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HighPoint launches the RocketStor USB 3.0 dock with RAID, claims 10Gbps speeds

We've already seen HighPoint's peculiar USB 3.0 RocketU cards with performance claims of 20Gbps and now the company has followed up with the RocketStor that might actually be able to take advantage of some of that claimed performance. The RocketStor is a simple USB 3.0 hard drive dock, but with a pair of USB 3.0 connectors at the rear.

We've already seen HighPoint's peculiar USB 3.0 RocketU cards with performance claims of 20Gbps and now the company has followed up with the RocketStor that might actually be able to take advantage of some of that claimed performance. The RocketStor is a simple USB 3.0 hard drive dock, but with a pair of USB 3.0 connectors at the rear.

HighPoint is offering two different versions of the RocketStor, the Smart Backup and the Smart RAID. The main differentiator appears to be that the backup model is intended for Windows and comes with backup software and a one-touch backup button, whereas the RAID version is intended for OS X and comes with a basic RAID drive management utility. For some reason the Windows version doesn't appear to support RAID, although it might be possible to do this in the disk manager regardless of the software that HighPoint supplies.

In theory the RocketStor should work with any USB 3.0 connection as long as you have two ports available and HighPoint doesn't appear to claim that you need one of its USB 3.0 add-in cards. Either model can accept up to two 3.5 or 2.5-inch drives, or one of each for that matter. The Windows model launched a little while back and retails for around US$90, whereas the Mac model is over twice the price at US$189, although that price includes a two port PCI Express x4 USB 3.0 host controller.

Source: HighPoint and HighPoint

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