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Reviewed: HighPoint RocketU 1144CM USB 3.0 4x PCI-E card

updated 06:30 pm EDT, Mon April 29, 2013

Speedy OSX and Windows USB 3.0 RAID implementation tested

Apple was one of the first -- if not the first -- major computer manufacturers to provide then-fledgling USB support at the expense of legacy ports on its iMac line some 15 ago. Since then, the Mac maker hasn't always been the fastest at adding new USB protocols to machines, generally lagging six months or more behind, depending on the product line. The Mac Pro is languishing these days, awaiting a revamp -- but still has no USB 3.0 ports, despite an incremental update last summer boosting the speed of the computer somewhat. Highpoint Technologies has had strong support for the Macintosh and OS X despite only one current line of hardware having PCI-E slots. The latest offering from the company is the quad-channel Rocket-U 1144CM 4x PCI-E USB 3.0 card for the Mac Pro, and MacNN got a chance to test one out.

by MacNN Staff



  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 07-13-09

    This card isn't a USB 3 card. It's a USB 3 harddrive card. No other devices, including USB hubs work with it, making it of fairly limited use [namely, to connect to 4 HDs].

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    We do address that in the review.

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