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Highpoint Announces SATA 6Gb/s RAID Adapter

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Rock it, RAID.

Looking for SATA 6Gb/s but prefer your drives in a RAID configuration? HighPoint Technologies claims to be the first out of the gate with its RocketRAID 620 Series - a SATA 3.0 host adapters with RAID 5 capability and backwards compatibility with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s.

These RAID host adapters are based on PCI-Express Gen 2 host interface technology and are designed to optimize storage performance and redundancy with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD. User-friendly features include hot plug and hot unplug to add or remove storage devices; and OCE/ORLM to expand storage capacities or migrate to different RAID levels.

The two members of the RocketRAID 620 Series – RocketRAID 620 (MSRP $69.99) and RocketRAID 622 (MSRP $79.99) will ship mid January 2010.  

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    volks1470 , January 12, 2010 3:59 PM
    hmm...price isn't too shabby. (I don't think so at least) I was expecting a lot more.
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    HavoCnMe , January 12, 2010 4:03 PM
    Most mobo's have built in RAID controller's, but im sure this takes the performance to the next level, plus its SATA 3.0 6Gb/s capable. So let the flood begin with storage companies releasing their products. So we have something to hookup to this card.
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    huron , January 12, 2010 4:37 PM
    The pricing looks OK, but am I correct in seeing only 2 SATA ports?

    If you were looking at SATA 6Gb/s, wouldn't the only items that could saturate SATA 3GB/s be SSDs - someone would have to want these in a RAID, I guess, to take full advantage.
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    eronquillo , January 12, 2010 4:41 PM
    It be nice to see if SATA 3.0 hardware RAID cards come out soon.
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    Zenthar , January 12, 2010 4:52 PM
    huronThe pricing looks OK, but am I correct in seeing only 2 SATA ports?
    Must be more than that or else RAID 5 and 10 would be impossible ...
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    JohnnyLucky , January 12, 2010 5:46 PM
    What would be the practical benefit for mainstream applications? Would any performance boost be cost effective?
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    jludvig , January 12, 2010 6:21 PM
    The cards only have two sata ports, more drives can be connected through port multipliers (with reduced performance). Without any dedicated memory, and on a PCI-Express x1 interface, I doubt it'll be a world of performance. Just think about it: SATA 3.0 is 750MB / sec and the interface allows only 500MB / sec - this won't be the card to run something like the next generation of SSD's in RAID 0 - I guess it's targeted at the impatient, who need to be able to put "2 SATA3.0 drives in raid 0" in their forum signatures :-)
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    Camikazi , January 12, 2010 6:25 PM
    ZentharMust be more than that or else RAID 5 and 10 would be impossible ...

    HighPoint site says the 620 is 2 internal ports 622 2 eSATA ports, nothing else.
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    climber , January 12, 2010 6:55 PM
    go for the LSI logic SAS/SATA MegaRAID 6Gb/s controller, Toms did a review and it got 3.4 GB/s read speed. The 8 port model is affordable for power users, animators, CAD professionals, GIS specialists or hard cord gamers looking to have reduced load times. But if you want speed ups, use a RAMDISK for your Pagefile or selective application based temp directories.
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    zdzichu , January 12, 2010 7:24 PM
    Haven't you heard about SATA port multiplexers?
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    jhansonxi , January 12, 2010 7:57 PM
    At that price point I would call it fake RAID. Real RAID costs real money and has a separate battery backup. Otherwise you are better off with software-based OS RAID that doesn't require you to buy a RAID card from the same manufacturer if it fails.
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    joytech22 , February 12, 2011 8:40 PM
    Who knew such a old article would come in use!

    *Buys raid card*

    Bah! nobody reads these old comments :
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    Anonymous , April 4, 2011 5:53 PM
    I do and bought one also!
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    Anonymous , May 21, 2011 12:01 AM
    I just purchased this card and it works great with a couple WDC 10k 160GB SATA-II drives in RAID-0 running Windows 7.... HOWEVER - my PC won't "sleep". Instead, it just powers down. If I turn it back on it acts as if it lost power and wasn't shut down properly. Huh?
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    offtrack , February 3, 2012 5:36 PM
    the maker sells many cards, 620 is basic and will never run faster than the pci-e x1 socket.
    Read the spec on x1, for reason.
    the reason above poster has issues, is your dirty bit is failing when windows shuts dow,n the last thing
    it does is set the dirty bit in the pagefile.sys. at shut down,. then on reboot, if it is true (dirty) you get , that message (illegal shut down)
    that fact will put you on the right track.
    WD bundles this card with some HDD.
    dont expect blinding speed.
    unless
    1: old mobo bios cant do sata 2 or 3
    2: old mobo has on sata at all.
    3: old mobo, like me has the nforce bug, where it can not speed shift to lower sata speeds. nforce560

    if you expect this card to upgrade new mobo's you are sadly mistaken, that is not its purpose.

    if doing raid, see the 640s etc. (im reading all SSD posts)
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    Anonymous , February 28, 2012 7:41 AM
    You get what you pay for! Imaginary increase in speed by SATA-III? Think about lagging BIOS time.