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Date: October 22nd, 2003.
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Highpoint Technologies & AC Ryan

PRODUCT COMPOSITION & PICTORIAL


The HighPoint RocketHead 100 is a useful little device. It converts a PATA signal, and allows you to plug in ATA100 and ATA133 parallel IDE hard disk drives into SATA channels or controllers. I must admit that my expectations were not that high, however I was pleasantly surprised.



The product comes shipped in a fairly compact little box.



The converter is bubble wrapped and sealed with a static warning sticker. Also in the box is the power cable which allows you to power both the converter as well as the HDD. Lastly, we have the instruction page. There is no SATA cable, which is disappointing. I believe it would have been worth it to include a cable, even if it meant raising the price a little. Not everyone has cables kicking around, and the convenience of having one included with the RocketHead would ensure that a trip to the computer shop isn't needed.

 

PRODUCT FEATURES & TESTING


Installation is fairly simple, assuming that the SATA channels on your motherboard are all active. If you are unsure, check your motherboard manual. A quick visit to the BIOS may be required.



Once you've got the RocketHead connected to a HDD (for this review I have hooked it up to an ATA133 120GB Maxtor), connect the power cable to a free molex, then to the converter and the HDD. Get your SATA cable out and connect it to the RocketHead and to the motherboard.


Time to power it up and run some tests.


I connected the RocketHead to my Lian-Li box. The specs are as follows.


Lian-Li PC75
Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 Platinum
Intel P4 2.4C
ATI All-In-Wonder 9700 Pro
1 GB Ultra PC3200 DDR400 Dual Channel RAM
Antec TrueBlue 480 Watt ATX PSU
Sound Blaster Platinum Digital 5.1
Pioneer A05 (DVD Burner)
LG 52X CD-ROM
Pioneer DVD-ROM
Matrix Orbital MX222
Cables Unlimited DigiDoc5
2 x Western Digital 20GB HDDs
2 x Western Digital 120GB HDDs
6 x 80mm fans


As you can see, this box is already quite full. There isn't much else I can add, unless I can hook it up to a SATA channel.

 

 


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