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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.
It's an SAS RAID card
Pros: 8 SAS/SATA 6GB/s connections through two SFF interfaces. Installation was easy enough and the included software makes management and maintenance a breeze.
Cons: This is not completely a hardware level RAID controller. It has a BIOS accessible during boot. Here you can create arrays and various other drive utilities. Unfortunetly, the arrays will not initialize until the software is installed and ran.
Other Thoughts: Other than the software needing to be running, this is a great card. The software is only there for configuration and management and as such does not put much, if any, of a load on the system.
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Sort of works, warranty is a hassle
Pros: It does work, have it handling 5x750GB+1TB in RAID5 and 2x250GB in RAID1 with some JBOD left over from the 1TB and two 250GBs. Similar to a Matrix RAID setup. Crystaldisk gives read speeds in the 250-350MB/s (sequential) range.
Cons: Channel 3 reliably fails on a daily basis. After talking with Highpoint on the matter they recognize the fault with the controller card but refuse to ship a new card out before receiving the faulty card. So be warned, if the card is faulty you will basically lose access to whatever the card was running for at least a week.
Other Thoughts: On the upshot, I've found that if I restart the system after booting in the problem with channel 3 disappears and it will run stable for long periods of time, longer than I care to find out. This is most likely an issue with external based setups and not something I would expect to find on, say, the 2720. The problem appears to persist even when allowing the drives to spin up before powering on the system itself.
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