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HighPointRocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter
 
3.9

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

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    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

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    (2)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (10)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Highly compatible (7)
  • High quality (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • High-end multimedia (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (11)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (6), Personal (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fastest USB 3.0 Card For Mac

The card is reasonably priced and is very fast with hard drives. HighPoint technical support is very helpful – they are in fact the only reason I didn't return this card.For anybody considering...Read complete review

The card is reasonably priced and is very fast with hard drives. HighPoint technical support is very helpful – they are in fact the only reason I didn't return this card.For anybody considering this card – be aware that it only works with hard drives/ USB drives / flash drives/ SSD's etc. It won't support USB mice/keyboards/printers etc. This isn't made clear by some of the resellers (B&H included).I bought this card hoping to use it as a general purpose USB replacement for my Mac Pro 2010. Unfortunately it can't support any USB device unless it is storage related.I was initially going to return it to B&H, but decided to contact HighPoint Support as a last resort.They were quick to respond (you have to sign up using their online service) and informed me that this card only works with storage. I wasn't happy with this answer at first, but it is reasonable after I learned it was designed to support RAID first and foremost. They introduced me to their cheap RocketU 1022C model, which is now compatible with OS X (10.9+) and supports any USB device. It cost me another $, but works fine alongside the 1144CM, and the RU1144CM is truly fast if you are using with drives.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad News

I should have written this before but I was hoping to get this card to work better:

The RocketU 1144 does not support card readers!

I have a...Read complete review

I should have written this before but I was hoping to get this card to work better:

The RocketU 1144 does not support card readers!

I have a MacPro5,1 and I edit video. I bought this card so I could more quickly download my SD cards, and use USB 3 HDs for video editing. With the RocketU you can only use USB 3 drives for storage, I don't know why, but you can't play and record video from a single, or multiple drives using this card; the video locks up. Having said that, data transfer is faster than using the USB 2 ports.

I have three USB 3 external drives; one the RocketU seems to like, one un-mounts & re-mounts every hour or so, and the third will not mount when plugged into the RocketU.

The RocketU 1144 destabilizes my computer; my projects in Adobe Premiere have some strange artifacts and problems which come and go. Since installing this card my computer crashes several times a week, for no apparent reason. I just tried to boot the computer using the Mac OS start up disk; the computer wouldn't start & I wound up having to remove the RocketU before I could extract the Mac OS DVD!

The Highpoint technical service website has a passive-aggressive, immature quality, which is made worse by a lack of english...

Reviewed by 12 customers

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4.0

Solid, fast

By Furutan

from Dallas, Texas

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Highly Compatible
  • High Quality
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gaming

    Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

    Solid, fast card, works with OS X 8 through 10.11 (and presumably subsequent OS upgrades).

    We are not ready to move to the latest Mac Pro, as our dual quad processor tower has plenty of oomph, plus the drive and PCI bays have provided everything but Thunderbolt.

    This and other cards keep us current without having to lay out the cash for a new machine.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    5.0

    On time, on budget

    By Juanitopost

    from Mexico

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Highly Compatible

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade

      Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

      Now I can read and copy from all my USB Hard disk

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Fantastic Upgrade

      By seth

      from Peoria, IL

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Highly Compatible
      • High Quality
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Footage
        • Media

        Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

        I'm running an early 2009 mac pro, this was such a good investment! I really like that each port is dedicated 5.0 gbps. It was an easy install on the PCi and super fast on the software side.

        Very plug and play.

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        • Business

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        5.0

        Remarkably Easy

        By Bob Barnes

        from Hillsboro, New Mexico

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Highly Compatible
        • High Quality
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • High-End Multimedia

          Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

          I installed this card in a Pro Mac 2012 build which had FW800 as its fastest transfer protocol. I installed this card to backup two 4TB drives in the tower. I purchased a Lacie Big Drive with two 4TB disks at the same time. Installing the card was very straightforward. In less than half-an-hour the card was installed, the external disks were connected, and I was duplicating the internal hard drives.

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          • Personal

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          5.0

          Fastest USB 3.0 Card For Mac

          By Alex

          from CA

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Mac System Only
          • Powerful
          • Usb Card For Storage Only

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gaming
            • High-End Multimedia
            • Upgrade

            Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

            The card is reasonably priced and is very fast with hard drives. HighPoint technical support is very helpful – they are in fact the only reason I didn't return this card.For anybody considering this card – be aware that it only works with hard drives/ USB drives / flash drives/ SSD's etc. It won't support USB mice/keyboards/printers etc. This isn't made clear by some of the resellers (B&H included).I bought this card hoping to use it as a general purpose USB replacement for my Mac Pro 2010. Unfortunately it can't support any USB device unless it is storage related.I was initially going to return it to B&H, but decided to contact HighPoint Support as a last resort.They were quick to respond (you have to sign up using their online service) and informed me that this card only works with storage. I wasn't happy with this answer at first, but it is reasonable after I learned it was designed to support RAID first and foremost. They introduced me to their cheap RocketU 1022C model, which is now compatible with OS X (10.9+) and supports any USB device. It cost me another $, but works fine alongside the 1144CM, and the RU1144CM is truly fast if you are using with drives.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            2.0

            DOES NOT WORK WITH OS 10.9

            By radaK

            from NY

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

                it was great while it worked, then one of the ports gave up.
                after updating to OS 10.9, it is no longer supported.
                it doe work with my 1tb g drive and WD elements 2tb drive but will drop out 4th drives consistently. just a warning to all of you who are upgrading,
                and yes, thanks Apple for sticking it to us yet again, and thanks Highpoint for failing to issue an update

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                • Business

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                5.0

                Amazing

                By Ian Lumsden

                from Canberra, Australia

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Highly Compatible
                • High Quality
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • High-End Multimedia

                  Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

                  This card works perfectly. I have a mid 2010 (12 core) mac pro. You simply install the card and the correct driver from the enclosed CD and it works exactly as you would expect. You can plug and unplug USB-3 drives and see them on the desk top without having to restart. It seems to work well with a variety of different external drives. The card has extended the life of my hardware by adding uber fast USB-3 to my mac pro. I'm not using firewire 800 at all now as it seems so slow by comparison. Well worth the investment.

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                  • Business

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                  1.0

                  BAD NEWS 2

                  By Chatt Guy

                  from Chattanooga TN

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

                      I have had very similar situations to the "KM" review of this product. After much headache and wasted time (months) attemptimg to deal with the highpoint "custom service". I gave up and removed it from my MacPro. Save your self some time and money and by another brand!

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                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      "Works flawlessly"

                      By JG

                      from Collegeville, PA

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • High Quality
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

                          Specs - Early 2009 Mac Pro 4,1, dual 2.26 GHz Quad Core with Apple Raid Card, stock GeForce GT 120 video card, 32 GB ram, running Mavericks.Very hesitant to buy based on reviews I'd seen out there. Emailed Highpoint and they assured me it would work with OS 10.9. Installed card in slot 3(which was a little tight b/c of RAID card) and system recognized asap upon start up. Installed drivers, rebooted, checked drivers were installed, connected WD USB 3.0 2 TB drive and restarted. Drive came up right away and a Time Machine Backup was run immediately which took about 2 hrs as opposed to the 9+ hrs it took me on my WD FW 800 2 TB drive. Vroom. Couldn't be happier.

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                          • Personal

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                          4.0

                          BootCamp Issue

                          By Blueater

                          from MI

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install

                          Cons

                          • Bootcamp

                          Best Uses

                          • Usb 30 Device

                          Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

                          Some USB 2.0 device doesn't recognize. Resolved blinking cursor during boot-camp installation by removing this card.USB 3.0 device works fine with MACPro.

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                          • Personal

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                          1.0

                          Bad News

                          By KM

                          from NYC

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install

                          Cons

                          • Unreliable

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

                            I should have written this before but I was hoping to get this card to work better:

                            The RocketU 1144 does not support card readers!

                            I have a MacPro5,1 and I edit video. I bought this card so I could more quickly download my SD cards, and use USB 3 HDs for video editing. With the RocketU you can only use USB 3 drives for storage, I don't know why, but you can't play and record video from a single, or multiple drives using this card; the video locks up. Having said that, data transfer is faster than using the USB 2 ports.

                            I have three USB 3 external drives; one the RocketU seems to like, one un-mounts & re-mounts every hour or so, and the third will not mount when plugged into the RocketU.

                            The RocketU 1144 destabilizes my computer; my projects in Adobe Premiere have some strange artifacts and problems which come and go. Since installing this card my computer crashes several times a week, for no apparent reason. I just tried to boot the computer using the Mac OS start up disk; the computer wouldn't start & I wound up having to remove the RocketU before I could extract the Mac OS DVD!

                            The Highpoint technical service website has a passive-aggressive, immature quality, which is made worse by a lack of english...

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            RocketU 114CM PCIe

                            By Latinskilz

                            from Brooklyn NY

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • High Quality
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High-End Multimedia

                              Comments about HighPoint RocketU 1144CM PCIe 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 Host Bus Adapter:

                              This is by far the best Mac/ OSX Mountain Lion compatible USB 3 Host Bus adapter by anyone.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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