Can a pricey dual-drive Thunderbolt dock make a dent in the market?
Highpoint has a wide series of hardware for every aspect of drive connectivity. Its only logical that the company would churn out a Thunderbolt version of its 5000-series dual-drive dock. Sure enough, earlier this year, the RocketStor 5212 Dual-Bay Thunderbolt Storage Dock for both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives shipped a bit earlier this year, to take advantage of Intel's and Apple's new connectivity standard. Check our review to see if the latest drive dock from Highpoint is a vital IT pro's toolbox.
Drive dock duplexes pair of USB 3.0 connections for max throughput
We've spoken about the convenience of drive docks in the past. If a user has any significant quantity of data to back up, optical media just won't do -- magnetic high-density media, like hard drives, are the way to go. Docks are a logical and flexible device to procure to eliminate the need for costly cases for multiple drives. We reviewed the SATA-3 version of the 5122B dual-channel drive dock, but is the ubiquity of the USB 3.0 port a benefit, or a hindrance to the device? Read on to find out!
New cards support up to 32 drives with port multipliers
HighPoint, an industry leading Storage HBA and solutions manufacturer, has launched a new selection of cost-effective hardware RAID HBAs for PC and Mac platforms -- the RocketRAID 362x series. The new line of PCI-E RAID cards are ideal for large-scale configurations of 6Gb per second SATA hard drives, and were designed specifically for I/O intensive business and media applications that require data redundancy coupled with consistent transfer rates.
Speedy OSX and Windows USB 3.0 RAID implementation tested
Apple was one of the first -- if not the first -- major computer manufacturers to provide then-fledgling USB support at the expense of legacy ports on its iMac line some 15 ago. Since then, the Mac maker hasn't always been the fastest at adding new USB protocols to machines, generally lagging six months or more behind, depending on the product line. The Mac Pro is languishing these days, awaiting a revamp -- but still has no USB 3.0 ports, despite an incremental update last summer boosting the speed of the computer somewhat. Highpoint Technologies has had strong support for the Macintosh and OS X despite only one current line of hardware having PCI-E slots. The latest offering from the company is the quad-channel Rocket-U 1144CM 4x PCI-E USB 3.0 card for the Mac Pro, and MacNN got a chance to test one out.
Each port slaved to individual USB 3.0 controller
HighPoint Technologies is now shipping the industry’s first USB 3.0 Storage Host Bus Adapter (HBA) available for Mac OS X 10.68 through 10.8.x -- the RocketU 1144CM. This third-generation, PCIe 2.0 x4 RAID HBA delivers 5Gb per second per-port performance and supports up to four external USB SSD’s, hard drives or enclosures.
Electronista evaluates how quick a drive dock can get
Modern drive docks are awfully convenient. Without taking the time or expense to case a hard drive, contents are readily accessible to the user -- and with the advent of eSATA drives docks, most are hot swappable (assuming the OS allows it). Storage solution provider HighPoint has an excellent paired solution for PCIe equipped machines -- the HighPoint RocketStor dual-channel 5322 SATA drive dock, and the newly-released RocketRaid 642L PCI-E x4 expansion card. Electronista was recently given the chance to give the pair a spin. See what we thought about this speedy drive dock.
HighPoint cross-platform 642L RAID card examined
While a handful of drives is adequate for most, there are situations calling for a truly epic amount of storage -- either internal or in external RAID cases. Or perhaps a specific computer has an older SATA protocol on its motherboard, and the need for speed is beckoning -- on a budget. Either situation is addressed by the new PCI-E x4 HighPoint RocketRaid 642L. By itself, the specs for the HighPoint RocketRaid 642L card are fairly impressive. The card is a full 6Gb per second PCI-E controller with a pair of external e-SATA ports, and a pair of internal SATA as well. With port multiplying cases, the e-SATA ports can support five drives each, for a total of ten external drives. Specs are one thing, actual utility is another. Electronista was given a chance to try out this new card, click to see what we thought!