I think I'll get a refurbished one when they show up on Newegg or whatever site that carries them.
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    unksol , April 9, 2013 12:53 AM
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    cRACKmONKEY421 , April 9, 2013 1:26 AM
    got ports?
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    thecolorblue , April 9, 2013 2:22 AM
    web-based interface is a privacy issue... and thus a non-buy for me
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    fteoOpty6488 , April 9, 2013 4:16 AM
    thecolorblueweb-based interface is a privacy issue... and thus a non-buy for me

    Huh ?. Your server/workstation needs to be protected by firewall/NAT router etc and the web-based interface is supposed to be for a local LAN monitoring. Not meant for direct internet. Usually, people will use a specific machine to send monitoring message across the internet. And you do not have to enable this feature either!.

    Would like to see a PCie X4 version with 6 or 8 sata3 ports for a good Raid array under Linux.
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    dgingeri , April 9, 2013 5:41 AM
    fteoOpty6488Would like to see a PCie X4 version with 6 or 8 sata3 ports for a good Raid array under Linux.


    a 3ware 9750 is a good controller for that, and they're fairly inexpensive for an enterprise raid controller.
    My experiences with Highpoint have been really bad.
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    mavroxur , April 9, 2013 7:23 AM
    Too bad the article doesn't give useful information, such as RAID levels supported, on-board cache size, etc.
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    koga73 , April 9, 2013 7:58 AM
    Yeah what chassis can support 40 HDDs? Seems like this would be better if it had fewer internal ports and some external ones on the back that could be hooked up to an expander.
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    dgingeri , April 9, 2013 7:59 AM
    mavroxurToo bad the article doesn't give useful information, such as RAID levels supported, on-board cache size, etc.


    From the look of the chips on that board, and from the name being "Rocket" instead of "RocketRaid" it's probably just an HBA, meaning raid 1, 0, and 10, if any raid capabilities, with no cache. This is just a SATA controller, not a RAID controller. The fine print is where they get you.
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    rwinches , April 9, 2013 8:15 AM
    mavroxurToo bad the article doesn't give useful information, such as RAID levels supported, on-board cache size, etc.


    This is not a RAID Device.
    You need to get a RocketRAID controler
    Check the user guide on their site
    http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/series_r750-resources.htm
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    anti-painkilla , April 9, 2013 2:47 PM
    unksolGI. TO. HELL. we will all thank you you pathetic loser


    I know the constant spam is annoying, but for the mods, please don't quote the message. It means they have to edit your message to remove the spam.
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    BigBodZod , April 9, 2013 3:23 PM
    mightymaxioI want one, although my server chasis can only handle 24 hard drives. I would still want one though, would never run out of expansion if only I had this chasis I would totally get it XD http://www.aberdeeninc.com/abcatg/stirling-x888.htm



    Very nice, and Chenbro has a similar product, a 9U chassis with 50 bays ;) 

    http://usa.chenbro.com/corporatesite/products_detail.php?sku=45

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    jeffunit , April 9, 2013 5:34 PM
    PCI-e II x8 is good for 4gb/sec. Given 40 drives, that works out to 100mb/sec per drive. That is pretty lame as even a modern 5400 rpm drive can do well over 150mb/sec sustained. If you have SSD's then can saturate a SATA III interface at 600mb/sec, which means 7 SSDs would saturate this device.

    I am not sure what use this is given its crazy low bandwidth.
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    hmohniii , April 10, 2013 6:56 AM
    No raid capability since it is a "Rocket" and not "RocketRaid", but would make for a nice HBA for ZFS... if there is FreeBSD/NAS/etc support for it (I've had horrible luck with trying to get a RocketRaid card to work under FreeNAS).
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    Peter Chou , July 23, 2013 2:18 AM
    I think many users worry about JBOD could not have protection, but it also allow users attaches 40 HDD directly and owns 40 Volume, or you can split the MBR/GPT for more volumes, that is still safe for user's data, right?