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

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Why mince words when describing Highpoint's RocketRAID 620? You'll be hard pressed to find a better RAID card on the market. It features a long list of technologies designed to protect the information on the arrayed hard drives. Just as impressive is the expansive ways it'll go to warn you should something go wrong on your hard drives beyond its control, giving you a chance to save the drive, or replace the drive and keep downtime to a minimum.

Most importantly, it makes replacement of a corrupt or damaged drive easy – just change out the drive. RocketRaid will do the rest of the work for you. For peace of mind there is nothing like RocketRaid out there.

  • newegg SATA 6 Gb/s Compliant The HighPoint RocketRAID 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 up to 500Mb/s of throughput for enhanced performance.
  • newegg RAID Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 620 multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.


Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 620

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 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 6Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7
Windows Vista, 2008, 2003, XP, 2000 x64bit Edition
RHEL/CentOS, SLES, OpenSuSE, Fedora Core, Debian, Ubuntu
FreeBSD up to 7.2

Features

Features
Up to 2 SATA devices with point-to-point connectivity
Port Multiplier support up to 10 Drives
Multiple RAID Support
BIOS Boot to RAID with point-to-point connectivity or through port multiplier
Quick, Background or Foreground Initialization
Multiple logical drive support
OCE/ORLM (Online Capacity Expansion / Online RAID Level Migration)
Hot plug and Hot Swap
Hard drive activity and failed LED
HighPoint RAID Management Suite (Browser based, CLI and BIOS management through hotkey (ctrl-h)
Monitoring (SHI Storage Health Inspector), Event log, SMTP and Alarm

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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  • Nicholas S.
  • 10/5/2014 2:14:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot worth it

Pros: 2 SATA ports w/ RAID 0 / 1

Cons: PCI-E 1x 2.0

Other Thoughts: Taken from the Wikipedia page on PCI Express:

PCI-Express 2.0 [at 1x] 500 MB/s

So then, an SSD will saturate a SATA 6G connection. If you're putting 2 on this card, which is what I was planning, you'll saturate the PCI-E slot before you ever hit peak speed on either drive.

There is no fix for this, as it is a limitation of the bus itself.

With that said, 2 egg's, because if you aren't using SSD's, this limit likely doesn't apply to you, and the card works fine otherwise.

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  • Keith W.
  • 3/6/2014 6:52:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, cheap PCIe 1x RAID card

Pros: If you're looking for a great, cheap PCIe 1x card to do RAID0 or RAID1 this is the one to choose. It's from HighPoint so there's a WebGUI utility for Windows that lets you monitor the card and check the status of drives and the integrity of the RAID. Find me another card in this price range that does that. Good luck with that.

Has a Staggered Spin-Up option other cards in this price range do not. All in all and excellent value.

Cons: The onboard BIOS takes a while to run through it's self-diagnostic and drive scan / spin-up, etc. Not a huge con, but it will delay overall boot up by a bit.

The RocketRAID BIOS set up & config is not hugely self intuitive. Granted I re-used HDD's from another RAID card, but it took me a few minutes to figure out how to erase the old "config" off those drives so the RocketRAID 620 could work with them.

The HighPoint Technologies web site is a little tricky to search and find RocketRAID updates, but not impossible.

Other Thoughts: As always, check the manufacturers web site for the latest updates (e.g., drivers, BIOS, etc.). Most of the previous detractors were probably running the original v1.0 BIOS on their card which was known to have issues. Updating to v1.1 should erase those issues.

This card is based on the Marvell 88SE9128 chipset, so there may be issues if you have another Marvell based controller in your system already. Be advised!

Bear in mind this is a PCIe 1x card, so you're unlikely to achieve true SATA III 6Gbps throughput ... ever!

Despite what others have said there are drivers for Windows Server 2008 R2 & even 2012 now.

This is an excellent inexpensive RAID1 solution for an aging Dell PowerEdge server. I installed one in a PowerEdge SC440 with 2 Seagate ST250DM000's under Win2K8R2 and it ran great. Probably not as fast as the original PERC 4/i that came in there, but that died so I had to make adjustments. And this allowed me to keep the server humming along as a secondary server for Windows AD / DC.

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  • Jonathan C.
  • 1/12/2014 4:09:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsYou have GOT to be kidding me....

Pros: There aren't any after the other review I just read.

Cons: I just read a review about "compatible drive listing"... Looks like I'll be returning this "Piece-Of-Dung" the same day it arrives. My twin Kingston SSD's aren't even listed as compatible. I'm tired of this manufacturer screw-over. I'm going to see what Kingston recommends before I waste MORE money and time.

Other Thoughts: GO HERE FIRST!!
http://www.highpoint-tech.cn/PDF/Non-IOP%20Compatibility_List.pdf

If your drives or mobo aren't BOTH LISTED as compatible, DON'T waste your time or money!!!

The will have a RMA the second it arrives.
NOT HAPPY at NEWEGG right now. This information should have been FLAGGED to check out FIRST before order.

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  • Eric B.
  • 10/15/2013 4:41:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks on Ubuntu great

Pros: the only reason i bought this was it said it is linux supported , works on Ubuntu great. i am not booting off of it. i dont know why you would anyway, with ssd's at an affordable price now, put your OS there and use the raid for mass storage

Cons: i had to learn how to build a driver. but with the amazing support of the Ubuntu community it was a breeze

Other Thoughts: should have spent an extra few bucks and got the one that had 4 connectors

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  • William O.
  • 8/14/2013 2:52:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Perfectly Fine

Pros: Good setup options, works with most proprietary systems, stable, fast performance.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I've been using Highpoint RAID Controllers for almost a decade, and not once have I seen any of the problems people are posting here. If you're having problems with one of their cards, then it's because you don't know what you're doing and you should hire a professional certified technician. (Like me.)

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  • Zachary C.
  • 8/9/2013 7:22:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNOT FOR DEBIAN

Pros: Probably a great card if you want to use it in OLD Ubuntu, NEW RedHat, or Windows.

Cons: The company advertises this card as working in Linux, and working well. Unless you want to patch your kernel, install the driver, and then re-compile/re-install every time you do a kernel update, don't buy this card. If you were running Linux software RAID...have fun re-building. SYBA is more supported for newer Debian-based distros.

Other Thoughts: Probably a great card. However, the company should NOT advertise this as working well in Linux if they don't support the most commonly used distribution. Wasted my time and my money.

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4 out of 5 eggsLinux Support

Pros: Includes low profile bracket, inexpensive, SATA-III 6Gbps, supports FIS port multipliers.

Cons: Doesn't really work "out of the box" in Linux, it takes some work but it's not impossible if you're patient.

The RAID BIOS adds a bit of time to bootup searching for disks/arrays. Not really a big deal but annoying.

Other Thoughts: This is a great little card, but it doesn't quite work "out of the box" in Linux, it takes a bit of work to get it going. If you want to use the (software) RAID features of this card, you'll need to compile the closed-source HighPoint rr62x driver, which can be downloaded from their website.

Most people will want to use the Linux DM subsystem for RAID anyway because it's faster and more reliable than software "fakeRAID".

The Marvell 88SE9128 chip in this card presents an AHCI interface, however the Linux AHCI drivers don't recognize it because it's PCI ID isn't included (yet?). To get it working, you can either patch the kernel and add it's PCI ID to the ahci.c driver or you can simply add it via the sysfs interface by typing:

echo "1130 0620" > /sys/bus/pci/drivers/ahci/new_ids

If you want to boot off of this card, you can add the above command to your initrd.

This should also work for the RocketRaid 622/640 as well as the Rocket 620/640/640L, really any HighPoint card that uses the Marvell 88SExxxx chipset. Just substitute your card's PCI ID and use the above command.

Hope this helps someone!

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  • Rachel F.
  • 2/21/2013 5:41:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsResults: Opposite of both Expectations

Pros: I expected the install to be cumbersome after reading reviews here. I did not have any issues installing the card. It did not conflict with my On-board RAID. The firmware was actually up-to-date when I went to flash it. Documentation was actually well written and layed out nicely.

Cons: I expected the card to be fast. It was so very slow. When I run my SSD drives off of the Motherboard, they get around 300-350MB/s. I bought the card to create a RAID from two SSDs. The two drives in RAID actually run slower (125-300MB/s) than a sigle drive off of the built in controller.

Other Thoughts: I am using an Asus P6T Deluxe V2 and I set the onboard to AHCI so not to use the built in RAID and cause a possible conflict.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/28/2013 11:56:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice SATA III PCI RAID

Pros: 64MB/s write and 138MB/s read in RAID 1 with two WD 3TB Red drives, great RAID alerting features lacking on cheaper cards, great for cheap enterprise servers not requiring the fastest backup

Cons: Price is still a tad high, but still the cheapest for what the Highpoint RAID software offers, would not recommend for SSD use.

Other Thoughts: I still gave this five stars considering it's the cheapest most reliable SATAIII card that offers true RAID enterprise features

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  • PASTOR C.
  • 12/11/2012 12:34:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsHighPoint RocketRAID 620

Pros: The price was right.

Cons: The HP 620 software would not install on the Asus P7P55D Premium. It took 4 different calls to the Asus Tech Dept. to find out that the on board Marvell controller was not RAID capable.Win 7 64bit OS could not see the 2 WD Caviar Black 500GB SATA III HDs. The High Point website is less than a joke. I would not recommend this card.

Other Thoughts: Sadly, I had to return the card after much time and effort.

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