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HighPoint RocketHybrid 1220 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Dual-Port SATA 6Gb/s Host Adapter

3.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • 2 SATA Device Ports
  • PCI-Express 2.0x1
  • Management Suite-Create and Optimize Hybrid Drives. Safe Mode: mirrors all data to the HDD for security. Capacity Mode: optimize the Hybrid Drive for rapid file access- ideal for high performance applications like media editing and gaming.
  • Native support in Windows 7, 2008 and Vista operating systems.
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Product Description

Product Description

Highpoint's RocketHybrid HBA's combine the superior performance of an SSD, with the cost-effective, high-capacity value of a SATA HDD, into a single storage device known as a Hybrid Drive. Hybrid Drive are optimized for high-performance computing, and deliver 80% of the SSD's performance boost, with 100% of the HDD's capacity.

From the Manufacturer

Innovative Smart Hybrid Technology enables you to take full advantage of low cost, large capacity SATA hard drives and combine them with the high performance benefits provided by SSD devices. These ground-breaking HBA’s combine the performance benefits of SSD’s, with low cost, high capacity SATA hard drives, forming a Smart Hybrid Storage Solution. The Smart Hybrid Storage Solution provides the perfect blend of performance and capacity, without sacrificing affordability; satisfying the needs of gamers, digital image editors and their power-hungry application.

HighPoint RocketHybrid– Hybrid Drives

HighPoint’s RocketHybrid HBA's combine the superior performance of an SSD, with the cost-effective, high-capacity value of a SATA HDD, into a single storage device know as a Hybrid Drive. Hybrid Drives are optimized for high-performance computing, and deliver 80% of the SSD’s performance boost, with 100% of the HDD’s capacity. The Smart Hybrid Storage Solution provides the perfect blend of performance and capacity, without sacrificing affordability; satisfying the needs of gamers, digital image editors and their power-hungry application.

Applications

HighPoint’s RocketHybrid HBA’s combine high-value and high performance into a solution that appeals to a wide array of clients-types, ranging from the home PC enthusiast to Media Professionals, Graphic Artists and Photographers.

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Management Suite – Create and Optimize Hybrid Drives

A simple, easy to use management suite allow users to quickly configure Hybrid Drives. Two types of Hybrid Drive are available; Safe Mode mirrors all data to the HDD for security. Capacity Mode optimizes the Hybrid Drive for rapid file access – ideal for high performance applications like media editing and gaming. Advanced users can customize their Hybrid Drive, and manually select files for optimization using the Web Interface.

HighPoint RocketHybrid HBA’s: SATA 6Gb/s PCI-E 2.0 RocketHybrid 1220 and 1222


Model RocketHybrid 1220 RocketHybrid 1222
PCI-Express Bus Lanes 2.0x1 2.0x1
SATA 6Gb/s Controller Marvell 88SE9130 Marvell 88SE9130
SATA Interface 2 SATA Devices 2 SATA Devices
Port / Connector Type SATA eSATA
Form Factor Low Profile Low Profile
Board Dimensions 3.99’L x 4.16’W 3.99’L x 4.16’W

Feature Highlights

  • Performance : 80% of SSD Performance (PCMark)
  • Price : 1/3 the cost
  • Safe Mode : Performance and Fault Tolerance
  • Capacity Mode : Maximize Storage and Capacity

  • GUI : Flexible, intuitive administration console for power users
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Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.8 x 6.9 x 1.1 inches
Item Weight 5.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B004M8SB2A
Item model number RocketHybrid 1220
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #42,848 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components
Date first available at Amazon.com February 3, 2011

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By Frank C. Johnson on June 15, 2011
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its a good concept. it works and works well once you get it working, but dont ever run defrag on your machine cause it wont come back up afterwards. I reloaded my machine 4 times before I figured out what was going on
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This should have been a fantastic product. The documentation is totally worthless, the interface is also, but the tech support is even worse. They refuse, literally, to talk to a customer by anything other than their "web based support" system, which is similar to e-mail, but much less user friendly and flexible.

I repeatedly asked to talk to someone because I did not understand the manual. Their instructions were basically a repeat of that same manual that I could not figure out. Since I have several years experience as a p.c. professional, I have to wonder how the average user gets along.

After hours of trying, I THINK I have it working. Not sure because there are no indications of it and benchmarks seem inconclusive.

By the way, I have seen a couple of strongly positive reviews on other sites. Perhaps it is just a coincidence that those reviews used some of the exact same wording that the tech support people did when they supposedly answered my questions. Coincidence or is it their tech people who wrote the reviews? I certainly don't know.

Might be a great product if I understood it better. That would require a rewrite of the manual, by a native English speaker who 1. knows technical things, and 2. knows how to communicate technical things effectively in writing. It would also require a change in the tech support policy to actually talk to customers. What a strange idea.

<updated September 2013>

Just a brief update. Nothing changed except I gave up completely on this product. It just wasn't worth the grief so I tossed it on a shelf where it will probably collect dust for ever.
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TomsHardware recently reviewed one of these things, but they fundamentally misunderstood the device! They test ONLY the "safe" mode, where the SSD is used purely as a read cache, and they get middlin' results. They never even look at the "auto" mode. Anandtech still hasn't heard of the RocketHybrid, but when Anand hears about it he'll understand exactly what it's for. Here's his description of the new Intel Z68 chipset (that allows motherboards to natively offer SSD caching):

"Intel's SRT functions like an actual cache. Rather than caching individual files, Intel focuses on frequently accessed LBAs (logical block addresses). Read a block enough times or write to it enough times and those accesses will get pulled into the SSD cache until it's full. When full, the least recently used data gets evicted making room for new data."

That's also the best description of what the RocketHybrid would do for you, if it worked, and without requiring you to install a new motherboard and buy an Intel processor. And it SHOULD work: it's trying to go one better than the Seagate Momentus XT, which takes a standard 7200rpm hard drive, adds a 4GB SSD (that is used only as a read cache), and yet blows the doors of a VelociRaptor.

I waited, but nobody tested this thing in auto-optimize mode. So I finally did. I apologize for the crappy formatting (Amazon don't know from deliberate whitespace).

Preamble: Safety mode is of no interest, so using Capacity mode.
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Overall, this is a good product, and a great concept. Combine a large, cheap, SATA hard drive with a fast, relatively inexpensive (by SSD standard anyhow), smallish SSD, and reap the benefits of both (high capacity of the hard drive, and performance of the SSD). In reality, you really don't get to experience the full performance of the SSD, but it is a nice compromise for those that want to avoid shelling out $400+ for a large SSD, and for those wary of a RAID solution. In theory, it works like a Seagate Momentus, and is similar to the SSD Caching features of the Intel Z68 chipset - the files you use (access) most frequently are cached to the flash memory (the SSD in the case of the RocketHybrid card), which results in improved access times (read performance). However, the Momentus works best as a boot-drive replacement (ideally for laptops), while the RocketHybrid, at least in my opinion, works best as secondary storage.

I have been eyeing this thing since I first heard about it at the NAB show some months ago. I finally decided to give it a go, as I have amassed quite a collection of unused drives and older SSD's.
Like the Momentus, you really have to use the thing to get a true feel for it. I noticed the most improvement using the hybrid drive as a second storage device (not for the operating system) - try using it as an installation disk for specific applications (games, graphic editors). It saved a grand total of 5 seconds off my Windows boot time (I had cloned my current boot drive to the hybrid as an experiment) - complete waste in my opinion. A clean install may fare better, but I don't want to bother experimenting with that.

I currently use the hybrid as storage drive for game mods, and the program disk for photoshop, and gimp).
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