HighPoint Technologies has updated NVMe RAID solutions with PCIe 4.0 support and adapter cards that support up to eight NVMe drives. The new "adapter cards" of the HighPoint SSD7500 series are the PCIe 4.0 successors of the SSD7100 and SSD7200 series products. These cards are mainly aimed at the workstation market, as market of servers has go ahead largely from traditional RAID arrays, especially when using NVMe SSDs for which there are no traditional "hardware RAID controllers". The HighPoint PCIe gen4 series currently consists of cards with four or eight M.2 slots and one with eight SFF-8654 ports for connection to a U.2 SSD. They also recently added an 8x M.2 card to the PCIe gen3 family, with Mac Pro as a guide to a popular platform workstation which will not receive PCIe gen4 support very soon.
HighPoint NVMe RAID is implemented as RAID software in conjunction with adapter cards with Broadcom / PLX PCIe switches. HighPoint provides RAID drivers and management utilities for Windows, MacOS and Linux. Recent Highpoint 4-drive cards include the UEFI driver in an Option ROM to provide boot support for systems Windows and Linux and all their cards allow booting from an SSD that is not part of a RAID array.
HighPoint Technologies has also improved cooling on RAID cards. The youngest design allows the cards to take advantage of the airflow provided by the case fans instead of the card (two fans, for 8x M.2 cards) and the fans they use now are a bit bigger and quieter.
In the table below you can see the prices of the products.
The SSD7140 (8x M.2, PCIe gen3) and SSD7505 (4x M.2, PCIe gen4) are already on the market and the SSD7540 (8x M.2, PCIe gen4) is released this month. The SSD7580 (8x U.2, PCIe gen4) will be available next month.