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HighPoint to Release PCI-E 2.0 SATA 6Gb RAID

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Upgrade your rig to SATA 6Gb/s with an add-in card.

Looking to add next-generation SATA to your desktop system with PCI-Express 2.0? HighPoint could have one of the first answers available to computing enthusiasts with its Rocket 600 series.

The Rocket 620 and 622 features a second-generation Marvell SATA 6Gb/s controller and is compatible with PCI-Express 2.0 technology, which offers 500MB/s of throughput. The Rocket 600 series are backward compatible to PCI-Express 1.0 technology and SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s devices.

The Rocket 620, which will retail for $69.99, has two internal SATA connectors, while the $79.99 Rocket 622 has two external eSATA connectors. Sadly, you can't get both on one single card yet.

Those looking to squeeze more performance or reliability out of his or her systems can wait for the RAID version, which will be appropriately called the RocketRAID 600 series, in early December.

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    deadlockedworld , November 2, 2009 6:54 PM
    Damn. Another reason I should have bought a better motherboard...
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    agentjon , November 2, 2009 6:56 PM
    $70 for RAID-0 or 1?
    No thank you.
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    kyeana , November 2, 2009 6:57 PM
    Would you be able to boot from these?
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    papasmurf , November 2, 2009 6:59 PM
    I'll wait for the raid version, integrated intel raid controllers are slow a good rocket raid card with memory is the way to go for larger arrays
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    dhowie , November 2, 2009 7:13 PM
    69.99 for 2 internal SATA ports, ASUS is charging a measly 30.00 for their U3S6 card which features 2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 internal SATA 6GBS ports. For that 69.99 you could buy the ASUS card have 4 internal SATA, and have 4 USB 3.0 ports. The ASUS seems like such a better buy.
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    apache_lives , November 2, 2009 7:13 PM
    papasmurfI'll wait for the raid version, integrated intel raid controllers are slow a good rocket raid card with memory is the way to go for larger arrays


    RAID0/1/10 is fine with Intel RAID, RAID5 with any software based controller or just pure software is the slow one, but even then i got a few RocketRaid 2300 cards in service and for a software raid card there quite impressive.
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    apache_lives , November 2, 2009 7:14 PM
    agentjon$70 for RAID-0 or 1?No thank you.


    For PCIe? and SATA3? - its a start etc intros are always pricey
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    apache_lives , November 2, 2009 7:14 PM
    kyeanaWould you be able to boot from these?


    Most others, yes
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    wildwell , November 2, 2009 7:19 PM
    Why not put internal and external connections on one card?
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    Shadow703793 , November 2, 2009 7:35 PM
    agentjon$70 for RAID-0 or 1?No thank you.

    Agreed. If it had RAID 5 and a few more ports I may be interested.
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    Honis , November 2, 2009 8:09 PM
    Can any drive on the market fill the 3Gb/s bandwidth without raid?
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    falchard , November 2, 2009 8:53 PM
    Bigger lane doesn't mean a drive is capable of a higher speed. Why go with it as a raid controller if no drives are capable of using Sata2 speed? For raid controllers in that price range you can get RAID 0/1/0+1/5/10.
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    cyberkuberiah , November 3, 2009 6:26 AM
    these are first answers , thats it . we want mainstream . period . i hope the 800 series chipsets have it on board .
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    anamaniac , November 3, 2009 8:19 AM
    I'm hating my rocketraid card...
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    apache_lives , November 3, 2009 10:06 AM
    falchardBigger lane doesn't mean a drive is capable of a higher speed. Why go with it as a raid controller if no drives are capable of using Sata2 speed? For raid controllers in that price range you can get RAID 0/1/0+1/5/10.


    SATA3 AND PCIE 2.0
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    apache_lives , November 3, 2009 10:07 AM
    and no - no current gen hdd's will use that bandwidth but soon to be released SSD's will

    and falchard RAID5 cards at that price range are rubbish software based ones
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    dark_lord69 , November 3, 2009 12:17 PM
    Attention all:
    If you don't have a high speed solid state drive you won't see a performance increase.
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    christop , November 3, 2009 12:49 PM
    I like the fact something useful is coming out for my wasted slots. I would like to play around with one and do my own benchmarks for fun..
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    tester24 , November 3, 2009 7:01 PM
    Yeah Asus came out with a card that has BOTH USB 3 and Sata 6Gb at HALF the cost. Now as for RAID functionality that would be a better offer.
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    sunflier , November 9, 2009 11:27 AM
    hi