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HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 PCI Express x4 (x8 and x16 slot compatible) SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • Up to 300MB/s for each SATA II drive port
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Supporting up to 4 SATA II and SATA I hard drives, the Highpoint RocketRAID 2310 PCI Express controller card is perfect for entry-level storage servers. Supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD, the RocketRAID 2310 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 2310 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 2310 supports a variety of operating systems including the following: Windows (XP, 2000, Server 2003), Windows x64bit, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD.

  • newegg SATA 3.0 Gb/s Compliant The HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 supports NCQ (Native Command Queuing) technology and features hot-pluggable point-to-point SATA ports providing 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rates for optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg RAID Support Four SATA ports support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD for better performance and reliability.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2310

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 2310

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA II
Interface
PCI Express x4 (x8 and x16 slot compatible)
Transfer Rate
Up to 300MB/s for each SATA II drive port
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows, Windows x64 Editions, Linux (open source),FreeBSD (open source)

Features

Features
SATA II and SATA I hard drive support
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)
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

Packaging

Package Contents
RocketRAID 2310
User Guide
Driver Disk
L-P Bracket
4 x SATA Cable

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 2310

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  • James H.
  • 11/4/2012 10:09:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks for me!

Pros: Works great, good throughput, reliable, freeNAS 8 with this card, 4 Western Digital 500GB SATAII drives works great with 100 MB/s throughput copying over 1TB of data no problem.

Setup as 4 individual JBODs - So each drive is independent of the others. This let's freeNAS see each drive as an individual drive and then freeNAS handles the RAID tasks. Throughput on the card is very good and that is what I needed. I tried another cheaper card but throughput maxed out at around 40 MB/s on same system and configuration.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: I own three of these cards and have been very pleased.

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  • Todd H.
  • 3/2/2012 8:23:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGrrrrr....

Pros: Inexpensive, Multiple RAID types supported.

Cons: Slow to build arrays (expected due to it being a sw only card), has problems recognizing WD drives (my drive brand of preference), web site sucks (unable to download almost anything listed for any of their cards, support is virtually non-existant.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card due to the overall rating it was given vs the price and how many types of RAID stds it supports. However this card does not recognize my WD Scorpio Black drives during boot-up. I was able to download a new firmware from the Highpoint website, but not the new drivers (Error 404 constantly). I've registered the card with Highpoint and opened up a support ticket, but I've yet to hear back from them. Now since I'm not using this card to boot from, I wasn't too concerned about the drives not being recognized by it at boot. Once I got the OS loaded (Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1) I was able to install the drivers, Windows Update updated them to the latest version (and it actually worked!) I was able to install the RAID mgmt software and build an array (RAID 10) All appeared OK until I had to reboot the PC. Once I rebooted the drives showed up during boot, but the array appeared broken and the card automatically went into the config utility and froze. Not happy.

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  • Kenneth F.
  • 2/8/2012 4:39:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoesn't work with VMWare

Pros: Overall this is a great card. Fast, and reliable. I have three of these running 3xRAID10 Arrays in two servers running Windows 2008

Cons: Doesn't work with VMWare. Even though this card is on VMWare's list of approved cards it doesn't work with ESX 3.5, 4.0, ESXi 4.0, or 5.0. No drivers from VMWare. Not Highpoint's fault though.

One con to the card itself is the management tool. I can't reformat or wipe the disks in the tool.

Other Thoughts: Just wish VMWare was supported.

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  • russell k.
  • 2/8/2012 7:16:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood card for the money

Pros: Cheap, reliable, supports 4 HDD's

Cons: Drivers

Other Thoughts: This card works, but only after you update the drivers from the Highpoint website. I couldn't get any of the drivers it shipped with to work with a fresh install of Windows Server 2008 R2 untill I got the newest drivers online.

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  • The G.
  • 5/2/2011 7:14:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Card but a caveat for users experiencing issues.

Pros: - Inexpensive
- Relatively easy to install and configure once issues were resolved
- Supports & Quickly initializes 4x2TB SATA Drives (Hitachi's in our case)

Cons: - Shipped with outdated firmware (v2.2? vs v2.5)
- Poor customer service website experience

Other Thoughts: The card was purchased to add 4x2TB Hitachi drives to a Dell SC1420 server which already had the CERC 1.5/6ch Card (by Adaptec, and which incidentally does not support 2TB drives in our testing).

We installed the card to and the system booted fine initially but after creating the arrays the system would hard freeze with an inexplicable black screen right after the CERC's bios was done initializing but before the OS. We attemped creating RAID 1/5/JBOD but the system would not boot but would freeze right after the first RAID card posted, not even the keyboard was responsive.

After a lot of head scratching, cable checking, chin rubbing, google searching and praying we noticed that we were running an outdated version of the card's firmware. We flashed to the latest version and the system booted fine. We were able to create 2x2TB, RAID-1 arrays with the OS utility and all was well on earth.

Advise to anyone having issues: Flash to latest firmware before pulling out your hair or RMA

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  • Brent L.
  • 4/20/2011 9:15:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWill never purchase Highpoint again

Pros: Unlike its cheaper brother the 2300, this card is PCI-E x4. Which is the same card with a different interface. Read the reviews for it too before deciding if your going to buy.

Their support actully did respond to my posts, but their suggestions were useless.

Cons: Personally it took me Days to set it up because of the drivers, incompatible card BIOS, and the interface software ( I had a problem with everthing but the box it came in ). Long story short, the OS was having trouble recognizing the card.
I think the drivers are incompatible with W7 x64 (their flash program is 16 bit) I ended up booting to 2 other OSs before it was able to properly connect and update the drivers & card BIOS.
Only to find out the cards BIOS are interfereing with the system BIOS causing me to power on the comp, turn off the HDDs, wait for the RAID to fail and the OS to boot, then power on the HDDs. If I dont do this it won't boot. Highpoint recomended a flash via DOS but their flash utility freezes and they just keep telling me to try it again.

Get another card if you are using WD hard drives. From what Ive read they dont support WD, and If you use the ORLM to change a WD array it has a good chance of permanently bricking the HDs, and losing your data.

Other Thoughts: Cons Cont:
Highpoint doesnt support WD drives so do not expect help from them if you run into an issue.
I did not choose WD drives (and still had problems with it) because I wanted to go with this card, I like WD and never had a problem with them and now Im returning this card and stuck with the HDDs.

It throws out an error after the BIOS load that reads: and I quote "Warning have option rom cannot be invoked". Yea now I have to see that... jibberish every time I boot.
Support didnt help resolve any of my issues.
50 MBps slower than 3wares 9650se without the battery back up. ( I returned this and got the 9650se )
Software is limited.

Other:
It adds about 30 seconds to the boot time.
Do not use the connection they already have set up, use Localhost:7404.
It took twice as long as the 9650se it initialize the array.

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  • Ray F.
  • 4/3/2011 10:56:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Absolutely does not work under Ubuntu Linux Server 10.10

Other Thoughts: Should have done more research before I purchased this. Highpoint has not addressed their Linux drivers since 2009. Vendor offers no support.

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  • Patrick M.
  • 1/22/2011 9:43:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRarely works

Pros: Mac OSX 10.6.6 sees the RAID as a single disk rather than 4 disks.

Cons: My setup is 4 x 40GB RAID 0.

FLAW 1 - At it's best, this card gives me 750Mbps read and write. Other times, like after waking from sleep, I can only benchmark it at 190Mbps with nothing changing except that I slept the computer and awoke it.

FLAW 2 - I cannot restart the computer and expect to have this RAID card initialized. I literally have to shutdown each time just for it to initialize the following boot.

Other Thoughts: Not even worth using as a SATA expansion because it only works half the time I boot my computer! Serious design issues.

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  • Robert P.
  • 1/13/2011 1:22:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsyou get what you pay for

Pros: so far it does what I bought it for: additional JBOD SATA connections in my workstation.

Cons: The technical documentation is lacking. There is no "pin specific" information about the SGPIO connectors on the board. This board works fine for JBOD or software mdadm raid under linux but will corrupt data if you try to use it in its intended "hardware assisted fake raid" configuration using the vendor's drivers. Probably overpriced given that the raid capabilities are not realized.

Other Thoughts: Used in Supermicro SYS-7036a-t workstation running Fedora 14 Linux

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  • Paul M.
  • 1/9/2011 4:15:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlugged it in, it worked

Pros: I plugged it into my computer running Ubuntu 10.04LTS, started it up and it worked. Created a software raid and have been pushing lots of data to it. No problems at all.

Cons: no that I can think of.

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