rockethybrid 122x HighPoint announces SSD caching RAID card

As always, everyone wants to cash in on the latest trends in the industry and in this case we're talking about SSD caching. If you're not thinking about upgrading to Intel's Z68 chipset but like the sound of SSD caching technology, then HighPoint might just have what you want in the shape of its RocketHybrid 122x series of HBAs (Host Bus Adapter). This is a family of two dainty PCI Express x1 cards which offers pretty much the same functionality as Intel's Z68 chipset, except you can fit it to any system with a PCI Express x1 slot in it.

As always, everyone wants to cash in on the latest trends in the industry and in this case we're talking about SSD caching. If you're not thinking about upgrading to Intel's Z68 chipset but like the sound of SSD caching technology, then HighPoint might just have what you want in the shape of its RocketHybrid 122x series of HBAs (Host Bus Adapter). This is a family of two dainty PCI Express x1 cards which offers pretty much the same functionality as Intel's Z68 chipset, except you can fit it to any system with a PCI Express x1 slot in it.

The two cards are the RocketHybrid 1220 and 1222 with the only difference being that the 1220 has two internal SATA ports and the 1222 has two external eSATA ports. Both cards sport Marvell's 9130 controller which does all the hard work. However, unlike Intel's Smart Response technology, the Marvell 9130 controller isn't limited to using small-ish size SSDs for the chaching. That said, looking at HighPoint's own numbers, it doesn't seem to make too much of a difference if you're using a large SATA 6Gbps SSD or a smaller size SATA 3Gbps SSD, as the end result appears to be close to the same.

rockethybrid 122x HighPoint announces SSD caching RAID card

The Marvell 9130 controller is of course SATA 6Gbps compliant and HighPoint claims that its controllers with an SSD and HDD in caching mode offers 80 percent of the performance you'd get from just using the SSD on its own. There are two different modes available, safe which caches on the SSD and then copies the data onto the HDD, or capacity which stores the data across the two drives in a sort of RAID 0 mode.

At US$59.99 we can't say that we think it offers great value for money, but we'd expect prices to come down fairly quickly, as something like this needs to be about $40 or less before it will gain any real popularity. At least it offers a way for owners of motherboards without SSD caching to get their hands of one of the two selling points of the Z68 chipset without having to buy a new system.

Source: HighPoint