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HighPoint RocketCache 3240X8 PCI-Express 2.0 x8 SSD RAID Caching Controller Card

  • 1 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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HighPoint’s RocketCache allows you to create your own high-performance storage solution using off the shelf hard disks and SSD’s. Capitalizing on HighPoint’s industry-proven RAID technology, RocketCache HBA’s can aggregate multiple SSD's and hard disks into single storage units, in order to maximize transfer speeds or data security. The RocketCache 3240X8 puts you in the driver’s seat. You can configure for maximum performance, optimized protection, high performance with cache protection or high protection and cache performance.

  • Use any off the shelf hard disk and SSD
  • Selectable RAID-Cache modes: Link up to 3 SSD’s for Extreme Performance, or multiple HDD’s for Optimal Data Security.
  • PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Host Interface + 4x SATA 6Gb/s Ports
    • newegg HighPoint’s latest SSD caching solution Combine multiple hard disk drives and SSD’s into high-performance storage solution. Unlike conventional caching products, RocketCache HBAs allow you to link multiple SSDs to a single hard drive for maximum performance, or double up for an ideal balance between Speed and Security. HighPoint’s latest SSD caching solution will revolutionize high-performance storage for desktop PC’s and workstations.
    • newegg RocketCache Puts You in Control: Select from 4 Caching Methods The RocketCache 3240X8 offers four Cache Modes. Each Cache Method is optimized for specific applications and storage requirements. Maximize Performance Mode allows you to optimize read/write performance with one or more SSDs. As for High Performance with Cache Protection Mode, the RocketCache 3240X8 combines ultra-fast data access with write protection as your cached files are written directly to disk. The High Protection and Cache Performance Mode is two hard drives in RAID1 for redundancy and one or two SSDs for cache, while the Maximum Protection Mode is two hard drives in RAID1 for redundancy, one or more SSDs for cache with data written directly to the disk.
    • newegg 4 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports and 1 x PCI-E 2.0 x8 interface The RocketCache 3240X8 HBA's 4 independent SATA 6 Gb/s ports are powered by a blazing fast PCI-Express 2.0 host interface, and have been optimized for today's fastest SSDs and hard disk drives. The RocketCache 3240X8 was designed for high-performance, Mac and PC platforms, is fully backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0 x8 and x16 slots, and supports SATA hard disks and SSDs of any generation.
    • newegg RocketCache Management The easy to use, web-based RocketCache Software Interface allows you to tailor caching configurations that are best suited to your specific applications and storage requirements. The interface works with any Web Browser.
    • newegg Applications HighPoint’s RocketCache HBAs combine high-value and high performance into a solution that appeals to a wide array of clients-types, ranging from the home PC enthusiast to Media Professionals, Graphic Artists and Photographers.

    Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketCache 3240X8

    Model

    Brand
    HighPoint
    Model
    RocketCache 3240X8

    Specifications

    Type
    SATA / SAS
    Internal Connectors
    1 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
    Interface
    PCI-Express 2.0 x8
    Transfer Rate
    Up to 6Gb/s
    Operating Systems Supported
    Driver support for Microsoft Windows 7, 2008, Vista, Linux and Mac OS X
    Dimensions
    3.79" x 2.25" x 0.06"

    Features

    Features
    Marvell 88SE9485

    4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (supports 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s HDD/SSD)

    Backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0

    Combine a hard disk of your choice with up to 3 SSD's for Extreme Performance!

    Combine your hard disks and SSD's into a single, high-performance Drive.

    Select from one of four specialized Caching Methods:
    Maximum Performance
    Maximum Security
    High-Performance w/ Cache Protection
    High-Performance & Cache Protection

    The easy to use RocketCache Software Interface allows you tailor Caching configurations that are best suited to your specific applications and storage requirements.

    Packaging

    Package Contents
    RocketCache 3240X8 HBA
    CD (Driver software)
    Quick Installation Guide

    Quick Info

    Warranty

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


    Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketCache 3240X8

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    • Stewart S.
    • 3/9/2013 6:48:35 AM
    • Tech Level: High
    • Ownership: less than 1 day
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggsRipoff

    Pros: It's a good idea, in theory.

    Cons: The technology has not matured.

    Other Thoughts: When it becomes a bootable device, then it will be an excellent product.

    I would stay away from this device and would not reccommendit at this time.

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    • jerid h.
    • 7/3/2012 11:41:36 PM
    • Tech Level: Average
    • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

    5 out of 5 eggsSuper fast

    Pros: This Cache card is super fast and very easy setup. I set mine up with a WD 600GB Velociraptor as the HDD and used 2 Adata SX900 64GB SSD's and a OCZ Vertex 4 as the cache accelerator. All the drives are SATA 6gbs. Im getting well over 1500MB per second reads and over 1200MB per second writes. the first program I loaded on the this system was a 37MB program and within a second after I pressed load, and Its was allready loaded and finished. Im going to make a change to a 1TB HDD as I want to put my 2 VelocityRaptors back as a RAID 0 configuration it only toped out at around 330Mb per second. and as soon as I get a litte more cash Im going to get another 3240x8 and tie the two Vraptors to two more SSD's I am extremely impressed with the performance of a such an inexpensive cache card. And would definately recomend it.

    Cons: None so far. except that it seemed to slow my boot times by a tad.

    Other Thoughts: From the reasearch I did about this card it a waste of money by using more than 60-64GB SSD's as the accelorator drives. And the Adata 64GB SSD's run over 500MB/s.

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    • Thomas S.
    • 6/20/2012 9:45:03 AM
    • Tech Level: High
    • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
    • Verified Owner

    1 out of 5 eggsFilesystem corruption

    Pros: Inexpensive and relatively easy to configure. Definite speedup in some software build processes.

    Cons: NTFS filesystem corruption. I haven't yet root caused it, but with the write back cache enabled, one of my large software build jobs consistently corrupts the filesystem.

    Other Thoughts: The card's BIOS doesn't play nice with bitlocker. Assumes my system has changed config at every boot.

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    • Greg D.
    • 6/1/2012 4:20:17 PM
    • Tech Level: Somewhat High
    • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
    • Verified Owner

    4 out of 5 eggsSomewhat Hit and Miss

    Pros: Flexible ssd caching solution at a reasonable price.

    Performance modes allow hdd's to be striped or mirrored; ssd's are striped with the option of write-through or write-back caching.

    Web GUI could use some polishing, but is very easy to use.

    I have 2x 7200rpm 1.5Tb Seagates, and 2x OCZ Vertex (gen 1) drives running in "High Performance with Cache Protection" (hdds in raid 0, with a write through cache).

    Was easy enough to install the Linux driver and Web GUI on Ubuntu. I saw good benchmark results from gnome-disk-utility (palimpsest), which apparently uses an algorithm with a high chance of re-testing the same blocks between runs. After a few runs, I saw results stabilize to a max rate of 380MB/s with an average access time of .04ms.

    Cons: Non-configurable, loud audible alarm.

    Initially, the two ssd's were running different firmware versions (1.5, and 1.6). The RocketCache apparently didn't like this. Within 8 hours, the audible alarm had gone off twice to notify me that one ssd had failed. After a reboot, the ssd was back "on line" and operating normally. Updating the firmware on both drives to the same level seems to have fixed this problem.

    Performance is hard to gauge. On Windows 7, some runs with HDTune (free) produced odd results. Some runs yielded an avg rate of ~30MB/s, and some were more reasonable in the mid 100s. I saw less drastic, but similar results from ATTO.

    For whatever reason, large file transfers from or to the RocketCache always drop to a speed of 30MB/s. This made copying my Steam folder (about 600GB) a painful process.

    Copying the same data set to the same hdd's in a normal Windows software stripe is two to three times faster.

    Note: Apparently, a maximum of 64GB can be allocated to t

    Other Thoughts: Tech support was responsive, but couldn't answer my questions. Eventually, an engineer responded (in rather poor English) with detailed information.

    According to this engineer, the cache eviction policy is "least recently used" based. If I understood him/her correctly, ALL reads are pushed into the cache. Whether or not the read "blocks" until the cache is updated was not clear. (IF the read does block, I believe a cache miss will result in an additional performance hit while the data is written to the cache!)

    I have a limited understanding of caching in general, but I don't see this as a particularly smart policy for an ssd cache. If I understand correctly, something as simple as a virus scan is going to generate a LOT of writes to the cache (and wipe all your useful cached data away in the process).

    Would love to see some form of caching statistics (hit/miss ratios, etc)

    Considering purchasing a newer sandforce based ssd to see if performance improves...

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