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HighPoint RocketRAID 4320 PCI-Express x8 Eight-Port SATA and SAS Hardware RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/3/5/6/10/50 JBOD
  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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The RocketRAID 4300 series controllers feature the Intel IOP348@1.2GHz I/O Processor. The Intel IOP348 is the fastest I/O processor in Intel’s product line. The RocketRAID 4300 series has unparalleled design flexibility to support both high performing SAS and lower cost SATA hard drive configurations.

By utilizing the Intel IOP348 the RocketRAID 4300 series offers unlimited storage design flexibility from scalability, cost and performance perspectives. The use of the Intel IOP348 for the RocketRAID 4300 series supports both direct-attach and SAS expander connectivity modes.

The RocketRAID 4300 family series are powered by Intel IOP348 and have a maximum of 512MB of ECC DDR-II onboard cache. The RocketRAID 4300’s family series support the fastest bus speeds at PCI-Express x8 and offer complete port connectivity with 8 internal, 8 external and hybrid (4 internal and 4 external) configurations.

  • newegg Backwards Compatible to SATA! With two internal mini-SAS ports, the HighPoint RocketRAID 4320 supports both 3.0 Gb/s SAS and SATA II devices for enhanced flexibility and speed.
  • newegg RAID Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 4320 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 50 and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades..
  • newegg On-board I/O Processor The HighPoint RocketRAID 4320 features an integrated 1.2GHz Intel IOP348 processor for fast hardware RAID parity calculations.
  • newegg 256MB Cache Memory with ECC Protection 256MB of DDR2 533 SDRAM with ECC protection is integrated into the HighPoint RocketRAID 4320 for maximum data integrity.
  • newegg PCI Express x8 Interface Compatible with PCI Express x16 slot, the PCI Express x8 interface provides sufficient throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 4320

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 4320
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SATA / SAS
Internal Connectors
2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
Interface
PCI-Express x8
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
Cache Memory
256MB DDR2 533
RAID
RAID 0/1/3/5/6/10/50 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows (2000, XP, x64, 2003/2008 Server, Vista (32 and 64) bit
Linux (Fedora Core, Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS, SuSE)
Mac OS X 10.4.x and above
FreeBSD (1-6) binary support - Native support in 7.0
GLP Licensed driver into Linux kernel 2.6.25
Dimensions
6.75"L x 2.63"W

Features

Features
Intel IOP348 (1.2GHz)

Up to 8 SAS/SATA Hard Drives

128 max hard drives via SAS expanders

NCQ (Native Command Queuing)

NVRAM

Battery Backup Unit Ready (BBU-03)

Packaging

Package Contents
RocketRAID 4320 host adapter
(2) half meter SFF-8087 mini-SAS cables
Low profile bracket
User Manual
Driver CD

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 4320

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  • Andrew B.
  • 6/22/2014 11:51:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAfter 5 years still going strong

Pros: extremely reliable
fast enough
supports expanders
supports advanced format drives (>2.2TB)
raid6
cheap (relatively)

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: i bought this controller 5 years ago to drive an array of 8 1tb ultrastars under linux
it never skipped a beat and has serverd me well
last year i bought a MSA60 expander for cheap on a certian auction site
works great and allows me to have 16 drives for a third of the cost of a 16 port card.
now i have 16 3tb drives and after a firmware update it recognized them perfectly

tips for using an expander:
get a MSA60 you won't regret it.
get a 1M sff8087 to sff8088 cable instead of buying a controller with external sas ports you save $$$

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  • Brad B.
  • 2/21/2014 8:24:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStrong card....considering

Pros: Good solid card. Mine has been in operation for almost 3 years and in several array setups. It has features that more expensive cards in its class have, at a lower price point.

Cons: Showing its age being a 3 GB/S card. Support from Highpoint is definately its lowpoint. ;-| All Highpoint would have to do is provide service for its products and they would do better competing against the likes of Adaptec, 3Ware, LSI, Dell, HP etc.....

Other Thoughts: I have used this card with great success on Windows, Linux, FreeNAS and even a Hackintosh at one point. Currently it is seeing duty attached to a Rackable Systems SE3016 16 bay external SAS enclosure. It can still saturate the bus from that enclosure, it still has its uses as a dated card. The ability to add and expand logical volumes on the fly is where this card really shines. I have used other more expensive cards that claimed to have that ability, this card actually makes it happen.

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  • Clint C.
  • 8/29/2013 9:42:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid card over the long term

Pros: * Stable
* Reliable (Purchased March 2009 and still running strong)
* MUCH faster than software RAID (over 2x faster in my case)
* 8 Ports
* Low cost (at the time, $330)

Cons: * No cables
* Not always intuitive on setup
* Slow boot (45 seconds or so added to boot time)
* Does require RAID capable hard disks

Other Thoughts: This RAID card has been in my main system sense I first purchased it. It started out with 4 Seagate ST332062NS Barracuda ES drives. These drives had previously been used on the same system attached to the Intel controller (also configured as RAID5). Just switching the drives to this controller card more than doubled read AND write performance. The performance went up again as the fifth and eventually 6th drive was added to the RAID. The card was able to integrate the new drives into the RAID and expand the existing partitions with no issues (it DID take a while to do!).

This card is still going strong even though I have replaced the original 6 drives with 4 2TB WD Red drives when I needed more space and when I became a bit concerned about the age of the original drives (approaching 5 years old). The new 4 drives are almost as fast as the 6 old drives.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/8/2011 11:17:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY

Pros: NONE

Cons: Support is non existent, will not reply to emails, very rude on phone.

SERIOUS BUG WILL NOT ALL ME TO CREATE A RAID 0 (or any raid for that matter) ABOVE 7077 GB. I HAVE 8 x 2TB Samsung drives.

I have several of these 4320 cards and only recently realized they are not preforming well and have failed many times.

SUPPORT WILL NEVER REPLY AND THE LADY ON THE PHONE DOES NOT SPEAK ENGLISH NOR CAN HELP IN ANY WAY.

DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT, GET 3ware, Adaptec

Other Thoughts: DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT, GET 3ware, Adaptec

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  • Robert F.
  • 3/29/2011 10:07:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTries hard, but doesn't quite make it

Pros: - Fast operations (array creation/build, capacity expansion, migration)
- Solid performance and reliable (no data loss in almost 2 years - Is this really a "pro" since that is it's whole job?)
- Got brand new replacement card for RMA, not a factory refurbished card. New card arrived reasonably quickly (within a week), although HighPoint waited to get my old card before shipping, which meant my server was down for over a week.

Cons: - Doesn't quite deliver on advertised features
- Inconsistent drive compatibility (drives actually listed on the HCL don't work with it)
- Mixed mode - not so much, never worked with SATA drives directly connected (even though they were on the HCL). Tried this with my first card and the new replacement card, neither worked despite tech support insisting that they should. I finally gave up after a month of back and forth with tech support (which was not very helpful).
- E-mail notifications didn't always work
- Hot plug - not so much
- Tech support a little slow and difficult to communicate with
- No firmware revisions in over a year - it’s like HighPoint has written it off and moved on despite obvious problems remaining.
- Software interface could be better

Other Thoughts: 3 eggs is generous in my opinion. I have owned this card for almost 2 years and I really wanted this card to live up to its billing, but alas it isn't. I have continued to use it, working around its short comings, but will soon be replacing it with something better (maybe Adaptec 5805 or the new 6805). I was considering the 5805 to begin with and wish I had gone with that now. At least I did not pay full price for it. I got this card with a combo deal on Newegg for $340 with a 1GB WD hard drive, which was on the card's HCL but never worked with the card (2 other Seagate drives also on the HCL never worked either). It did work with my SuperMicro CSE-M28E1 mobile rack and SAS backplane with Seagate Momentus hard drives (neither of which is on the HCL). Hot plugging has never worked, but that may just be my mobile rack not being on the HCL. BTW, I use RAID 1 on my boot volume and RAID 5 on my data volume without any problems. Overall, disappointing for the money.

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  • Martin H.
  • 12/4/2010 8:12:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIdeal stable and fast for large arrays

Pros: I use 2 of these controllers. First in Video editing station with 8 Caviars Black (over 350MB/s read and 250MB/s write) and Second in fileserver. White made me write this review is this. I just upgraded the Caviars in the server to 2TB Samsung drives HD204UI. The result is awesome. Even at lower rpms, the array is faster with just 5 drives. My array had 4 of the Samsung drives. While the server was running, pluged the fifth, initiated online expansion in web management. Expansion of 6TB RAID 5 to 8TB RAID 5 took little over two days - everything while server was running.

Cons: Probably the price at this time. I got it fifty bucks cheaper over two years ago.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend using this with backup battery. The WriteBack cache is then enabled for increased speeds.

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  • Cris S.
  • 11/21/2010 9:16:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great!

Pros: Easy installation, solid throughput. Getting 65mB/S writes and 70mB/S reads with a 6x1.5TB RAID5 array across a GbE network using 6 Seagate 1.5TB LP 5900rpm drives. mobo is an MSI with E6500 CPU and 4GB RAM and WIN7 Ultimate. I was hoping to saturate network bandwidth, but its performing 2~3 times faster than the Highpoint 1640 I replaced it with.

Cons: Manual is outdated and extremely sparse on information. I could only access the HTML based configuration through the built-in NIC that serves no other purpose. I feel lucky I didn't lose 3TB of data during the setup process.

Other Thoughts: I took 3.5 days to initialize and expand the array from 3 to 6 drives. I was able to do this with 2.7TB data already loaded on the array with 3 drives. I later added 3 more drives and used the "online capacity expansion" function. The process worked perfectly but I was extremely nervous because the manual gave almost no explanation of the procedure. I had to do it this way in order to move the data from one array to the other and reuse the drives. This is my second Highpoint card and both cards worked as advertised, albeit poor documentation. I'm using this in a home fileserver for backups, media server, mail server, ftp server and family file sharing.

The cables were 1 meter long and thick! I had some difficulty arranging them in a way that allowed good air flow in the PC chassis.

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  • gary k.
  • 10/11/2010 12:13:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt Works!

Pros: When I purchased this card nine months ago, it was $349.95... considering the costs of other manufacturers cards with similar features, the 4320 was a bargain... setup was no more complicated than any other array setup...

5x 500GB W/D black HDDs (raid 5 array)
1x 2TB W/D green (for back up)

all HDDs route through the card and function flawlessly

Cons: haven't had any problems, so haven't been able to rate customer support

Other Thoughts: Install the drivers from the company website http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/series_rr4300.htm

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  • Robert D.
  • 9/28/2010 6:52:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsKnow what you're buying

Pros: Many supported RAID levels including JBOD ,fast processor and memory compared to other controllers for the money

Cons: Support is NON-EXISTENT! You better hope you never have a problem or ever have to contact support because you'll never get through, by far the worst in the business that I have ever experienced in my 15 year career.

Other Thoughts: Be very careful if you try to update the firmware for this card, one out of sequence step and this card is bricked! Pay a little more money and buy an Adaptec or LSI because at least those companies stand by their product.

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  • William M.
  • 7/20/2010 10:48:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSupper RAID Card

Pros: Bought this card in March for my personal desktop and installed 7 Seagate 1.5 TB ST31500341AS Drives with a mix of CC1H & CC34 firmware in a RAID 5 array. Had to replace 1 drive that showed too many bad sectors and would not pass the SMART test, but after that it was able to complete the verification process. Nevertheless Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate recognized the array , partitioned it (a single 9 TB partition) and formatted it w/o a problem! I am using the array for music and movie storage. I have not benchmarked it yet but it seems very fast. NO problems with Windows 7 recognizing the card or the huge 9 TB volume on the array. Bought the card when it was 359.99

Cons: Relative slow recognition at boot.... 7 - 9 seconds. Had 2 buy a pair of HighPoint Int-MS-1M4S SFF-8087 to 4 SATA Fan Out Cables from NewEgg at 39.99 each .... bummer

Other Thoughts: Just reinstalled it in a new system built around an Asus Cross Hair IV Motherboard, AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz CPU, eVGA GTX 295, 8 GB of OCZ Reaper DDR3 PC 10666 RAM (2 x 4 GB Sticks), and 2 Seagate ST32000641AS 2TB HDDs running off of SATA 6G interface on motherboard in a Corsair Obsidian 800 Case w PC power & Cooling 1000 Watt PSU .... Wonderful setup!

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