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Grant M.

Grant M.

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Good card for the price

HighPoint RocketRAID 2680 PCI-Express x4 Eight-Port SATA and SAS RAID Controller Card
HighPoint RocketRAID 2680 PCI-Express x4 Eight-Port SATA and SAS RAID Controller Card

Pros: Price, 8 drive support

Cons: No cache or onboard IOP, RAID 50 is not as fast as it could be

Overall Review: This is an OK card, although the performance I get from RAID 50 is not much better than that from either RAID 5 stripe on its own. Other people have had other results, though, and I have a pretty fast I7 system, so maybe I'm not taking the XOR hits that some are. That being said, you can't complain too much about a card at this price that supports RAID 50. For the people out there who are having boot problems using Highpoint cards alongside an internal ICH RAID: you need to configure the card's bios to stop it from loading into the system bios. Go to Highpoint's site and download the latest bios for your card: when you run the load utility, it will also let you make changes to the card’s bios. Disable 'load EBDA,' and if you don't want to boot from the card, disable INT 13. Highpoint really needs to add something about this to the documentation, as it seems like a very common issue, and I lost a few hairs along the way.

10/31/2009