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HighPoint RocketRAID 644 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x eSATA External Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Why mince words when describing Highpoint's RocketRAID 644? 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 6Gb/s Compliant The HighPoint RocketRAID 644 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.
  • newegg RAID Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 644 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 644

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 644

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
External Connectors
4 x eSATA
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x4
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Dimensions
3.46" x 4.17"

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 644

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/11/2013 7:57:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsJunk, What Trash

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Horrible product, frequent crashes on Windows 2008 R2 64 bit. Connected to two 8-bay frames, just JBOD, and the driver is junk, frequent fails to let server boot.

Other Thoughts: Stay way from anything SIL chip based like this device/card. Junk, plan an simple.

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  • Ansonia S.
  • 3/21/2012 11:52:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery unclear documentation and support

Pros: Seems like it might work well for PC owners, but you'll still run into poor to no documentation.

Cons: I bought this for my Mac it's very confusing that they have a Mac version of the same exact card named exactly the same even though the documentation talks about flashing the card to use EFI to boot on Macs. Now you have to spend 3x for a EFI version the card so you can you get raid sets or disks to boot off this card. What a ripoff! Note: This card will work with Macs as long as you don't care about booting from it.

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  • Michael F.
  • 2/28/2012 12:57:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNothing but issues

Pros: Price

Cons: Reliability, Drivers, Speed, Everything else.

I originally installed this card with Windows Server 2008 R2 as an external controller to a housing with 2 port replicators and a total of 8 hard drives with plans on getting a 2nd housing for a total of 16 hard drives. I had 4 RAID mirrors setup which worked perfectly for approximately 4 months until I needed to replace a failing drive.

This card will NOT reliably rebuild any raid over 500 GB. Any intensive data transfer will cause this chip to completely lock up and reboot your machine.

From this experience, I thought it might just be the windows drivers so I setup a new RAID of 500 GB drives to test a couple Linux distributions. After going through SuSE, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, and a few others, this card has ZERO support for the newest Linux OS's out there and locked up every build I tried. I did a fresh kernel with the driver integrated, and tried a precompiled kernel and loading the driver into it.

Other Thoughts: In the end, this card corrupted 4 RAIDs with a total over 6 TB of data across them with no looking back.

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  • Dan S.
  • 11/30/2011 8:37:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsSave your money

Pros: Works with Port multiplier and it is fast when it works. Also provides SMART data so I can track my troublesome reallocated sectors on my 2TB Seagate drives. Displays the temperature too and will send you e-mails.

Cons: Locks up when doing large transfers, even with drives listed on the supported list. I verify the arrays weekly and they fail almost everytime - and I don't do much writing now that I have the arraqys set up.

Other Thoughts: I bought this hoping for a faster RAID 5 solution for some of my port multiplier arrays (I have 7 arrays). Will stall out and eventually require a hard reset to bring the PC back to life. I tried researching and not much out there in the way of solutions. For some reason, the only drives that appear to work are some old Seagate 750 (640AS) drives. I have all Seagates and the 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB all have problems. The 1TB and 1.5TB are on the approved list. I jumpered the 1.5TB to make it SATA 1 speed, but all it seems to have done is slow it down. I will say that my MB is not listed as approved (Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5). I've run out of thoughts as to why the card locks up, and Highpoint is useless. I am frustrated.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/4/2011 10:17:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsHighPoint RocketRAID 644

Pros: Very good and Stable Controller. Based on Marvell 88SE9128 chipset. Can be used in 'Legacy' mode which is Non-RAID. SATA 6.0 Gbps Controller. Supports Port Multipliers. Compatible with x4, x8, and x16 slots.

Cons: IMPORTANT NOTE: The Only Con is that you MUST allow for whatever drives are attached to this Controller to FULLY spin up BEFORE powering on the PC. This Controller and any 88SE9128 Controller Polls and Tests the Drives attached to it as SOON AS THE POWER IS TURNED ON! It does not wait for BIOS to POST.

Other Thoughts: Green Drives are NOT recommended for ANY RAID configurations. Western Digital, Hitachi, Sans Digital, Rosewill, and other clearly state this. The reason, they aggressively seek power conservation and since ALL Green Drives do not have TLER, cause the RAID to fail when attempting to conserve power. Don't blame the Controller when attempting the use of Green Drives in RAID configurations and it fails.

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  • Luke Q.
  • 10/25/2011 9:18:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood enough

Pros: +Supports port multiplier
+4 esate ports on back
+price

I purchased this card for my Rosewill RSV-S8. This was the only card I could find with 4 esate ports on the back, allowing me to use another RSV-S8 in the future if more space is needed. Read speeds are very fast, write speeds hover around 150MB/s

Cons: -Locks up on heavy I/O operations
-Locks up on multi-terabyte transfers
-Unable to recover computer on lockup without hard reboot
-cheap

I’ve had the card lockup on several occasions forcing me to hard reboot. It locked up two times moving 4TB to the raid. It also tends to lockup under heavy simultaneous reading and writing essecially when dealling with many small files. Would not recommend for mission critical applications, but it does do an acceptable job at backups and movie storage.

Other Thoughts: Installed in Windows Server 08
Interfaces with Rosewill RSV-S8
7-2TB Samsung green drives in raid5

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  • John H.
  • 10/22/2011 11:25:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Card

Pros: None really. It sometimes works on some motherboards when it's in the mood.

Cons: No port multiplier support although specs say it does. Will not recognize any raid configuration not built on the card. Most raid configurations constantly fail drives. Technical support that is only helpful with trivial issues. I have had the same failures on 4 different motherboards and drive configurations.

Other Thoughts: Just don't buy this card. I have about 10 raid configurations many of them from using Highpoint with good success and none of them have given me the problems this card has.

There is a reason the 2314 is twice the price even though its their last generation card, it works.

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  • Shawn S.
  • 10/6/2011 2:40:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDo your research

Pros: I bought this card originally to support my WHS v1 installation. In JBOD or Legacy mode, this card was rock solid.

Cons: After switching to WHS 2011 running my disks in RAID, I encountered the large file transfer issues others have reported. RAID 1 will work just fine, RAID 1/0 and RAID 5 will have issues when copying doing large file transfers. I've had the system completely lock up and even reboot.

Other Thoughts: If possible, use the solution Terje suggested with forcing the disks to SATA 150 mode for WD drives. I can confirm this works in "windoze," as he puts it :)

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  • Terje S.
  • 9/2/2011 12:33:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfinlly happy

Pros: Finally happy, after 6 months of problems and issues. I have been through all issues listed in newegg reviews and all I have found on the internets.

Problem 1: Random controller resets
=> always cabling. Check _all_ cables, even the ones inside any enclosure. My problem was the Rosewill RSV-S8 two internal cables had a bad connection to the hard drive back-plane

Problem 2: Bad JBOD support, a.k.a "Legacy disks"
=> Fixed Aug 2011 when a BIOS for non-raid finally emerged from HighPoint. Yay, boot times are reasonable again.

Problem 3: Complete controller crash, no disk responsive. Typical "case" is a large file transfer from another disk.
=> Fixed by forcing my WD20EARS to SATA 150mb/s by adding jumper on disk. This might be a problem with the port replicator in the Rosewill RSV-S8? No apparent performance drops.

Final result:
- Simple reads at 180mb/s using one eSata port to 4 disks in the Rosewill RSV-S8

Cons: - Lots of issues, most not due to this controller. If other reviewers are having the same root causes as I, then this card is getting undeserved disrespect.

- Linux drivers are not in the kernel (as of 2.6.40/3.0). Must be compiled and added manually which has not been a problem with the exception of patching required after 2.4.36 (steps described on various blogs)

Other Thoughts: Finally getting my super-cheap MD (non hardware based RAID) in Linux (Fedora 15).

Using this controller with an Rosewill RSV-S8 for 8 WD20EARS. I know the WD20EARS are not meant for HW-RAID as they do not have the "TLER" function, so therefore software raid in linux (using MD) and a need for a controller with massive JBOD count.

Lot of clueless people in forums and blogs, especially on how to fix problem 3 above. Several claim that turning off write cache solves issue but at the cost of 50% performance drop.

Not tried windoze at all, only under linux.

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  • Louis J.
  • 4/25/2011 7:38:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGood in some cases terrible in other

Pros: up to 20 drives with just 4 cables

Cons: As another user pointed out, the card freezes and stops transferring when doing large data transfers in a single job transfer on RAID0, RAID10, and RAID5 arrays. Completely locks up the array and only a reboot brings it back to working order. Also, certain IO patterns/loads (high load) causes drives to randomly drop out. Stand alone drives connected appear to work fine and don't drop out.

Other Thoughts: No longer recommended since it seems ok in certain use cases but when you try to do certain things you would expect to work (copying a folder with several gigs of data) it fails miserably every time.

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