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HighPoint RocketRAID 644L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x eSATA External Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 644L

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 644L

Specifications

Type
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
External Connectors
4 x eSATA
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 4.17"(W) x 0.06"(H)

Features

Features
PCI-Express 2.0 x4 (Compatible with PCI-Express 1.0)

Supports up to 4 external SATA HDD's / SSD's

Supports 3TB and larger hard drives

Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug

Web-Based RAID Management Interface

Packaging

Package Contents
RocketRAID 644L 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. RocketRAID 644L

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  • Kevin C.
  • 10/18/2014 10:54:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHighPoint RocketRAID 644L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

Pros: About the only 4 port eSata RAID 5 controller on the market

Cons: Terrible technical support. They constantly blame the HDD's as the source of the problem. Purchased this with SansDigital 2 8 bay enclosures. The system will work for a while then the array will stop working. I have the 622L controller on another machine with the same HDD's and the same SansDigital 8 bay enclosure and have never once had a problem.

After playing around with this for some time, it seems that some of the eSata ports are defective as a SansDigital will report a bad RAID array and I can swap the working set of 2 eSata cables and reboot and there will be no problem. Then the other SansDigital will start to flake out.

It's been a ridiculous experience. I wish there were more options on the market. I guess there is a reason that SansDigital lists their own 4port RAID eSata controller on their site....

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  • Mark G.
  • 9/28/2014 9:23:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStartup SLOW, But working GREAT

Pros: I got 3 connectors filled with WD hard drives and the fourth connector filled with ICY DOCK ICYCube MB561U3S-4S 4 Bay USB 3.0 & eSATA(PM) Hot Swap 2.5"/3.5" SATA HDD/SSD External Enclosure... So in total I have 7 hard drives (12TB running thru card as JBOD)
Other then starting slowly when the computer is first stated, everything is good

Cons: IT takes a good 30 seconds to startup when first turning on the computer...

Other Thoughts: As I said above happy other then slow startup

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  • David L.
  • 7/13/2014 8:30:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor tech support

Pros: Nice feature set. Inexpensive. Newegg is great about everything.

Cons: Tech support. I've been using RR2314s for years with 8 and 4-bay enclosures with few problems. I purchased another 4-bay and had a lot of problems with channel re-scans, drives dropping from the array, array corruption, and channel timeouts causing very poor system performance.

After months of making sure drivers were updated, testing drives, etc., HighPoint and I determined the problem to be the Sil3826 controller in the new enclosure. (All the older enclosures used the Sil3726.) HighPoint said there would be no firmware updates to improve support on the RR2314, and suggested I purchase the RR644L to fix the problem.

Fast forward to now, and I'm having the same problem using the RR644L and Sil3826 as I had with the RR2314. The 644L works great with my older enclosures, but not the one based upon the Sil3826 controller.

Other Thoughts: I've wasted a lot of time doing testing and web-based communication with HighPoint tech support, and was given many by-the-book procedures to follow. It took a very long time to get someone from tech support who helped identify the problem. HighPoint has good tech support people, but they're hard to get to.

Purchasing the RR644L was a waste of money in my situation. The problem is that you don't know what controller an enclosure is using. I purchased the exact same part number as an enclosure which worked. (There wasn't even a different revision number for the controller/backplane change.)

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  • Craig M.
  • 6/18/2014 10:17:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLocks up system during random disk operations

Pros: It supports port multiplication and was able to see all of my drives in my two RSV-S8 8 bay external enclosures.

Cons: I'm running Windows Server 2012 R2 and was able to get the proper drivers installed and get this card to recognize all of my drives, however when trying to create/delete/manage storage pools within Windows, the entire system would lock up and I would have to do a hard reboot.

This seemed to happen at random times doing random tasks within Window Storage Pool configurations. It happened when adding disks to a storage pool, creating volumes from the virtual disk, deleting virtual disks, etc.

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  • Scott A.
  • 2/23/2014 7:38:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStable

Pros: My second high point raid card ((174x), which has been stable for years. This booted perfectly and the drivers recognized by 3 windows versions. Software management is primitive, but works

Cons: Documentation could be better, but no complaints. If my experience with this is like the 174x, I'll be very pleased

Other Thoughts: Running sans digital nas with 4 4 tb drives

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  • Aaron S.
  • 3/22/2013 12:32:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsKinda Worked

Pros: Installed easily and drives were recognized quickly.

Cons: Now the bad...I used this on a Windows Server 2003 x64 server running Backup Exec. I was just trying to add some extra external storage. However, after a week or so I walked into the rack room to a loud squealing. I never imagined that the noise was from this card but the noise ceased when I disconnected the drives. After that, the drives disconnected randomly and without warning.

Other Thoughts: I wish I had purchased a better unit. I thought going on the cheap would be fine but I was wrong The card does work but does not seem to be happy in my server. I am going to test it in a desktop and see if the same problem occurs.

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  • christopher a.
  • 2/15/2013 9:49:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy setup so far

Pros: Easy setup. Easy install

Cons: Software RAID, but knew that buying it.

Other Thoughts: I'm running this card with a Rosewill RSV-S8, two WD Red 2TB drives on each eSATA channel. Setup of the RAID was a breeze, initialization time was long, but that's expected. So far, I've hit the max speed of anything pushing data to this. I believe I can probably hit 225-300MB/s but the drives I was copying from could only hit 150MB/s max.

Expect longer boot times from a cold boot. The control checks and initializes the array. This is normal, and intended.

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  • Bob W.
  • 2/6/2013 6:10:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Far So Good

Pros: It works as advertised.

Cons: None that I can think of at the moment.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card to service a raid tower that I put together with various parts. There are 15 WD Red 2TB drives in three arrays of 5 drives each. And each array is set up as RAID 5. The cards in the tower are port multipliers, so while 5 cables feed into the cards, only one cable comes out. These are translated into esata so they can be plugged into my server (Win 7 Ultra 64-bit on a GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L board that I simply cannot bring myself to retire regardless of its age.)

This card then accepts the info from the 3 arrays via 3 esata cables plugged into 3 of the 4 external ports and then combines them into a RAID 0 array, so now my server has a single drive with just over 22 TB of space. I can also experience up to 3 HD failures without losing any data as long as no two failures are in the same RAID 5 array. Of course, I also have 7 3TB drives in the server to hold all the data on the RAID array, and that's the best way to secure data. Remember that RAID does not equal SAFETY. It may be fault tolerant, but a backup is the only way to assure that you don't lose data without some really catastrophic stroke of bad luck. And if that ever does happen, then data loss is likely the least of your worries.

So far the card is working great. The boxes holding the raid 5 arrays as well as the port multiplier cards are limited to SATA II speeds, so I'll be on the lookout for the next few years for boxes and cards, etc. to make the whole path to my server SATA III.

In the meantime, I'll observe that I built the tower to get around my gigabit network. My drives copying to and from the server over the network were capped at about 115-125 MB/s (1 gigabit). While that was not a bad rate, it saturated my network. Now, with the tower feeding directly into the server. sustained rates are in the 200-250 MB/s range. It's still a pain to copy 7-12 TB of data, but not nearly as much as it used to be.

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