top of page

Rocket 1204

PCIe 3.0 x8 4-Port M.2 NVMe HBA

High-Speed 4-Channel M.2 NVMe Connectivity Solution for PCIe Gen3 Platforms

Rocket1204 Front Side

R1000 Series NVMe HBAs are fully independent, stand-alone NVMe storage solutions for PCIe Gen3 platforms; they are not tied to a specific motherboard, chipset or operating system, can be easily integrated into any motherboard or server/workstation platform with a free PCIe 3.0/4.0 x16 or x8 slot, and are capable of supporting off-the-shelf M.2 NVMe SSDs of any capacity.

The Rocket 1204 is a cost-effective, 4-channel M.2 NVMe connectivity solution that can be easily integrated into any PCIe Gen3 platform with a free PCIe x8 0r x16 slot. The four independent device ports can support off-the-shelf 2242/2460/2280/22110 M.2 SSDs of any capacity.

Built-in High-speed, Intelligent Switch Chipset

The Rocket 1204 NVMe HBA'sperformance-focused hardware architecture leverages  intelligent PCIe switch technology to ensure maximum transfer bandwidth is available for each device port, at all times. Up to x4 lanes of host bandwidth can be allocated to each M.2 NVMe SSD, on the fly.

Native, In-Box NVMe Device Driver Support

HighPoint NVMe HBAs were designed with simplicity in mind. All you need is a little patience and a screwdriver; just install the M.2 SSD’s and plug in the card!

Rocket 1000 Series HBAs are natively supported by all major Windows and macOS operating system platforms, and current distributions of Linux.

You won’t need to juggle a series of device drivers, install a complex software suite, or master a specialized management interface. Your NVMe SSDs will be automatically recognized, and can be prepped and mounted using the operating system’s standard tool set.

Rocket1204 Performance Focused Hardware Achitecture
Advanced Cooling Solution_Rocket 1204

Fan-less Cooling for Media Sensitive Working Environments

Rocket 1204 HBAs feature a ventilated bracket and full-length black-anodized heat sink with high- conductivity thermal pad efficiently whisks waste heat away from hosted SSDs and critical controller componentry.

This robust, fan-less design allows for completely silent operation – ideal for applications that require low-noise work environments.



Product feature

Bus Interface

PCI-Express 3.0 x8

Number of Channel / Port

4x M.2 NVMe port (Dedicated PCIe 3.0 x4 per port)

Data Transfer Rate

8 GT/s

Number of device

4x M.2 NVMe SSD

SSD Form Factor

2242/2260/2280/22110 (supports single & double sided)

Form Factor


Card Dimensions

7.68" (W) x 4.41" (H) x 0.71" (D)


1 Year

Card Weight

1.39 lbs.

Supported Operating Systems


Microsoft Windows; VMware vSphere/ESXi; Red Hat Enterprise Linux; SuSE Linux; Ubuntu Linux; Citrix XenServer; CentOS Linux; Debian Linux; Oracle Enterprise Linux; Fedora; FreeBSD; macOS; (All operating systems with native NVMe driver can be supported.)

System Requirements

Mac Platforms:

• Apple Mac Pro Systems: 2012 and later • Intel & Apple M1 & Apple M2 Platform compatible • Thunderbolt™ 3 Connectivity via Thunderbolt™ Expansion chassis: RocketStor6661A

PC Platforms:

• Any PC Systems or Motherboard with an industry standard PCIe x8 or x16 physical Slot (Bifurcation is not required) • Thunderbolt™ 3 Connectivity (requires a PC platform with a Thunderbolt 3 port) & Thunderbolt™ Expansion chassis: RocketStor6661A

Cooling System

Fan-less, Full-length anodized aluminum Heat sink

Operating Environment

Work Temp

+5°C ~ + 55°C

Storage Temp

-20°C ~ +80°C

Operating Voltage

PCI-e: 12V, 3.3V


Typical: 7.65W

MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure)

920,585 Hours

Certification / Approval


Kit Contents

1x R1204
1x Quick Installation Guide


HighPoint NVMe Performance Architecture

HighPoint NVMe Performance Architecture

Introducing the Rocket 1000/1500 NVMe NVMe HBAs

Introducing the Rocket 1000/1500 NVMe NVMe HBAs







Product Gallery

Optional Accessories

bottom of page