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HighPoint RocketU 1144AM PCI-E 2.0 x4 Quad-Port USB 3.0 Raid for Mac

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x USB3.0 External Connectors
  • Max Performance up to 20Gb/s
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The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac delivers class-leading 20Gb/s transfer bandwidth, and is optimized for external SSD and hard drive configurations. Each of the 4 dedicated USB 3.0 ports supports true 5Gb/s transfer speeds.

The Rocket Quad USB 3.0 for Mac will recognize pre-configured external hard disks and SSD's, and its intuitive web-based Management interface allows you to quickly and easily configure RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD arrays. 1 year warranty for parts and labor.

  • newegg Dedicated 5Gb/s Per-port Performance With a 20Gb/s transfer bandwidth, and dedicated 5Gb/s per-port performance, the RocketU 1144AM is the ideal, high-performance external USB storage solution for Mac.
  • newegg RAID Support The RocketU 1144AM supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD. The potent combination of dedicated device ports and PCI-E 2.0 x4 bus speed eliminates the performance bottlenecks associated with conventional USB cards and provides the throughput needed for today’s fastest external SSD’s, hard drives, and enclosures.
  • newegg Easy to Use The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 supports hot-swap and hot-plug to deliver ease of use. It 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, SSDs, RAID enclosures, and docking bays.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RU1144AM

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RU1144AM

Specifications

Type
USB 3.0
External Connectors
4 x USB3.0
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x4
Transfer Rate
Max Performance up to 20Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Supports OS X 10.5 and later
Dimensions
7.75" x 6.81" x 1.18"

Features

Features
Designed exclusively for the Mac Pro and the Mac OS X operating system, the RocketU Quad USB 3.0 is a 4-Port PCI-E 2.0 x4 RAID HBA.

4 USB 3.0 Super Speed Type-A ports (5Gb/s per port)

Supports up to 4 external USB HDD/SSD

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

Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1

Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug

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. RU1144AM

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  • Arthur P.
  • 3/7/2013 3:04:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot a good experience.

Pros: Easy to install in MacPro running Lion 10.7.4 attached to a mirrored 2x2 gb hardware RAID enclosure. Browser management good with access to log file.

Used for backup of small 5 to 10 gb batches once a week. Then tried a 60 gb backup and the pros became cons.

Cons: First MacPro hardware crash curtain of death resulted in unable to recognize hard drive. Could access drive with USB 2 cable but not USB 3. Reinstalling driver resolved issue.

Second curtain of death crash resulted in blowing the top port completely for USB 3 use. Will not recognize any USB 3 device.
The card has 4 ports, so moved the USB 3 cable down a couple of ports.

Now, crashes regularly about every other backup, of any size, but has not completely blown any more ports.

Recently, I found a review that said the card is not compatible with Lion 10.7.5, but I cannot find any mention of that on the HighPoint website.

I did install Lion 10.7.5 at some point after installing the card. Although I have the HighPoint log file, I can't match the increased crashing with the Lion upgrade.

The card is now unusable.

Other Thoughts: The RMA process is too onerous, covering repair only. The customer pays all shipping, it takes a week to obtain the RMA and 3 weeks to process the repair after they get it. By the time I pay all the shipping and lose the use of the card for a month, it isn't worth it. I'm sure that's what HighPoint wants.

I will never buy another HipPoint product and never recommend a HighPoint product to anyone else.

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  • Brett G.
  • 9/21/2012 10:04:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsunstable but faster (?!?)

Pros: After installing this card for an external RAID enclosure backup drive, I saw great speed improvements over the prior USB2 connection. The Apple MacPro running 10.7.4 with 16GB RAM was running well.

Cons: The errors have been infrequent but that only makes it harder to identify and resolve. I started by having issues restoring data from the RAID on the USB3 card. I also saw intermittent errors in the system.log file. I updated the driver from to 1.0.3 and the issue seemed to subside. A week later I again noticed that I was getting USB errors in the system.log and the machine was now crashing. After struggling to get the server to boot last evening, I unplugged the RAID from the HighPoint card and was able to boot. When connect the RAID now it fails to show up. In the System Profiler it shows no driver loaded and the web interface for the card fails to load.

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  • Jon S.
  • 3/21/2012 10:24:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHighPoint RocketU 1144AM

Pros: Installed somewhat effortlessly. When finally configured, worked as described. Drives stay on continuously and do not power off for power saving so it works well when you cannot afford to have external drives go to sleep.

Cons: Stopped working after two weeks. Attempted to reboot, restart drivers, etc.... to no avail. Simply does not recognize drives any longer and mgmt interface unable to connect to device. Attempted to get tech support, but this appears to be non-existent. Even links on documentation no longer work. Found them online via google, but there is no tech support number where you can talk to someone it seems.

Other Thoughts: Most cards I have worked with are straight forward, this card seems a little flaky. Drives did not work initially - Mgmt interface found them, but indicated they were not active?? Worked after power cycling external drive, but this should not have been necessary. Hope this is a one-off as the card appeared to work great initially.

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