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HighPoint Rocket 640L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1
  • 4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. Rocket 640L

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Series
600 Lite Series
Model
Rocket 640L
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x4
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1
Operating Systems Supported
Driver support for Microsoft Windows 7, 2008, Vista, and Linux distributions
Dimensions
3.12"(L) x 2.56"(W) x0.06"(H)

Features

Features
Supports up to 4 SATA 6Gb/s and 3Gb/s HDD/SSD

Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug

Packaging

Package Contents
Rocket 640L 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. Rocket 640L

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  • Yakov S.
  • 12/3/2014 11:13:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat card ONCE you get the drivers to work

Pros: Very fast card. My intel SSD is getting around 500 read/write in AS SSD benchmark.

Cons: Very difficult to get the drivers to work.

Other Thoughts: Ok this is what I did to get the drivers to work. Install the card, boot normally, and go to device manager and click the browse for driver link. Now this is where it gets tricky. There isn't any folder in the included disc that says 640L. What you need to do is browse the WHOLE CD and make sure the box that says "include subfolders" is checked. This was the only way I was able to find the drivers in windows 7 pro 64bit. I tried this while no SSD was connected to the card. I hope this helps someone out there. Oh and the driver it found had some different Marvel name but everything works fine. I plan on running 2 SSD's on each channel. Even though this card will support 4 or more SSD's it only has two lanes. The two slots facing the same direction are probably one lane and the other two are the other.

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  • CHARLIE D.
  • 11/5/2014 4:50:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood card for my needs

Pros: Works right out of the box. The card supports 3TB hard drives without any issues. The speed are great it's matching the speed of the hard drive witch is around 200MB/s in Raid 1. The web management software allow easy management and email notification. Love it!

Cons: the only weak point of the card is the installation of the driver for the web interface and the web interface. The menu on the cd doesnt give an automatic installation for those, you have to look under the hood. But if you fallow the instructions and you know how to play with drivers its an easy game.

Other Thoughts: Bought that for my home serveur (running windows 8,1 x64). I wanted a raid 1 with 3TB drive and a speed faster then gigabyte ethernet. Did the trick love it!

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  • Ruelle R.
  • 7/6/2014 1:28:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWill not boot connected SSD

Pros: Not expensive

Cons: Will not boot up OS ssd as startup windows drive. Hangs up at vmi pooling data screen . Using older x58 board with sata2 . Only recognizes drive IF OS ssd is connected back unto x58 motherboard sata2.

Other Thoughts: Disconnected all hard drives except the OS ssd which is connected to this 640L card and no luck. Need help on this. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/2/2014 4:28:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsfail again

Pros: none at all

Cons: got the replacement card.
Its also failed to load bios/ post
IMOH get a different card.
was tried on
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3
GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3
ASUS M2N68-AM PLUS
Intel DP55KG
and would work on none of these
Win 7 saw the chip on the card, but no bios on the board loaded at post

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/18/2014 5:05:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: none

Cons: BIOS on card will not load
tried on 3 computers
2 Gigabyte and 1 Asus all the same.
NO card bios at boot
FAIL FAIL!

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  • Jesse C.
  • 4/22/2014 9:12:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: super affordable and works great.. set up a raid0 and didn't even need to use the drived disk, windows automatically picked up on the LD. very easy setup.

Cons: none. for what it costs, this is a great deal.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2014 9:17:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLINUX USER BE WARED

Pros: Newegg 's good customer services for return

Cons: This card can't work well in linux , I am using centos 6.5/ ubuntu 12.04 LTS . this card would randomly kick out harddrives. since I bought 2 of these cards , and they work the same , so I am pretty sure it's the designing problem of this product.

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  • JOSEPH N.
  • 3/17/2014 11:27:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFixed My Problem

Pros: Plug and Play with Linux CentOS 6.5. Eliminated my HD hangs with other controllers (2 different vendors) running with the Marvell 88SE9230 chip. Faster also.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I was having a significant problem with WD 1TB hard drives running at 6gb with other controllers (2 different vendors) running with the Marvell 88SE9230 chip. Drives would hang. Jumper the WD HDs down to 3gb and drives ran fine. Problem is document on other web sites as an incompatibility with the WD firmware. This board does use a Marvell chip, not sure which one, but does not exhibit the HD hang problem with drives running at 6gb. The 4x PCIe interface also seems to add significant speed improvements over the other controllers with the 88SE9230 even when running the other controllers at 6gb with Seagate Constellation HDs.

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  • Calvin T.
  • 3/14/2014 5:19:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsabout the 640L raid controller card

Pros: Pretty good card

Cons: some people don't understand how this card works

Other Thoughts: OK. for people using this card there are some fact that will make a HUGE difference. One is there there are two controller chips attached across 4 SATA Ports. IF you make the mistake of running 2 disks on a single controller chip at the same time, your speed will suffer. If you run one HD on each chip, you will get much better speed. I don't remember which ports are which, but if your speed with 2 drives suck, then move one of them to another port and test again. You will see a vast increase in speed. But.. don't try and use 3 of 4 drives in a raid array. The raid will bog down as you will have 2 drives on a single chip.
Finally, the port multiplier will make this worse. You can actually run 20 drives on this (4 SATA ports X 5 port multiplied ports = 20 hard drives per card). I am setting this up now, though only with 8 drives on 2 ports.
The saving grace is since the drives are huge, only one drive at a time is in use and the speed is full speed on any drive. Don't expect super speeds from a software raid card like this unless you have monsterous fast hardware on your MB to make up for it.
BTW, I do NOT recommend raid of any kind. I recommend lots of huge drives (I use 4TB each) then a backup application like sync toys to sync to a different computer. I have a always on server with 8 drives and my desktop with 8 drives. Then I sync one computer to the other and turn off the desktop. when I am done. No backup, (2 copies) no raid (no rebuilding) low power (only 1 drive running at a time), then it goes to sleep when no in use.

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  • Darrell B.
  • 3/14/2014 10:41:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo a very good card

Pros: Cost for 4 6gb ports. But doesn't work so not really a pro.

Cons: Having a weird issue. I have four SSD drives all with the same firmware. Well all the sudden after a week the card fails to see the last drive. Plugged them into MOBO and they are all fine. PC will stay up as long as I get it running by power cycling over and over. Card seems very, very cheap. Possible DOA not really sure as I don't have any time to troubleshoot it...

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