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HighPoint RocketRAID 2320 PCI-Express x4 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 8 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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Supporting up to 8 SATA II and SATA I hard drives, the Highpoint RocketRAID 2320 PCI-e controller card is perfect for entry-level storage servers. Supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD, it can not only backup data but can also extend the storage capacity of a system significantly. Featuring a PCI-Express x4 (with support for x8 and x16) compatibility it's one of the few PCIe controller cards available.

Providing S.M.A.R.T drive monitoring for status and reliability, hot swap and hot spare drive storage, Native Command Queuing support, and web based RAID software, the 2320 is perfect for small to medium size business IT environments.

The RocketRAID card can also automatically rebuild the RAID array if a drive fails. Last but not least the 2320 supports a variety of operating systems including the following: Windows, Windows x64 Editions, Mac OS X, Linux (open source) and FreeBSD (open source).

  • newegg Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s with RAID The revolutionary Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s interface provides scalable performance for storage devices. SATA technology enables easy-to-install, high-performance and low-power hard drives. Eight SATA ports support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD for better performance and reliability.
  • newegg PCI Express x4 Interface Compatible with PCI Express x8 and x16 slot, the PCI Express x4 interface provides sufficient throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2320

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 2320

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
8 x SATA II
Interface
PCI-Express x4
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows, Windows x64 Editions, Linux (opensource) and FreeBSD (opensource)
Dimensions
6.24"L x 2.59"H

Features

Features
Online Capacity Expansion and Online RAID Level Migration (OCE/ORLM)

Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

SAF-TE enclosure management

Hard drive activity and Failed LED support

Staggered drive spin-up support

Hot swap and hot spare

Write-through and write-back cache support

Quick and Background initialization for quick RAID configuration

Online array roaming

BIOS booting support (INT13)

Single RAID Cross Adapter Support

64bit LBA for over 2TB support

Automatic RAID rebuild of failed drive

S.M.A.R.T drive monitoring for status and reliability

Browser-based RAID management software

Command Line Interface (CLI)

SMTP for 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


Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2320

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  • Kent M.
  • 5/2/2014 7:50:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBleh

Pros: Bios interface is intuitive and simple.

Cons: Terrible for Linux. Horrible driver support for newer kernels. I will never buy another of these. IMO it's driver support makes its price not worth it.

Other Thoughts: Highpoint - Latest kernel tested 2.6.25
This card's open source driver cannot be compiled into linux kernels other than 2.4/2.6.

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  • Michael G.
  • 9/19/2013 12:55:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid card

Pros: Solid and reliable, small

Cons: - The two SATA ports in the middle pointing toward the ports the edge of the card is annoying.
- No RAID 50 support
- Still uses system resources to handle parity

Other Thoughts: I've had this card installed in my Windows Server 2003 box for about 6.5 years now and it is still going strong. My server runs 24/7 so that's a lot of run time hours. I've lost 2 of my 8 drives due to mechanical failure \ old age since initially installing them years ago. I am just recently starting to swap out my 1 TB drives for 3 TB drives and expect some more life from this card.

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  • Drake H.
  • 4/23/2013 12:22:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card - if you know what you are doing

Pros: - Great performance
- Well-packed
- Interface makes sense
- Its a hardware RAID card

Cons: - Cost
- It doesn't make me breakfast

Other Thoughts: I run a video production company and the purpose of this card, for me, was to setup a nice RAID5 with some WD Red 3TB drives. It has worked and continues to work FLAWLESSLY.

Works great in Windows 7. I am sure the other negative reviewers have legitimate reasons for their complaints, especially if the card is at fault, but from my experience everything was done correctly with this product.

Complaints from other reviews...

Drives dropping out of Windows 7 - I am betting this is a cable/motherboard issue. I am running an Asus P9X79 Deluxe board, and could not be happier.

Linux drivers blah blah blah - You are on Linux. Open source is fantastic (I say this as an avid modder who loves his first gen xbox with Coinops/Vision on it), but Linux ALWAYS has driver issues.

- Does not work with optical media - It is not supposed to. This is a silly complaint to have about a RAID card. How do you expect to RAID a bunch of DVD drives? SSD/HHD is the only thing this card is intended to support.

- Highpoint drops support - Hightpoint's support IS terrible, I agree. However, drivers are easily accessible. We are all here to buy current cards that work with current hardware. Right now this card delivers for SATAII with 8 ports.

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  • Gary M.
  • 1/2/2013 7:55:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible

Pros: Cables are good

Cons: In windows 7 64bit does not keep array after reboot. Constantly drops drives and starts rebuild. Drives are all scanned with lifeguard and long formatted but these cards still fault them. Ports randomly come and go causing rebuild.

Other Thoughts: Built new server to give the old Thecus server a rest but these cards fail.

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  • Dustin C.
  • 4/15/2012 1:40:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLinux support - NOT

Pros: Decent card with 8 included SATA cables, easy installation. The bios allows you to create the array but you can only do a background initialization.

Cons: Linux support is very weak. Open Source driver is out of date. I've applied two community patches for my kernel > 3.0 (Ubuntu). I got it to run the driver (without any kernel oops). Then I tried to install their closed source user application to configure the card (CLI). The CLI/configuration utility is binary only and had stupid bugs (DOS file names) for the ubuntu deb package. That means NO testing after they developed it. The CLI is buggy as well and only shows 5 of my 6 SATA 2TiB drives while the BIOS finds all 6. I spend hours fiddling with this software and finally I decided to return it.

Other Thoughts: The card probably works under Windows but that is not what I needed. Too bad they didn't do a better job on the drivers.

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  • Austin A.
  • 8/29/2011 12:15:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDefective card, company would not honor replacement

Pros: Looks pretty?

Cons: This card had issues with dismounting the arrays without any reason. And struggled to run 2 concurrent arrays at once (1/5) Not due to defective hard drives. And when i tried to contact rocket raid i could never reach a person, had to fill out RMA online. And their site would go offline and timeout alot during this. After i shipped it they shipped it right back due to not having the original box.

Other Thoughts: Ive owned 3 rocket raid cards and have had issues with them all.. should be avoided if possible, and forget about any customer service they dont care about you.

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  • Ross M.
  • 8/28/2011 3:07:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnot impressed so far

Pros: Low price. Card is compatible with FreeNAS.

Cons: Was using this to JBOD 8 drives, everything configured just fine and seemed to be working. A few days later the hard drive connected to port 2 on the card kept disappearing as if it wasn't connected at all. After trying different drives on that port as well as other sata cables I decided to RMA for a replacement.

Other Thoughts: I'm waiting on my replacement to arrive, but after reading many of the reviews on here I'm wondering if I should've just requested a refund and steered clear of this thing. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  • Matthew D.
  • 6/24/2011 6:09:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDo not use for zfs

Pros: It works with Free Nas

Cons: The write performance with raidz is acceptable, but the read leaves much to be desired.

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  • Michael S.
  • 5/14/2011 1:40:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsA Joke!!

Pros: Price.

Had everything I want/needed.

Cons: The entire product is a joke. After spending countless hours with this card and exhausting every option I could, it was just not going to work. Sometimes the cards bios would boot, sometimes it wouldn't. I tried the CD/website drivers, nothing. I'm 90% sure the card was not damaged or defective, but faulty driver/support.

Other Thoughts: Please... do yourself a favor and skip this raid card. Don't waste your money to HighPoint.

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  • Jeremy H.
  • 4/28/2011 4:47:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest consumer RAID card out there

Pros: Easy to configure, highly reliable, Great price

Cons: None

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