The Best Way to Achieve Independent Storage Performance on Skylake Platforms

he Best Way to Achieve Independent Storage Performance on Skylake Platforms

November 2015, Milpitas CA –For the past 20 years, HighPoint has been a professional RAID Storage and Management solutions provider, constantly striving to bring quality product to market and deliver the industry’s best Price-Performance value.

While Skylake based motherboards unquestionably deliver the ample processing power and versatility PC enthusiasts expect from cutting edge hardware platforms, these designs compromise the performance potential of onboard storage devices. Customers looking to expand storage capability without sacrificing transfer performance will have to turn to add-in cards. HighPoint is well positioned to address this need; our Rocket and RocketRAID Series PCIe Controller cards deliver affordable, uncompromised high-performance SAS and SATA storage expansion, and are ideally suited for Intel’s new Skylake motherboard platforms.

A Quick look at the Intel Skylake and 100 series Chipset’s Storage and PCIe Expansion Capability

Unlike the Haswell-E, Intel’s new Skylake CPU only supports Gen 3 x16 PCIe expansion. Skylake’s sole upgrade is the adoption of DMI 3.0 Gen3 connectivity. All onboard storage and networking connections; NVMe SSDs, SATA, USB 3.0 and Gb LAN, are controlled by the 100 series chipset. As a result, all onboard storage must share the DMI 3.0 performance bandwidth.  Although DMI 3.0 offers significantly more bandwidth than its predecessors, it is still insufficient for customers that require access to multiple types of storage devices, especially NVMe SSDs. Some may mistakenly believe that DMI 3.0’s 4GB/s bandwidth (in actuality, 3.5GB/s) is enough to support all of these storage devices. However, simple mathematics will quickly dispel this misconception. RocketRAID Controllers: Simple & Versatile SATA Storage Solution for RAID and Connectivity

Experience the Uncompromised, Real-World Performance that only Independent PCIe storage controller cards can offer

Most motherboards feature 3 or more built-in PCIe expansion slots. In most cases, these PCIe slots distribute bandwidth from the CPU’s native x16 PCIe lanes, and allow hosted PCIe devices to perform independently.

As one would expect, PCIe add-in cards installed into slots administered directly by the CPU can take full advantage of the unhindered transfer bandwidth, and many are capable of reaching theoretical maximum-performance thresholds in real world applications.

HighPoint RocketRAID series controller cards were designed to take full advantage of this superior PCIe bandwidth, and deliver versatile port connectivity, with 2 to 40 internal/external and hybrid SAS/SATA channels; ideal for a wide-range of high-performance storage applications. In addition, HighPoint RocketRAID series controllers offer comprehensive software and driver support for all major operating system platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD.

Each RocketRAID controller includes a comprehensive and user friendly RAID management solution, which allows customers to quickly and easily configure SAS or SATA storage devices for maximum performance or mass storage capability. RocketRAID storage configurations are self-contained, and can operate independently and along size the IZ170’s integrated RST for PCIe M.2 SSDs.

Rocket and RocketRAID HBA Solutions:

AHCI Compliance HBA Solution: Rocket 600L Series

Combined USB 3.0 Port + eSATA Port Solution: RocketU 1144E

Massive SATA Port Count Solutions – Rocket 750, RocketRAID 274x, RocketRAID 2760A Series

Cost Efficient SATA RAID 5 Solutions – RocketRAID 600L, RocketRAID 6xx, RocketRAID272x Series

Hardware RAID SATA / SAS Solution – RocketRAID 4500 and RocketRAID 3600 Series

Why Choose HighPoint?

HighPoint was founded in 1995. For the past 20 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves towards the design, manufacture and deployment of quality RAID HBA’s and RAID Storage Management Solutions. Our devoted team of experienced hardware and software engineers bring years of Storage RAID technology expertise to SAS, SATA, Thunderbolt ™ and USB storage and connectivity applications.

HighPoint strives to bring high-performance, quality storage and connectivity solutions to the marketplace at the industry’s best prices. We firmly believe that you do not have to sacrifice performance, versatility or reliability for affordability.

RocketStor–High-Performance, Reliable, and Affordable Connectivity & Storage Solutions

We specialize in cost/Performance oriented product design, development and manufacture, and continuously work to improve our products based on direct feedback from our valued customers. Over the years, we have forged strong alliances and technology partnerships with industry-leading storage providers, which enable us to quickly deliver Thunderbolt™, Mini-SAS, SATA and USB Connectivity and storage devices to the global marketplace.



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