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HighPoint RocketRAID 3530 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/3/5/6/10/50 and JBOD
  • 3 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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The HighPoint RocketRAID 3530/3540 is the world’s fastest internal RAID controller utilizing Intel IOP341 processor. The RocketRAID 3530/3540 is the latest product in storage technology, leveraging the storage performance in SATA II and supporting the fastest available throughput while supporting enterprise level features such as Native Command Queuing (NCQ), staggered drive spin-up and SAF-TE (I2C) enclosure management support.

  • newegg Top-Level Performance The RocketRAID 3530/3540 RAID Controller has an integrated hardware I/O processor for RAID 6 parity calculations. With the new I/O processor the system CPU is free to perform other important tasks. There is also 256MB of DDR SDRAM with ECC protection on the RocketRAID 3530/3540 RAID Controller for improved performance.
  • newegg 12 SATA Devices Capacity with RAID Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 3530 supports up to 12 SATA devices with 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 PCI Express x8 Interface The PCI Express x8 interface provides substantial bandwidth and full-duplex operation for bottleneck-free performance.
  • 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 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, Mac OS X and FreeBSD. GPL Licensed Linux drivers into main Linux kernel help customers easily install and configure the RocketRAID 3530/3540.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 3530

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 3530

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
3 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
Interface
PCI-Express x8
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
Cache Memory
256 MB of DDR II memory with ECC protection
RAID
RAID 0/1/3/5/6/10/50 and JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows (2000, XP, x64), 2003, 2008 and Vista (32/64 Bit)
Linux
FreeBSD
?Mac OS X 10.4.x & 10.5.x
GPL licensed driver into Linux Kernel 2.6.25

Features

Features
Intel IOP 81341 (800MHz)

Supports up to 12 SATA II drives

Intel RAID 6 (P+Q) for large capacity RAID arrays

NVRAM for write journaling

*Battery Backup Unit (BBU) Optional

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


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  • James T.
  • 2/26/2014 3:42:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRun away as fast as you can

Pros: Didn't bust into flames

Cons: Where do I start... first off we love high-Point cards. They run in many of our Storage and Web servers. This card however was a nightmare. We installed the card, downloaded and updated the latest firmware, and installed the driver. Windows saw the card and we attempted to create a Raid 6 array. After selecting the drives it began initializing the array. This process ran for 20-30 minutes and then nothing- all drive lights stopped blinking, and the card software timed out. Windows could no longer even see the card (or the array). Rebooting the computer caused initialization to begin again, which ran for 20-30 minutes and then stopped.

The drives we were using for the array were Seagate Barracuda, and were brand new. thinking the issue might be a couple of the drives, we replaced all of them. Rebooted, created a new Array (this time Raid 5). SAME THING!! Initialized for 20-30 min and froze. Over the course of a week we tried every type of raid array, 3 different sets of hard drives, and seating/re-seating the raid card in each of 3 different PCIe slots on the server board.

We then contacted High-Point tech support. 3 days later they replied with a copy of the most resent firmware attached, and told us it would fix the problem. We installed, rebooted the server, and ran 4 more hours of testing- problem not fixed.

We then contacted support again to inform them the firmware update did not resolve our issue. 2 days later they replied to our ticket. Their answer?

"Dear Customer,
We don't provide the firmware update for this card since it is an old product. The firmware package attached in previous thread was the last firmware update from S/W team. At this moment, we don't have other option to provide."

LOL- REALLY???

Even though it's sold new on NewEgg and other tech sites, Apparently this card is to old and outdated for High Point to support. They aren't even making new firmware patches or updates.

Other Thoughts: We have had great success with High Point cards in our other servers. This was the first card we couldn't get to work. For the record, most High Point cards are fast, reliable, and cost 1/2 to 1/4 of comparable raid cards. We've tried LSI and Arcea cards, and WOW, we've never seen so many raid problems, doa cards, data corruption etc. We went through half a dozen LSI and Arcea cards before we finally got tired of lemmons, and then one of our techs suggested we try High Point. High Point cards can be a little tricky to setup (like any high end raid card), but once they are running they perform outstanding. We actually get the same (and often faster) speeds from our High Point cards when compared to the few Adaptec Raid cards we run in our backup data center.

If you're looking for a good Raid Card to build a stable, redundant storage server with, Raid 6 is your best venue and High Point cards are an excellent budget-friendly card. Support is a bit slow, but the cards work. And almost every card High Point makes supports Raid 6.

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  • Kelly H.
  • 2/11/2014 4:27:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay Away

Pros: Fairly easy to set up and get running in a basic way.

Cons: Configuration is easy to perform, but difficult to understand.
Documentation is lacking, and genrally not terribly specific.
Their support organization will respond, but generally isn't very helpful.

The primary problem that I have is that with this card running under Windows, the volume will just hang under heavy write activity. Initially Highpoint support said this was due to the Seagate drives that I used (which had been known to have a similar problem, but the issue had been fixed and all my drives had the updated firmware).
Over time I replaced all the drives with WD Red drives (NAS Rated), and the problem still existed.
Highpoint support again said that the issue was due to the drives and that I needed "enterprise grade" drives.
I'm sorry, but I've built a number of RAID arrays, and can't imagine how it's the drives fault in this case.
Even writing to the volume with rsync, at about 50% of a gigabit network link will freeze the volume.

After more than a year, I was able to get a firmware update from their support org (not available on the website, at least not that I could find). But it didn't really help.

I'm now looking for a different controller vendor ......

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/5/2013 1:11:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove Rocketraid

Pros: Been using this cards for years, love then, cant imagine switching now that we started using the SAS cards. A little pricey but worth it with all the features

Cons: none

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  • Scott H.
  • 10/25/2012 7:38:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMy Last Highpoint

Pros: Supports 12 SAta Drives

Cons: Supported Drives Drop off
Does not Notify as it should when drives Die
Tech support does not know there own product.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this card in February 2011
Have had issues since originall had it with 8 WD 1.5T Green. Card failed to log any events except those created through the web interface.
Could not created Arrays through the out-of band Interface had to do it in the BIOS.
Swaped to 2 other motherboards same issue except event logging seemed to work still lost both RAID 6 Raids as the controller dropped 5 drives in less then 24 hours.
Purchased a Supported motherboard in March 2012 and removed all WD drives and added 4 1.5TB Seagates from there supported drive list Still had issues and their support still blames the drives so ask them what replacement I could use since their supportded drives are all discontinued NEVER got an answer on that one
I had one of the Seages Die 2 days ago the buzzer sounded but again no event was logged and as a result no email was sent. I have always used Highpoint RAID cards I have a Rocket RADI 133 and 2 2300's never had an issue. I infact had both 2300 in the same system where I also used the motherboards onboard RAID as well and all worked together without issue wish I had kept it that way as the preformance off the 2300's was better then the 3530 which is hardware. The cards can be good BUT tech support is useless they ask you questions you have answered in your request they give miss information IE I have also for a short time had both the 2300 and the 3530 and been able to manage them both with the GUI same with the 2300 (in fact they stated I could with the 2300s).

As a proffesional IT Support person i have stopped recommending Highpoint solely as a result of their support. I also note this is an enterprise controller one should be able to expect same day support and phone but as many have noted your lucky to get a response the same week and there is no phone support.

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  • Jacob S.
  • 9/13/2012 8:48:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWell worth it

Pros: Does what it says at a good speed. Running two RAID5 (5x2TB & 4x320GB) and no issues so far.
Cheap
Included cables
Onboard RAID processing
Love the RAID spin up and spin down option

Cons: Documentation

Other Thoughts: Initially had a problem with it and thought it was the card (poor performance and randomly locking up my system). Found out that it was actually due to my mobo not being mounted at the right case height so the card was not properly seated. After fixing this I haven't had an issue.

Looking to buy another if I can confirm Server 2012 drivers.

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  • Lee S.
  • 5/11/2012 4:59:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLOST 8 TB IN MIGRATION

Pros: Easy Set up and fast transfer rates 350MB average in Raid 5.

Works well with WD Black 1TB and Seagate Green 2TB

Cons: Trouble shooting nightmare. Does not support (SSL) SMTP, which is a requirement today. So problems can build with repeated errors on a disk to an alarming degree, until the problem disk fails, putting the array offline. Replacing the disk starts the rebuild, and this generally works, but this time another disk threw an error and the array was offline.

Other Thoughts: My first attempt to recover the data was to clone the two disks with errors of the array. The controller can not do this. attaching disks to the motherboard controller as AHCI disks and running RAID Restore did not work, cloning disk with Universal Boot did not work.
Cost for professional >$2000. Ran each disk through Seagate test, only one showed 2 bad sectors. Reformatted each disk. Ran foreground initialization and now running w/o problem.

HighPoint says the will update their WebGUI to support (SSL)SMTP,but don't hold my breath. Recommendation: Backup raid to simple volume regularly, check event log regularly, if bad sector shows up, pull the disk and wipe it. Then reinstall. Always use hotspare.

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  • Christopher S.
  • 3/9/2012 1:59:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood card with limitations, poor support

Pros: Easy to setup
Online expansion works well (OCE)
All necessary cables are included (0.6M)
Supports RAID 6
Fast read/write speeds

Cons: As has been mentioned, will not work with another RocketRAID card installed. Confirmed with support. Could not run my RR2310 and RR3530 in the same machine.
Support is abysmal. After about six months my card began to have problems, I moved it to two different machines to make sure it was not my system. Same result on both. It took four days to get an initial response from their web support site. After a week of back and forth (In which they asked me questions I had already answered) they still insist the card is not the problem.

Other Thoughts: Always had good luck with Highpoint products, but after the issues with this card, it will be my last.

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  • JEFFREY N.
  • 10/2/2011 7:35:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHighPoint Devices Incompatible

Pros: n/a

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: HighPoint doesn't bother telling you this on their site or anywhere in their mediocre documentation, but none of their RAID devices are compatible with each other. I found out the hard way when I tried to use a RR622 and RR3530 adapter in the same system. When the RR622 stopped showing up in their web RAID manager, I contacted their tech support. They confirmed twice that their devices aren't compatible in the same system, and they have no plans to correct this any time in the future. Be very wary if you hope at any time to use more than one RAID device in your system.

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  • JEFFREY N.
  • 9/28/2011 3:59:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnbelievable (not)

Pros: - Supports 12 drives
- Can configure single RAID array up to 16TB, even under XP
- Pretty easy setup

Cons: 1. Horrible port location. The ports where the breakout cables attach are at the end of the card. I have a huge server case that holds 12 HD's, but even in this case I was BARELY able to get the cables attached because the ports are butted right up against a bank of HD's. Should have put the ports on the side of the card (duh!). Knocked off an egg for this.
2. HighPoint RAID Management software supports only 1 HPt controller at a time. What a complete screwup this is. Their devices aren't even compatible with each other! I also have a HPt RR622 controller for an external RAID enclosure, and now I can only manage it thru the BIOS. Guess I'm lucky it didn't wipe out 8TB of data on that array. I'm knocking off 2 eggs for this. This problem means that I can never install any other HPt controllers in this system, which limits my options. I actually have to replace a perfectly good controller, just because of this incompatibility.

Other Thoughts: To HighPoint: Hire some software engineers who actually know what they are doing. In case you didn't know, the ones you have don't have a clue. Every other company that makes RAID controllers knows how to make them work with their own products, except you. Everybody else figured out conflict resolution 15 years ago; this is pretty rudimentary stuff here. And yes, I confirmed with your tech support that there is no solution to this problem. You want to play with the big boys, you gotta do a lot better than this.

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  • Scott Y.
  • 9/14/2011 10:49:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis Card is Stellar

Pros: *Breakout Cables
*3TB Drive Support
*Raid 6
*Webgui Is easy
*Supports WHS, FreeNas (I used this in freenas for a bit to copy my files from my ZFS arrays to my new array for WHS)

Cons: *A Bit long.
*Slightly Warped, not causing any problems just aethisiasticly unappealing.

Other Thoughts: Can you say 36TB Array with Raid 6 and 12 3TB Deckstars. Works wonderfully. First Raid card I've ever bought or used. But price is cheaper and I could see where a few would be bad as other reviewers have stated. But When you get the good one. Woooo DOG this thing kills it.

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