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HighPoint RocketRAID 2220 PCI-X SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 8 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3.0Gb/s transfer rate
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Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2220

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 2220

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
8 x SATA II
Interface
PCI-X
Transfer Rate
Up to 3.0Gb/s transfer rate
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows, Linux , FreeBSD and Mac OS X Tiger (10.4, 10.4.1 and 10.4.2)

Features

Features
Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Staggered Drive Spin up
Single RAID Cross Adapter up to 16HDDs
Online Capacity Expansion and RAID Level Migration (OCE/RLM)
Hot Swap and Hot Spare
S.M.A.R.T monitoring hard disk for status reliability
SAF-TE enclosure management
Online Array Roaming
Quick and background initialization for quick RAID configuration
64-bit LBA for over 2TB partition support
BIOS booting support
Automatic RAID rebuild
Command Line Interface (CLI)
Web browser RAID management software
SMTP email notification

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Todd P.
  • 1/22/2010 3:01:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed!

Pros: 8 SATA ports, Worked in a standard PCI slot. Card worked great right out of the box. No problems in setting up or recongnizing drives, UNTIL...

Cons: About three weeks in a mysterious BSOD began plaguing my system. Anything could set it off. Copying between drives, burning DVDs or BDs. System became unstable. Eventually the system would not even boot.

Other Thoughts: It was this card. Pulling all my controller cards out and installing them back in one by one revealed this card to be the cuprit. I replaced it with an old Promise 4 port controller just to see if it was the slot or if I had any conflicts. The promise worked fine. I bought one more of the exact same Promise card and filled my last slot. No problems since.

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  • Jacob D.
  • 8/11/2009 2:13:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Budget Card

Pros: Great Budget card and has a lot of the same features of higher priced cards

Cons: It is extremely slow when using raid 5 because of the absence of XOR Engine.

Other Thoughts: I posted a review about 2 years ago and I am still happy with the card. I just wanted to add that if you are planning to run raid 5 and need speed do not get this card. However if you just need it for a file hog and are not worried about it being fast then it is a great budget card. I have done capacity expansion twice and it works great, just very very slow. I am running it in a PCI-X slot now and I do not notice any more speed over when I had it in a standard PCI slot. I only have used raid 5 other raid may be faster. In the end I still recommend this card to any one who needs a lot of space and does not need speed.

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  • Markus K.
  • 8/2/2009 1:28:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood card

Pros: Have run this card in a DIY dual P3 (gasp) server for over 3 years now. 5x320GB RAID 5 array, has survived (read: successfully rebuilt from) two drive failures.

Cons: Considering the price ... none.

Other Thoughts: Maybe not as nice as some of the Compaq/HP/IBM raid controllers I've worked with, but for a simple home fileserver, this card has been perfect.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/9/2009 7:48:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFollow up comment

Pros: Worked great for a few weeks.

Cons: Failed

Other Thoughts: Like I said it worked for a few weeks, but failed. Fortunately I have already backed up my computer so no lost information. The card does have it's good points so don't count it out, I probably good a lemon. Only one egg because it failed.

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  • Norman S.
  • 3/19/2009 9:26:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: The card comes with good reviews. And since I flashed the bios the card works great. Would recommend the card, but flash the bios before you do anything else.

Cons: Spent several days trying to figure out why the card wouldn't work. finally found out I needed to flash the bios so downloaded the bios from web site. Flashing the bios was easy, and now everything works great. This card should come from the manufacturer with the most recent bios, but still a good card.

Other Thoughts: HighPoint needs to get this taken care of that is for sure. They need to make sure bios are up to date before they sell this card.

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  • William S.
  • 1/23/2009 6:48:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsNice card

Pros: -Set-up-

Vista Business 64Bit
Abit IP135-E
Nvida 8800 GTS 320Mb
2 GB ram
Intel core 2 @ 2.13Ghz

-Raid card-

BIOS V1.7
Driver V1.9
RAID Management Utility GUI Windows v3.14-3

Currently Have
4 X Segate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB in Raid 5
Very quiet drives BTW

Has Worked flawlessly for been about a week now, (general storage with some redundecy). I didn't go nuts testing the transfer rate, but when i was moving video files (from 2 single harddrives) i had a maximum write rate of 90MB/sec. Then moving files from the raid array to 2 different disks it came to about 94MB/sec. Considering that the peak speed on the PCI bus is 133MB/s all of the numbers that i am getting seem reasonable. I currently have the card set to "Write back" (all write requests sent to the array are cached). Have not tested the "write through" nor have i tested simulatious read/write requests.

From what i can tell the CPU usage of this card is not all that bad, about 30% sustained while

Cons: Software raid

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  • Johnny-dog R.
  • 11/19/2008 11:18:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the right job

Pros: For the price, they are one of the best general-use 8-port SATA-II cards I have found, *IF* you are using Windows Server 2000, 2003, or 2008. Linux users are probably in for a nightmare (see below).

Once you have the firmware updated and have setup your RAID, these cards seem fairly stable.

I use them mostly for file servers. Once the data is there the card has no trouble keeping up with read requests.

They ahve a VERY lound alarm if there is a hardware failure.

Cons: They are not great performers, especially when it comes to writing small files, which uses a LOT of your CPU power. You can easily peg the dual CPUs of a mid-level server for a couple of _days_ loading up a full 3.5 TB RAID-5 array (8 500 GB drives) with hundreds of thounds of small files

At one point I tried to use one for an Exchange server and it suffered horrible bottlenecks, most likely due to its poor write performance.

Linux:
Highpoint provides official drivers for SUSE and Red Hat/Fedora, but they are never up to date and as others have noted, their open source drivers are not really open source. If you blacklist the SATA_MV module -- which tries to support the card and fails miserably -- and then recompile the "open source" drivers, you can probably get this card functional with a lot of effort.

I have made it work in OpenSUSE 10.3 and 11.0, but I never got it working with Ubuntu.

These cards are NOT good for the inexperienced, Windows or especially Linux!

Other Thoughts: I have used the 2220 cards for several years now and I just ordered my fourth one yesterday. All of them are configured for RAID-5 with a minimum of 4 drives.

In the office, one of these cards functions as a file server for on office of about 40 people, and it handles reading and writing for them without problem.

At home I have had one of these serving full DVDs (not compressed) for 3 separate TVs in the house, plus accessing my MP3 audio library from four other separate computers and none of them had any problem with delays in the data. The server supporting them was an older rig running Server 2003 with 1 GB RAM and dual Athlon 1600+ MP processors.

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  • Thavaro S.
  • 10/31/2008 10:15:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible RAID Controller

Pros: Non

Cons: Horrible RAID controller. RAID 5 write through put is 30MB/S. Tech support at Hightech is really, really BAD. They are clueless. Left 10 messages and email but no return call or return email. RMA dept at Hightech didn't even speak English. This card keep dropping drives left and right.

Other Thoughts: This comapny shuold remane to LowPoint. Still waiting for RMA#. It's been 5 days already.

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  • Ryan O.
  • 8/19/2008 12:09:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Card

Pros: 8 Ports and Drives that Compile Under Many Forms of Unix and Linux

Cons: Terrible 'BIOS', The way the card initializes the channels is broken, Not Hardware (Expected), Open Source drivers arent really open source, the list goes on forever

Other Thoughts: Card was purchased for an 7TB RAID 5. The card refused to start the channels if the drives were hooked up. If I booted into the OS then power cycled drives, they would work. Too bad that is the worst Idea ever, especially since it needs to happen whenever I reboot. The open source drivers are basically closed drivers with an open source wrapper. Completely useless...

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  • Mykl C.
  • 4/23/2008 4:33:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRocketRAID 2220

Pros: This card was a replacement for a Highpoint 1850a. The hot swappable capacity of this card is great, as is the dynamic RAID expansion/migration. In addition, the SATA II/300 support was a noticeable upgrade in performance from the 1820a.

Cons: Highpoint's management software still sucks. The card shipped with an outdated firmware/BIOS, but I updated prior to hooking it up.

Other Thoughts: I have this card and a RocketRaid 2300 (PCI-e x1) in the same rig. In order to avoid conflicts, I had to use the firmware update procedure and disable INT13 traps. This means that I can't use the RAID to boot from, but that's ok with me.

I have 8 matched Maxtor 300 gig in RAID5 and the performance is solid.

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