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HighPoint RocketU 1144A 4-port USB 3.0 Card Review

HighPoint RocketU 1144A 4-port USB 3.0 Card Review

The HighPoint RocketU 1144A 4-port USB 3.0 card has more bandwidth than we could possibly hope to make use of at an affordable price but is otherwise limited by incompatibilities for non-storage devices.

Upgrade to USB 3.0, they said. You’ll get 5Gbit/s, they said. Gah, if only that were indeed the case. Between the bottlenecks of a PCIe x1 interface and shared controller design, most expansion cards are ill-suited for serious storage needs. Thankfully, there is an alternative in sight. Today I’ll take a look at the one 4-port USB 3.0 card that doesn’t have either bottleneck, the HighPoint RocketU 1144A. One host bus adapter to rule them all? Read on to find out…

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Pros

  • PCIe 2.0 x4 interface (15Gbps)
  • Dedicated USB 3.0 controller per port
  • Windows and Linux support
  • Simple installation

Cons

  • Incompatible with some non-storage devices
  • Ports inadequately spaced for some flash drives
  • Lacks BIOS boot support
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