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HighPoint RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller

B&H # HIRU1144A Mfr # RU1144A
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Product Highlights
  • 20Gb/s Transfer Bandwidth
  • PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Storage Controller
  • 5Gb/s Per Port
  • 4 USB 3.0 Type-A Ports
  • Backwards Compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1
  • xHCI Compliant
  • Supports Windows 7, 2008, Vista, Linux

The HighPoint RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller is the perfect solution for high-performance desktops and workstations. It is suitable for high-speed external USB 3.0 SSD's and hard drives. It delivers transfer bandwidth up to 20Gb/s. Apart from being industry's first PCI-E x4 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed HBA, it has an external 4-port. Each dedicated USB 3.0 port delivers transfer speeds of 5Gb/s for a combined bandwidth up to 20Gb/s.

Dedicated 5Gb/s Per-Port
RocketU HBA's deliver true 5Gb/s per-port performance, and can support any USB drive on the market. Revolutionary USB 3.0 performance, dedicated 5Gb/s per-port transfer rates and a total bandwidth of 20Gb/s.
Quickly and Easily Upgrade your PC with True SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Storage
Add true SuperSpeed USB 3.0 storage to any PCI-E compatible PC. RocketU HBA's support USB drives of any generation, and can be easily installed into any free PCI-Express Gen 2.0/Gen 1.0 x4, x8 or x16 slot. Driver support is readily available for all major Microsoft Operating Systems including 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 2008 and Vista. xHCI compliant RocketU HBA's are natively supported by current Linux distributions. The RocketU 1144A is the ideal upgrade for any Windows or Linux PC's, and is well suited for portable storage devices, external backup solutions, and high-speed SSD's for the ultimate gaming multi-media experience.
Uncompromised Performance for Every Generation of External USB Drive
RocketU HBA's support all generations of USB hard drives, SSD's and Enclosures. Dedicated 5Gb/s ports provide the throughput needed to support any type of drive, from today's fastest 6Gb/s SSD's to external RAID enclosures. RocketU HBA's will automatically recognize any external USB hard disk or SSD's that are pre-configured or already contain user data, and are fully compatible with USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 hard drives, SSD's, multi-disk enclosures and docking bays.
Unlock the Performance Potential of USB Storage
Unlike conventional USB cards that are best used as simple device hubs, RocketU HBA's are uniquely suited for high-speed USB 3.0 storage configurations. With dedicated 5Gb/s per-port performances, also ideal for a variety of external storage configurations including multi-drive bays, RAID enclosures, and external SSD's.
Interface Protocol SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Host Connection Type PCI Express 2.0 x4
Connectors 4 x USB 3.0 Type-A
Port Quad-Port: Four USB 3.0 ports with type A connectors for easy data access
USB Super Speed USB 3.0: 5Gb/s per USB port
Bandwidth 20Gb/s transfer bandwidth
Cache Memory No
Channels 4
Features Optimized for external USB drives and drive enclosures
Compatibility Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1
RAID Supported No
Included No
Device Support USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1
Hot Swap Support Yes
Compliant Standards Compliant with xHCI (Extensible Host Controller Interface) Specification
System Requirements
Operating System Driver support for Microsoft Windows 7, 2008, Vista, and Linux distributions
Hardware PCI Express x4 slot (1.0 or 2.0)
Power Bus-powered
Dimensions (L x W x H) 3.13 x 3.75 x0.75" (7.90 x 9.52 x 1.90cm)
Weight Not specified by the manufacturer
HighPoint RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller
  • Software CD
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    HighPointRocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller
     
    4.9

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (6)
    • Easy to set up (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (5)

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      5.0

      Works great!

      By John T.

      from Euless, TX

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fast
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Ext Backup Hard Drive
        • High-End Multimedia

        Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller:

        Fast USB 3.0 adapter. Works as advertised.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Only one that works

        By Paul the Photographer

        from Abilene, TX

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable construction
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Reliable
        • Strong Connection Points

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Computer Equipment
          • High-End Equipment

          Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller:

          I have tried several 3.0 cards and none except this one have been satisfactory. All would disconnect my hard drives from time to time. Most can't handle the current draw of 8 internal hard drives mounted in external cases.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Works great

          By Alberto T

          from Huntington, NY

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Enhance Experience
            • Upgrade

            Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller:

            Everything worked flawlessly, and I installed this on an early 2008 Mac Pro running Vista x64 (I know, 7 is MUCH better, but 8 is coming up soon). Like other reviews have said elsewhere, even with the latest WHQL driver from HighPoint, you are still left with a yellow exclamation mark within Device Manager - which can supposedly be fixed by updating the firmware under a "pure" DOS environment, but since there are no performance penalties or technical issues that I have seen, there's no point in giving yourself a headache over removing that harmless exclamation mark.

            While I wait for my 1000x Lexar 32GB CF to arrive, I had only a few things to test this with: a usb 3 external drive (WD 320GB Scorpio Black inside), and several CFs (300x Lexar 8GB, 30MB/s Sandisk 16GB, 45MB/s Sandisk 8GB) on a Lexar usb 3 dual card reader. I used to get 20-30MB/s on usb 2 for my external drive, but with this HighPoint usb 3 controller I got a solid 60MB/s average. The CF's were at the top of their speed as well, achieving an average of 30MB/s where under usb 2 I could only achieve low 20MB/s. I was never able to achieve near 45MB/s with those Sandisks I have, not even with my firewire 800 readers, or under OSX where firewire runs faster than in Windows... marketing hype?

            And finally, this card sports four indepentently controlled usb 3 ports that will not slow down while moving your files around. It may be that your internal drive will now be the bottleneck - SSD upgrade is looming in the horizon :)

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            5.0

            Worth every penny! - Will recomend it!

            By Nemico

            from Concord, NC

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Enhance Experience
              • Upgrade

              Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller:

              Extremely fast, and I like the fact that each port has its own controller.

              Definetly improved my HD's read and write throughput.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Works as advertised, quite a time saver.

              By shadowman3400

              from North America, US, Aridzona

              About Me Value Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast
              • Functions as advertised

              Cons

              • None so far

              Best Uses

              • Upgrade

              Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller:

              Product: Works as advertised, Simple install, Bingo, a match. Was a half hour chore without taking the extra 3, nice.The extra year insurance contract: Years ago, went from a 700mhz processor to a 2ghz processor on one of these. I don't mind spending an extra bit for some products.B&H: Online, Thumbs Up. Has added B&H to the price checking list, Quality products check list. Heck, I can shop here for configurable solutions + a couple of hobbies. (So far, so good.)Product Delivery: Sooner than expected, Packaged securely, no damage. (Good work Team.)Good first experience with B&H. I am sure to contribute to the B&H coffers/wages again.m

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              4.0

              Works okay

              By KAS

              from Ontario, Canada

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast
              • One controller per port

              Cons

              • Hard To Set Up

              Best Uses

              • Upgrade

              Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller:

              Installation was a bit of a dog. I wish I could tell you exactly what I did, but I spent a couple days getting it to work. In the end, I had to flash my bios, which is always scary. At this point I only have three of the four ports working. I can't figure out why. I installed the latest drivers, etc.

              The three working ports seem good. I wish it had an additional internal header. Thought it is nice that none of the ports are shared (they each get there own controller).

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Superspeed USB 3

              By Techyman

              from NYC

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Enhance Experience

              Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 - PCI Express 2.0 Host Controller:

              Perfect, fast, easy to install,works with my Intensity Shuttle USB 3

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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