updated 08:45 pm EDT, Thu October 29, 2009
New PCI cards deliver 600MB/s throughput
HighPoint is launching a new series of SATA PCI-Express 2.0 cards, the Rocket 600 series. The new cards offer a SATA 6Gb/sec host adapter that will allow single or dual drives to reach 600MB/sec throughput, geared to reach maximum speeds using SSD drives. The cards are backward compatible with PCI-Express 1.0 technology and older SATA 3Gb/sec and 1.5Gb/sec drives. The new PCI cards use the same cables and connectors as previous generation SATA devices.
Two PCI cards will be available at the launch in early November. The Rocket 620 offers two independent internal connections, while the Rocket 622 offers two independent external (eSATA) connections. Both cards are low profile and fit PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots. They offer Native Command Queuing and support up to 2TB hard disks.
The new PCI cards will work with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, along with Windows and Linux. The Rocket 620 will ship for $70, while the Rocket 622 will cost $80.