- RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
- 4 x SATA II Internal Connectors
- Up to 300MB/s for each SATA II drive port
Will never purchase Highpoint again 04/20/2011
Unlike its cheaper brother the 2300, this card is PCI-E x4. Which is the same card with a different interface. Read the reviews for it too before deciding if your going to buy.
Their support actully did respond to my posts, but their suggestions were useless.
Personally it took me Days to set it up because of the drivers, incompatible card BIOS, and the interface software ( I had a problem with everthing but the box it came in ). Long story short, the OS was having trouble recognizing the card.
I think the drivers are incompatible with W7 x64 (their flash program is 16 bit) I ended up booting to 2 other OSs before it was able to properly connect and update the drivers & card BIOS.
Only to find out the cards BIOS are interfereing with the system BIOS causing me to power on the comp, turn off the HDDs, wait for the RAID to fail and the OS to boot, then power on the HDDs. If I dont do this it won't boot. Highpoint recomended a flash via DOS but their flash utility freezes and they just keep telling me to try it again.
Get another card if you are using WD hard drives. From what Ive read they dont support WD, and If you use the ORLM to change a WD array it has a good chance of permanently bricking the HDs, and losing your data.
Highpoint doesnt support WD drives so do not expect help from them if you run into an issue.
I did not choose WD drives (and still had problems with it) because I wanted to go with this card, I like WD and never had a problem with them and now Im returning this card and stuck with the HDDs.
It throws out an error after the BIOS load that reads: and I quote "Warning have option rom cannot be invoked". Yea now I have to see that... jibberish every time I boot.
Support didnt help resolve any of my issues.
50 MBps slower than 3wares 9650se without the battery back up. ( I returned this and got the 9650se )
Software is limited.
It adds about 30 seconds to the boot time.
Do not use the connection they already have set up, use Localhost:7404.
It took twice as long as the 9650se it initialize the array.
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