Monday, July 15th 2013

HighPoint Launches the Industry's Fastest USB 3.0 HBA

HighPoint, an industry leading Storage HBA and solutions manufacturer, has launched the industry's fastest 4-Port USB 3.0 HBA - the RocketU 1144C. Powered by four dedicated 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports, a PCI-E 2.0 x4 host interface, plus UASP (USB-attached SCSI protocol) performance-enhancement boost, HighPoint's RocketU 1144C is the industry's fastest USB 3.0 storage controller. The RocketU 1144C is optimized for today's fastest USB 3.0 devices, and is well suited for a wide-range of applications including portable/removable storage, storage expansion, personal media libraries, and backup solutions.

RocketU HBA's can deliver even higher levels of performance when paired with UAS capable storage devices, such as RocketStor USB 3.0 Storage Docks. UASP (USB-attached SCSI protocol) enables USB 3.0 devices to store and process multiple commands in parallel; significantly reducing wait time and streamlining data transfers. The RocketU 1144C's UAS capabilities allow it to fully utilize the PCI-E 2.0 x4 host bus interface and deliver uncompromised transfer bandwidth for UAS capable devices such as USB 3.0 SSD's, hard drives, and enclosures. The speed and efficiency advantages provided by UAS capable devices are ideal for multi-tasking and performance-hungry applications.

Dedicated per-port Performance Architecture
Like all other 4-Port HighPoint RocketU series HBA's, the RocketU 1144C benefits from an innovative per-port performance architecture. Each device port is fully independent, and powered by a dedicated 5Gb/s USB 3.0 controller. This revolutionary design ensures maximum performance for all USB 3.0 and SATA storage devices, and allows them to take full advantage of the HBA's PCI-Express 2.0 x4 host interface.

New Compatibility Breakthrough: Supports all Industry Standard USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 Devices
The RocketU 1144C is an all-in-one, USB 3.0 connectivity solution for any PCIe capable desktop and workstation PC's. In addition to high-performance storage devices, the RocketU 1144C's 3rd generation USB 3.0 architecture supports industry standard USB 2.0 and 3.0 peripherals, such as device hubs, card readers and interface devices.

Upgrade any PC with 20Gb/s of USB 3.0 Bandwidth
The RocketU 1144C is optimized for today's fastest USB 3.0 hard drives and SSD's, and is well suited for a wide-range of applications including portable/removable storage, storage expansion, personal media libraries, and backup solutions. Designed with ease of installation and maximum compatibility in mind, RocketU 1144C HBAs can be used with any free PCIe 2.0/1.0 x4, x8 or x16 slot. The RocketU 1144C is fully compliant with the xHCI specification, and is natively supported by Windows 8 and Linux distributions that utilize kernel v2.6.31.

Availability and Pricing
The RocketU 1144C HBA is available immediately from HighPoint's world-wide network of Distribution and Retail channels. MSRP: USD$ 109.00.
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2 Comments on HighPoint Launches the Industry's Fastest USB 3.0 HBA

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BazookaJoe
So... not to killjoy on this...

But even a normal single controller USB3.0 usually has an external power connector (well its internal but not coming FROM the mobo, rather direct from the PSU) what with the 900ma allowance on the USB3.0 Standard...

If you where to max that card out you could technically be pulling nearly 4AMPS through your mobo slot what with the power requirements of the controllers themselves on top of the ports.

Seems a touch unsound making such a high end card and not including any kind of "external" power.
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Jstn7477
by: BazookaJoe
So... not to killjoy on this...

But even a normal single controller USB3.0 usually has an external power connector (well its internal but not coming FROM the mobo, rather direct from the PSU) what with the 900ma allowance on the USB3.0 Standard...

If you where to max that card out you could technically be pulling nearly 4AMPS through your mobo slot what with the power requirements of the controllers themselves on top of the ports.

Seems a touch unsound making such a high end card and not including any kind of "external" power.
5V * 3.6A = 18w, plus add a few watts for the card itself. Since non-x1 PCIe slots typically provide 75w of 12v (and x1 slots are around 10w), this card should have no problems. Also, the inductors and other voltage regulation circuitry is present since PCIe slots only provide 12v and 3.3v voltages to PCIe cards. :)
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