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HighPoint RocketU 1022A PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Low Profile USB 3.0 HBA Controller Card

  • 2 x USB3.0 External Connectors
  • Up to 5Gb/s
  • Linux OS Based RAID Support
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Add SuperSpeed5Gb/s USB 3.0 storage to any PCI-E compatible PC. RocketU 1022A Dual-Port HBA’s support USB drives of any generation, and can be easily installed into any free PCI-Express Gen 2.0/Gen 1.0 x1, x4, x8 or x16 slot. Driver support is readily available for all major Microsoft operating systems including 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 2008 and Vista. xHCI complaint RocketU HBA’s are natively supported by current Linux distributions.

The RocketU 1022A an ideal, low-cost upgrade for any Windows or Linux PC’s, and is well suited for portable storage devices, external backup solutions, and SSDs.

  • newegg SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Interface Experience ultra-fast data transfers at up to 5Gbps with USB 3.0 interface - the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data up to 10X faster than USB 2.0.
  • newegg Support All Generations of USB Hard Drives, SSDs and Enclosures RocketU 1022A HBA’s will automatically recognize any external USB hard disk or SSDs that are pre-configured or already contain user data, and are fully compatible with USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 hard drives, SSD’s, RAID enclosures and docking bays.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketU 1022A


RocketU 1022A
Form Factor
Low Profile


USB 3.0
External Connectors
2 x USB3.0
PCI-Express 2.0 x1
Transfer Rate
Up to 5Gb/s
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7, 2008, Vista and Linux Distributions


Supports up to 2 external USB HDD/SSD

Optimized for external USB SSD's, hard drives and drive enclosures

Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1

xHCI compliant

Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug

Requirements: Standard 4-pin Molex 8981 power connector (female). This connector type is the same used for standard SATA hard drives.

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketU 1022A

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  • Robert D.
  • 9/1/2014 2:01:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well

Pros: No install issues. Works well with Linux (MintDE).

Cons: Didn't magically transform front USB2 ports to 3's.

Other Thoughts: Makes backing up my HTPC more practical since it didn't have eSATA.

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  • Steven C.
  • 7/16/2014 7:50:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorks...for a while.

Pros: All the benefits of USB 3.0, hot swapping and fast transfers.

Cons: This card actually worked as advertised for a little over a year until I started getting USB voltage warning messages. Then, I got BSOD's after only 5 minutes of computer operation. Once I removed the card, all was fine again, albeit back at a USB 2.0 only machine.

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  • Mark T.
  • 7/11/2014 9:07:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAdded USB 3.0 to my machine.

Pros: My machine did not have USB 3.0. I added this card and now my external hard drive can backup up at USB 3.0 speeds.

Cons: None

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  • Tim W.
  • 1/18/2014 7:14:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Easy to install, nice to have a fast USB3

Cons: Only two USB3 slots

Other Thoughts: Price was very low, works just fine, should have paid more and purchased a 4 slot card. Otherwise good unit.

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  • Kevin W.
  • 1/4/2014 12:15:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot good.

Pros: None

Cons: This was bent and could not be fixed out of the undamaged box. I don't need it, it was a free add on for the HP Mini server I got, but you would think they could do a better job.

Other Thoughts: This should be removed from the newegg website.

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  • David K.
  • 11/13/2013 6:53:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple install and Good to go!

Pros: Simple install. Up and running.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Got it, popped it in and am up and running without issue. Much better than the $14 card I bought on another site that required tinkering with drivers and settings.

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  • Dale L.
  • 11/13/2013 6:39:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThese cards are excellent, and great sale price $4.99

Pros: I have read all the reviews, and there is some serious laziness and serious overrating of technical skills evident. This controller installed easily. I then booted into DOS(see comments), upgraded the firmware, used latest drivers from "station drivers", and the performance tests I ran returned excellent results. Transfer speeds using 64gb Imation USB 3.0 flash drive exceeded 180mbs. Copying a 700mb .mkv movie took about 2 seconds.

Cons: absolutely none.

I have a question that is a request, would users please stop using the CD that is included with the products? Anything contained on them is outdated. I haven't used one in 20 years.

Other Thoughts: This controller has the Asmedia ASM1042 chipset. Before the item was delivered, I had already downloaded the firmware and drivers from HighPoints support site. I then downloaded the latest drivers and firmware from "Station Drivers", which were updates from the HighPoint versions. You MUST do the firmware update in DOS, and it is a very simple task. Get a program called "Rufus" , to make a FreeDOS bootable USB flash drive, it takes less than a minute. The controller did NOT like the firmware I got from SD, so I flashed back to the latest from HP(HighPoint), which still was an upgrade from the stock firmware. The latest drivers were on SD, and work perfect on my Windows 8 Enterprise x64. The performance of this controller is absolutely outstanding !!!!!!!!!!!!! And all of this for and amazing $4.99.

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  • Nathan B.
  • 11/11/2013 9:54:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRMA costs more than the product

Pros: Couldn't make it past connecting it, so couldn't try.

Cons: I couldn't even give the product a try, the molex power connector broke off the board and was just not able to make a connection. It's a small board though so I guess that's good.

Molex power connector is very weak. Easily breakable and returning the unit costs more than the order itself.

Other Thoughts: Be gentle, it's made as cheap as it can be. And don't pay full price for it for any reason. I can't get it working due to power issues but others may have better thoughts. Molex power connectors are just friction based roughness. My power supply didn't line up for this little board. Would have been happier with a SATA power jack.

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  • Todd M.
  • 11/1/2013 9:27:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOld Style Molex Connector

Pros: It works.

Cons: Molex Power connector. How many newer systems still have these?

Not as fast as my other machines with on-board USB3 but a definite plus for older systems without USB3

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  • Leonardo C.
  • 10/31/2013 9:22:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst hardware i have ever bought, ever.

Pros: super cheap after rebate (4 bucks)

Cons: THIS WILL CAUSE YOUR COMPUTER TO REBOOT. Addtionally i was only getting 6 megabytes pers a second transfers at the best case scenario, sometimes it would transfer at 20mbps but only for 2-3 seconds and then it would drop to almost usbe 2.0 speed. This card is a piece of junk, il never buy the "first from asia" products ever again. Even for the cost (about the cost of a micky d happy meal) it wasnt worth it. Even if they paid me to take this i wouldnt install it. The USB ports are to close to each other. It also seemed to have some issues with hibernation (but this is unconfirmed). I started noticing after a few weeks that when ever i touched my a cord that was attached to my gpu which was right next to the usb the computer rebooted (BSOD). Then i unplugged a hotswappable device out of the usb 3.0 slot and it rebooted the computer. It rebooted my computer twice a day only when i touched the component for 2 days in a row. I then removed the usb 3.0 card and the computer hasnt rebooted for 3 days since (this was the only variable). it doesn't give you the speed it promises and it reboots your computer, STAY AWAY.

Other Thoughts: IF YOU HAVE ONE BURN IT.

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