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HighPoint Rocket 620 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • SATA 6.0Gb/s (2 internal ports)
  • PCI-Express 2.0 x1
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The Rocket 600 series are the industry’s first SATA 6Gb/s host adapter based on PCI-Express 2.0 technology. The Rocket 600 series delivers the next generation of SATA performance with robust SATA connectivity.

The Rocket 600 series are the internal and external low-cost SATA 6Gb/s host adapters. They are fully industry standard AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) compliant and deliver Out-of-Box Ready installation for numerous operating systems. The Rocket 600 series is backward compatible to PCI-Express 1.0 technology and SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s devices. They use the same cable and connectors as previous SATA generations to ease integration.

  • newegg SATA 6 Gb/s Compliant The HighPoint Rocket 620 features next-generation SATA Revision 3.0 compliant internal SATA ports to provide 6 Gb/s data transfer rates for optimal performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg PCI Express 2.0 Interface The PCI Express 2.0 interface provides double the bandwidth of the existing PCI Express 1.0 interface and delivers at least 500MB/s of throughput for enhanced performance.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. Rocket 620


Rocket 620


SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
PCI-Express 2.0 x1
Transfer Rate
Up to 600 MB/sec
Operating Systems Supported
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Linux with kernel 2.6.19 and above and FreeBSD
2.66" x 2.84"


PCI-Express 2.0 (Compatible with PCI-Express 1.0).

Industry Standard AHCI Compliant.

Plug-n-Play Ready.

Bootable support.

Hot Plug.

Compatible with SATA HDD, SSD, etc.

Power Efficient – Going Green Saves Green.


Package Contents
Rocket 620 controller
Quick Installation Guide Software CD for (Windows 2000/XP/2003)
(2) SATA Cables

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. Rocket 620

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  • Doug47
  • 3/10/2015 7:56:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWon't Work on New Mb

Pros: Worked on my last 2 motherboards.

Cons: Won't work with my new ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0.

Other Thoughts: Initially, I bought this for a small computer so I could add a couple of SATA drives. It worked just fine. Then when that computer died, I moved it to another computer, and it worked again. Then when that machine died, I upgraded it to a ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0, and now the Rocket hangs the computer at the BIOS screen. I put it in both a x1 and an x16 slot, same thing.

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  • N/A
  • 11/21/2014 9:52:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsEphemera

Pros: Good price - was on sale for 16 bucks.
Plug & play

Cons: lasted only 17months !

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  • N/A
  • 10/16/2014 7:19:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsNot Linux Compatible

Pros: PCIe 2
2 SATA3 ports

Cons: Documentation and HighPoint site lists card as Linux compatible.
That information is incomplete. Card is Linux comptible...up to kernel 3.6.
HighPoint has not updated their drivers for the RR6xx series in almost 2.5 yrs and will not do so unless market forces dictate otherwise.

Other Thoughts: Linux users be warned...this is not a PlugNPlay card.
Requires manipulation of driver source files driver and building against current kernel.

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  • N/A
  • 3/25/2014 7:33:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: worked great for me and my SSD

Cons: none

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  • N/A
  • 1/28/2014 4:17:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as expected.

Pros: Gives SATA information.
Doesn't stop the boot process when a device isn't plugged in.

Cons: Doesn't seem to like my first gen pci-e 2.0. :-(

Other Thoughts: I have a monster dual quad computer with lots of memory and graphics; plenty of power to last what I do for a few more years. The downside? This is one of the first Dell workstations to include things like pci-e 2.0 and lots of SATA ports. I have already discovered several 2.0 devices that don't like this MoBo (MotherBoard). The MoBo is SATA-1. none of the 8 SATA ports support SMART data, and my e-SATA bracket stops the BIOS boot process everytime if I don't have my external drive plugged in. Great system with a few faults that rarely bother me (I don't slam the disks that hard to need faster read/write most of the time).

I just got a brand new 500MB/s read/write SSD as a gift and was very sad to see me struggling to get 135MB/s read/write out of the benchmarks. I was /really/ hoping to get a huge boost with this card. Instead I get 205MB/s read and 128MB/s write. This tells me that I am really only getting pci-e 1.0 speeds out of the device/MoBo combo. I was really hoping for more, but I can't blame the device for my old MoBo. I am willing to give up the slight write decrease for the boost in read. Also, I love the fact I have SMART data again! And the biggest plus for me, I don't have issues with the BIOS hanging when I forget to plug in my external SATA drive into the e-SATA port!

In short, not quite as fast as I was hoping, but I get enought benifits that I am quite pleased.

OS's tested Debian (Wheezy) Linux and Lubuntu 13.10. No issues in the slightest so far.

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  • west17m
  • 1/16/2014 1:28:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfull linux support

Pros: This was the cheapest linux-compatible sata controller I could find. I've been running it in my zfs pool for over one year with no concerns at all. I bought two to have a back up and may buy a couple more.

This card is also incredibly short so you may be able to reclaim a slot previously unusable because of a large cpu heatsink.

Cons: none

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  • N/A
  • 10/31/2013 9:27:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Havent had any faults from it.
Speed is sufficient that the two 7200rpm drives attached to it are the limiting factor.
Plug and play in an Ubuntu Linux install, with no driver install needed.

Cons: Marvell drivers add about 2 sec to boot time.

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  • Lone Samurai
  • 10/11/2013 12:31:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for adding sata ports not for raid

Pros: Good board pretty fast and relatively solid Marvell chip if you need extra SATA ports. Have been running about 6 months no issues mid to low loads in a file server.

Cons: Haven't tried it and wouldn't even think of using it for Raid.

Other Thoughts: As above this is a great board for extra SATA ports. Not exactly full SATA3 speed but still is fast and solid enough for regular harddrives. For full speed using modern SSDs you should get a faster and more expensive card, same for Raid... for $30 this does what it's intended to.

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  • N/A
  • 9/11/2013 7:26:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFails under any load

Pros: Simple RAID BIOS, compact card, decent speeds (when not failing).

Cons: Terrible driver support, unable to cope with even moderate workstation loads.

Other Thoughts: Have this running a RAID-1 array that does nothing but host an OS, no programs or data share the space. Under any sort of moderate I/O load (esp. Windows Update) the card begins generating port resets in the Windows event log. The card has been in two different motherboards, 3 sets of cables, two different pairs of hard drives, nothing makes a difference. If not caught immediately the port resets eventually result in the OS crashing or hard-locking. Taking the card out in the next few days and chucking it in the bin, no point in running RAID-1 if it's more volatile than a single drive setup.

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  • c128
  • 6/28/2013 10:42:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsc128

Pros: 1. Supports 3, 4TB drives
2. Read/write speeds up 250Mb/s, that means you can read/write both regular 5600-7200 RPM harddrives at the max speed

Cons: Occasional "device did not respond within the timeout period" errors, but their number is greatly reduced in the new version 12 (see below).

Other Thoughts: I have been using dozens of these Raid cards since 2009 to connect drives to x1 2.0 slots on the motherboard. The older models, called R620LF, have version 11 in the PCIe device name, and time out when the load on the disk is high, leading for I/O to fail. The new cards, called R620A, have version 12, and are much more reliable. I have seen only one timeout without I/O error. I am currently replacing old cards with new model and can see big boost in sustainability and reliability of data transfer.

You need to use the latest MINIPORT driver (available on the CD),


There is a miniport driver for Windows7, I confirm they work on this OS without issues. You need to navigate to to the directory R62X on the CD with drivers, not RR62X.

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