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HighPoint Rocket 620 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • SATA 6.0Gb/s (2 internal ports)
  • PCI-Express 2.0 x1
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The Rocket 600 series are the industry’s first SATA 6Gb/s host adapter based on PCI-Express 2.0 technology. The Rocket 600 series delivers the next generation of SATA performance with robust SATA connectivity.

The Rocket 600 series are the internal and external low-cost SATA 6Gb/s host adapters. They are fully industry standard AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) compliant and deliver Out-of-Box Ready installation for numerous operating systems. The Rocket 600 series is backward compatible to PCI-Express 1.0 technology and SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s devices. They use the same cable and connectors as previous SATA generations to ease integration.

  • newegg SATA 6 Gb/s Compliant The HighPoint Rocket 620 features next-generation SATA Revision 3.0 compliant internal SATA ports to provide 6 Gb/s data transfer rates for optimal performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg PCI Express 2.0 Interface The PCI Express 2.0 interface provides double the bandwidth of the existing PCI Express 1.0 interface and delivers at least 500MB/s of throughput for enhanced performance.


Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. Rocket 620

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
Rocket 620

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x1
Transfer Rate
Up to 600 MB/sec
Operating Systems Supported
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Linux with kernel 2.6.19 and above and FreeBSD
Dimensions
2.66" x 2.84"

Features

Features
PCI-Express 2.0 (Compatible with PCI-Express 1.0).

Industry Standard AHCI Compliant.

Plug-n-Play Ready.

Bootable support.

Hot Plug.

Compatible with SATA HDD, SSD, etc.

Power Efficient – Going Green Saves Green.

Packaging

Package Contents
Rocket 620 controller
Quick Installation Guide Software CD for (Windows 2000/XP/2003)
(2) SATA Cables

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 1/8/2010 12:05:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHighPoint Rocket 620 Sata III 3

Pros: Using it as a boot card for Vista OS. Used 2 x 1TB WD Hard drives connected to it and they showed up as JBOD (two separate hard drives.) It does work fine with Sata 2 devices and is plug and play certified.
*Cables are by Foxconn and are blue and very long and are good quality but do not have SATA 2 latches--it can be qualified as SATA 1 cables but will work with any SATA drives.

Cons: *NOT a RAID
*STOP posting reviews about a product if you don't know what it does. No RAID 0 and no RAID 1 for this product.
*This card will add about 5 seconds to your computer's bootup time--be aware if you reboot your computer often--it might be a nuisance.

Other Thoughts: I was disappointed because it was not RAID, as some reviewers have mentioned, so read the description carefully. I can still use it as SATA 3 controller if I buy a 2TB SATA 3 hard drive in the future. For now it's a future proof entrance into SATA3 world for me providing extra SATA ports for the computer. I have tested speed and it was not much different from my motherboard's RAID for SATA 2 hard drive attached--buy this only if you intend to use it for SATA 3 drives and JBOD mode at that.

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  • Eric B.
  • 12/29/2009 11:27:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSATA 6.0Gb/s on the cheap

Pros: A low cost SATA controller that supports SATA 6Gb/s along with PCI-E 2.0, I ran a bandwidth test with a WD Black 1TB HD on my onboard SATA controller and then on this one. Both results came within 3 MB/s of eachother.

Cons: None experienced

Other Thoughts: Some may complain that PCI-E 2.0 1X can only do 500MB/s while SATA 6Gb/s can do 600 MB/s...... well if your motherboard doesnt have SATA 6Gb/s connections to begin with it's still faster the SATA 3Gb/s whic can only do 300MB/s. so regardless.... 500MB/s is still faster then 300MB/s.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/8/2011 7:34:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsModerate improvement for little money

Pros: This won't give you full throttle SATA 3 speeds but it will improve SATA 2 speeds beyond their limit. I installed on my Asus P6TD LGA1366 board with SATA 2 in order to run my new Veritex 3 120 at higher speeds. No raid ... just a straight SSD to the card.

Max Read:
up to 386 MB/s (CARD)
up to 265 MB/s (SATA 3Gbps)

Max Write:
up to 180 MB/s (CARD)
up to 140 MB/s (SATA 3Gbps)

It is what it is.

Installation wise I installed the card first without connecting the SSD. I booted W7 x64 normally and searched for the device (which will not be installed properly as windows will not be able to find a driver for it). I loaded the Marvell driver manually (which I previously downloaded and unzipped) and it was good to go. Turn of the machine and hook up the drive.

The way I see it you trade some boot time for some additional speed. To my mind use of the card makes little real world improvement. Benchmarks look better though...

Cons: One egg off for the card's infernal bios script at boot up which slows boot times by 5 or so seconds. Read the other reviews and use the links to the Marvell driver (or see below) The CD is worthless as is Highpoint's site and the installation manual. What is it with these people? This thing is NOT plug and play and its not 6GB thru. There is no cheap way out folks. You want SATA 3 speed you need a new motherboard or an expensive controller.

Other Thoughts: http://drivers.windows7download.com/win7-ecs-p55h-ak-v1-0-marvell-91xx-sata-6g-controller-driver-1-0-0-1039/download-ykhje.html

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  • Paul B.
  • 3/4/2010 4:45:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Little Card

Pros: Easy to install. Recognized immediately by Windows 7 x64.
Drives show up in Safe to Remove Hardware list.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Bought this card to connect two additional eSata sockets, one on top of my Thermaltake Armor and one in the rear of my case. Had used up all motherboard connections for internal drives (Gigabyte GA EP45 UD3P).
Will worry about SATA 6.0Gb later.

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  • Bob N.
  • 12/10/2011 6:28:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCheap and works but . . .

Pros: Cheap and using X1 slot which are typically unused anyway and it does work well if not cutting edge. Mainly I got it to access more 3 TB drives!

Cons: The drivers on the CD are utterly useless for Win7 64 bit and so is the Highpoint site downloads. Get the driver/console from "http://drivers.windows7download.com/win7-ecs-p55h-ak-v1-0-marvell-91xx-sata-6g-controller-driver-1-0-0-1039/download-ykhje.html" that Sal Mucci posted earlier. They work well.

Other Thoughts: All in all it is a good way to add some 2+ TB drives on an older MB with limited SATA 6 ports.

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  • Calvin S.
  • 8/15/2011 10:16:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWork great if you install correct AHCI driver

Pros: Cheap & simple little card that works perfectly in a Windows 7 system...

The previous reviewer's ("Aussie_Z") problem is that he doesn't have the correct Marvell miniport drivers installed.

He's let Windows 7 install it's default IDE driver for the controller when it should be using it's own "AHCI" driver instead. That's why his drives are showing up as "removable".

To correct it he needs to locate the controller under "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers" inside Device Manager. It will be the only one listed there with "AHCI" in it's name. He should then update the driver with the Marvell one that comes on the CD (it's the latest version I've found).

Once the correct driver is loaded (and the system is restarted) the card will then relocate itself to "Storage controllers" where it will then appear as a "Marvell 91xx SATA 6G Controller" and the attached drives will no longer be flagged as "removable"...

Hope this helps a bit...

Cons: Would like to have more than 2 ports...

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  • Gerald E.
  • 9/8/2012 6:48:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsCard works if installed right

Pros: Installed in older mobo that had an available PCI-E 2.0 slot, installed the drivers for it, hooked up my SSD, and it blazes like it's supposed to do.

The drivers were easy to find on the manufactures website. I saw someone already posted it, but here it is again:

http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/rr600_download.htm

You will only get the results you're supposed to get if you're plugging it into a PCI-E 2.0 slot. Other wise your read/write speed is going to lack.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: For those of you that are complaining about the speeds, is the PCI-E slot you're using a 2.0 slot? If not, it's not going to get you the speeds you're supposed to be at. This card will work in a 1.0 slot, but you're not going to get the best results.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/9/2012 12:25:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat sata3 card for linux

Pros: Cost, compatibility, native linux support (since kernel 2.6.29 I believe). Support through highpoint's website is excellent. They answered several questions for me within 1 h of me posting the questions.

When used in AHCI mode, I can confirm that TRIM on ext4 filesystems works.

Vertex 4 (128 GB) is approx 30 % faster with this card than with the onboard SATA2. BIOS the card came with is up-to-date per communication with Highpoint.

Vendor ID: 1B4B
Device ID: 9123
Revision ID: B1
BIOS: 1.0.0.1012
Firmware: 2.1.0.1404
PCIe Speed: 5.0 GB/s
SATA: AHCI

Cons: PCIe 2.0 slot will limit the max theoretical bandwidth from 6.0 GB/s to 5.0 GB/s but still running @ 5 GB/s is faster on my system than running on the built in SATA2 chipset (ICH10R). I had to install mine to a PCIe 8.0x slot because it the board only recognized 2.5 GB/s in my 1x slot. Could be my board's fault, older GA-EP45-UD3P.

Other Thoughts: # lspci -v
02:00.0 SATA controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88SE9123 PCIe SATA 6.0 Gb/s controller (rev 11) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
Subsystem: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88SE9123 PCIe SATA 6.0 Gb/s controller
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 47
I/O ports at df00 [size=8]
I/O ports at de00 [size=4]
I/O ports at dd00 [size=8]
I/O ports at dc00 [size=4]
I/O ports at db00 [size=16]
Memory at efbff000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at cff00000 [disabled] [size=64K]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
Capabilities: [70] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
Kernel driver in use: ahci

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  • Floren M.
  • 12/3/2011 3:17:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for FreeNAS 8

Pros: - Price, great for expanding your SATA ports by 1 only
- Supported by FreeBSD/FreeNAS out of the box

Cons: - Not PCI-E 2.0 x4
- Low data transfer with major bottlenecks, when 2 disks connected

Other Thoughts: This controller was the perfect solution to add an extra SSD to my 6 disks array, in FreeNAS. I use a Supermicro mobo with 6 SATA ports and I really wanted to add an extra SSD as cache, in order to boost the NAS performance. I used to transfer before at 300Mbit/sec. With the new SSD and controller, I hit easy 500Mbit/sec.

Be aware that this is a x1 controller. In other words, don't even dream to connect 2 disks, the performance will be greatly affected. With one disk connected, I did not experienced any bottlenecks.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/19/2012 6:34:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes the trick

Pros: It didn't come DOA, so that's always a plus. I saw a review further down the list that said that this controller didn't support DVD/Blu-Ray drives.

I have a lite-on DVD burner and it did recognize it on this card and worked fine. So I am not sure if it's certain drives it doesn't support or what. But I can confirm that it does work with my Lite-On.

Cons: One big con that would have set me back a lot of time if it wasn't for following "jrnorman's" review is the lack of driver support. CD that was in the box wasn't worth a crud for Windows 7. Thankfully I read his review and followed the link, installed the driver, and it worked great. Went to the Manufacturers website first though, because we all know that is always the best way to get drivers for hardware... except in this case!

So follow this link to install the Windows 7 driver: http://drivers.windows7download.com/win7-ecs-p55h-ak-v1-0-marvell-91xx-sata-6g-controller-driver-1-0-0-1039/download-ykhje.html

I do minus one egg for the ghetto CD in the box and lack of driver support.

Other Thoughts: One thing that helped me out was another post that confirmed this is not a Raid card, it's just your plain jane controller.

Also, max speeds for PCIe 2.0 is 500MB/s. SATA III speeds are 600MB/s. So do the math, this won't give you true SATA III speeds but it is what it is.

People also complain about the BIOS on this card adding boot time. But in reality, any card will do that and I don't see myself in a situation where I need to boot my computer in record times.

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