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HighPoint RocketRAID 1740 and RocketRAID 2300 RAID Controllers Review



These are not full hardware RAID cards and therefore still rely on the CPU to operate. So one of the first questions that came to mind was: are these cards just PCI/PCI-E versions of onboard RAID? Do they offer any performance advantage over RAID controllers integrated into modern motherboard chipsets?

I decided to test the cards against the RAID controller built into EVGA 680i, which uses an NVidia chipset.


Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
  • Motherboard: EVGA 680i A1
  • RAM: 2x1GB Geil Ultra PC2-6400 @ 4-4-4-12-2T
  • Graphics Card: Point of View 7800GT 256MB
  • Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 510 SLI/Express
  • Hard Drives: 4x Hitachi T7k250 250GB SATA2, 1x Hitachi 7k250 200GB IDE
  • RAID Controller: HighPoint RocketRAID 1740 (PCI)
  • RAID Controller: HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 (PCI-E)
  • RAID Controller: Nvidia 680i (onboard)
  • Optical Drives: NEC ND-3500 DVDRW
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP Pro SP2, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit


Test Suite:

  • HD Tune
  • SiSoft Sandra Pro XII - File System & Physical Disks benchmarks
  • Desktop - the time from selecting an operating system on the bootloader to the desktop becoming visible
  • Photoshop - the time taken for Photoshop to open
  • Crysis - how long it took to load the first level
  • Winrar (10MB, 100MB, 500MB) - the time taken to compress each data set


The following tests were run on Windows XP Pro SP2 using a four drive RAID-0 array.


HD Tune:




SiSoft Sandra Pro XII:







Loading Time:





Overall, for RAID-0 in XP, Nvidia RAID beats both HighPoint cards in most tests. The 2300 does come first in Average Read and Random Write, which are arguably the most meaningful and important, apart from access times, which are pretty much equal for each controller.


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