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
Time to power it up and run some tests.
I connected the RocketHead to my Lian-Li box. The specs
are as follows.
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
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.