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HighPoint RocketRAID 2314 PCI-Express x4 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x eSATA External Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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The RocketRAID 2314 is designed for storage appliances that need high performing storage solution. Featuring 4 external SATA ports, the RocketRAID 2314 brings the benefits of SATA interface out of the case. The advanced bus type PCI-e x4 makes the RocketRAID 2314 series the most robust SATA RAID solution.

  • newegg Four eSATA Devices Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 2314 supports up to 4 external 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 2314 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 Express 2.0 Interface The PCI Express 2.0 interface provides double the bandwidth of the existing PCI Express 1.0 interface and delivers up to 500Mb/s of throughput for enhanced 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 and FreeBSD.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2314

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 2314

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
External Connectors
4 x eSATA
Interface
PCI-Express x4
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows (XP, 2000, Server 2003, x64 Edition and Vista), Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X

Features

Features
Compatible with eSATA enclosures
Native Command Queuing (NCQ) for improved random performance
Online Capacity Expansion (OCE) and Online RAID Level Migration (ORLM)
Staggered drive spin up
BIOS Booting (INT13) to RAID array
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
S.M.A.R.T array monitoring for hard drive status and reliability
64bit LBA for RAID arrays greater than 2TB
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)

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 2314

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  • Taj B.
  • 1/28/2014 5:53:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNot the card you were looking for

Pros: Card is fast and is hardware RAID

Cons: I can confirm this card is flawed and does not recover to a spare when a RAID 5 array fails. I have come back from business trips now twice in the last year to find my entire 6TB wiped out by drive failures due to failed attempts to rebuild to (on the 2nd go around) new spare drive configured correctly.
It is expensive for what it delivers.
The management software is poor and looks as if it was designed in the DOS Win95 era.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy this card or any card from this company.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 3/5/2013 6:43:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Company EVER - Buyer Beware

Pros: Cheap alternative to real RAID conrollers.
Port multiplier allows 20 drives to be used over just 4 eSATA cables,

Cons: Using RAID5, if a hard drive fails, this card WILL NOT always rebuild the array.
This is a very big problem, considering all of your data is not quite as redundant as you thought.

Warranty is a lie.
They do not stand by their products or honor their warranty.

Though this supports up to 20 drives, it does not support more that 16 in a single array.

Other Thoughts: I originally left this card and Highpoint a glowing review.

However, that was before I knew better.

I tried to RMA the card when it failed to rebuild my array after I had to replace a drive, and Highpoint told me there is a design flaw in the 2314 that causes this problem, and replacing it or repairing it would do nothing.

I later discovered that they fixed the problem when they designed the RocketRAID 644.

Since they told me that they could not fix my card, so I asked if they could exchange it for a 644. They refused.

I asked for a refund. They refused.

For the last month, I have been trying to get them to do something about this, And I have gotten nowhere.

Also, when I bought the card, it was sold with a 3 year warranty.
HighPoint recently dropped that for a 1 year warranty.

So it took me over a week just to get them to admit that the card was still under warranty.

Not that it matters, since they don't do anything to honor their warranty anyways.

They do not deny that the product does not work correctly.
They know it is covered by their warranty.
They just dont care.

I'm still trying wrap my head around that concept.

Here is an actual word for word quote from my dealings with them.

(Me)"So you know it doesn't work right, you know its under warranty, and your not going to do anything about it?"

(HighPoint)"There is no way we can fix it, thats just the nature of the product."

Not that newegg is at fault in any way, but if newegg was my company, I would not sell products made by HighPoint.

Though, I reluctantly just purchased the 644L from newegg.
(Since my server was originally setup with the 2314, the only way I can avoid losing all my data, is with the 644L)

I am going to continue to fight HighPoint on this though. Just on principle.

Either stand by your products, or don't offer a warranty.
Offering a fake warranty is no way to do business.

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  • Juan B.
  • 12/3/2012 10:07:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsno windows 8 support

Pros: none

Cons: does not support windows 8 and vendor will not provide updated drivers since they have declared the product end of life. the windows 7 drivers causes the machine to blue screen.

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  • Charles L.
  • 10/30/2012 2:40:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggslost all my data

Pros: fast when it works

Cons: after 2 years using this card with 8, 2tb hard drives, the array suddenly went to the crappier. 4 of the 8 drives dissapeared from the array and were not recoverable. Numerous other issues getting this card to work properly without conflicts. Do yourself a favor and buy something better.

Other Thoughts: none

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  • Cameron S.
  • 8/10/2012 4:39:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Car

Pros: This is a great solution for a first time Raid Controller, it is software, however, performance is great! 150MBs+ on reads/writes. Been running this card 24/7 since 6/2010. I have 16 2TB drives hooked up in Raid 5 for a total of 30TB of storage. Expand on the fly, no reboot necessary.

Cons: Could be 100% hardware. It offloads parity processing to CPU. When expanding the array it uses about 7% on a 2.13ghz core 2 duo.

Other Thoughts: Would definatley purchase again. Am using these with the Sans Digital 8 Bay enclosures.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/28/2012 12:58:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo your self a favor and buy something else

Pros: When/if it works, it's decently fast.

Cons: "WebGUI" management software is terrible, buggy, and somehow managed to crash in such a way that relaunching it is ineffective. I've had to listen to the stupid speaker on this card beeping for the past six hours (can't reboot the server it's in until the end of the day)

If you push this card too hard (writing data to an attached drive from a source that is faster than the destination is enough), some sort of driver level bug occurs that hoses the Windows virtual disk service and leaves your OS in a weird semi-crashed state. Drivers and firmware for this card have not been updated in years, and likely won't be.

Other Thoughts: I made the mistake of purchasing two of these a couple of years ago to connect some cheap RAID enclosures that were to be used as backup targets. This kind of sort of worked, but these cards have caused numerous crashes and instability. I've owned two other HighPoint models and have vowed to never purchase another product of theirs again.

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  • Kevin C.
  • 12/15/2011 7:35:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks with OSX 10.7 (Lion) on Mac Pro 1,1

Pros: Ports support port multiplier, and have 16 drives off of the card on my Mac Pro.

Used latest drivers from the Web (though they list a different card number).

The Webinterface from the driver kit is excellent to watch for errors.

I am not doing any RAID

Cons: Cost

Mac Pro will auto detect the card and want to adjust bandwidth to the PCI-e bus, if you have other fast cards there could be bandwidth issues. This is not a Con on the card, just reality.

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  • Dmitriy U.
  • 11/7/2011 7:14:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Customer Service

Pros: Card was working as promised.

Cons: I wish it would never broke. I have never seen such a bad customer service. No phone support only email. One response in 24 hours. Q" I have problem with GUI. Localhost for HighPoint is NOT Responding.
Tree days you are trying to resolve the issue without even reading...
I would like card to be fixed or repaid" respond of HighPoint "Since the card is running on Mac,then the RAID is created in WebGUI,then it worked before,so what operation or setting have you done,causing it cannot log in WebGUI? Now We cannot confirm it's a bad card.Appreciate the understand and cooepration."

Other Thoughts: Q "Yes, Raid was created and card WAS working a few month ago. But it is stop working six days ago. Mac is no longer see the raid and localhost is not responding." HoghPoint response "Sorry for that,but you even didn't tell what operation or setting you have done that cause this issue,it may also your computer issue or somewhat,if convenience,please try on other machine and check again,Appreciate the further check and cooperation." It has been 4 days since card is top working and I still have no access to my raid.

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  • Alex M.
  • 10/26/2011 3:29:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent card for an ever expanding array

Pros: This is an outstanding card for a number of reasons:
1) DIRECT Compatibility with arrays created with the RR622 series cards (Which are included with many Sans Digital enclosures). Literally just unplugged the eSATA cables from my old server (RR622) and attached the enclosures to the new one (RR2314). Stoked!
2) OCE (Online Capacity Expansion) - I cant stress enough how important this is to me. While it may take a day or more to complete with larger arrays, OCE allows me to add drives to my existing arrays without even having to reboot the PC! Start with a TR4M-BP, an RR622, and 3x2TB Hitachi drives, then add more as you need space till you have 4xTR4Ms, this card (RR2314), and 16x2TB drives! Great for someone who cant afford it all at once.
3) Support is awesome, both Sans Digital and HighPoint have had great input.
4) Speed. Both my arrays are slow discs (5400 RPM Seagates and Hitachis), but with 6 drives in each array I am getting reads and writes consistently over 100 MBps

Cons: Well, the price could be lower.

Other Thoughts: I know they don't endorse non-raid edition HDDs, but I haven't had a single failure using Seagate 1.5tb 5400Rpm drives and Hitachi 2TB consumer drives. Works just fine for a home NAS setup, and if one does fail they're cheap to replace.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 7/7/2011 1:49:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDont Listen To People Who Buy Green Drives

Pros: Simply The best way you can have 20 drives raided without spending over $2,000.00 (Not Including Hard Drives)
Transfers at about 130MB
Works better than I had hoped.
Running a 26tb file server for over 2 years now without a single issue.
And a 10tb server for a year before that using the same card.
(The same card, not the same model, so 3 years running this card without a problem)

I don't even have a monitor connected to my server.
I have not needed to access it for over a year by any means other than the shared network folder I set up.

Excellent Support from High Point.

They made me a custom driver to support 20 drives in a single array in windows.
Then they made me another one, when I switched to Linux.
(I was insanely surprised by that second one)

Cons: Support for 20 drives in a single array is not available out of the box.
To get over 16 drives, I had to get a customized driver from highpoint.
(Which they supplied quickly, and free of charge)
It does support 20 drives out of the box, just not in a single array.

The biggest con would have to be the people who buy the cheapest hard drives they can find, which clearly are not made for RAID, then give the raid controller 1-Egg.

Other Thoughts: My setup consists of this card, 4 Sans Digital 5-Bay enclosures, and 20 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda's, setup in RAID5.

I had 1 Hard drive go down just over a year ago, which I promptly replaced, and the Rocket Raid repaired the array.
(Took about 2 days to rebuild, but what do you expect with an array that size)

Technically, you should NEVER use non-enterprise level drives for RAID environments.

That means ONLY Seagate Constellations, or WD Black Drives. (Or whatever Hitachi makes)
The Seagate Barracuda's seem to work fine for me,

but NEVER EVER, trust a WD Green Drive to be anything other than what it is meant to be, a single affordable storage drive,
meant to work alone and by itself.

If your green drives don't work with your rocket raid, you should give your 1-Egg to your ability to make good decisions.
You could even give your 1-Egg to the Green Drive.
You'd still be wrong, but at least you'd be in the ballpark.

Its not the hard drives fault. (You Get What Y

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