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HighPoint RocketU 1142A PCI-Express 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed HBA

  • 1 x 20-pin USB 3.0 Internal Connectors
  • 2 x USB3.0 External Connectors
  • 20Gb/s Transfer Bandwidth

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The RocketU 1142A is the industry's first 20Gb/s Hybrid USB 3.0 HBA. The unique hybrid port configurations allows you to add USB 3.0 front panel support to your PC, while providing 2 standard Type-A ports that support a variety of external devices including USB 3.0 hard drives, SSD, enclosures and docking bays.

  • newegg Dedicated 5GB/S Per-port performance With a 20Gb/s transfer bandwidth and dedicated 5Gb/s per-port performance, the HighPoint RocketU 1142A is the ideal, high-performance external USB storage solution.
  • newegg Easy to use The RocketU 1142A supports hot-swap and hot-plug to deliver ease of use. It will automatically recognize any external USB hard disk or SSD that are pre-configured or already contain user data, and are fully compatible with USB 2.0/1.1, HDDs and SSDs, enclosures, docks.

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RocketU 1142A


USB 3.0
External Connectors
2 x USB3.0
Internal Connectors
1 x 20-pin USB 3.0
PCI-Express 2.0 x4
Transfer Rate
20Gb/s Transfer Bandwidth
Operating Systems Supported
Driver support for:
Microsoft Windows 7, 2008 and Vista
Linux OS support with xHCI driver of Kernel v2.6.31 or later
5.11" x 2.69" x 0.06"


2 x USB 3.0 Super Speed Speed Type-A ports
1 x 20-pin USB 3.0 Port

Optimized for external USB drives and drive enclosures

Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1

Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug

Compliant with xHCI (Extensible Host Controller Interface) Specification.

Package Contents

Package Contents
RocketU 1142A USB 3.0 HBA
CD (Driver software)
Quick Installation Guide
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketU 1142A

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  • 12/15/2014 11:05:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Necessary product, high end of current price scale, but ok. Too bad not ready for Linux.

Cons: Applications not as implied. When digging to the bottom requires, linux 3.x with embedded driver. Additionally appears to be some Apple Linux distribution only.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend for Linux. Lacks specifics, therefore Linux application should be suspect.

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  • Galen K.
  • 1/11/2014 2:29:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product!

Pros: Works great with Windows Server 2012 R2 and fast!

Cons: None so far..

Other Thoughts: I installed this product on a Dell PE Server for backup purposes. I use the native server backup for daily backups to 2ea. attached USB 3.0 drives. So far very fast and reliable.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/21/2012 10:30:26 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMissing Drivers!

Pros: First PCI-E 4X USB board on market. So it does not need an internal power connector like PCI-E 1X cards do.

Cons: As of today (4/21/2012) HighPoint has shipped this product without posting full drivers for all the chips on this board! There is a PLX PCIe 8609 DMA Controller chip on this board and it DOES NOT HAVE A DRIVER yet!!! You cannot get it from HighPoint as of today. Inexcusable. To be fair this does not keep the board from doing its USB 3.0 job. However it does cause Windows 7 to SLOW DOWN! You will notice the hit on resources. See temp solution below.

Other Thoughts: The good news is that until HighPoint steps up and provides a driver, you can get a work-around driver from here: Go to the SHELDMANDU web site and seach for "8609" and you will find a home-made workaround driver. It works but is obviously not signed.

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3 out of 5 eggsInteresting

Pros: Real convenient, don't need a maze of cables to connect your front usb 3.0 ports.

Cons: The price.

Other Thoughts: I do not own this, but I am looking for a PCI-express card to hookup the front usb 3.0 ports on a PC I am going to sell. Would consider buying this but the price is WAY too high. I'll just get a card with an internal usb ports, and get a conversion cable.

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