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

  • RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/JBOD
  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
  • Dual-Storage Modes: LTO Tape and RAID Arrays
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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.

Dual-Storage Modes: LTO Tape + RAID Arrays

HighPoint RocketRAID 272x/271x series HBA’s are fully compliant with the Industry Serial Attached SCSI Specification, which allows them to support LTO tape drives and SAS/SATA Hard Disk Drives, simultaneously, for Windows 8.1/8/7 and Linux kernels 2.6.x and later.

  • newegg SAS 6Gb/s Compliant The HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL supports up to 8 SAS or SATA devices for enhanced flexibility and speed. The compliance with latest SATA/SAS specification enables lightning data transfer speed of up to 6Gbps.
  • newegg RAID Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL 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 PCI Express 2.0 x 8 interface provides substantial bandwidth and full-duplex operation for bottleneck-free performance.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2720SGL

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 2720SGL
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, FreeBSD
Dimensions
3.79" x 2.55"

Features

Features
Compatible with PCI-Express 1.0

Multiple RAID Support.

BIOS Boot to RAID with point-to-point connectivity or through port multiplier.

Quick, Background or Foreground Initialization.

Packaging

Package Contents
RocketRAID 2720SGL
CD

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 2720SGL

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  • Richard D.
  • 12/22/2014 5:42:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDriver support

Pros: Very cheep for what you get
Fast controller with a lot of features
BIOS interface is extremely easy to use

Cons: The driver installer that shipped with it did not work. I couldn't even install them manually using device manager. I had to download them from the site and run the 64 bit installer. Maybe it's specific to Windows 8.1 but I didn't check on another OS

Other Thoughts: I'm using this for my PLEX server. 8 drivers in a RAID 5. Performance preferred over redundancy as the entire RAID set will be copied to another build.

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  • Edward B.
  • 10/28/2014 2:10:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRaid 5 Issue with 8T Array

Pros: Cheapish
Fastish (for a hybrid card)

Cons: Lies about individual drives' SMART data (doesn't show "real" numbers)
Slow rebuilds / drive checks
Issue with AMD booting (ASROCK mobo with Phenom II x4 - issue was "fixed" when upgraded CPU to FX-8350)
Just found BIG issue trying to RAID 5 with three 4TB HDs - created array, tested, discovered write speeds of only 40MBps! - rebuilt as RAID0 with same drives, write speed jumped to 450 MBps. Workaround- set back to RAID5, but manually set the size down from default (max size) to 7950 GB - for some reason, this worked, and now get expected write speed of 320 MBps. (Read speed was always good)

Other Thoughts: Would like to see new firmware that fixes the SMART issue, but am not holding my breath.

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  • Jeff R.
  • 9/24/2014 4:47:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking on a FreeNAS build

Pros: Small, BSD driver

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: For my first NAS build, this piece was a nice addition. Running 8 2.5" 500GB drives off it.

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  • Marcus R.
  • 8/3/2014 8:27:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsInexpensive but wouldn't use it for anything important

Pros: inexpensive, easy to set up, nice Web based user interface, supports RAID 6, software RAID. Pretty fast.

Cons: so i got this card thinking i would try to do a big no-no of using the seagate barracuda's in RAID (my mistake). The drives kept dropping out of the array. I ended up keeping 4 seagate barracuda 3 TB drives in JBOD and they were fine for almost a year.
I got some 3TB WD red drives to put in RAID 5, knowing the western digital drives have TLER. All of the drives, both the segates and the WD's kept dropping out of RAID. I contacted customer support and they told me that the WD red drives were not enterprise RAID drives and are not supported by the sgl2720. it took me a while to convince them that there was something wrong with the card, but once i did they did RMA it for me.

Other Thoughts: There customer support was not the greatest and the responses i got were not worded very clearly (most likely the people doing the customer support did not speak English as their primary language).

Technically they only support enterprise RAID drives for RAID environment so if you want to use WD red drives be wary.

all in all i had one card fail within a year winch is NOT what i want with a RAID card. but since it is a software raid i was able to install the new card and all of the data was still in there.

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  • Jesus A.
  • 7/21/2014 11:38:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card!

Pros: Update:
Initially setup 7 x 4tb Seagate ST4000DM000 / STBD4000400 on RAID 6 over a year ago. It took about 12 hours to build the array. I had about 18.2tb usable, and getting about 700MB/s read and 698MB/s writes (sequential).

I just expanded the array with another 4tb drive (same Seagate brand to have 8 x 4tb hard drives). Now getting over 800MB/s sequential read and write speeds.

Cons: I heard many mixed reviews and was a bit worried before I bought the drives. Thankfully everything is working fine.

Expansion took about 3 days. This is one of the drawbacks of not getting a FULLY dedicated RAID card (this card apparently uses a hybrid approach), but I knew what I was getting into since you can't beat the price and don't really need fast rebuild speeds.

Other Thoughts: I'm also using Intel RAID0 (for my crucial SSDs) as my boot drive. I've heard many people having issues with this. It took me a few minutes to google the solution: flash the RAID BIOS, and disable two features: "Reallocate EBDA" and "INT13".

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  • Klaus S.
  • 7/6/2014 1:55:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOnly recommendable for very basic usage

Pros: Good price for a RAID card. Works well with JBOD drives.

Cons: Stuttering when playing recorded TV from a RAID-5. (2-10 times in a 1hr TV show)

This happened with RAID drives (6x 4TB Seagate ST4000VN000-1H4168).

The very disappointing answers from Highpoint Tech Support:
"The frame dropped issue is a known issue in RAID5. Currently we don't have a quick solution."

"Dear customer the statement is true for all RAID 5 controllers including non HighPoint RAID controllers. The RocketRAID 2720 is a SW RAID controller.

"What we recommend is the RocketRAID 4520 or 4522 series controller, this is a HW RAID controller. "

"Dear customer,
The RAID 5 issue you reported also occurs in other manufacturers controllers.
We do not offer trade up or trade back for products."

"Dear customer since there are no other options we will close this support ticket."

Other Thoughts: I tried this card initially with typical desktop drives I owned already. RAID-5 repeatedly dropped (which is somewhat expected and not the reason for my rating).
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So I then purchased (expensive) RAID drives. These did not drop out any more.
However, I was having strange stuttering issues with playing recorded TV from the RAID-5.

The answer from Highpoint in my opinion speaks for itself.

I do not know if the statement they made is indeed true for all software RAID cards - but if the Highpoint 2720 can not even play video from a RAID-5 without stuttering, they should not sell the card as RAID-5 capable.

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  • Kha D.
  • 5/20/2014 10:47:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Decent RAID controller for Workstation.

Pros: Easy to install and easy to set up the RAID. One of the biggest thing to get 5 Eggs is the web access management program is the real +.

Cons: Not at all.

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  • Chuck W.
  • 4/10/2014 12:07:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock solid and love it!

Pros: Easy to install and works very well! The web access management is a real plus!!

Works very well in Windows and Linux!!!!!!

Cons: None

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  • No G.
  • 3/14/2014 9:32:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well if kept RAID setup simple.

Pros: If you keep your RAID setup super simple it will work great without issues. i.e. have all drives in one RAID array, use the max space on all drives, and set defaults sector sizes.

Cons: Do not have RAID 5 and RAID 6 array on the same drives! Had 1 drive failure, I swapped in a new harddrive, and the RAID 5 array rebuilt properly. But RAID 6 array disspeared, I had to contact the email only support to get RAID 6 array back online, and it was not a simple process for me, i.e. I has OS boot drive on the RAID 5, data on the RAID 6.

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  • Robert B.
  • 2/18/2014 5:40:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNightmare of a card

Pros: Price - This is a low cost card to support 8 drives. Not worth the savings. Move on and buy a better card and save yourself headaches down the road.

Cons: Have had nothing but issues with this card going offline with and registering the following error in the Event Viewer on Window Server 2008 R2. The device, \Device\Scsi\272x_1x1, did not respond within the timeout period. I have opened tickets with Highpoint support for them to tell me they dont know what is wrong and they are trying to duplicate the issue. Then they close my case. I keep opening tickets and they will not RMA the card and it is about 9 months old and they dont have a solution. This is unacceptable.

Other Thoughts: I am having the same issue as another reviewer below where you must reboot the server to get the card to respond. The raid array just goes offline and I am running VM's on the raid. The server becomes unresponsive and you cannot remotely soft reboot the server. I have to manually push the power button. This product is junk and from what I have read, you should avoid Highpoint products at all costs.

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