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HighPoint RocketU Quad USB 3.0 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 RAID HBA for Mac


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  • 4 USB 3.0 Super Speed Speed Type-A ports (5Gb/s per port)
  • PCI-Express Gen 2 x4
  • Supports up to 4 external USB HDD/SSD
  • Optimized for external USB SSD's, hard drives and drive enclosures
  • Max Performance up to 20Gb/s
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1
  • Supports OS X 10.5 - 10.7.4
  • Supports RAID 0, 1 and JBOD
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005K8AXN6
  • Item model number: RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2011

Product Description

Designed exclusively for the Mac Pro and the Mac OS X operating system, the RocketU Quad USB 3.0 is a 4-Port PCI-E 2.0 x4 RAID HBA. The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac Mac delivers class-leading 20Gb/s transfer bandwidth, and is optimized for external SSD and hard drive configurations. The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac will recognize pre-configured external hard disks and SSD’s, and it’s intuitive web-based Management interface allows you to quickly and easily configure RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD arrays.

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Customer Reviews

I tried exchanging the Highpoint card, but I had the same issue.
TT
On the Mac, the card would not recognize a USB 2.0 external drive, and would not recognize several USB 2.0 memory card readers.
alexofindy
When I boot my computer, SOMETIMES the drives get recognized, sometimes they dont.
Chickenman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Franco on January 30, 2012
At first, this device did not work for me at all in my MacPro 3.1 (2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon running OSX 10.6.8). The RocketU card would not recognise my WD USB 3 My Book drives and mostly did not recognise other USB 2 devices either. Highpoint tech support issued a new driver dated 29 December 2011. Installation of the driver update caused system hangs and crashes but wIth persistence, I got the RocketU Quad working with my USB 3 drives. Sadly, my optimism was short lived. I have since experienced seemingly unexplained system crashes, hanging on startups and find myself continually having to zap the PRAM on my Mac to get access to my previously well tuned machine. I now dread having to shutdown and restart my computer and hope that a future driver update will provide a remedy.

UPDATE: It's now November 2012 ... several MAC OSX updates later and I thought I would give the RocketU Card another try under Mountain Lion with the latest Highpoint Technologies driver and WD My Book firmware. The card worked briefly before I upgraded the WD My Book firmware, then would not work at all after restarting my Mac. The RocketU card also began to upset the swiss-clock workings of my Mac Pro (2nd monitor and other hard drives, all of which I have NEVER had problems with in the past). So I'm pulling out the card, AGAIN. Very disappointed.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By alexofindy on November 24, 2011
Unlike the previous reviewer, I did not have success with this card. I installed the card on a 2008 Mac Pro (intel), which boots both Mac Os Lion 10.7.2 and Windows 7, and installed the drivers for both operating systems.

I do not yet have a USB 3.0 drive to test; I had wanted to verify that the card worked before I invested in USB 3.0 hardware. However, the card is advertised as being fully USB 2.0 backward compatible, so I tried it with several USB devices. On the Mac, the card would not recognize a USB 2.0 external drive, and would not recognize several USB 2.0 memory card readers. In fact, of all the devices I tried on the Mac, the highpoint 1144AM card only recognized a single USB 2.0 SD card reader.

When I booted my computer to windows, the card recognized all USB 2.0 devices I tried. So, the problem is with the Mac driver, not with the hardware itself.

I contacted tech support at highpoint; this was a somewhat trying experience. Their final advise was that the card will only work USB 3.0 hard drives and USB 3.0 flash memory devices under the MacOS.

Given this limited functionality, the relatively high cost of the card, and my rather unpleasant experience with highpoint's tech support, I would not recommend this card for the Mac.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Hanson on June 2, 2012
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I bought this card for my Mid 2010 Mac Pro running OSX 10.7.4. My initial draw to this card was that it is one of the only cards not he market with 4 ports. With as much photo equipment as I have plugged into my machine at any given time I figured that 4 ports would come in handy and would eliminate the clutter of additional hubs and cable on my desktop. As always Amazon shipped the product quickly and it arrived right on time. I installed the card and it simply won't recognize anything that I plug into it. I went to the High Point web site and downloaded the latest driver and still no luck. I'm not sure who runs HighPoint Technologies but their web site is one of the most poorly constructed sites that I have ever had the displeasure of navigating. Stay away from this card!! I've ordered a replacement so we'll see how that goes....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Xmarc999 on November 10, 2012
I could not get this card to work. The technical support stated specifically that there was a conflict with 10.7.5, and implied that it was an Apple problem., and that they were awaiting comment from Apple. Maybe it is an Apple problem, but HighPoint should have warnings all over their web site. BTW, I did try both a USB 3 drive (Seagate BackupPlus) and a 2.0 Kingston DataTraveler thumb drive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bumblebee on December 12, 2011
The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac - what a mouthful... I hate this things ridiculously long name, but it is actually quite capable performance wise, despite being USB, and it allows us Mac users to actually make use of modern USB hardware (thanks for caring, Apple).

I have never liked eSATA connectors and most of the finicky RAID cards that use them. External SAS is a bit pricey when you consider cabling/disk bays/controller, and in my experience, many of these cards/bays require enterprise drives. However, USB storage-anything usually means having to settle for slow. Highpoint's other USB cards have been getting favorable ratings (on the PC side), and a surprising amount of press from Mac sites, so I threw caution to the wind and decided to risk it.

Luckily, it can actually perform.
Its speed seems to be on par with SATA RAID controllers, and potentially provides much more bandwidth (more than most could make use of, including myself at the moment). I only have three USB 3.0 connections at this time (two WD's SATA drives in a USB 3.0 dock, and a Seagate Goflex), but saw numbers roughly equal to SATA RAID cards I have used in the past (including other highpoint cards). RAID 0, 3 drives, resulted in 250+ MB/s on average.
This is much better than I expected for anything with USB in the title, and there is nothing special about the drives I'm working with. I suspect SSD RAID arrays are the real target - would love to see somebody willing to shell out the cash to try this.

Thunderbolt alternative or not, I don't care so much - it's affordable enough to justify as a USB 3.0 "upgrade". The RAID support was a pleasant surprise, as it actually performs quite well. You could manage video projects with this thing in a pinch.
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