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Highpoint shows pair of Thunderbolt 2 SAS, eSATA converters

updated 11:33 am EDT, Mon April 7, 2014

Four- and eight-channel devices adapt older external storage enclosures

Storage and networking device maker Highpoint is adding a pair of new Thunderbolt devices to its product lineup. The storage connectivity vendor has debuted the eight-channel Rocketstor 6328L, along with the four-channel RocketStor 6324L eSATA and SAS Thunderbolt 2 adapters at this week's National Association of Broadcasters show.

The RocketStor 6328L delivers Thunderbolt 2 connectivity for both OS X and Windows platforms. The dual, Mini-SAS connectors (SFF-8088) and eight direct connectivity 6Gb per second SATA device channels enable existing Mini-SAS or eSATA external storage enclosures to support Thunderbolt host systems.

The Rocketstor 6324L is a low-cost, Thunderbolt 2 storage adapter. The RocketStor 6324L's external Mini-SAS connector (SFF-8088) supports up to four eSATA devices or a single Mini-SAS storage unit. HighPoint's EXT-MS-1MMS (SFF-8088 to SFF-8088) and EXT-MS-1MEJ (SFF-8088 to quad-eSATA) cables are compatible with both the RocketStor 6324L and 6328L, and allow a single Thunderbolt 2 port to support eSATA or Mini-SAS storage units from a single adapter.

Both the RocketStor 6324L and 6328L Thunderbolt 2 adapters are set to launch in the second quarter of 2014. The 6324L is slated to retail for $299, with no price named for the 6328L.



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  1. prl99

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 03-24-09

    Has anyone ever bought a Highpoint device? I only recently started hearing about them. The devices mentioned in this article cost a lot less than the old fiber-channel PCI cards available for the older Mac Pro and Xserve. Depending on how your existing FC-based SAN network is configured, these converters could make for an inexpensive upgrade when connecting to a new Mac Pro via TB-2.

  1. EstaNightshift

    MacNN Staff

    Joined: 07-19-12

    We've reviewed a few of Highpoint's devices -- PCI-e cards for eSATA, and some external drive docks. No real complaints.

  1. chimaera

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    Joined: 04-08-07

    I've been watching the various announcements of TB -> eSATA converters. None of them mention if Port Multiplier is supported. A good many eSATA multi-drive enclosures require port multiplier, or only one drive would be recognized.

  1. EstaNightshift

    MacNN Staff

    Joined: 07-19-12

    While we don't have any confirmation yet on port multiplier support for any of the new releases, all the new SATA chipsets made after 2012 support it, so we're hopeful. I don't think HighPoint would make a new Thunderbolt 2 bridge with an old chipset.

  1. chimaera

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    Joined: 04-08-07

    The highpoint mac site says the 6328 supports Port Multiplier. That's the first one I've seen to address the question directly.

    Not sure if MacNN covered the Lacie eSATA hub, but their specs page strongly implies they don't support PM. 2 eSATA ports, specs say "eSATA: Up to two eSATA drives per hub ".

    The few other TB -> eSATA adapters I've run across tend to say the same things. Reporting max drive counts the same as port count, and staying silent about PM specifically.

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