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HighPoint RocketRAID 1740 and RocketRAID 2300 RAID Controllers Review

hardnrg    -   January 24, 2008


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Specifications:

RocketRAID 1740

Host Side Interface PCI@33/66MHz
Device Interface SATA I or SATA II
Number of Channels 4 SATA Channels
Supported RAID Levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD
Operating Systems Support Windows, Linux and FreeBSD
RAID Management Tool BIOS
Web based RAID
Management Software and CLI

 

RocketRAID 2300

Host Side Interface PCI-Express x1 (x4, x8 and x16 slot compatible)
Device Interface Serial ATA
Number of Channels 4 Device Channels
Allowed Disk Connection Four (SATA II or SATA I Hard Disks)
Supported RAID Levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD
Operating Systems Support Windows, Windows x64 Editions, Linux (open source), FreeBSD (open source) and Mac OS X
RAID Management Tool BIOS
Browser-based RAID Management CLI

 

Features

RocketRAID 1740

  • PCI 32bit@33/66 MHz
  • 4 SATA II 3Gb/s ports
  • Up to 4 SATA II or SATA I Hard Drives
  • Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD
  • Backward compatible to RocketRAID 1640 RAID arrays
  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
  • Online Capacity Expansion (OCE) and Online RAID Level Migration (ORLM)
  • Staggered drive spin up
  • Hard Disk (Activity / Failed) LED chassis function
  • SAF-TE Enclosure Management Functions
  • BIOS Booting (INT13) to RAID array
  • Quick and Background initialization for instant RAID access
  • Write through and write back cache for RAID arrays
  • Hot swap and hot spare
  • Online array roaming
  • Automatic detect drive to rebuild degraded RAID
  • S.M.A.R.T array monitoring for hard drive status and reliability
  • 64bit LBA for RAID arrays greater than 2TB
  • Low profile form factor for 1U chassis
  • Web browser-base software (Web GUI)
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • SMTP email notification for events and error reporting
  • Remote array management through (Web GUI, RAID GUI and CLI)
  • Support Windows (XP, 2000, Server 2003), Linux and FreeBSD
  • RoHS Compliant

 

RocketRAID 2300

  • PCI Express x1 (x4, x8 and x16 slot compatible)
  • SATA II and SATA I hard drive support
  • Up to 300MB/s for each SATA II drive port
  • Support RAID level 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD
  • Online Capacity Expansion and Online RAID Level Migration (OCE/ORLM)
  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
  • SAF-TE enclosure management
  • Hard drive activity and Failed LED support
  • Staggered drive spin-up support
  • Hot swap and hot spare
  • Write-through and write-back cache support
  • Quick and Background initialization for quick RAID configuration
  • Online array roaming
  • BIOS booting support (INT13)
  • 64bit LBA for over 2TB support
  • Automatic RAID rebuild of failed drive
  • S.M.A.R.T drive monitoring for status and reliability
  • Browser-based RAID management software
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • SMTP for email notification
  • Operating system support for Windows, Windows x64 Editions,
  • Mac OS X, Linux (open source) and FreeBSD (open source)

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Inside The Box)
  3. Installation & Configuration (BIOS)
  4. Configuration (Software)
  5. Configuration (Software continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing (Windows XP - RAID 0)
  8. Testing (Vista 32-bit - RAID 0)
  9. Testing (Vista 64-bit - RAID 0)
  10. Testing (Windows XP - RAID 5)
  11. Testing (Vista 32-bit - RAID 5)
  12. Testing (Vista 64-bit - RAID 5)
  13. Conclusion
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