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HighPoint RocketU 1144A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 4-Port Card


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  • 4 USB 3.0 Super Speed Speed Type-A ports (5Gb/s per port)
  • PCI-Express Gen 2 x 4
  • Supports up to 4 external USB HDD/SSD
  • Optimized for external USB drives and drive enclosures
  • Max Performance up to 2GB/s
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1
  • Driver support for Microsoft Windows 7, 2008, Vista, and Linux distributions
  • Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005EWTJPG
  • Item model number: HighPoint RocketU 1144A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 27, 2010

Product Description

The HighPoint RocketU 1144A is an external, 4-port Super-Speed USB 3.0 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 HBA. Each of the 4 dedicated USB 3.0 ports delivers transfer speeds of 5Gb/s, for a combined bandwidth up to 2000MB/s. The RU1144 is optimized for USB 3.0 drive configurations, and is the ideal external storage solution for high-performance desktops and workstations.

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Next a device shows up that is not installed.
Charlie
I have a TowerRaid USB 3.0 4-drive container, and for a while I thought IT was broken.
Pedro Martinez
Highpoint sells the product, they should support it.
TobyT

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Martinez on April 25, 2012
UPDATE: Found a firmware update, which required DOS to run. In case you're in the same boat, look up "YUMI", and get a blank USB drive. You'll want to add a FreeDOS boot disc to your USB drive, which is the next-to-last category in the list of discs that YUMI lets you install. Copy the firmware files from High Point's 1144a page, and put them in a folder on the usb drive after you're done with YUMI. When FreeDOS starts, it'll be drive C: . Not for the faint of heart, to say the least.

This gets the product one more star, and maybe it'll get to three or four if it makes it through the next few months without issue. To the very least, the two left-most ports work just fine with two separate TowerRAID USB 3.0 units (4 drives each).

Look up ASM1042, the chip that powers this card (there's 4 of them on-board). Between Windows, Mac, and Linux, NO ONE is having good experiences with this chip. There may be a firmware update that fixes it that I can't find (checked both the RocketU's and the chip's support sites), but it doesn't work worth a DAMN on any of the THREE COMPUTERS I've tried it on.

I have a TowerRaid USB 3.0 4-drive container, and for a while I thought IT was broken. Every time I plugged it into the card, not only would it not connect, but any USB (2.0) device on the card would stop working immediately, requiring a reboot. This happened on Ubuntu up to version 12.04. After a few hours of frustration, I tried getting it to work on my USB 3.0-equipped Intel motherboard and lo and behold, it works fine, so it's basically THIS CARD that's faulty.

I thought for a moment that maybe I have a faulty card, but looking at reviews all around, this seems to be one of MANY common problems involving anything (mostly AMD motherboards) powered by the ASM1042 chip for its USB 3.0 functionality.

STEER CLEAR.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew H. Nguyen on September 21, 2011
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* Unlike other card output via PCI Express x1, this card utilizes PCI Express x4. Total transfer bandwidth up to 2GB/s. Four dedicated 5Gb/s USB3.

* Robust build, painless installation hardware & software. I'd suggest go to HighPoint site (the card manufacture site) for latest driver

* Actually, I was sold by the review in AnandTech (a high reputation tech review site). This card may be a bit overkill for current hardwares, but I prefer a bit future proof...

In short: Work like advertised, solid product with no non-sense BS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary W on February 10, 2012
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My computer isn't old or long-in-the-tooth, but it didn't have USB 3.0 capabilities. I called the manufacturer, Dell, and asked them which add-on card they recommend for my system. They couldn't recommend one because they haven't tested the new cards with my mother board, but the rep did tool around on the internet and suggested that I give this board a try.

It arrived promptly and it's packaged smartly. I turned off my computer and dropped this in. I downloaded the latest software from HighPoint's website and installed it. It was all very easy and took just a few minutes. It has worked perfectly for me.

Great product!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SeyInDestin on February 14, 2012
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The device shows up that it is not installed properly in the Device Manager. The 4 USB 3.0 ports install properly in the USB controller. However the "Base System Device" shows up under other devices and without a driver. This is a 64bit installation problem Windows 7 . Customer Support is non existent via phone and website support is poor. You will spend more time than it's worth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Legal Beagle on September 9, 2012
Like many others, I was persuaded to give this card a try, believing a proper firmware upgrade and the latest drivers would do the trick. I was just fooling myself. The card was installed in an ASUS P9X79 WS motherboard with the latest BIOS (3101) installed. Before installing this card, I flashed the card BIOS to the latest version provided on the Highpoint web site, and also downloaded the latest drivers for this card. The card installed, BUT there was an unresolvable "System Device" hardware/software error introduced into Device Manager (Win7 x64 Ultimate) that could not be overcome, no matter what was attempted. Even Win7 troubleshooter could not overcome the error (resulting the the famous "yellow mark") in Device Manager.

Perhaps this card will function properly in a lesser motherboard, but it sure won't play nice with this ASUS board. Considering how expensive this particular card is, expecting it to work shouldn't be an unreasonable expectation! Best regards to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Burke on September 2, 2012
The card has many problems, the first is that they dont have a working 64bit driver for the device, so it shows up in device manager ar a Base System Device with a yellow ! next to the device. For some this does not seem to be a problem (maybe its ok in 32bit machines), but for myself and others, the device will not work with the system identifying it as an unknown device. I have flashed the latest firmware which was a nightmare for a machine without a floppy drive because you need to boot into a clean DOS environment. I also updated to the latest drivers and still no luck. I am waiting for HighPoint to send me a set of working drivers for the device, but I am really pissed because I have over 7 hours into trying to get this device to work. I have no patience for companies that put out crap. I will never buy a HighPoint product for my company again.
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