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HighPoint RocketRAID 640 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Why mince words when describing Highpoint's RocketRAID 640? 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 ease of mind there is nothing like RocketRaid out there.

  • newegg SATA 6 Gb/s Compliant The HighPoint RocketRAID 640 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 640 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 640

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 640

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x4
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Dimensions
4.33" x 2.44"

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 640

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/30/2013 6:18:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood card, not so intuitive setup

Pros: Works as advertised, as well as, works with Windows 7/8 64-bit without issues.

Cons: Reconfiguring the SATA card is not very intuitive.

Other Thoughts: This card allowed me to continue to use my aging ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 with my Core i7 920. However, when installing this card, regardless of how I configured the BIOS, the system would continuously look at the card to boot from. After doing some intensive Google searches, found out what needed to be done to get it to work correctly. I also have 2 x 3 TB Seagate drives hooked up to this and it works without issue.


- First, create a USB DOS bootable boot disk (Google HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - v2.1.8 Download - EXTREME Overclocking and Windows 98 System Files Download - EXTREME Overclocking).
- Go to HighPoint Global website and download the appropriate files.
- Grab a USB flash drive and run the USB DOS bootable boot disk utility on it (WARNING: THIS WILL FORMAT THE ENTIRE USB FLASH DRIVE).
- Copy the RAID controller drivers to the USB flash drive.
- Unplug any hard drives that are connected to the RAID controller and insert the USB thumb drive.
- Be sure to boot from the USB thumb drive first.
- Run the LOAD.exe utility to re-flash the controller BIOS (Example: LOAD.exe /C xxx.xxx).
- Tab to the menu of items INT13 and Reallocate EBDA and disable both of those items.
- Exit and continue with the BIOS update until the flash is complete.
- Shutdown the system and plug in the hard drives back into the RAID controller.

If you have your computer configured to boot from a hard drive that is connected to the motherboard, then all should be fine and boot. I would recommend using the web tool interface to configure the RAID controller (note: For me, the web interface would not run in Internet Explorer 9. I had to use Firefox).

Now, I can finally boot into Windows, and none of my other RAIDs got affected. So, I have a RAID 0 and RAID 1 on the motherboard and the RocketRAID card configured with RAID 1.

Before I forget, if you go to Device Manager, you will probably see a device with an exclamation point. I believe it has to do with the RAID controller. I have tried resolving the issue with little success. However, I have yet to encounter any real issues with my system overall due to this.

Hope this helps other people who might have had issues with this.

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  • Jayme S.
  • 2/4/2013 11:38:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well!

Pros: compiled drivers on ubuntu 12.10 and installed. I have 4 2TB drives attached. Great speeds with raid 10

Cons: a bit slow on the boot, but not really a big deal for a server.

Other Thoughts: I recommend using a software raid. You'll get more features and it'll probably be faster that way. you can put this into JDOB mode so you can use them as an IDE inteface card.

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  • Matthew F.
  • 1/10/2013 5:37:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnsupported, full of trouble.

Pros: Cheap, SATAIII.

Cons: Awful awful support. Drivers don't compile on a Linux 3.0+ system, which is two and a half years old now, they target the old 2.6.3x series. Marvell and HighPoint don't seem to release nor support their products once they're shoved out the door. Be shocked if this card runs in your system.

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  • R M.
  • 11/18/2012 12:40:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsInstall Correctly to Make It Work !

Pros: See OTHER THOUGHTS below.
Low price for full SATA III bandwidth.
Handles up to 4 hard drives.

Cons: Poor instructions.
Poor tech support.

Other Thoughts: First, REMOVE the POWER CORD then plug in the card to an available PCI-x4 slot on your motherboard.
But DO NOT connect any hard drives to it at this time.
Replace the power cord.
Boot up the computer.
Use the supplied CD to install the drivers and software. The card won't work without the drivers!
Reboot the computer. It will "hang" for 15 to 20 seconds while it hunts around ....
After fully booting up, check in Device Manager to make sure the card is correctly installed (no yellow signs).
Now, Shut Down the computer completely and REMOVE THE POWER CORD.
Open the case and connect one or more hard drives or SSDs to the SATA ports on the card using the supplied SATA cables.
Boot up the computer. During boot up the card will search for attached hard drives for about 15 to 20 seconds. Then boot up should continue.
If it's possible to avoid that 15 to 20 second delay during boot up, I have not discovered how to do that.

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  • Kyle S.
  • 11/11/2012 3:52:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Perfectly

Pros: Does everything that I ask it to
HW Raid-5
Comes with Sata III Cables
Can be configured in BIOS or within the OS
Fast Enough

Cons: BIOS required an update to make this function properly (Asus Maximus IV 1155)

Other Thoughts: I use this card in a raid 5 setup with 4xWD 2TB Green drives. I use this this raid as the payload of my media servers and the virtual hard drive of a few simple VMs that I have running.

When i first installed it and enabled the raid, for some reason my motherboard refused to boot another raid that I had setup on the onboard controller to my motherboard between two 90 GB Vertex 2 SSD's. I spent a few hours troubleshooting this but it turns out my bios just needed an update.

I have heard this card can be a pain if you intend to boot off it, I have no experience with that, but I can say that anything that I thought was wrong with the card ended up being the fault of either my configurations or my bios, and the card in fact as yet to give me any issues at all, very good product.

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  • Dean P.
  • 11/9/2012 7:17:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for

Pros: For a sub $100 Sata III RAID Controller it can perform rather well in a home , small business setup with enough patience.

Cons: Patience !! If you don't have it, then this card is not for you. The supplied highpoint drivers for the dual controller work in windows 7x64, but the Base Card driver for the PLX Bridge chip on this card do not.
INT13 may not work properly with this card if you don't turn off onboard RAID controllers on your Mother Board, or other BIOS features. Older BIOS memory size just don't have the room for it all.
Don't have a UEFI MB, so could work better in one of these setups.

Other Thoughts: Do your homework, read all the reviews at newegg and search for reviews, with perserverance you will find the answers you are looking for, but don't expect to get much help from the manufacturer

For PLX driver help, google PLX driver highpoint, you should find a compatible driver for windows 7

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  • Michael M.
  • 11/5/2012 10:18:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDo not buy IF....

Pros: This will work out of the box. It does work well with my 4 Seagate 3Tb HDD's. However.....see cons.

Cons: My home server contains 12 HDD's. You can not in any way run more than one card (I attempted to flash bios and disable functions per Highpoints instructions) which failed. You will get "Out of Memory" error. The work around is to Press "End" key every time you start or restart the computer/home server. "End", thats just unaccaptable, and to further that Highpoints "support" was like the "End" key.

Other Thoughts: If you dont need more than 4 HDD's this card will work as advertised. It is fast with the SATA3 HDD's. You could use the expander, but that drops your SATA3 speed to SATA2. That too is like the "End" key solution. Unacceptable. As I mentioned, I did contact Highpoint.

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  • Jay C.
  • 10/13/2012 9:33:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRR640 really bad

Pros: Price, better to loose $100 than $200...
Other than that, none...

Cons: Where to begin... The RR 640 is typical of you get what you pay for, in this case, not even that. If you are expecting to boot from this controller, think again.
My config, X58 UD7 with 48 gb mem, win 7 64. The ud7's built in Marvell Sata III controller is 1X pci, which limits speed of SSD. RR 640 is 8X pci. You must create a dos bootable cd to run their FLASH utility to change any of the rr640 options. I have 30 years in IT, and I have wasted a week or two on this card out of my life that I'm never going to get back. Bottom line, you can't boot wo INT 13 enabled, and with it enabled the card will hang system right after the bios screen. If you expect to boot from RR640, don't. I did get it up to the point that I had 2 OCZ Vertex 4's in RAID 0 NON-BOOTABLE array, (no int 13), and benchmarked really impressive read & write performances, 500 mbs writes and 700 mbs reads. But that is useless to me as I want to be able to boot from the array, and that is impossible with my MB and I suspect impossible with many many other mb's.

Other Thoughts: The hardware on the 640 is great, the raw read write speeds are phenominal. If Highpoint had any programmers worth anything to finish the Firmware/Software for this board so that it could be configured without reflashing it from DOS and not conflict with other controllers, it could be a fantastic bargain. The hardware is there, the FIRMWARE version 1.0 should not have even been considered a good beta version. And I'll bet the version 1.0 never gets updated. There is a version 1.1 if you don't mind loosing the ability to run RAID. Are they kidding?
If you are still considering purchasing this, just reach in wallet, take $100 bill, walk in the bathroom and flush it. You'll be better off minus the aggravation of this board. Get a real raid, lsi...anything

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  • Michael S.
  • 9/22/2012 4:14:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsShould have listened; lesson learned.

Pros: Newegg has a fairly straight forward return process.

Cons: Utterly unable to make work.

Other Thoughts: Despite numerous and varried attempts, I was unable to make this device work. I attempted RAID 5 (my original intended use), RAID 0 and even RAID 10, but each ended with error beeps. I did not achieve a single successful installation onto a set of hard drives that I have been using successfully for months (and using currently) on my motherboard's built in controller; I now feel that the negative reviews I ignored were well informed. I threw Highpoing a bone with the second egg only because I do not have extensive experience with RAID controllers. I did research extensively, however, as well as seek advice from more experienced technicians, and I am unable to find any fault with my installation process.

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  • Paul P.
  • 9/21/2012 10:02:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsHighpoint still in business?

Pros: None

Cons: I inherited this piece of junk from someone else a while ago and due to the frustrations it caused I thought I'd write a review now.

I've purchased 2 products from Highpoint in the past years ago and swore to never buy another product from them.

I inherited a machine which someone used this card in and it's the 3rd Highpoint device I've worked with. All three products were such pieces of cr*p I didn't know they were still in business.

Problems:

1) Randomly works or doesn't work depending on the motherboard/chipset.
2) Highpoint support consists of users complaining to each other on a forum which highpoint never seems to write any solutions on.
3) If you happen to get the card to work, it's slower than a software RAID.
4) If the card encounters a problem during POST, you may just have lost your RAID. This happens more frequently than I would think possible.
5) Firmware updates usually worsen the product.

So if you value your sanity, use a software RAID or a bett

Other Thoughts: Please please please stop buying Highpoint products.

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