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  • R1108 Software/Manuals

    Click here to Download Software License Agreement Last updated: March 22, 2023 Introduction By opening this software download, installing any software included within, or clicking on the “ACCEPT” prompt of the online version of this agreement, you are confirming that you have read the agreement and have agreed to comply by its terms and conditions. If you do not agree to the stated terms and conditions, do not download, install, use, copy or distribute this software. NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual promises and covenants contained within this Software License Agreement, the parties hereby agree as follows: This Software License Agreement is for the driver code/application download from the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. website. After agreeing to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Highpoint will recognize the activation of your Software License, and you may proceed to use or install the Software. This Software License Agreement is not a transfer of rights, title or interest between HighPoint Technologies, Inc. and you. The Software License exclusively grants you the following rights. HighPoint EOL Software WARNING: Use EOL software updates at your own risk Please note, EOL software packages are no longer tested, as the corresponding product/series is EOL (end of life) and is no longer in production. Contents/License This download includes software for one or more HighPoint Technologies, Inc. storage and connectivity solution/products. The software may include a device driver, driver code or software application that enable the specified product(s) to interact with a specified operating system and/or host platform. Term and Termination The terms of this License Agreement shall begin immediately following the initial use or installation of the Software download, and will remain in effect until you choose discontinue use of the Software. HighPoint reserves the right to terminate this License if you fail to comply with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If HighPoint determines that your License shall be terminated, you must immediately uninstall and delete all copies of the Software. HighPoint may request certification of these actions in writing, to be issued within 5 business days of termination date. No Warranty This software download is provided by HighPoint Technologies, Inc., free of charge. There is no warranty for the software included with this download, and it is provided as is. Restrictions HighPoint Technologies, Inc. Software is protected by local and international copyright laws. This software can be used, free of charge, for private, non-commercial purposes. This software may not be resold, or distributed, either in its default or modified states, without express written permission from HighPoint Technologies, Inc. The Licensee shall not reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise attempt to derive source code from the Software download. In addition, the Licensee may not remove, alter or obscure any proprietary labels, notations or marks from the Software. Licensee further acknowledges and agrees that all rights, titles and interest in the Software, and all subsequent copies thereof, regardless of the form or media, are retained and held by HighPoint Technologies, Inc. All rights in or to Intellectual Property not expressly assigned, licensed, covenanted or otherwise conveyed to the Software Licensee under this Agreement, are reserved by HighPoint Technologies, Inc. Limitation of Liability In no event will HighPoint Technologies, Inc. be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the use of or inability to use this product or documentation, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. In particular, HighPoint Technologies, Inc. shall not have liability for any hardware, software, or data stored or used with the product, including the costs of repairing, replacing, or recovering such hardware, or data. No Support HighPoint Technologies, Inc. is not obligated to provide any technical support for software that has been altered or modified from its original form. General Provision If any term or condition of this Software License Agreement is held void or unenforceable by a competent court, all the other terms and conditions shall survive. This Agreement will terminate immediately if you breach any of its terms and conditions. You agree and are solely responsible to ensure that your use or sublicense of the Drivers will not violate any law or treaties of any state or country. By checking this box you acknowledge that you have read this agreement. Accept Cancel Please wait while we get your file...

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    Legacy Product Category Welcome to the Legacy Products Page. This webpage hosts all of our EOL (End of Lifecycle) Products. NVMe SAS/SATA USB Thunderbolt™ - NVMe Series - 3x dedicated M.2 Ports & 4x SFF-8643 SAS/SATA ports to PCIe 3.0 x16 RAID Controller SSD7110 Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click Bootable, 4x dedicated M.2 Ports to PCIe 3.0 x16 NVMe RAID Controller SSD7102 Upgrade/replacement: SSD7105 Software/Manuals * : Click 4x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x16 NVMe RAID Controller SSD7103 Upgrade/replacement: SSD7105 Software/Manuals * : Click 8x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x16 NVMe RAID Controller SSD7140 Upgrade/replacement: SSD7140A Software/Manuals * : Click PCIe 4.0 x16 8-Port U.2 NVMe RAID HBA SSD7580A Upgrade/replacement: SSD7580B Software/Manuals * : Click 4-Bay U.2 NVMe JBOD Enclosure RocketStor 6540S Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click 4-Bay PCIe Gen3 x16 M.2 NVMe RAID Enclosure SSD6444M Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click Driverless, Bootable 2x M.2 PCIe Gen3 x8 NVMe RAID Controller SSD6202 Upgrade/replacement: SSD6202A Software/Manuals * : Click Driverless, Bootable 4x M.2 PCIe Gen3 x8 NVMe RAID Controller SSD6204 Upgrade/replacement: SSD6204A Software/Manuals * : Click 4-Bay PCIe Gen3 x16 U.2 NVMe RAID Enclosure SSD6540M Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click 8x M.2 Port to PCIe 3.0 x16 NVMe HBA Controller Rocket1108 Upgrade/replacement: Rocket1108A Software/Manuals * : Click PCIe 3.0 x16 4-Port M.2 NVMe HBA Rocket 1104F Upgrade/replacement: Rocket 1104 Software/Manuals * : Click *We will not be updating the software and manuals for EOL products. 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NVMe 1x SFF 8087& 1x SFF 8088(Mini-SAS) RAID Controller RocketRAID 2721 Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click 6Gb/s SAS RAID Controller RocketRAID 2710 Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 2720A Software/Manuals * : Click 6Gb/s SATA Hardware RAID HBA RocketRAID 3622 Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 4522SGL Software/Manuals * : Click 6Gb/s SAS Hardware RAID HBA RocketRAID 4520 Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 4520SGL Software/Manuals * : Click 6Gb/s SAS RAID Controller RocketRAID 2720SGL Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 2720A Software/Manuals * : Click n/a RocketRAID 2760A Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 2840C Software/Manuals * : Click n/a RocketRAID 622 Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 x1 SATA RAID Controller Rocket 620AP Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click n/a Rocket 644L Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click 40-Channel 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 x8 SATA HBA Rocket 750 Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click 4-Port SAS 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 x8 RAID HBA RocketRAID 2711 Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 3742A Software/Manuals * : Click n/a RocketRAID 4522 Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 4522SGL Software/Manuals * : Click n/a RocketRAID 644L Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 3742A Software/Manuals * : Click n/a RocketRAID 644LS Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 3742A Software/Manuals * : Click 12Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x8 SAS/SATA RAID Host Bus Adapters RocketRAID 3740A Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 3740C Software/Manuals * : Click n/a RocketRAID 620 Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 620L Software/Manuals * : Click n/a RocketRAID 2722 Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 3742A Software/Manuals * : Click 16-Channel 6Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x8 SAS/SATA RAID Host Bus Adapte RocketRAID 2840A Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 2840C Software/Manuals * : Click n/a RocketRAID 3720A Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 3720C Software/Manuals * : Click n/a RocketRAID 840A Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 840C Software/Manuals * : Click 8-Port, PCIe x8 2.0 6Gb/s SAS/SATA Hardware RAID HBA RocketRAID 4520SGL Upgrade/replacement: RocketRAID 3720C Software/Manuals * : Click *We will not be updating the software and manuals for EOL products. For more information, please contact us . - SAS/SATA Series - SAS/SATA - USB Series - Dual-Dedicated UAS Enabled 5Gb/s USB 3.0 Storage Dock RocketStor 5422A Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 3112D Software/Manuals * : Click PCIe 3.0 x8 Host interface 4x USB 10Gb/s Type-A Ports RocketU 1344C Upgrade/replacement: RocketU 1344D Software/Manuals * : Click Dedicated 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Port RocketStor 3112C Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 3112D Software/Manuals * : Click Dual-Dedicated USB 3.1 Drive Dock RocketStor 3122B Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 3112D Software/Manuals * : Click n/a RocketU 1022AM Upgrade/replacement: RocketU 1022D Software/Manuals * : Click PCI-Express 2.0 Host Interface, Dual USB 3.1 Type-A Ports RocketU 1322A Upgrade/replacement: RocketU 1022D Software/Manuals * : Click PCI-Express 3.0 Host Interface, Dual USB 3.1 Gen 2.0 Ports RocketU 1322B Upgrade/replacement: RocketU 1344D Software/Manuals * : Click 4-Bay USB 3.1 10Gb/s Gen2 RAID Storage Enclosure RocketStor 6124V Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click The Industry's 1st USB 3.1 Gen-2 10Gb/s RAID 5 Enclosure RocketStor 6114V Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Host interface, 8x USB 10Gb/s Type RocketU 1388C Upgrade/replacement: RocketU 1388D Software/Manuals * : Click PCIe 2.0 x1 Host interface 2x USB 3.0 5Gb/s Ports HBA RocketU 1022C Upgrade/replacement: RocketU 1022D Software/Manuals * : Click 4x Dedicated USB 3.0 Ports PCIe 2.0 x4 Host Controller RocketU 1144D Upgrade/replacement: RocketU 1144F Software/Manuals * : Click PCle 3.0 x16 Bus Bandwidth RocketU 1388D Upgrade/replacement: RU1488C Software/Manuals * : Click *We will not be updating the software and manuals for EOL products. For more information, please contact us . USB - Thunderbolt Series - Thunderbolt™ 2 PCIe Expansion Chassis RocketStor 6361A Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6661A Software/Manuals * : Click 4-Bay Thunderbolt™ 2 to Thunderbolt™ 3 Hardware RAID Tower Enclosure RocketStor 6314B Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6628A Software/Manuals * : Click Dual-Bay Thunderbolt™ Powered Storage Dock RocketStor 5212 Upgrade/replacement: n/a Software/Manuals * : Click 8-Bay Thunderbolt™ 2 Hardware RAID Tower Enclosure RocketStor 6318A Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6628A Software/Manuals * : Click 4-Bay Thunderbolt™ 2 Diskless SAS/SATA JBOD Storage Solution RocketStor 6324LS Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6661A-mSAS2 Software/Manuals * : Click Thunderbolt™ 20Gb/s to 8x 6Gb/s SAS/SATA Hardware RAID Adapter RocketStor 6328 Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6628A Software/Manuals * : Click 8-Bay Thunderbolt™ 2 Diskless Hardware RAID SAS/SATA Storage Solution RocketStor 6328AS Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6628A Software/Manuals * : Click Dual 20Gb/s Thunderbolt™ 2 to 8x 6Gb/s SATA Adapter RocketStor 6328L Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6661A-mSAS2 Software/Manuals * : Click 8-Bay Thunderbolt™ 2 Diskless SAS/SATA JBOD Storage Solution RocketStor 6328LS Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6661A-mSAS2 Software/Manuals * : Click 8-Bay Thunderbolt™ 3 40Gb/s Hardware RAID Storage Enclosure RocketStor 6618A Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6628A Software/Manuals * : Click 8-Bay Thunderbolt™ 3 40Gb/s SATA RAID Storage Enclosure RocketStor 6618T Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6628A Software/Manuals * : Click Thunderbolt™ 3 40Gb/s Turbo RAID Storage Enclosure RocketStor 6628T Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6628A Software/Manuals * : Click Thunderbolt™ 3 to 2x 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Adapter RocketStor 6661A-2USB Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6661A-4USB Software/Manuals * : Click Thunderbolt™ 3 to 1x Mini-SAS Port Adapter RocketStor 6661A-mSAS1 Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6661A-mSAS2 Software/Manuals * : Click 6Gb/s SAS/SATA Value RAID Class 4-Bay Storage Tower Enclosure RocketStor 6414VS Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6414TS Software/Manuals * : Click 24-Bay Thunderbolt™ 3 40Gb/s 4U Rackmount Storage Enclosure NA381TB3 Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6628A Software/Manuals * : Click 4-Bay Thunderbolt™ 2 Hardware RAID Tower Enclosure RS6314A Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6628A Software/Manuals * : Click Thunderbolt™ 3 to 4x eSATA Ports Adapter RS6661A-eSATA Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6661A-mSAS2 Software/Manuals * : Click 16-Bay Thunderbolt™ 3 40Gb/s Turbo RAID 3U Rackmount Storage Enclosure RocketStor 6674T Upgrade/replacement: RocketStor 6628A Software/Manuals * : Click *We will not be updating the software and manuals for EOL products. 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  • RR4520SGL

    RR4520SGL(EOL) We have officially reached the end-of-life (EOL) phase for RocketRAID 4520SGL . This means that this particular product will no longer be actively developed, manufactured, or support by HighPoint Technologies, Inc. We assure you that existing warranties for this product will still be honored during their specified terms. If you have any questions or concerns, or require further assistance, our support team is here to help. You can reach us at . Replacement Model: RocketRAID 3720C Click Here for Existing Drivers / Documentation >

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  • Examining the ROI of Gen5 Storage: HighPoint’s Rocket 1608A 8-Channel Gen5 x16 NVMe AIC makes a compelling case for a Gen5 Upgrade.

    Though Gen5 PCIe NVMe SSDs have been around for a few years now, many are still reliant on Gen4-based storage, even though their computing platforms ostensibly support Gen5 devices. Provided your system can accommodate Gen5 hardware, upgrading to a Gen5 NVMe SSD could potentially double your performance envelope. However, your Gen4 SSD(s) might still be running strong. Why fix what isn’t broken? So, is it time to retire your existing drives in favor of a Gen5 NVMe storage solution? Or is that even the right question to be asking? Determining whether or not to upgrade to Gen5 can be a surprisingly tough decision. Gen5’s performance advantages over Gen4 are obvious at first glance, but simply comparing and contrasting technical specifications will only get you so far. And depending on which path you end up taking, you may not necessarily have to (or even want to) ditch your current Gen4 SSDs. As an IT Pro or Solution Provider, it’s important to examine everything that is available, and justify the switch in more concrete cost-benefit terms. Jumping in blind is not a viable option. This article explores the ROI (return on investment) of a Gen5 NVMe storage upgrade by examining and summarizing the current capabilities and limitations of your average Gen5 platform, and taking a closer look at one possible solution; HighPoint’s new PCIe Gen5 x16 NVMe Switch AIC, the Rocket 1608A. Gen5 x16 Doubles Your Performance Bandwidth PCIe Gen5 technology represents a significant boost to transfer throughput. Compared to Gen4, Gen5 doubles your potential. At full speed (x16 lanes) Gen5 will boost your transfer bandwidth to 64GB/s (vs. Gen4’s 32GB/s). This translates into approximately 56GB/s of actual transfer-performance (vs. 28GB/s for Gen4). It's important to point out the distinction between the 64GB/s and 56GB/s values. 64GB/s the theoretical limit of Gen5. The 56GB/s is the real-world figure; this is what you can expect to see on a daily basis, provided you have a full x16 lanes to work with. And this is key – you will need x16 lanes of Gen5 bandwidth to get the full 56GB/s. My system can support Gen5 SSDs. But how can I achieve 56GB/s (Gen5 x16) speeds? The answer? Storage aggregation. You will need to use four or more Gen5 NVMe SSDs. As fast as Gen5 connectivity is, you won’t hit 56GB/s with a single SSD. Gen5 NVMe SSDs can provide up to 14,000MB/s a piece, compared to 7,000MB/s for a single Gen4 SSD, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. However, simple math will reveal that in order to approach 56GB/s, you will need something that is capable of supporting at least four Gen5 SSDs. Alternatively, you could hit 56GB/s with 8x Gen4 SSDs, but we will get into this later. Ok, problem solved, right? Your Gen5 platform might already be capable of directly supporting 4x Gen5 M.2 NVMe SSDs. Sure, if simply supporting four Gen5 drives is your goal. But if you want Gen5 x16 performance, there is a major obstacle to contend with - Beware of resource bottlenecks. While it is true that some Gen5 platforms can directly support up to four NVMe SSDs, few allocate enough resources to allow each SSD to actually deliver 14,000MB/s. To perform optimally, NVMe SSDs (of any generation) need x4 lanes of PCIe bandwidth. Many Gen5 platforms will only provide enough lanes for two SSDs to operate at full speed. Most in fact will restrict it even further; reducing lane count to x2 or even x1 per SSD (which effectively limits performance to Gen4 or Gen3 levels, at best). So, what’s the solution? If you really want to experience Gen5 x16 performance, you will need to consider investing in a dedicated Gen5 storage solution. The most obvious choice is a PCIe NVMe M.2 AIC (add-in-card). Want maximum Gen5 Performance? Then you need a PCIe Gen5 x16 NVMe AIC PCIe NVMe AICs enable will enable you to utilize one or more NVMe SSDs via one of your system’s PCIe PCIe slots. The right NVMe AIC can overcome bandwidth limitations associated with the built-in M.2 slots provided by most Gen5 platforms, and potentially provide more storage capacity to boot. One size does not fit all: As you will quickly discover, there are a lot of standard AIC options for single or dual or even quad NVMe SSDs configurations. On the surface, all you need is a card one, two or four M.2 ports and x4, x8 or x16 lanes of Gen5 bandwidth, respectively. However, if you are serious about attaining maximum performance, a run-of-the-mill NVMe AIC is not going to cut it. Dual-port devices will only net you about 28,000MB/s in a best-case scenario; about half of what Gen5 is truly capable of, and on par with a maxed-out Gen4 NVMe device. Quad-port AICs are a better option, but most of these have a serious drawback – they will impose stiff performance penalties unless installed into exactly the right platform in exactly the right configuration with the exact right M.2 SSDs. Once again, you must beware of potential resource bottlenecks: Generic NVMe AICs rely on the motherboard for PCIe resource allocation (“x” number of lanes) – this is most commonly known as host PCIe bifurcation. Just because the card is labeled x4, x8 or x16 doesn’t mean you will actually get this level of performance if you plug it into any old PCIe Gen5 slot. Likewise, while most Gen5 platforms have multiple x16 slots (some provide as many as 7!), not all slots function in the same manner. In many cases, only those slots closest to the CPU(s) will be guaranteed to deliver x16 lanes of bandwidth for any given device. And importantly, these slots are usually intended for use with the system’s GPU’s (graphic processing units; a.k.a. graphics cards). Mind you, this doesn’t mean they can’t support generic NVMe AICs; if you are willing to sacrifice a GPU or some other PCIe device (such as a capture card or network adapter), this could potentially still work in your favor. However, if we are being honest, this kind of sacrifice is rarely viable for those that actually need Gen5 x16 storage performance. Applications that require this level of speed likely rely on other PCIe devices as well. As such, you will need to look for a particular type of NVMe AIC; something that can overcome any potential system/configuration bottleneck. 56GB/s is my goal, and I would rather not compromise my other PCIe devices. What do I look for in a PCIe NVMe AIC? If your goal 56GB/s (or thereabouts), you will need an AIC that can provide the following: x16 lanes of dedicated PCIe Gen5 bandwidth 4 or more M.2 ports This doesn’t sound like much on paper, but pay close attention to the term “dedicated”. This is key, and can be substituted with “guaranteed”. Truth be told, no generic NVMe AIC is going to be able to do this 100% of the time. Realistically, you will need a purpose-designed Gen5 x16 NVMe SSD storage device to reach this level of performance. HighPoint’s Rocket 1608A Gen5 x16 NVMe Switch AIC is one such device and is arguably your best option in today’s marketplace. Introducing the Rocket 1608A PCIe Gen5 x16 Switch Architecture – this is key to the Rocket 1608A’s flexibility, reliability and performance capability. The architecture provides 48-lanes of internal bandwidth, which the AIC allocates directly (a sort of self-bifurcation capability); 16 lanes of upstream bandwidth (this is what is used to interface with the mainboard), and x4 lanes to each of the 8 M.2 ports. This self-controlled bandwidth, combined with the 8 M.2 ports, is what enables the AIC to provide up to 56GB/s of transfer speed using 4x Gen5 SSDs or 8x Gen4 SSDs. All you need is a Gen5 PCIe slot with x16 lanes. In most cases, this means you won’t need to sacrifice any of your existing PCIe devices to get access to Gen5 x16 storage performance. Any Gen5 x16 slot will do! Intel i7-14700K CrystalDiskMark Benchmark (GIGABYTE Z790M AORUS) AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7945WX CrystalDiskMark Benchmark (HP Z6 G5 A) On top of the performance, the AIC’s Broadcom PEX 89048 switch IC works to streamline transfers and minimize latency, all but eliminating lag. More info about the innovative Switch Architecture is available here. 8-Dedicated M.2 Ports – the AIC can directly house up to eight 2242 ,2260, or 2280 M.2 SSDs of any generation and capacity. The SSDs are connected directly to the AIC (under the removable heat-sink/fan casing). Unlike a lot of other NVMe AICs, SSDs are kept in place using rubber pins in place of convention screws or latches. This means fewer moving parts and not having to deal with a pile of screws whenever adding or replacing a drive. Native Hardware Support (Plug-and-Play installation) – The Rocket 1608A doesn’t rely on software applications or device drivers to function and perform. All you need to do is add SSDs and plug it into the system. Any current Windows, Linux or even FreeBSD/ VMware based OS will automatically recognize the device and hosted SSDs. They can be formatted and partitioned as desired using the platforms standard storage interface (such as Windows Disk Manager), or even an SDS suite (software-defined storage). Software RAID is fully possible, and even recommended, as a RAID 0 using 4x Gen5 SSDs or 8x Gen4 SSDs can easily net you 56GB/s right off the bat! What about Storage Capacity? Move to Gen5 or Stick with Gen4? NVMe AICs provide a way to double, or even quadruple the number of M.2 SSDs your platform can support. More NVMe SSDs means more storage capacity. Making the switch to Gen5 SSDs, at least at the moment, can potentially impose capacity restrictions compared to Gen4 media. Currently, Gen5 SSDs have a maximum capacity of 4TB. This will likely change in the coming months/years, but right now, this means they are only half the size of today’s largest Gen4 SSDs (at 8TB). Either option is pricey (going for the biggest drives usually is), but Gen4 is still the better option if capacity is a major priority. The Rocket 1608A can support 8x NVMe SSDs of either generation – this translates into 32TB of Gen5 storage and 64TB of Gen4. As discussed previously, both sets will net you 56GB/s of transfer speed due to the AIC’s 8x M.2 Ports and Gen5 x16 Switch Architecture, so performance is not something to worry about in either case. In this regard, the Rocket 1608A’s flexible design gives IT Pros and Solution Providers a lot of room to work with. Rocket 1608A AIC Integrated 8x Gen5 x4 M.2 Slots maximize storage capacity per single PCle Slot! Methods to fully-Maximize AIC Capacity for a Single Rocket 1608A Stripe 8x Gen5 SSDs - 32TB Stripe 8x Gen4 SSDs - 64TB Some things to consider: 1. Gen4 devices currently offer superior capacity. Gen4 media is still available in higher capacities – up to 8TB per SSD vs 4TBfor Gen5 models. · Gen5 SSDs can deliver twice the performance of their Gen4 counterparts – this means less SSDs are needed to reach 56GB/s (4x Gen5 SSDs) · Gen4 SSDs are considerably less expensive than Gen5 models. This enables you to maximize capacity while still reaching 56GB/s (8x Gen4 SSSDs) In Summary: A Gen5 NVMe AIC can make Gen5 Storage a viable solution for many platform and applications. HighPoint’s Rocket 1608A is a great way to upgrade to Gen5 x16, and is available right now. It’s unique PCIe Switching Architecture enables the AIC to be deliver max performance from any Gen5 platform with an x16 slot. You won’t need to sacrifice other devices, features or functions to experience 56GB/s. The AIC allows you achieve 56GB/s of transfer speed using Gen5 or Gen4 storage media. Whether you decide to keep using existing Gen4 SSDs, invest in more Gen4 media, or make the switch to Gen5, you be able to take full advantage of Gen5 x16 connectivity. Rocket1608A AICs are simple to install and can be managed using the tools you are already familiar with. Native hardware support means you won’t have to learn a new interface or tangle with driver updates whenever the host OS is updated or patched.

  • Rocket Series 8x M.2 NVMe AICs Bring 128TB of Gen5 x16 Performance to HP Z6 G5 A Workstations!

    High-performance desktop workstations like the HP Z6 G5 A platform do a lot. They handle AI-driven workflows, simulation, and HPC (high-performance computing). They're responsible for a wide range of professional media workflows, like 3-D rendering, animation, and post-production. But these diverse applications share a common factor: they're data-intensive, and require lag-free transfer and immediate response time. The Rocket 1608A 8-Channel M.2 NVMe Switch AIC and Rocket 7608A M.2 NVMe RAID AIC take heavyweight workloads in stride. Rocket-series devices like the 1608A and 7608A double the port count of HP's own NVMe AICs. They also leverage advanced engineering to make the most of x16 lanes of Gen5 host bandwidth. You gain optimal port capacity and performance potential, and none of it goes to waste. Massive Storage Expansion Capacity The Rocket 1608A and 7608A AICs work with nothing more than an x16-lane PCIe Gen5 slot. In other words, you could install four Gen5 AICs on your Z6 G5 and still have room for additional devices. In storage terms, this means up to 128 TB of Gen 5 capacity with maxed-out 4 TB Gen5 M.2 SSDs. Switch to 8TB Gen4 M.2 media, and you're looking at an insane 256TB expansion! High-Performance PCIe Gen5 Switch Architecture: Full Bandwidth, Maximum Performance Under the hood, HighPoint’s High-Performance PCIe Gen5 Switch Architecture powers the Rocket 1608A and 7608A. Thanks to a Broadcom PEX89048 Switch IC and some precision engineering, these AICs can fully use all x16 lanes of available bandwidth. This is more than enough for up to 8 M.2 NVMe SSDs: · x48 lanes of independent, self-managed Gen5 bandwidth per AIC: Deliver x16 lanes of dedicated upstream bandwidth (to the host) and x32 lanes downstream (to your SSDs). · Maximum possible Gen5 transfer performance: Achieve more, faster with up to 64 GB/s of transfer bandwidth (56 GB of real-world transfer performance). · Consistent, robust performance: HighPoint PCIe Switching Technology minimizes latency and optimizes signal integrity for dependable I/O throughput. · Dedicated Gen5 cooling: Boost SSD endurance, reliability, and transfer rates with integrated cooling. · Hardware Secure Boot: Protect your data and storage infrastructures. Secure boot support prevents unauthorized code execution at startup, reducing your threat exposure. Get to Know HighPoint's 8-Channel Gen5 x4 M.2 NVMe AICs HighPoint offers two distinct Gen5 solutions for M.2 media; The Rocket 1608A Switch AIC, and the Rocket 7608A RAID AIC. Rocket 1608A Switch AIC The Rocket 1608A leads the industry in 8x M.2 plug-and-play storage speed. Modern OSes with native NVMe driver support automatically recognize this AIC, making it perfect for Windows 11/Server 2022/Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, and all major Linux distributions. The Rocket 1608A takes the hassle out of managing storage hardware. Any SSD you host with the AIC appears as an ordinary physical disk ready for immediate use. Read more about the HighPoint Rocket 1608A PCIe Gen5 x16 NVMe Switch AIC. Rocket 7608A RAID AIC The Rocket 7608A RAID AIC reinforces the 1608A's strong foundation with HighPoint's proven RAID 0, 1, and 10 technology. It also adds the industry's most comprehensive storage monitoring and management suite. Maximize your NVMe media's performance, reliability, and security with: · A Comprehensive storage health monitoring, management, and analysis suite enables administrators to easily configure and maintain NVMe storage with simple clicks and commands · SafeStorage data encryption solution utilizes OPAL SSC TCG based NVMe Hardware Encryption to protect media assets by preventing access to stored data when physical disks are misplaced or stolen · Advanced intelligent PCIe Gen5 Cooling Solution features a full-Length Aluminum Heatsink with copper SSD contacts and a powerful low-decibel cooling fan ensures M.2 media always operates at optimal temperature to maximize endurance and transfer speed. Read more about the HighPoint Rocket 7608A PCIe Gen5 x16 NVMe RAID AIC. Should You Choose a Rocket 1608A/7608A over HP's Turbo Drive Duo/Quad NVMe AIC? The short answer? Yes. HP's NVMe AIC accessories only supports up to 4 SSDs per SSD. At most, you get just half the storage capacity and performance potential of a compatible Rocket-series AIC. Availability and Pricing Look for HighPoint's PCIe Gen5 NVMe AICs in early May 2024. They'll be available worldwide from our e-store or Authorized Global Resale and Distribution Partners. NVMe Switch Series Rocket 1608A – PCIe Gen5 x16 to 8-M.2x4 NVMe Switch AIC NVMe RAID Series Rocket 7608A – PCIe Gen5 x16 to 8-M.2x4 NVMe RAID AIC Optimized Storage Solutions Your HP G5 Z6 workstation is pretty capable. But "capable" doesn't quite cut it for intensive workloads. A high-performance professional media workstation deserves an optimized storage solution. HighPoint Gen5 NVMe AICs, armed with their innovative PCIe switching technology, can help you maximize the performance potential of your chosen platform. Installing multiple Rocket 1608A Switch AICs or Rocket 7608A RAID AICs can net you as much as128 TB of storage capacity, with each card delivering up to56GB/s of real-world transfer speed.

  • Mastering NVMe Hot-plug: Navigating Challenges and Ensuring Safe Removal

    Hot-Plugging, or the ability to insert and remove a device without having to power down one’s system, has been an important feature for users who are attempting to maximize their total uptime on often times mission critical systems. For decades this has been a standard feature supported by a wide variety of data storage devices like SAS/SATA Hard Drives (HDDs) and Solid-State Drives (SSDs). In addition, this feature is also a mainstay with most USB devices. Given that this feature has been around and is widely adopted by many different protocols, one might be forgiven in thinking that it would be standard with NVMe storage, however that is not the case. Unlike the SAS/SATA interface, which was designed with hot plugging in mind, NVMe instead, was designed originally to bypass the performance limitations of the aforementioned interfaces. That is not to say that that NVMe media doesn’t have this feature at all. While NVMe hot-plug support isn’t as standardized as it is for SAS/SATA drives, there are some NVMe SSDs that do have the ability to hot-plug. However, this is no simple task; and this support is contingent on the following main factors. It is important to note, that all of these factors must be met; and if one is missing, NVMe hot-plug will not be supported. 1. System Requirements for NVMe Hot-plug: The system/motherboard the drives will be connected to must supports NVMe hot-plug. Typically, this information can be found with the associated user/technical manuals. 2. Operating System Support for NVMe Hot-plug: Certain operating systems and drivers are designed to be able to handle hot plugging of NVMe devices. 3. Drive Requirements for NVMe Hot-plug: Hot Plugging is a feature typically supported by DC or Enterprise grade NVMe drives. As such this is a feature supported by U.2/U.3 NVMe drives. M.2 drives, were not designed to support hot-plugging and since most of them are client grade, they don’t have the support to begin with. 4. PCIe Switch Solution for NVMe Hot-plug: NVMe drives require dedicated amounts of resources. A PCIe Switch will ensure that system CPU provides the resources to each channel where an NVMe could go. Assuming you meet the criteria of all three of the requirements, this brings up the initial question, is it safe to simply remove the NVMe SSD from the system and replace it with a new one? In short, no. While it is possible to remove and replace an NVMe SSD from a running system, there are a series of best practices for NVMe Hot-Plugging that need to be taken in order to avoid any issues. Primarily this requires understanding of both the device and host side. In this scenario, the NVMe SSD drive would be a member of the device side and the host side refers to the system/OS. Before removing the drive, you must first notify the host that you would like to remove the drive. This is because the host side is responsible for managing the overall files system and structure. It is also in charge of maintaining data integrity. Once the request has been made, the host side will determine whether the drive is in a safe state. If approved, the host side will then notify the user that it is safe to remove the drive. The notification step is necessary for ensuring both data integrity and the smooth removal of the SSD. If one were to skip this step, its possible that the drive they removed could have been in the middle of read/write operations, meaning it wasn’t safe to eject. This can lead to serious issues such as data loss or total corruption of the drive. In order to facilitate the smooth removal of drives and avoid data loss, HighPoint has integrated an unplug feature. This easy-to-use feature can be found using the HighPoint NVMe RAID Management Software, chiefly the WebGUI (Web-Based Graphical User Interface) or the CLI (Command Line Interface). When it comes time to remove the drive, all the user need do is simply use this feature to notify the host of the intent to eject the drive. The user should then see a notification informing them that the drive is now removable.

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