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HighPoint Rocket 2720SGL PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS Non-RAID Host Adapter

  • 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS Internal Connectors
  • Up to 6Gb/s
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Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. Rocket 2720SGL

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
Rocket 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
Operating Systems Supported
Windows and Linux compatible
*Driver support is readily available for all current Microsoft operating systems, as well as major Linux distributions.
Dimensions
3.79" x 2.56"

Features

Features
Alarm/Buzzer: No

Activity/Fail LED: Active only

Compatible with PCI-Express 1.0

Up to 8 internal SAS/SATA devices with point-to-point connectivity

Ideal for cost-effective, entry-level storage applications.

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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

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  • Michael R.
  • 3/9/2013 7:04:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for FreeNAS 8 Box

Pros: 1. Cheap
2. 8 drives
3. 3TB drive support
4. FreeBSD/FreeNAS 8 support

Cons: 1. you need to flash it to the non-raid firmware for FreeNAS (difficult to find).

2. you need to partition any drives before connecting them to the card, or they won't be seen. This took me over an hour to figure out... used the host controller to put a GUID partition table on each drive, then this controller would pick them up.

3. You'll have to look for the FreeBSD 8 v1.0 driver for use with FreeNAS. Getting the driver module in is more of a pain of FreeNAS than the controller.

4. finding the firmware and getting the driver on your FreeNAS 8 setup is a pain. There are a couple places in highpoint us/china sites to get them.

5. FreeBSD/FreeNAS 9 is supposed to have a compatible driver, that seems to not work properly... so you'll be stuck on FreeNAS 8 if you go this route.

Other Thoughts: Having to partition the drives (can repartition) in order for the controller to see them was a huge gotcha.

It was a pain to find a simple, fast, dumb controller for >=8 drives that supported 3TB drives, and this was up on the short list. It was a great value, and I give it +1 simply because it actually does the job, unlike two others I tried.

Me FreeNAS setup is mainly as dumb storage for rsync backups, and for media storage. I have 12x 3TB WD Green drive, 8 on this card, and 4 on the host controller.. 10 configured for Raid-Z2 with 2 setup as host spares.. I figure I can relatively safely lose 2 drives in 2 days time before I would have to worry.. this gives me about 22TB of storage with some good redundancy.

It's not hardware based raid.. it's run via a software driver even with the "raid" bios... and OS based raid is a bid safer anyway. If you want to run the raid bios with another OS, I can't speak for that.

It works for me, YMMV. (I would have given it 3 eggs, but the alternatives I tried or looked into were either far worse, or much more expensive).

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  • charles h.
  • 2/23/2013 4:26:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsI had the misfortune of owning/using this product

Pros: its software seems intuitive enough

Cons: over the last 3 months it has corrupted data on 3 different hard drives. at first i thought it was just one drive, as it had corrupted twice since the move to this controller. the first time no data was being written to the drive, only read and it started mixing video file chunks up with other fifes so they all eventual were just corrupt copies of 2 clips. the second round of corruption occurred when trying to restore data to that drive. another drive corrupted soon after when i pull the other for testing. after some research i thought it might be temperature related so i placed a 140 mm fan on high pulling air from the side of the case and another one from below blowing right on it. corruption of HDs continued.

this was operating in JBOD mode between 5-7 disks only 1 written to at a time. below blowing right on it. corruption of HDs continued.

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  • Marty W.
  • 2/8/2013 11:24:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsWill not work with Hyper-V

Pros: Very fast
Works fine as a boot controller (I am booting windows server 2012 with no issues)
8 ports (for SATA) with 1 card

Cons: Documentation is poor
Support is poor
RAID management software is clunky and is not very robust. Poor english makes some of the choices hard to understand.
WILL NOT SUPPORT A VOLUME OR STANDALONE DISK ON HYPER-V
Slow boot times, can take up to a minute for my controller with 8 drives

Other Thoughts: Although this card works perfectly with the OS, and, was very fast, allowing access to any drive via Hyper-V (map the entire disk or create a V-Disk) will continuously write errors in both the Windows System log (windows gets lots of retry and data lost errors) and in the Event log (which is part of the HighPoint RAID Manager). Eventually, when you do a lot of I/O, the timeout errors and disk errors will cause windows to hard reset.
This is a problem with the driver (fails with my Windows 2008R2 server as well).
If you don't use Hyper-V, it appears as though the controller is reliable and fast. If you need it to host VMs, get something else.

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  • Rick W.
  • 1/24/2013 8:37:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well with Ubuntu 12.04

Pros: As opposed to the RocketRaid 2720SGL, this non-raid Rocket 2720SGL uses a standard Marvell controller, which means drivers aren't as annoying to handle in Linux land.

I added this to my file-server in an RPC-2440 to serve the last two rows. Ubuntu 12.04 (kernel 3.2.0-36-generic) supported this card out of the box, and the two WesternDigital 3TB Green drives were recognized, as soon as I slammed them in. My md RAID6 array is happily reshaping across them now.

Cons: As opposed to the two rr2680s I already have in this machine, this didn't come with Mini-SAS to Mini-SAS cables. Thankfully you don't have to drop $60 a pop for these anymore. I also ordered a Tripp Lite S506-18N, which works just fine.

Other Thoughts: If you're having driver issues, make sure your kernel support the Marvell mv94xx. Most Linux kernels should support it, and if not, the driver package on the website is a pretty standard "make; sudo make install" solution. It should play nicely with DKMS for auto-compiling on new kernels, as well.

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  • Aaron H.
  • 9/5/2012 9:19:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't support FreeBSD or Linux

Pros: Is an 8 port SATA Controller.

Cons: Highpoint doesn't have working drivers for Linux or FreeBSD unlike the Rocketraid of the same model. They provide a universal makefile and wish you the best of luck. I bought this because everyone was buying the Rocketraid and flashing with non RAID bios. I figured that I would just buy a non RAID card and skip flashing the bios. My mistake!

Other Thoughts: It's amazing that the other feedback post claimed RAID 6 on a non RAID controller. Make sure you buy the Rocketraid since Rocket is new and Highpoint really isn't ready to provide drivers pre-compiled for any OS but Windows.

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  • Chris C.
  • 6/3/2012 12:00:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent budget hardware RAID solution

Pros: - Easy setup
- Simple web interface shows all necessary information quickly
- For the money it is surprisingly fast
- With latest BIOS it supports RAID 6
- Overall excellent budget solution

Cons: - Web interface is the only easy method to view the RAID array detail
- POST setup features are not easy to access
- POST RAID window does not show the Array detail

Other Thoughts: I was reluctant to purchase this solution from my Windows Home Server, but it had a good recommendation from Maximum PC magazine so I gave it a shot.

I am very happy with the overall performance and reliability of this card. The manufacturer's website has the latest BIOS that will support RAID 6 which makes this a very powerful and reliable RAID storage solution for the money. You could spend hundreds of dollars more to get only minor performance and feature improvements.

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  • Judge F.
  • 5/14/2012 7:22:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis Actually Works - Very Well!

Pros: This is an ideal solution for multiple hard drives in a PC where you need additional drive connections. Be sure to use this adapter with StarTech SAS to SATA cable sets, Model #SAS8087S450 (those 20" sets are fabulous). Also, flash the firmware to the latest version (available at the HighPoint web site). There are no native Windows drivers that will automatically find and install this adapter, but the ones on the CD disc or the downloadable ones from HighPoint work like a charm. The SATA III (6.0GB) throughput is also very nice, and the adapter automatically recognizes a SATA III hard drive.

Cons: The adapter will ONLY recognize hard drive devices, not optical drives

Other Thoughts: Considering the enormous savings of motherboard SATA ports and PCIe slots that this device provides, it was well worth the price. Buy it, you'll like it!

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