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RocketU HighPoint Dual USB 3.0 for Mac Components


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  • 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports with 5Gb/s Transfer Bandwidth each port
  • PCI-Express Gen 2 x1
  • Supports up to 2 external USB HDD/SSD
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD
  • Supports OS X 10.5 and later
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1 external drives and enclosures
  • Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug
  • Optimized for external USB SSD's, hard drives and drive enclosures
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RocketU HighPoint Dual USB 3.0 for Mac Components + Tripp Lite U326-006 USB 3.0 Super Speed 5Gbps  (A Male to Micro B Male) Device Cable (6 Feet, Blue)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005S7BC20
  • Item model number: RocketU Dual USB 3.0 for Mac
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 22, 2011

Product Description

The Industry’s First PCI-E Gen 2 x1 USB 3.0 RAID HBA for the Apple Mac Pro and OS X Operating system. The RocketU Dual USB 3.0 for Mac is a low-cost, PCI-E 2.0 HBA that delivers 5Gb/s performance, and is ideal for a variety of external storage configurations. The RocketU Dual USB 3.0 for Mac supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD configurations.

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There's no driver available for Mountain Lion.
Gilberto Dornas
I will never look at your company again as a viable hardware option.
D. Pearson
I had to contact the tech support to find that out.
J. Wilder

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CZB on December 22, 2011
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eSATA may have been a safer buy (mature tech) but the convenience of USB is hard to beat, so I took the risk. HighPoint's 4-port card is excessive for my needs (backup), so I went with the simpler, cheaper 2-port model. This product is not affordable by Mac standards, and with the RAID support, makes it a better deal than most of the other USB cards out there right now.

Not disappointed (so far so good). It installed without fuss (10.7.3) and works like you'd expect (no-brainer USB).
The RAID setup is more complicated, but nothing to fret over.
The interface works with Safari, and is not that difficult to use (it's just like their other cards, in fact - PC or Mac). A bit clunky for a simple card like this one, but it gets the job done. The RAID 1 support makes this card a good option for external backup.

I have no complaints about the performance (RAID 1) - no noticeable difference between using this card and the Mac's internal bays (which is saying quite a lot for USB-related storage).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bruce E. Wampler on July 16, 2012
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WARNING - if you ever use Sleep mode on your Mac Pro, DO NOT GET THIS PRODUCT. The USB 3.0 driver provided by HighPoint Tech does not work properly to support Sleep mode.

From HighPoint-tech.com's own website on Apr 28, 2012:

"The RocketU currently does not support sleep mode in a Mac Pro. We are researching this issue and will provide the fix at later."

That message is several months old, so it is apparent they won't or can't fix the problem. I find it inexcusable for any company to package a Mac specific product that does not support somethings as standard Sleep mode. Your Mac Pro will simply refuse to sleep.

To make matters worse, there is no easy way to uninstall their driver.

Reviews here and elsewhere seem to indicate that this board is the best available for USB 3 on a Mac Pro, and the board does in fact seem to work okay on different USB 3 devices. But to break Sleep Mode is simply unacceptable.

I would recommend looking for a different solution.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By June on February 10, 2012
Highpoint has a good reputation in Mac circles, so this card looked like an ideal upgrade for my older Mac Pro (2009). USB 2.0 is fine for flash drives, but pathetically slow for any major data transfers. I was not disappointed - it is an easy, affordable (by Mac standards) way to add USB 3.0 support to Mac systems. RAID was a pleasant surprise.

Initially, I didn't even realize this card supported RAID, and almost confused this product with the "A" model (Highpoint uses "AM" to refer to Mac-only cards). Be careful, as some retailers apparently haven't bothered to read the product descriptions - they are not the same thing.

RAID 1 is a good option for a card like this. It's a good backup solution on the cheap. Their RAID utility seems to work off any browser (Safari works fine) and was pretty simple to use. Really, despite Highpoint marketing the card as an upgrade, it offers a lot more than competing models - I would definitely recommend this product for other Mac users.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilder on January 4, 2012
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Card was easy to install and tech support was responsive (within 24 hours as advertised). However, I bought this adapter specifically for reading memory cards. It's not stated anywhere on the Highpoint sight, but his card only works with drives, and not card readers. I had to contact the tech support to find that out. I expect a USB adapter to be fully USB compatible, unless otherwise stated. I returned it and got the Sonnet Allegro which works great with my Sandisk card reader. I also noticed that with the Highpoint, that even though the driver seemed to install successfully, the System Profiler did not list any new USB devices under the USB device tree. The Sonnet does list the USB 3.0 Bus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gilberto Dornas on January 1, 2013
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If you use Mountain Lion - DON'T BUY THIS. There's no driver available for Mountain Lion. The last supported OSX version is 10.7. Waste of money...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Roll on December 6, 2012
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Although the sales copy says it's "The Industry's First PCI-E Gen 2 x1 USB 3.0 RAID HBA for the Apple Mac Pro and OS X Operating system", it will not work in OS 1-.7.5 or 10.8 machines.

Highpoint finally admitted in a support message that "This card doesn't support OSX 10.7.5. Currently there is a technical issue needs Apple design team to fix. We've filed the bug report and still wait for Apple's reply."

When pressed, HighPoint blames the card's limitations on Apple again;

"The ball is on Apple design team whether they want to fix the bug or not. From Apple's reply, the bug won't be guaranteed to be fixed. Currently we don't have RU series HBA that can work in OSX 10.7 and OSX 10.8.x".

Highpoint will not accept a return, nor will they offer to issue credit toward the purchase of other drives, RAID products or even cables.

The manufacturer seems to be in denial that their product does not work on current Mac OS systems, and they have not corrected their marketing materials to address this limitation.

La Cie and Sonnet claim to make compatible PCIe to USB 3 cards, but I will carefully research these items before I buy;
* The Sonnet card is the USB3M-E, and Sonnet's website claims Mountain Lion compatibility.
Sonnet Allegro USB 3.0 PCIe Card (2-Ports, Macintosh/Windows) USB3M-E
* Amazon's listing of the "LaCie USB 3.0 PCI Express Card" suggests Mac compatibility, but LaCie's data sheet only says it works with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Am waiting for a clarification from their Tech Support office.
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