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HighPoint Rocket 622 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • 2 x eSATA External Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
  • 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 622 features next-generation SATA Revision 3.0 compliant eSATA 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 up to 500Mb/s of throughput for enhanced performance.


Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. Rocket 622

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
Rocket 622

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
External Connectors
2 x eSATA
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x1
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
Operating Systems Supported
Mac OS X 10.6 and above, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Linux with kernel 2.6.19 and above and FreeBSD)

Features

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

Industry Standard AHCI Compliant

Plug-n-Play for Mac and PC

Hot Plug

Compatible with SATA HDD, SSD, etc

Power Efficient - Going Green Saves

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


Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. Rocket 622

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  • Aliaksandr S.
  • 12/1/2013 8:12:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine

Pros: Inexpensive, supported by Linux and FreeBAS out of the box

Cons: None for now

Other Thoughts: Bought it to add more eSATA ports for external drives for my DIY NAS based on HP Microserver. No complains for now - working w/o any configuration right after installation.

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  • Cynthia W.
  • 9/26/2013 1:51:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot as advertised

Pros: Once working, performance decent.

Cons: No port multiplying out of box unless Hardware raid...see other thoughts....

Other Thoughts: Lots of discussion about port multiplying because you pretty much have to have an external drive tower that has hardware raid for port multiplying to work. This is because this device installs as a Marvell 912x and shows up under IDE/ATA/SATA controllers and not under storage controllers. HighPoint does not provide drivers for the Rocket 622 (not RocketRaid), but uses a default windows driver.
Alas, it can work though you will need to hack/patch your drivers to make it so. Download the RocketRaid 622 drivers from HighPoint and open the INF file. Add %rr622.DeviceDesc%=rr62xPCI,PCI\VEN_1B4B&DEV_9123 (or 9128 on newer versions) to the [HighPoint.NTamd64] section of the inf file. Save. Now update the driver in device manager and force it to use the inf you just edited. The driver will now be unsigned (windows vista, 7) but just continue anyhow. In Windows 8 you will have to disable driver signing enforcement in advanced boot. After that the device will show under storage controllers as Rocket Raid 622 and port multiplying will work. Forget the raid software offered by highpoint. I will show the drives etc, but will not work as raid since your card will not have the proper hardware/firmware combination.
Pretty poor implementation and customer service when a company leaves their customers to hack and patch their software to get whey you paid for.

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  • Van P.
  • 1/12/2013 11:33:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsUseless

Pros: None

Cons: Card goes into a detecting devices mode during boot and sits there. I tried disabling the other controllers on the mother board and several other work a rounds but card just wont work on my motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I would love to find a card that doesn't suck if someone can suggest one

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  • Dayton R.
  • 8/11/2012 10:41:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine for certain external configurations

Pros: Works very well when used with external HD boxes that have hardware configured RAID (i.e. RAID configured by settings on the external box, NOT by software). See comments below.

Cons: Probably not the adapter you want if you're trying to JBOD a bunch of miss-matched disks in an external box.

Other Thoughts: I use Sans Digital TR4UTBPN and Mediasonic HFR2-SU3S2FW, some with SATA II WD green 1 & 2 TB drives, others with SATA III WD green & black 1 & 2 TB drives -- 14 boxes in all; most on Win7-64, 3 on Win7-32; one Win7-64 has 2 cards driving 4 boxes. All run flawlessly.

About thruput - misconceptions abound: (1) No spinning disk drives come anywhere near being able to write at 5 gbps (600 MBps) -- most max out at about 80 MBps of sustained data writing after you subtract out the short-term effect of RAM and on-disk memory caching; (2) If you use RAID 0 (stripping), which splits files and writes parts to all disks simultaneously, you will see thruput increase to about 160-200 MBps (on 4-drive boxes) depending on the drives used; (3) If you select RAID 1, 5 10 (or 0 with mirroring) for internal redundancy, expect to see thruput DROP BELOW 80 MBps; (3) File type/size affects thruput, expect multi-GB vob & mp4 files to move at much higher thruput than stacks of small jpg, mp3, pdf, etc.

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  • Benjamin R.
  • 7/30/2012 4:37:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsStay away. Bad hardware and software.

Pros: None

Cons: This card was bundled with a SansDigital TR5M+ I bought. This card has given me nothing but problems. First, it is poorly supported in Linux (not supported since kernel 2.8 and I am running 3.4). I tried for a solid week to get the card to work in Linux with no success.

I finally gave up on Linux and though I would try it on my Windows 7 system. The first time I booted up the card's manager booted and recognized my drives. I setup a RAID 5 and got into Windows. I then installed their web management tool and restarted my computer which then gave me a BSOD. After fixing this issue I finally got into Windows. I looked at the web management tool and it said 28 hours to initialize the array.... no surprise considering 5TB.

Other Thoughts: FOUR DAYS and multiple rebuilds later (with the stupid thing crashing and beeping at me every few hours) I was able to access my drive but it wasn't long before it failed. I checked all of my disks (All are Segate Barracuda 7200, not green drives) and everything was fine. The web management software refused to load and had to be reinstalled twice. The little bit of time the card did work, transfer speeds were less than 100Mb/s. I finally gave up and bought another card.

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  • William F.
  • 4/3/2012 3:13:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsNot an improvement over m/b sata II once it worked

Pros: I was able to get it to work with a bit of effort.

Cons: Old (xp/server 2003) drivers on vendor site so you'll need to find your own for the Marvell 99SE9128 chipset. I also had to find an update to the firmware. If a drive was connected during boot then post would hang. After all of this it still wasn't faster than one of the motherboard's sata II ports.

Other Thoughts: I put this in the x16 slot of my Supermicro motherboard. Tested with Sata III enclosure, Sata III eSata cable, and Sata III drive.

From what I've seen I'm not sure anyone else's implementation of this Marvell chipset works any better. Still, Highpoint didn't have any information even in the documentation past Windows XP and Server 2003.

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  • Larry B.
  • 10/20/2011 2:50:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDidn't work for me

Pros: Seemed like it was a reasonable cost for 6G eSATA adapter and appears to be identical to the one selling for more than twice as much by NewerTechnology.

Cons: I tried this in my workstation Acer M5100 and machine would not boot with it installed (used StarTech card instead). It also does not work in Dell PowerEdge T110 or T310 servers (they boot, but card won't initialize after drivers are loaded)

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  • Eric L.
  • 9/27/2011 9:07:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsMany problems

Pros: Comes with management UI so you can configure your disks without having to boot into the BIOS every time

Cons: - Froze my computer whenever I did sustained transfers at first, went to their site and updated the BIOS, now freezes my computer only once in a while
- Management UI doesn't have support for sending email via SSL, which all smtp servers require for authentication these days, so send email on error event feature is worthless
- Controller is flaky. I put in a set of 1 TB WD disks, worked for a few months, then the UI tells me my disks have failed. I swap them out for disks that were working fine in a different chassis, it tells me those disks are inconsistent. I buy a new set of disks and put them in. A day later, controller tells me the disks are inconsistent.

Other Thoughts: If you want decently reliable storage, avoid this.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/9/2011 2:58:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsVerified by HighPoint - the R622 does NOT support Port Multiplier (PM)

Pros: These Rocket 622 cards function fairly well as basic eSATA controller cards. Their throughput is nowhere close to saturating SATA III, but that is to be expected. All in all, not bad if all you need is a basic card to hook up one or two SINGLE external hard drives via eSATA ports. However, don't expect this card to work with external non-RAID enclosures containing more than one hard drive. For that, you will need a different card with port multiplier functions and/or a RAID eSATA card. See Cons.

Cons: Contrary to what Marvin posted on 10/6/2010, I have verified this card does NOT support a port multiplier (PM) function. I tried (2) R622 cards with both Sans Digital & Mediasonic "dumb" (non-RAID) enclosures and every case Windows 7 64-bit would only recognize the 1st drive installed in either enclosure. Both boxes correctly identified all (4) HDDs if I hooked them up via USB.

The response Marvin received from HighPoint support is therefore erroneous/misleading & should be noted here. It looks as if the model he received a response about a variation model "R622A" which is somehow different than the "R622" that Newegg is currently stocking (as well as another e-tailer named after a rain-forest).

Here is the response I received this evening from HighPoint Global:

*****************
Dear Sir or Madam,

Sorry, R622 doesn't support PM. I am afraid you have to use a different card which supports PM.

Regards

Global Support Department
HighPoint Technologies, Inc.
**********

Other Thoughts: If you need a good, inexpensive 2 port eSATA controller card to recognize all your hard drives in an external non-RAID enclosure, this is NOT the card you want. Instead, look for a card using the Sil3132 chipset.

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  • Sarah P.
  • 1/28/2011 6:55:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great with Snow Leopard

Pros: Easy to install and cheap, way faster than USB.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I own 2 of these and run a Sans Digital T5RUT(B) 10 GB RAID 5 System through this card with fantastic results. Also use Hard Drive dock with esata connection for lightning fast back-ups.

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