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HighPoint RocketRAID 2740 PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile SATA / SAS RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1/5/10/50 JBOD
  • 4 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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The HighPoint RocketRAID 2740 is an SAS/SATA 6Gb/s RAID host adapter. Utilizing a point-to-point connectivity architecture in addition to PCI-Express 2.0 x16 lane speed maximizes performance support up to 8000MB/s. Doubling the performance eliminates the bottleneck from previous PCI-E generations to support today’s fastest storage devices such as SAS and SSD.

  • newegg SAS 6Gb/s Compliant The HighPoint RocketRAID 2740 supports up to 16 SAS or SATA devices for enhanced flexibility and speed. The compliance with next generation SATA/SAS port enables lightning data transfer speed of up to 6Gbps.
  • newegg RAID Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 2740 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg PCI Express 2.0 x16 Interface The HighPoint RocketRAID 2740 features PCI Express 2.0 x16 interface which provides sufficient throughput and full-duplex operation for enhanced performance.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2740

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 2740
Form Factor
Low Profile

Specifications

Type
SATA / SAS
Internal Connectors
4 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS
Interface
PCI-Express 2.0 x16
Transfer Rate
Up to 6Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10/50 JBOD
Dimensions
8.66"L x 2.68"H

Features

Features
RAID Array Roaming
Unplug/Remove RAID array
Hot key (ctrl-h) boot-up RAID manager via BIOS
Firmware update while running the Operating System
Verify RAID Array for Bad Sectors and Parity Check
Task Scheduler
Automatic RAID rebuild
Automatic drive (insert / removal) detection
Hot Spare Disk
Staggered Drive Spinup
Rebuild Priority (Low - Highest)
Spin Down Idle Mode
Hot Swap and Hot plug
Bad sector repair and remapping to reduce dropped drives
Multiple RAID array
Multiple Logical Drive
64bit LBA support greater than 2TB per volume

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 L.
  • 1/20/2013 3:45:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast RAID 5

Pros: Read & writes on 4 WD Green 3T drives at 300+ MB/s. Six by 2T drive set writes even faster. Connects up to 16 drives. Easy set up. Smart health. Low CPU usage. Costs half the price of cards from the big boys.

Cons: Makes me want to spend more money to upgraded my gigabit LAN.

Other Thoughts: After experiencing slow RAID 5 performance from on-board and cheap add-on cards (10-30 MB/s), I decided to spend the bucks for some speed. I'm glad I did.

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  • Henry I.
  • 11/19/2012 10:45:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsWorks with 2012 - Update Firmware

Pros: Cheap
Works with Win2k12(See notes)
Can connect 16 drives

Cons: Disabled the FakeRaid on the Motherboard(See notes). Updating Firmware is a bit of a pain as it requires a bootable DOS environment.
No Battery Backup Cache

Other Thoughts: Purchased this card to be used in a Whitebox Windows 2012 Hyper-V Server. Card came with v1.0 Bios. Had constant issues with it locking up both in the RocketRaid BIOS and within Windows 2012. In fact, it would cause Windows 2012 to crash when creating a new Array.

After updating BIOS to v1.1 and using the latest drivers for Windows 8, everything was mostly smooth sailing. I was using a FakeRaid 1 of two SSDs on the motherboard to run the OS. After installing this card, the UFI BIOS was unable to boot from any drive attached to the motherboard.

Was able to move SSDs to RocketRaid card and create a new RAID1 without loosing any data. I then configured the UFI bios to present the Motherboard drives as AHCI isntead of RAID, and the remaining attached drives appeared just fine and were bootable.

Kept SSDs on the RocketRaid card and was able to do a System Partition restore only of Win2k12 to pick up right where I left off.

Created another Array of 4x3TB Drives in a Raid 5 to give a total of 9TB unformatted space. Copied data off of the cr*ptastic Storage Space array I had in Win2k12 on the drives attached to the Motherboard and now all is well!

Would be nice if had an option to install a Battery Backup Cache, but at the price point it is at, this is a great deal!

Initializing the 4x3TB RAID 5 took about 60 hours and is working better then I expected. Have PLENTY of room to attach more drives now for future expansions.

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  • Jeff B.
  • 4/28/2012 2:52:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat RAID controller

Pros: This card has 16 ports using 4 - 8087 cables. It supports SATA III drives. With the latest release of the v1.1BIOS and v1.5 drivers, it now supports 3TB drive with RAID 5. I've fully tested an 8 x 3TB array with great results.

Cons: It doesn't have RAID 6 but the hot spare function works great.

Other Thoughts: You won't find another 16 port card with this performance anywhere close to this price. I have a number of Highpoint 2700 series controllers and they are all rock solid performers and extremely reliable. The Recent 3TB support addition was the only thing previously missing.

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  • Gerrard B.
  • 12/28/2011 12:57:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood for HDDs. Bad for SSDs.

Pros: Affordable. Good throughput. Easy to install. Works with OpenSuse 12.1 which uses Linux kernel 3.1.

Cons: Individual ports won't work above 3Gbps, despite being advertised to work at 6Gbps.

Other Thoughts: Doesn't come with cables, but most do not.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/17/2011 8:56:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSlow Support

Pros: Lots of ports.

Cons: Slow driver updates.

Other Thoughts: I purchased it on the advertised promise that it would work with Linux. Well, it does... sorta... just not Kernel 3.0+. People have been pestering HighPoint on the matter and they've offered no timetable so far beyond a promise that they're working on it.

I'll consider revising my rating once they release updated drivers, but their lack of communication and visible effort makes me consider the product worth less.

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  • Bryce R.
  • 10/17/2011 11:09:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsEasy setup

Pros: Very easy to setup a RAID 5 on 5 WD Black 2 TB once you read the manual.
Set up email notifications of any RAID errors or warnings very quickly.
Been reading/writing to this array nearly constantly for 4 weeks now, no health errors from the system yet, and extremely good speeds.

Cons: Kind of confusing that you have to initialize disks before you can add them to a new RAID, but if you read the manual before you start panicking that isn't really a problem.
On uses WD Black SATA III drives at SATA II speeds, but that could be the cables that we bought being only SATA II compatible.
Doesn't come with the 8087 breakout cables, have to buy them separately. Personally I would rather pay more and have them bundled with the card so that I know for sure they are SATA III compatible.

Other Thoughts: Ordered this for a system at work.
Had to disable onboard RAID to use this, ASUS AM3+ EVO USB 3 motherboard. Asus support thinks it is because of insufficient ROM space on motherboard and suggested disabling other controllers like the IDE and Audio controllers, never tested this as I didn't actually need onboard RAID, but the problem seems to be on the motherboard and not the Card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/8/2011 12:06:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Easy setup, supports a bunch of drives, running multiple RAIDs (16 drives) and types (RAID 1 and RAID 5), informative interface, EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS.

Cons: Length of mini-SAS cables (not included).

Other Thoughts: Make sure to grab the web GUI when you are setting everything up. And remember to initialize your disks before adding them to a RAID.

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  • Jeff B.
  • 7/19/2011 7:14:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat RAID controller

Pros: This card has 16 ports using 4 - 8087 cables. It supports SATA III drives. I have 16 - 2TB drives running with a RAID 5 and hot spare configuration for 28TB of storage on a Windows 2008 R2 server. Installation was a snap and this thing has worked flawlessly. The RAID configuration is stored on teh drives so you can swap controllers without losing data or the array configuration.

Cons: Highpoint hasn't released the BIOS update yet for 3TB support. The 2720s and lower have the 1.2 BIOS available and support 3TB. It doesn't have RAID 6 but the hot spare function works great.

Other Thoughts: I am very impressed with the value on the Highpoint controllers. I now have 5 of them and highly recommend them. I hope they get more BIOS updates out that support 3TB drives. You can run 3TB drives with this controller under Windows 7 x64. I've tested it but right now the BIOS will show wrong data when you boot but it will work fine when Windows starts up. I'll give it 5 stars with the 3TB BIOS is available.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/18/2011 1:40:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCouldn't get it to work

Pros: Has 4x mini-SAS ports, which is what I needed for my Norco 4220 case.
Has JBOD mode (although you have to configure each drive as it's own JBOD volume)

Cons: No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get this card to work. I tried it in RAID mode and non-RAID mode (different driver for each mode) The BIOS config screen for the card seemed like it should work, but as soon as Win2k8 tried to write to the card, the alarm would go off and the drive would become unreadable.

Other Thoughts: If I had it in the budget, I'd get the big Areca card with 5x SAS ports. But as my budget isn't that high I'm going to try two SUPERMICRO AOC-SASLP-MV8 cards for 1/10th the price.

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