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HighPoint RocketRAID 2210 PCI-X SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • 3.0Gb/s
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The HighPoint RocketRAID 2210 PCI-X SATA II RAID Controller offers the features needed for entry level storage environments with advance RAID levels 0,1,5,10 and JBOB and SATA II features such as 3Gb/s transfere rates, NCQ (Native Command Queuing) and Staggered Spin Up support, and support for chassis enclosure management (SAF-TE). 

The RocketRAID 2210 PCI-X SATA II RAID Controller delivers optimum performance with speeds of up to 300MB/sec per port and support RAID arrays greater than 2TB. 

The RocketRAID 2210 PCI-X SATA II RAID Controller is an integrated family of advanced storage connectivity solutions in the HighPoint Storage product family. These products are designed to provide reliable connectivity, intelligence and scalability. Meeting tomorrow's connectivity needs today, the RocketRAID 2210 PCI-X SATA II RAID Controlller extends the capabilities of software and hardware, relieving them from their data-management burdens.



  • newegg Four SATA Devices Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 2210 supports up to 4 SAS or SATA devices for enhanced flexibility and speed. The compliance with SATA II specification enables fast data transfer speed of up to 3Gbps.
  • newegg RAID Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 2210 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg PCI-X Interface The utilization of PCI-X interface enables up to 1GB/s bandwidth for bottleneck-free data transfer. This unit is also backward compatible with PCI (32bit/33Mhz) slots. With backward compatibility to PCI the RocketRAID 2210 is able to support desktop motherboards and workstations computers to offer value-added features and performance.
  • newegg Comprehensive OS Support HighPoint offers the broadest range of support for all major operating systems to ensure OS and hardware server compatibility. Drivers are available for all major operating systems, including Windows , Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2210


RocketRAID 2210


SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
Transfer Rate
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Support Windows (XP, 2000, Server 2003), Linux and FreeBSD and Mac OS X


Native Command Queuing (NCQ) for improved random performance
Online Capacity Expansion (OCE) and Online RAID Level Migration (ORLM)
Staggered drive spin up
Hard Disk (Activity / Failed) LED chassis function
BIOS Booting (INT13) to RAID array for better redunancy
Quick and Background initialization for instant RAID access
Write through and write back cache for RAID arrays
Hot swap and hot spare
Online array roaming
Automatic detect drive to rebuild degraded RAID Arrays
S.M.A.R.T array monitoring for hard drive status and reliability
64bit LBA for RAID arrays greater than 2TB single partition
Low profile form factor for 1U chassis
Web browser-base software (Web GUI)
Command Line Interface (CLI)
SMTP email notification for events and error reporting
Remote array mangement through (Web GUI, RAID GUI and CLI)
RoHS Compliant


Package Contents
RocketRAID 2210
4 x SATA Cable
Other Accessories

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2210

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2 out of 5 eggsRocketRAID works great in my G5

Pros: I found the RAID 5 card easy to install, simple to set up and able to work with the hard drives and host computer (Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8 w/ 4.5 GB RAM and 4 1TB WD10EZEX Drives). The Web GUI was a snap to set up. I used MaxUpgrades G5 adapter brackets to put three drives in the CPU bay and one in the regular harddrive bay in the Mac. It has worked flawlessly for almost 18 months.

Cons: Support for this product is both abysmal and discontinued. Probably for that reason, the RAID 5 configuration for this card has some serious drawbacks. Through trial and error, I discovered that the WebGUI RAID drive utility does not work with Apple drives at all, so the only maintenance that can be done with the G5/RR2210 combination is to add a spare and swap periodically, or back up the entire RAID cluster. Generally, upon a drive reaching critical (which evidently happens quite suddenly), there is almost no way to repair a damaged directory on the cluster. As far as I know, the Windows package at least has the capability to update the BIOS and the firmware on the card, which is not available on the Mac.

Other Thoughts: I would have kept this review at three eggs if the card hadn't failed at month 18 in service. I am currently requesting an RMA to exchange the card. More to follow…

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  • jonatan c.
  • 7/16/2013 3:36:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME

Pros: worked perfectly right out of the box. Had no problems installing the drivers on my freebsd machine.

Cons: wish it had more sata ports. :(

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  • 6/9/2008 10:33:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFakeraid not good for linux

Pros: Don't know - won't play nice with debian, suse 10 or suse 10.3. Is it really compatible with Suse? It isn't listed on suse's HCL.

Cons: I feel ripped off and mis-lead. I obviously should have done more homework. I had now idea that companies made hardware that only provided software raid solutions. That seems quite shady. Never trusting this company again.

Other Thoughts: Do you homework. Tons of it. Look at your chosen distro for their Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) to see if the raid card is compatible. Look at reviews (other than newegg). Read Forums.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/14/2008 3:46:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWant to risk 2 TB of data?

Pros: Good price. Only (?) such card available for Macs.

Cons: Worked for two days, then failed, with total loss of 2 TB of data in 4-drive RAID-5 array. Poor documentation. No Mac software included, and no mention of this in instructions. No instructions for replacing a failed drive in the array. Zero response from tech support.

Other Thoughts: Fortunately I kept the original copies of the 2 TB of data I had copied to the drives while I tested the array. But what if the card had failed a month from now after I thought the data was safely stored in a nice redundant RAID-5 array. And no instructions for how to replace a failed drive? Why would I set up a RAID-5 array if I didn't expect that to happen sooner or later? Inexcusable shortcomings and unpardonable failure.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/18/2007 4:43:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFreeBSD Rocks On!

Pros: Easy GUI to setup RAID, Fast PCI-X interface and a really loud alarm when drives are disconnected or fail. This card also comes with software that lets you monitor your RAID and a nice feature that will send you an e-mail log.

Cons: My only problem was I had to use a floppy disk to load the extension but the instructions where straight forward. I wish they gave you the option to compile the driver in the OS before you burn.

Other Thoughts: This is a really nice card; it balances between professional grade and good price. They also sell an 8-Port card that is about sixty dollars more. I do recommend this card, Raid 5 was a snap.

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  • Michael M.
  • 12/17/2007 6:41:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsnice raid card

Pros: works great with server 2003 and 2 750gb hard drives on raid1 array. anticipating a 3rd 750gb hard drive later this year to add space and bump up the raid array to raid5.

Cons: cons? none to speak of yet.

Other Thoughts: i've been using highpoint raid cards since 2001 and they have always been solid performers.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/14/2007 12:58:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsCurrent Linux Unfriendly

Pros: Probably works with Windows and older Linux installs

Cons: Manufactor not supplying drivers for current generation kernels.
Causes filesystem corruption with kernel it did compile against with SMP ( Manufacture acknowledged not working with current kernel, no time frame to fix.

Other Thoughts: Have an older PCI version of a RocketRaid card, influenced my decision. Bad choice.
Had to disable hyperthreading to even keep it stable.

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  • Eric P.
  • 3/7/2007 2:48:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsEasy to setup

Pros: Easy setup utility. Got it up and running in no time.

Cons: None.

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