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HighPoint RocketRAID 2640x1 PCI-Express x1 Four-Port SATA and SAS RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x SATA/SAS Internal Connectors
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The RocketRAID 2640X1 is high-performance SAS RAID solutions, delivering reliability to demanding data-intensive applications such as tiered storage environments (disk-to-disk backup), security and surveillance, video editing, and digital content creation. Support for both SAS and SATA 3Gb/s drives on the same controller maintains configuration optimization for performance based on the characteristics of SAS and SATA drives available today.

  • newegg Four SATA Devices Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X1 supports up to 4 SAS or SATA devices for enhanced flexibility and speed. The compliance with SATA II specification enables fast data transfer of maximum 3Gbps.
  • newegg RAID Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X1 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg HighPoint RAID Management HighPoint RAID Management software offers a user friendly interface to create, manage and maintain your storage solutions. Email notification and remote are some of the advance features that the RAID Management software has to offer.
  • newegg PCI Express x1 Interface The PCI Express x1 interface provides 2.5 Gb/s throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.
  • newegg Comprehensive 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, Mac OS X and FreeBSD. Linux Open Source driver help customers easily install and configure the RocketRAID 2640X1 controller.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2640x1

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 2640x1
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SATA / SAS
Internal Connectors
4 x SATA/SAS
Interface
PCI-Express x1
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows (2000, XP, x64, 2003, 2008, Vista (32 and 64 bit)
Linux (Fedora Core, Red Hat Enterprise / CentOS,SuSE)
Mac OS X 10.4.x and above
FreeBSD
Linux Open Source
Dimensions
3.45" x 2.53"

Features

Features
RAID Management Tool:
BIOS
Web based RAID Management
Software and CLI.

NCQ (Native Command Queuing).

Hard Drive LED Indicators (Activity and Failed).

Electrical Characteristics: PCI-e: 3.3V, Power: 5W

Multiple RAID support.

Multiple logical drive support.

BIOS booting support.

Online Array roaming.

Automatic drive (insert / remove) detection.

Automatic RAID rebuild.

64bit LBA support greater than 2TB per volume.

S.M.A.R.T (Early Warning System).

TerabyteGuard for data protection and reliability.

Bad sector repair and remapping to reduce dropped drives.

EMI: FCC Part 15 Class B and CE.

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 2640x1

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  • Michael B.
  • 7/21/2014 5:18:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor Linux Support

Pros: Relatively Cheap

Cons: Drivers are not updated to work on modern Linux Operating Systems. They claim support for 3.0+ Linux Kernel, but the source driver files are just broken. Thankfully someone out there decided to put a patch on one of the forums to make it work. Although even with the patch, you still have to re-make and install the driver every time you do a kernel update (which happens often on Ubuntu). I ended up settling on CentOS 6 simply because they use an older 2.X kernel. Also, manufacturer support does not respond.

Other Thoughts: I've wasted many hours trying to get this working. If you value your time and sanity, then spend a few extra bucks and get one of the more reputable ones.

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  • Lilliane C.
  • 2/20/2014 3:31:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with OSX 10.9

Pros: * bootable
* fast on x1 slot getting over 100MB/s reads and writes on raid5 4 drive config
* easy flash update

Cons: They need to update their drivers so you don't have to go spelunking around the web to find the 1.1.1 version.

Other Thoughts: Use the 1.1.1 HighpointRR.kext, not the 4.x because that one doesn't have the 2640x1 handler in it. Use the installer from 2642 to install just the web interface driver.

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  • Brian G.
  • 2/12/2014 1:47:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well!

Pros: Works well to setup a RAID with 3TB (or larger drives) under Windows 7 - right out of the box and got it working on first try. The interface to setup up the RAID runs through your web browser - and can be set to allow remote access. It's almost been a install-and-forget.

Cons: I didn't try to setup the RAID from the card as a boot drive - that can be more work. I noticed support for that, but have not tried it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/11/2012 8:09:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimply Awesome!

Pros: LOADED with Advanced hardware-level RAID features! Kit includes 4x LONG combo SATA/SAS+Power cables and low-profile backplane bracket, INEXPENSIVE- An Incredible 'bang for the buck'!!! Install took about 10 minutes, configuration another 5 minutes.

Cons: Not a single one!

Other Thoughts: WHY?: I bought this card after losing a 1.5TB HDD in my DVR. 200+ recorded shows LOST :(! (They're great for 'repeat' nights!) MOBO RAID usually isn't redundant, unless you're working with a server MOBO. For a DVR, performance isn't a huge issue, though I don't take unresponsiveness well! I was looking for a card that would take advantage of a PCI Express x1 slot in my system that wouldn't be expensive.
DVR SPECS:
Gigabyte P35-DS3R MOBO, Core2-Duo 6400 @ 2.13Ghz, 4GB RAM - Yes, it's beefy from spare parts ;) Toss in 2x PCI & 1 PCIE-X1 Dual-Tuner Hauppauge Over-the-Air HD tuner cards. All 4 tuners can record at once, in HD, w/o any issues. If it's on & I want it, I RECORD it! ;)
RAID-5 configuration on 2640x1. (HDD captures from Web Interface below:)
1/1 Hitachi HDS5C3030ALA630-MJ1311YNG17VMA 3.00 TB 0.00 GB
1/2 ST4000DX000-1C5160-Z1Z01F8C 4.00 TB 1.00 TB<- 1TB lost
1/3 ST3000VX000-9YW166-W1F128S3 3.00 TB 0.00 GB
1/4 ST3000VX000-9YW166-W1F12HSH 3.00 TB 0.00 GB
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  • Allen J.
  • 1/23/2012 11:53:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsVerified only hard drive compatibility

Pros: No change from last review, as I still am not able to use it for it's intended purpose, although the web-based support is at least responsive & willing to admit a gap in this product's coverage.

Cons: It is officially not compatible with SAS tape drives or other SAS devices sans hard drives.

Other Thoughts: (conversation via web portal from HighPoint Tech Support)

Updated via the portal

Thanks for your help & your answer.

research Today @ 6:41pm
New Priority: Medium

Status: Active -> Awaiting Customer Action

Dear user, the RockeRAID 2640x1 does not work with SAS TAPE drives. All HighPoint SAS Controllers are compatible with SAS/SATA or SSD hard disk drives only.

Regards

HighPoint Support Team
opening Friday 20th Jan 12 @ 2:07am
Opened via the portal

Problem Description

Other configuration information:

The only thing I need this controller to run is an SAS Tandberg LTO-4 tape drive, and it is not working/showing as disabled, no matter what I do to it.

Does the RR2640x1 support SAS tape drives?
This server only has a PCI-X 64 slot & a PCI-Ex1 slot available, so I chose the card that would fit in the newer slot...

Please help asap, as the company backup is on hold until I can resolve this.

Thanks

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  • Allen J.
  • 1/19/2012 9:13:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSAS? Maybe only for hard drives?

Pros: It fit the PCIex1 slot on the server motherboard, & it might be an ok SATA/SAS controller for hard drives, although with only 1-lane PCIe support, it can't possibly have very high throughput (I didn't need fast, I just needed a SAS controller). It was cheap, as in low-cost, & included SAS cables too.

Cons: HighPoint support isn't available after-hours, this card doesn't appear to allow or enable my Tandberg LTO tape drive, even with non-RAID bios installed, & I had to get them off of the Taiwanese site, because the US site didn't have a copy. Bios & drivers that ship with are out-dated badly. I was unable to use this card, even with the updated drivers & BIOS, for the intended purpose of connecting my SAS tape drive.

Other Thoughts: To be fair, the description doesn't explicitly claim tape drive support, hence I didn't give it only 1 egg. Since this is for a production server, I can't casually shut it down during the business day, & support is unavailable late at night, so even if they might be able to talk me through how to convince it to work with my tape drive, I had to make a choice for an LSI card that explicitly claims tape support, & pay for express shipping (again), since the boss is keenly aware of his lack of backup right now - waiting until next business day to ask questions wasn't an option.

May you have better luck, or at least don't expect it to work with anything but 1 or more hard drives.

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  • Yevgeniy B.
  • 11/7/2011 11:23:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay Away

Pros: -Small
-Easy to Install/Configure

Cons: Very slow performance. I have this card installed in to a ZOTAC 890GXITX-A-E AM3 board. I have configured Raid0 with two WD black drives and getting write speeds under 90/MB's. Tried another WD drive and getting even lower 50MB's. Company blames my drives saying that one or two of them are faulty. I have tested the drives and all health tests are being passed. My onboard SATA ports perform much faster then this card (190MB's).

Other Thoughts: The support in this company is useless. Please purchase if you want the extra headache.

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  • benjamin e.
  • 11/2/2011 10:41:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks fine! excellent card

Pros: Works for microATX boards with PCI-express X1, very compact, well-packaged, good performance and straight-forward management application. Nice BIOS too.

Cons: Documentation is not bad, but it's not great either. Didn't have all the steps I needed to set it up on Windows 7, but that's partially because of my lack of knowledge. See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: this RAID card was detected perfectly by my motherboard. however windows 7 didn't recognize it until i installed the updated drivers. then, if your RAID array is set up and it's still not appearing in windows, search for "Disk Manager" in the windows search bar, and run that application. you'll "initialize" it there and it should be good to go after that.

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  • Geoff H.
  • 9/23/2011 1:57:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks in a Proliant DL320 G5 server

Pros: Easy install, I really like the supplied SAS/SATA data/power cables, I wish I could find similar cables elsewhere. BIOS was good, easy to follow, easy to set up mirroring, 4 SATA/SAS ports a plus, reading the clear instructions before installing helped.

Cons: Once up and running, I had trouble with the windows RAID management software. It does not want to install. Need to investigate further, but for now it is running.

Other Thoughts: The Proliant DL320 G5 is hard to set up with any RAID. The onboard RAID controller was useless, it also interferes with other RAID controllers but (thankfully)not this one. I used a USB floppy drive to install the driver in BART, copy imaged from the original single drive to the array. Once the array started, I again used the USB floppy, installed the drivers and ran the CD in Windows. Perfect. Also the HP management SW sees the array as a single drive. Having the really long cables allowed me to externally run the original drive (lid on) while copying data, nice to have a solution in advance before being caught unaware.

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  • Carl H.
  • 7/5/2011 4:44:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBoy was I wrong

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Extremely low performance especially when used with large array or as an OS partition. But I guess I am asking alot. I was trying to save money while building a low-mid range server but that was a mistake. Now I will need to shell out a few hundred bucks and some more install time to get a real RAID controller.

Other Thoughts: I wrote the previous review and was somewhat optimistic. I had used this controller as a 3TB raid 5 storage array back when you could USB boot Server 2K8R2 (A service pack broke that). I had a mirrored USB boot array with the OS and a 3tb raid 5 set up on this piece. After the update broke my usb boot support I had to explore other avenues with this card/server combination (see my previous post about EFT, etc). The verdict? IT took 6 days to initialize a 2TB array. I thought the performance would improve after the initialization but when I tried to install some software, it performed like a briggs and stratton lawn-mower engine agains a V-16. Terrible! There were long pauses anytime a write occurred with one drive light on the array going solid for a second or so (seemingly freezing the IO going to from the array) and making the system very sluggish.

Perhaps the card is somehow damaged. But I never really tested the write performance before now. It is unacceptable.

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