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HighPoint RocketRAID 640L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Low Profile SATA RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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RocketRAID 600 Lite HBA's deliver considerable cost-savings over competing SATA 6Gb/s solutions, without sacrificing either performance or reliability. These Second Generation SATA 6Gb/s host controllers utilize a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 host bus interface, and support non-RAID and RAID configurations of today's fastest SATA 6Gb devices.

The 4-Port RocketRAID 640L is powered by HighPoint's industry-proven RAID Technology. The intuitive BIOS and web-based Management interfaces allow you to quickly and easily configure RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD arrays.


Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 640L

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 640L
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SATA
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x4
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Driver support for Microsoft Windows 7, 2008, Vista, and Linux distributions
Dimensions
3.12"(L) x 2.56"(W) x 0.06"(H)

Features

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

Supports 3TB and larger hard drives

Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug

Web-Based RAID Management Interface

Packaging

Package Contents
RocketRAID 640L HBA
CD (Driver software)
Quick Installation Guide
4x SATA to SATA cables

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Cody S.
  • 5/19/2014 8:02:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTech support = dumb and rude!

Pros: Worked with my server setup as a RAID 5 data storage, I did not have this setup to boot from. Got decent speeds, too! Typically 100-125MB/sec transfers with 4 4TB Western Digital Green drives. I was happy.

Cons: Computer started to randomly reboot after 3 weeks of flawless operation. I then noticed that on occasion the server would reboot. Narrowed it down to every time the RAID array was accessed heavily, it would BSOD (IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL_TO for RR640L.SYS). And going into the RAID monitoring software, I can re-create the issue every time. I powered the system off, and turned it back on, and when it came time for the 640L to initialize and bring up the BIOS screen, all I got was 1 green square, and an N with a squiggly line over it, and the computer hung. I hit reset, same result. Hit reset a third time, then card initialized, and I continued to boot. I then contacted tech support for Highpoint. Immediately I was told that my hard drives were the problem and they could not help me. Uhh, ok. 1st, if the hard drives were a problem, then why did it work PERFECTLY for 3 weeks? And second, I removed all the SATA cables from the card and am able to replicate the lock computer upon BIOS initialization not only with my original computer, but a 2nd as well! They still refuse to listen and understand, and will not RMA the card. And since it's now over 30 days (I did not start using the card right away after ordering, I had to wait for time to rebuild my server), I cannot return it to Newegg. My advice? BUY ADAPTEC or SOMEONE ELSE, NOT HIGHPOINT.

Other Thoughts: I had a HighPoint RocketRaid 2224 card running in my current server for 3-4 years with 4 1TB Green drives attached to it, and NEVER had any issues. Figured the HP RR640L would provide me with the same service. No. I'm terribly disappointed in myself for not trusting the other people on here that stated the HighPoint Tech Support is terrible. They weren't kidding.

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  • David C.
  • 2/20/2014 7:43:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSweet for the money

Pros: hardware assisted raid card, so basically its a bit better than your software raid but not as sweet as a hardware raid. (keep in mind that i'm not aware of ANY hardware raids at this level of money. So its nonsense to be negative towards this not being a hardware raid.

Comes with cables, though i think they are a bit long & small form bracket.

Installs very easy (driver & webgui) and the performance is very good. Specially if your lacking ports on your mobo.

Cons: Because by default the Raid Bios card kicks off, this can cause problems with people getting clean boots into their OS.
Highpoint should make it a little easier to turn this off (see other for details)

The only MAIN complaint i have, this card is a PCIe 2.0 x4 hardware HOWEVER once you load the gui, it shows it as a x2 Max. So technically this card cannot support the max bandwidth, should you EVER get a chance to achieve it.
remember, these are spec maxes
PCIe 2.0 x2 = 1.25GB/s
PCIe 2.0 x4 = 2.5GB/s
SataIII = 600MB/s
So if you installed 4 x SataIII, in a perfect world you would need a bandwidth of 2.3GB/s. IF this card was a true x4, it would work However its only a x2.

For me, the bandwidth will only be an issue if you considering throwing SSD's at this. For me, i needed something to run 4 x Seagate NAS 3TB drives in my new Server 2012 R2 Essentials box. I have these drive in a raid 0 & i'm achieving reads & writes (of large files like MKV's, ISO's,) in the 500MB!
However i only need to achieve a level of 200MB/s as my DUAL TEAM NIC is the bottle neck to the server.

Other Thoughts: BOOT ISSUE -
You can flash your Raid Card in 2 ways to bypass getting stuck if your system doesn't boot
#1 - Goto Highpoint's website, register to access their online FAQ and search for FAQ0003.
This will still show the Raid BIOS but limit your access which allowed my system to boot clean. I have to use WebGui to configure raid
#2 - Flash the card with the following command, load.exe /e 0=0 rrxxx.xxx (were rrxxx.xxx is the rom name). This will totally bypass seeing your Raid Bios at boot. Makes system boot times FAST! (found command in a forum, i've tested, it works!)

Feel free to gmail me at evilhomerclone with questions or comments. OR if you need help with flashing the card Raid.
(do at your own risk, bad flashing will DEAD your card!)
Good luck

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  • Frank S.
  • 2/18/2014 10:02:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuch an improvement

Pros: I was running a raid5 off my motherboard was only getting 20 mb write and 10 read. Really bad speeds. Purchased the card and was drastic improvements. running crystal disk I got 150 write and 100 read. The card is very good

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: The card is very easy to set up. Recently reformed and all I had to do to get my pc to recognize it is install the drivers right off the cd. As soon as I installed the drivers my computer recognized it, everything was back, even the drive letter was the same. I reformat often so knowing that my 8TB raid is safe is great.

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  • Paul W.
  • 11/18/2013 4:16:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsSetup sucked, but Works Great Now

Pros: Good price for a Sata 6Gbit card that runs RAID 5. Good Tech Support for Issues. Simple and Easy to use Web Gui

Cons: Not Plug and Play Install. Complicated Process to reflash the card's firmware to get it to not boot with a Out of Memory Error on the Bios boot. Issue was resolved, but the trouble cost them an egg. It would be nice if they had a hot line for issues like this.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card to setup a RAID 5 array with 3 x 3TB WD Red drives. I have an ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard, with an Intel i7 920. I plugged the card into an open slot and booted. System Froze at the Cards boot with a message Out of Memory in the top left corner. After Contacting High Point through their website on Friday, they got back to me on Monday.

They had me boot with the card plugged in with no drives attached. When the Card's Boot screen appears press End to skip it. When the OS boots update the driver using the one off their website. Just a warning for some reason when I downloaded their driver zip, and extracted it, all the files were green inidicating they were encrypted. When trying to update the driver I would get an Access Denied message. I had to goto properties on the drivers, advanced, and then uncheck encrypt. Then I was able to update the drivers successfully. After that I installed the Web Gui and used it to update the Card's Firmware. Then I shut down the computer, plugged my drives into the card and booted.

System came right now, I used the Web Gui to configure my drives into a RAID 5 array. Then rebooted again and windows recognized the array, and allowed me to setup the partition.

Currently migrating my data to the Array. I have 2.5 TB of data on a WD 3TB Green Drive, that I am migrating to the RAID 5 array consisting of 3TB WD red drives. Access times and write speeds seem good. Transfer speed started off at about 120 MB/sec writing to the array, but has now dropped to about 71 MB/sec as I hit patches of smaller files.

The setup was more tedious than I had wanted, but I have had good experiences with 2 of their other products in my servers, so I was willing to try them for the 640L. Glad to know it wasn't some compatability issue.

For others having problems with their cards use the support section of their website and contact them. It might take a day or 2 for them to get back to you, but they will help you. Granted I feel this should be easier than this, but in the end the card worked, and it performs much better than using the windows built in Software RAID options.

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  • Joseph I.
  • 8/2/2013 4:24:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointingly Technology Limited

Pros: Inexpensive, 4-SATA Three Interfaces, RAID 5. Adequate for maximum drive space of 2TB or if you never need to boot from it.

Cons: Does not support UEFI boot, Boot from GPT, Boot from over 2TB drives, or boot over 2TB RAID configurations. It can only boot from MBR partition and then any drive space over 2TB is inaccessible. Software and not hardware based RAID. Requires UI interaction in OS to initialize RAID array,

Other Thoughts: Why in the world would anyone try to market something as "Supports 3TB and larger hard drives" when it is incapable of booting from anything larger than 2TB? Only the first 2TB are usable on large MBR disks. Yes, you can create a smaller MBR partition and boot from it but you will never be able to access anything over 2TB no matter what.

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  • David Y.
  • 7/3/2013 8:20:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks for Windows and Ubuntu

Pros: It's fast, even a six TB array only took about 18 hours to setup fully.

Easy to configure, very easy to understand with the slightest knowledge of RAID Arrays.

Works in Windows 7, Also works in Ubuntu 9.04, 10.04, 11.04 and 12.04.

Cons: Ubuntu Drivers must be installed, but once installed as a package (You need to find it as a package) it'll port from version to version. I installed this on Ubuntu 9.04 and have upgraded from version to version without issue, or without re-installing the drivers.

Other Thoughts: While I would love the Ubuntu drivers to just work out of the box, it took me (First time Ubuntu User at the time) about 2 hours to work out what needed to be done, what questions to ask Google, and how to install it.

Since then I have not had a problem using it. Although I do only use it as a storage Array, I do not have Ubuntu installed on the Array.

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  • Murphy A.
  • 6/28/2013 2:11:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat RAID Controller

Pros: No installation required, worked OOB in OSX with no drivers or setups. Booting RAID 0 with no problems.

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: Great Raid Controller for cross platform setups

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  • Yanuario A.
  • 2/8/2013 8:27:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnot recomended

Pros: none

Cons: dose not work with ich10 in raid. dose not work if you have a second marvell controller you have disable it. even after you get it runing properly its slow slower then the onboard chip. dont care what atto says file tranfers say a diferent story. with onboard tranfers from my ssd to raid 0 set ar in the 200 . and with this card ssd to raid 0 set under 100 heres what highpoint had to say. read from botom up so it make sence thanks

[15982] - unable to boot from singel ssd
Customer: yanuario arias
Opened: 7th Feb 2013
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Yesterday @ 5:32pm
Status: Active -> Awaiting Customer Action

Dear customer, thank you for your update.

Since there we can't go any further in the case, we will close this support ticket.

Regards

HighPoint Support Team


Today @ 3:22pm
Updated via the portal by yanuario arias

your product dose not work with the ich10 cotroler either. i diactivate the marvel controler and put the ich10 on raid and the higpoint card jams on the boot screen. i can live without the marvell onboard but not without the ich10 raid feature. i will be posting all this on new eggs website so a remedy migh help your sale a bit
Yesterday @ 11:15pm
Status: Active -> Awaiting Customer Action

Dear customer, thank you for the update.

What you should know about the Rocket 644L is that is also uses a Marvell 9230/9235 chipset and the controller also uses Marvell BIOS.

Your experiment proves that only 1 Marvell chipset and Marvell BIOS can be active in your system before the Rocket 644L will work.

Regards

HighPoint Support Team
Yesterday @ 10:22pm
Updated via the portal by yanuario arias

heres what i found out since this first post
in oder to make this raid card work i have to disable many on board raid controler and the secondary marvel controler.
then it will boot. this is so unexeptable!im losing sata 2 raid ports wich i need and my marvel ide port. can you fix this isue? i should add with the onboard controlers off the card works but i cant say it works well the speed seams slower then the onboard for sata 2
Yesterday @ 1:48am
New Priority: Medium

Status: Active -> Awaiting Customer Action

Dear customer, please confirm that the SSD is detected by the Rocket644L controller?

Are you able to enter the controller BIOS with ctrl-m during bootup?

Regards

HighPoint Support Team
Wednesday 6th Feb 13 @ 4:04pm
Opened via the portal by yanuario arias

Problem Description
BIOS/Firmware Version: _1.0______
Driver version: _______
WebGUI version: _______
Serial No: _______
Purhcase Date: _______
Purhcase From: _______
Operating System: __windows 7 64 bit_____________________
Motherboard Model: _asus p6td delux______________________
System BIOS version: _latest______
System memory size: __12gb_____
HDD Model: __intel 520_____________________
HDD Firmware version: _______

Other configuration information:ran it as a single drive no other drive in the board. disabled the

Other Thoughts: i have a p6td delux by asus. either thinking of geting a higher end lsi card or another mother board and cpu. if i go with lsi ill lose trim on my ssd os disk. i have several sats 3 hdd i want to use on sata 3 raid

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  • ZHANG J.
  • 12/1/2012 2:54:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for Mountain Lion 10.8.2

Pros: I owned both RocketRaid and Rocket 640L.
RocketRaid 640L is based on Marvell 88SE9235
Rocket 640L is based on Marvell 88SE9230. Both are supported out of box in Apple Mountain Lion. Marvell 88SE9235 is a simplified 88SE9230 chipset in functionality even it has a big number. that's why Highpoint combined its own raid function with 88SE9235 to make RocketRaid 640L. Rocket 640L is based on Marvell's own raid functions

Cons: CTRL + H to enter RocketRaid 640L bios screen -- highpoint bios
CTRL + M to enter Rocket 640L bios screen -- marvell bios, RocketRaid 640L bios slows down boot process comparing with Rocket 640L. I hope Highpoint can improve it with firmware update for RR640L in future.

Other Thoughts: In Mountain Lion, Raid 0 under Rocket 640L shows as a real RAID drive.
Raid 0 under RocketRaid 640L shows as a Parallel SCSI drive.
But both are bootable for Mountain Lion.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/9/2012 6:44:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRead the RocketRaid 640 Reviews before considering buying

Pros: If you can get it to work in your system, it's cheap.

Cons: Tons (learn from my lack of research) - make sure you read all the posts on the RocketRaid 640 section. I ran into all of them - had to turn off the onboard Marvell controller to get my ASUS P6X58D mobo to recognize it (losing two SATA III ports), takes forever to see the drives attached to it then shows a black screen with cursor (and halts). There's suggestions on the 640 reviews to potentially address this but I'm already several hours into troubleshooting this and it's not worth the effort (look at the Highpoint support site also - obviously not a quality product and I'm not going to trust my data with it). RMA in progress.

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