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HighPoint RocketRAID 2720 PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/JBOD
  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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The RocketRAID 2720 are SAS/SATA 6Gb/s RAID host adapters. Utilizing a point-to-point connectivity architecture in addition to PCI-Express 2.0 x8 lane speed maximizes performance support up to 4000MB/s. Doubling the performance eliminates the bottleneck from previous PCI-E generations to support today’s fastest storage devices such as (SAS, SSD).

  • newegg SAS 6Gb/s Compliant The HighPoint RocketRAID 2720 features hot-pluggable, SATA-compatible SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) ports to provide 6Gb/s data transfer rates for optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg RAID Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 2720 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg PCI Express 2.0 x8 Interface The HighPoint RocketRAID 2720 features the PCI Express 2.0 x8 interface which provides sufficient throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2720

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 2720
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SATA / SAS
Internal Connectors
2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x8
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows, Linux and FreeBSD
Dimensions
3.79" x 2.55"

Features

Features
Alarm/Buzzer: Yes

Activity/Fail LED: Yes

HighPoint RocketRAID 2700 HBA's are cost-effective, high-performance PCI-Express 2.0 6GB/s SAS RAID controllers, and are ideal for SMB server and workstation configurations.

RocketRAID 2700 HBA's are fully backwards compatible with SAS/SATA 3Gb/s devices, PCI-Express 1.0 and 2.0 motherboards, and are compliant with all major operating systems including Windows, Linux and FreeBSD.

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 2720

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  • Gregory D.
  • 8/20/2013 6:44:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsStay away

Pros: 8 internal SATA 3 (supposedly) connections.

Cons: Does not work in SATA 3 (6 Gbps) mode. Does not show up as a RAID under Linux.

Other Thoughts: I made sure to purchase SATA 3 (6Gbps) cables and disk drives. One time the controller showed up as 6 Gbps, but after that it always shows 3 Gbps. I would not have spend the extra money for SATA 3 breakout cables (rather hard to find) and 6 Gbps disk drives if I had known the controller couldn't work as advertised.

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  • Stephen R.
  • 12/7/2011 9:11:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRocketRAID 2720

Pros: PCI-Express
8087 Connector
3TB Drive support

Cons: Limited Linux Driver support. I upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 with kernel v. 3.0.0-13 and their makefile for their kernel module driver only supports 2.4 or 2.6 and if anything different, fails. The non-RAID driver (v1.0) worked on linux v2.6.38 though it couldn't get the kernel version from my system for some reason so commenting out the kernel version check in the makefile worked. After upgrading, same fix got it built in linux v3.0.0 but modprobe would crash my machine. Using their RAID driver (v1.2) also commenting out the kernel version got it working fine.

Contacted support for any info on official support of linux v3+ and they said they had no plans for any future support for Ubuntu. Can't comment on their RHEL/CentOS support or Windows support. If you can get the cards working on your OS, they are a fairly cheap solution.

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  • Don B.
  • 10/10/2011 11:06:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBad Experience

Pros: It has 8 ports, thought it was good for WHS 2011.

Cons: This card has only given me a read/write speed of only 6mb/s.
Tried raid 5 and 10, in not one but 3 different motherboard.
Speed doesn't change whether it's installed in x16 slot, x8 slot.
Even tried hard drives from different manufacturers, non advanced hard drives.
Card always fails when verifying raid, starts rebuilding then reports it will take 6 days to compete the rebuild.
And this is without putting any data on the array.

Other Thoughts: Highpoint RMA process is taking longer than any other manufacturer I've dealt with.
I wish I had looked into the RMA process before buying this card, won't do that again.
Now I have to pay shipping both ways to California and back to Toronto area.
Depending how much that costs it may not be worth it, have to wait and see.
If they want another 60-70 dollars it won't be, chalk it up to experience and buy another brand card.

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  • Don P.
  • 8/29/2011 9:59:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsBEWARE

Pros: Setup from scratch (ie: all drives, no expansion) seems to work well. Stay away - see below!

Cons: Expansion with additional drives seems to work sometimes. I really can't count on "sometimes." I started with 4 2TB drives, then expanded to 5th drive. This worked OK. Took awhile but eventually finished rebuilding and all 10 TB was there (less Raid 5 redundancy). I then copied over all my "other" data. So far so good. Then I took down my old raid and added 3 drived to this one. Now windows 7 prof sees 14 TB but wants to format the whole thing. WOW; can you say scre^,^ed again.

Other Thoughts: Emails and postings on support site have availed few responses; none of which are of any value so far. I will update / repost if they suddenly get it! I hope they do but it ain’t looking too good at this point. I mean why spend hundereds of $$ on products that are just going to fail right out of the gate???

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  • Don P.
  • 8/29/2011 9:33:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsBEWARE!

Pros: Setup from scratch (ie: all drives, no expansion) seems to work well. Stay away - see below!

Cons: Expansion with additional drives seems to work sometimes. I really can't count on "sometimes." I started with 4 2TB drives, then expanded to 5th drive. This worked OK. Took awhile but eventually finished rebuilding and all 10 TB was there (less Raid 5 redundancy). I then copied over all my "other" data. So far so good. Then I took down my old raid and added 3 drived to this one. Now windows 7 prof sees 14 TB but wants to format the whole thing. WOW; can you say scre^,^ed again.

Other Thoughts: Emails and postings on support site have availed few responses; none of which are of any value so far. I will update / repost if they suddenly get it! I hope they do but it ain’t looking too good at this point. I mean why spend hundereds of $$ on products that are just going to fail right out of the gate???

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  • Andrew E.
  • 8/19/2011 2:46:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsRAID5 Failure

Pros: Relatively easy installation (1 card, 2 SAS to SATA cables).

Cons: Built a RAID5 container of 6x3TB drives. Over the course of 4 days copied ~9TB to the system, cutting/pasting as I went from old external drives. I was near completion of all data transfers and decided to restart the system. Upon reboot, the adapter card didn't recognize the RAID array/container.

I now have 6 drives full of data without an adapter that can read it. I've spent over two days using undelete utilities in desperation trying to undelete files from the original external drives.

Other Thoughts: With all the calamity of this purchase, my wife is now convinced that she should have let me spend the $400+ for an Adaptec rather than deal with me stumping and grumbling around the house from losing 10 years of data. I guess there is a silver lining *somewhere*.

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  • David K.
  • 8/15/2011 5:23:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: good price

Cons: I bought the card for a home server. Raid 5, 4 3TB (6gb/s drives).
copies 3 tb of data onto the raid system and thought eveything was working great. Next morning, RAID is not recognized by system. Tech support is among the WORST I have ever dealt with. No Phone Number. Only via e-mail. Takes 24 hours for a response to each question. After 5 day told nothing they can do (they did nothing except suggest a bios upgrade which did not help). Data is lost. I do NOT recommend this company's products. I will never purchase a Highpoint product.

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  • Sandy C.
  • 7/18/2011 9:07:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat controller

Pros: Great Price, Easy to configure and works well 8 x 3tb drives in a raid5

Cons: Does not come with SAS to SATA cables. Had to purchase them extra...

Other Thoughts: Im running 8 3tb drives in a raid 5 and performance is outstanding! I couldnt be happier with this purchase. Windows installation was a snap after installing the raid driver during the windows setup. I am going to buy another one for an identical server build..

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  • Rae S.
  • 4/11/2011 6:16:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLinux Incompatibility

Pros: Convenient fast PCIe v2 interface for 8 SATA III drives. Code to generate a Linux module works with SuSE 11.3.

Cons: Native support is not provided by Linux. Highpoint supplies code for what is described as an open source module. The module complied with this code does not work with the current version of SuSE Linux (11.4) because it contains pre-compiled components.

Other Thoughts: This card would be more useful to Linux users if a bios detectable by Linux were provided. Linux raid functions are superior to those provided by the proprietary code.

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  • Mr. B.
  • 3/9/2011 1:02:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid "FakeRAID" Card

Pros: Price and Performance

Cons: It is a FakeRAID card, so all Caveats apply. SATA cables sold seperately.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this card to support an eight 1.5TB drive RAID 5. The performance is great and for the money it's a great option.

You'll need to buy your cables seperately, but it's still a much lower cost option to true RAID cards.

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