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Michael S.

Michael S.

Joined on 08/09/07

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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: Works with windows Server 2008, no issues installing drivers or software. Install went smoothly Runs 8 WD 1TB Black hard drives in raid 5 (TLER-on) Low CPU usage ~1-2% on Core 2 Duo E8400 even during a rebuild when adding new hard drives Easy setup of arrays Works in the second pci-e 2.0 16x slot on my motherboard(asus p5n-d) Under a server environment the added time to the PC boot-up is a none issue as a well managed server is generally running 24/7. Iv only had to see the Highpoint bios screen three times over the last 6 months. Once during initial install, the other two when I had to shut down the server to add additional hard drives.

Cons: Haven't encountered any at this time. Been running smooth under 24/7 operation for months. Been very pleased with this product

Overall Review: Been using this product for about 6 months with no issues, started with 4 WD 1TB Black HDD's soon after added 2 more then finally the last 2. Each time additional HDD's were added it took about 15 hours for the raid 5 array to rebuild. Transferring a large amount of files (~250GB) from a WD 640GB Black HDD connected to the motherboard to the Raid array WS08 reports speeds of ~90-120MB/s. Files that I would assume were still loaded in the memory could show ~275-425+MB/s. I have not run any benchmarking programs so I cant give such information just what iv seen through practical usage and what WS08 displays. Transferring a large amount of files to 2 or 3 computers can easily max out my gigabit lan. For what I use it for I cant complain. Also iv contacted Highpoint support a few times over the past few months with some small questions, each time I received a response in a day or two. Granted these questions were nothing real technical or related to the product malfunctioning

response to "Dual 2720's won't boot"

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

Pros: To "Dual 2720's won't boot" Poster, I have not yet purchased this product but will in the near future or one of its larger brothers. Even though I do not have this particular model, i do currently have 2 of highpoints other raid controllers(2640x4&2680). Now from experience the only way I found to get both controllers to boot and work correctly together was to disable some function's of the non-boot controller in the cards bios. Highpoint provides the tool to flash the bios of the card which allows you to set these functions. One of them is the init13 which needs to be off and I believe one or two others, check manual provided on their site for the list of available functions.

Cons: Highpoint couldn't provide me with this information, I had to troubleshoot myself. I gave five stars only because I felt the poster did not have proper instructions on how to install the two cards and because I couldn't not score it. Would of rather gave it a score of N/A but o well.

Overall Review: Lets call boot controller (#1) and Data Controller (#2). Remove #1 and set aside. Now with only #2 installed flash the bios (not in a OS environment) disabling the functions that have to do with boot-up and bios injection. This will turn #2 into a non-boot-able controller which is what u want. Finish flashing and reinstall #1, try booting up your PC. Until I did this I too was unable to boot with the above mentioned highpoint cards so I assume this should fix your problem. The cards conflict during boot-up with default settings, hence the hang. Hope this helps. Also if you use the webgui you will not beable to manage both controllers within the OS so use the other option.

Good Product

ASUS WL-520gC 125 HSM Wireless Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support
ASUS WL-520gC 125 HSM Wireless Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: Easy to set up no manual needed , some might not agree depending on knowledge. Great wireless signal strength for my conditions, Excellent wired Throughput. I get Between 10-13MB/s when transferring over wired network using FTP (95-100% Network Utilization). Over wireless G I get 4-6MB/s. Enough features and settings to keep me happy and meet my needs.

Cons: None worth mentioning

Overall Review: Throughput is dependent on numerous things so not everyone will be able to achieve the same results. Things you can try to achieve better transfer speeds. Defrag with a program like JKDefrag (its free) or similar program. If you know how to navigate to your network card's properties Click on the advanced tab and try setting these settings on both/all computers. Flow Control: Disabled Low Power State Link Speed: Disabled Network Address: Not Present Optimize For: Throughput Speed/duplex Settings: Autoneg for 100FD (Full Duplex) Vlan&Priority: Disabled Vlan Id: 1 Wake on Magic Packet/Pattern: Disabled If I set Speed/duplex Settings to 100 MB Full Duplex and not Autoneg for 100FD I'd get speeds of only 600KB/s... Names for settings might vary depending on network card.