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

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 2 x eSATA External Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Why mince words when describing Highpoint's RocketRAID 622? 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 down time 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 622 features next-generation SATA Revision 3.0 compliant eSATA ports to provide 6Gb/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 622 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 622

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 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
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows, Linux, FreeBSD (check manufacture site for compatible version)

Features

Features
Online capacity expansion (OCE) and Online RAID level migration (ORLM)
RAID Array Roaming
Unplug/Remove RAID array
Hot key (ctrl-h) boot-up RAID manager via BIOS
Firmware update while running the Operating System
Verify RAID Array for Bad Sectors and Parity Check
Task Scheduler
Automatic RAID rebuild
Automatic drive (insert / removal) detection
Hot Spare Disk
Staggered Drive Spinup
Rebuild Priority (Low - Highest)
Spin Down Idle Mode
Hot Swap and Hot plug
Bad sector repair and remapping to reduce dropped drives
Multiple RAID array
Multiple Logical Drive
64bit LBA support greater than 2TB per volume

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. RocketRAID 622

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  • Ben E.
  • 4/3/2015 11:37:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsActual port multiplication, FINALLY!

Pros: Many of these eSATA cards (RAID or not) claim to offer port multiplication. What they fail to clarify is it only works in 1 port...if at all.

This RR 622 however, supports in both! Spec sheets claim 5 driver per port, and I can confirm 4 though each.

Cons: On board speaker/siren, this is a con for me, others may find it desirable. I set it off during first day of installing/troubleshooting different arrangements of settings. If I turn off the enclosure while computer is still on, it blares.

Other Thoughts: Using it to connect a Rosewill RSV-S8 enclosure (8 bay) to a Lenovo E73 running Win8.1Pro. in JBOD mode to utilize Win8.1's Storage Spaces function. So far so good.

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  • Fred E.
  • 3/4/2015 2:09:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed to work

Pros: It appeared to be a decent card for the price.

Cons: I installed the RocketRaid card to connect a GRaid via eSATA to a system with an Asus P6X-58E motherboard. With nothing connected to the card, the system worked fine - except, of course, I could not access the Raid.

With the Raid connected to the card, I could not access the Raid. After 10 minutes or so, the RocketRaid card emitted a continuous high-pitched beep. Then after about 60 seconds, it forced my system to power off! This was reproducible and repeatable.

I corresponded with Highpoint / RocketRaid support for several weeks; they even sent me new firmware to try.

The card simply didn't work on my system.

Other Thoughts: Support was responsive, but very slow to respond. Turnaround on updates and questions was a day, sometimes two.

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  • Eric M.
  • 12/3/2014 4:45:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsPackaged with RAID storage solutions

Pros: I didn't have to buy it separately?

I got what I paid for?

Cons: Periodically freezes my computer after trying to write ANYTHING to it.

Other Thoughts: The issue can be fixed by removing the card or shutting off my raid box.

I'm excited to get what I paid for again... with a more expensive replacement.

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  • Nicholas M.
  • 11/5/2014 4:54:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible for a little card

Pros: Worked right out of the box with FreeNAS 9.x, hosting a Mediasonic ProBox enclosure and 4 drives in ZFS array. Extremely good disc access times despite the PCIe 1x 2.0 speed limitation.

Cons: Died due to power brown-out and spike that killed the surge suppressor, PCU, and motherboard as well. My fault because I was lazy and taking my time to install the new UPS. This is NOT the parts fault, and in fact the drives and all data survived.

Other Thoughts: For low cost server components, this can't be beat if you are hosting multiple drives in an enclosure. I've ordered another for the time being, which is running along perfectly, but will be looking for the PCIe 3.0 compliant version when it is released for the upcoming build.

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  • Pan P.
  • 9/10/2014 2:01:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsRun away from it!

Pros: 2 external ports

Cons: There are already so many negative comments for this product, but I still want to add a piece of my story.

1. Difficult to set up. Set it up with RAID 5 using Sans Digital TR5M+B enclosure (BTW, it is so bad that Sans Digital include this card as part of their enclosure, should really use other products). Not easy. So many tricks you have to google the answers, e.g. you have to run the service manager as administrator; nowhere to find their latest drive but only contacting the customer support (yep, the one on the website is definitely not updated); didn't PnP for my computer, etc.. The worst part is you got not clue or hint from the product manual/instruction/website. The only way to figure these out is to google and contact the customer service.

2. Unreliable performance! My RAID 5 worked for about a week, and started to give BSOD. Tried different configurations and updated drivers and firmware. No help. It got worse and worse, and started to report failed hard drive (all of HDD are brand new!). Was able to recover from HDD failure, but it took ~30 hr, each time. So far I have used the RAID for 2 months, and HDD failed for 3 times already. Have extremely unstable access to my storage: dropped array, BSOD, failed device are so often. Still trying to figure out what is the reason and it seems very sensitive to many factors: overall system resource, write/read speed, file size (at least one other person mentioned it too). Now I read it only because I need to copy all the data to my backup storage. Once it's done will never use it.

3. Other flaws: long boot time, low transfer rate, horrible customer service... most other things you saw from other comments.

Other Thoughts: One important reason I found to fail my RAID is the "Intel rapid storage" service, which was part of my pre-installed Windows. You can google how to completely remove the service from the system. After I did it, the array became slightly more stable, just slightly, meaning less frequent failure. So far that is the only thing I am sure how to improve the stability a bit. The customer service has no knowledge of it at all. The only thing they do is to blame your system is low-end.

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  • Francis A.
  • 2/25/2014 6:33:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPositive Review

Pros: For all the negative reviews, I thought I would go ahead and put in my 2 cents worth. I have owned this card for about 3 years now. Used it with 2 TRM8 towers and recently switched to a single TRM8. (8) 2TB Hitachi drive in a Raid 5 array. I keep one as a hot spare, so I have a total of 12TB left (8x2 = 16TB - 2TB for raid 5 parity - 2TB for a hot spare). The first time I had issues with my array was when one of the TRM4 towers failed (power supply). Bought another TRM4, swapped the drives, and away I went. Second TRM4 failed (power supply AGAIN!), so I move to a TRM8 (which uses a "standard" power supply and is easily changed out). In all that, I simply replugged the RR622 into the new towers and I was golden.

This morning, my wife hears an alarm going off (the TRM8 has an audible alarm when things go bad) By the time I went to check on it in the evening (after getting home from work), the RR622 had detected a failed drive (correctly) and rebuilt the array using the hot spare! TOTALLY AWESOME!! An absolute win for HighPoint in my opinion! The only thing I had to do was pull out the failed drive, pop in a new one, then set the hot spare as the new drive. This whole even (actually a non-event) worked flawlessly! For the price of this card, you cannot complain. Want a "real" raid card, then shell out several hundred dollars. For $50 (or whatever it is going for now) you simply cannot go wrong. Wait, you say you lost all of your data because of this "crummy" card? Of course you have a backup, right? Right? I don't care how much you spend on a raid card, if your not backing up your array, at some point you WILL loose your data. Guaranteed!! Don't blame HighPoint because you failed to backup your data. Anyone smart enough to create an array should be smart enough to backup their array too.

Cons: For the price, absolutely NONE! People need to stop whining that this isn't a "real" raid. No kidding! For $50 bucks!?!? Get real!

Other Thoughts: I bought a spare RR622, because at some point it WILL fail. I completely expect it to. Just like those $300 "real" raid cards, they will fail too.

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  • David A.
  • 12/3/2013 6:25:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Card in the Universe

Pros: Cheap or free with enclosure. Supposed to support SATA-III on Windows.

Cons: On Windows 7 x64 or Server 2008 R2 x64
- Continually drops any set of drives attached to it irrespective of RAID mode (completely unreliable)
- Drivers bug check intermittently (at least once every 24 hours)
- Attempting to run in JBOD with JBOD firmware and drivers still results in dropped array (a little less frequently)
- Folks say disable write cache at the drive level and everything works. Tried this and it just drops less frequently, but can't handle any transfers > 100GB, plus its dog slow.

Other Thoughts: Absolute junk. I went back to a Sil3132 and everything is 100% reliable. No bugchecks. No drop outs. transferred 5TB straight in one-shot flawlessly. Ditched the HW RAID 5 which runs around 12MB/s Write and went to software RAID 5 at 50MB/s Write.

I will never purchase a HighPoint solution ever. This cost me over 48 hours worth of time to get an array online.

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  • Darrell M.
  • 10/19/2013 3:07:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRocketRAID 622

Pros: It came in a box!

Cons: This is a piece of junk. The connection continues to drop. You will notice quite a few unhappy customers with this product and with non-customer service.

Other Thoughts: Sorry I didn't pay attention to the reviews.

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  • Michael L.
  • 8/9/2013 7:49:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsROCKETRAID 622

Pros: Price.

Cons: Unstable. slow on boot-up. Just to name a few.

Other Thoughts: I guess I got spoiled running LSI Megaraid all these years because this card is a disappointment. First the boot-up takes 3 times as long to initialize as my LSI 9260 8i SAS controller and my LSI has 8 drives on it compared to only 5 drives on the ROCKETRAID. 2nd, it is slow very slow, like 20mb's transfer speed. 3rd, it will randomly rescan the drives on the array during file transfers just like when it goes through initializing. I have the most up to date drivers. Oh yea, do not put a image file say from "Acronis True Image" and expect to be able to access it on reboot to restore your system because it cannot be seen unless it is in windows.

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  • Jason G.
  • 6/3/2013 7:40:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Product and Worse Support!

Pros: It will keep you busy for days!

Cons: This product has been nothing but a major pain!

First problem, the card would lock up any system installed in during boot. This issue was later resolved by a firmware update.

Second problem, which is still not resolved, is the driver for the card CONSTANTLY crashes any system it's installed in (Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2). I opened up a ticket with Highpoint back on 4/13/2013 since I finally got fed up with it. They have been absolutely no help at all with this issue. I would also like to share a few of the last comments they provided to me:

Friday 17th May 13 @ 4:05am
It's been 6 weeks since the last response. Do you have any updates? If not, I'd really like an alternate solution offered. I have been without these drives for about 2 months now waiting for a fix.

Tuesday 21st May 13 @ 12:17am
Dear customer, we will discuss an alternative solution to replace the RocketRAID 622. We will get back to you by tomorrow.
Regards
HighPoint Support Team

Thursday 30th May 13 @ 3:16pm
It's been 10 days now. I must say I am very disappointed in the lack of Service your company provides.
Please let me know your plan to resolve this ASAP.

Yesterday @ 5:56pm
Dear Customer,
At this moment, we can't solve this issue.
Regards,

Other Thoughts: I don't know how a company with such lack of support and quality can still be in business! Not only would I never recommend this product, I would never recommend a single thing this company sells!

Be warned: Stay away from Highpoint products!

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