Only recently did HighPoint introduce a $139 hardware controlled 2-port RAID and now they are back at it again.
They have just announced their newest product, the RocketRAID 2640X4. It is a four channel PCI-Express x4 SAS RAID controller that supports RAID levels (0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD). If you haven't already figured it out yet, it supports up to four SAS or SATA hard disk drives as well as NCQ (Native Command Queuing) for an extra speed boost.
HighPoint claims it to be one of their fastest models offering up to 501MB/s read speeds and 486MB/s write speeds (with the right configuration, of course). You skip all the hardware based features such as hardware IOP engine, onboard cache memory, BBU support but with a price targeted towards desktop users, it will probably do the trick just fine.
Milpitas Calif. - HighPoint Technologies, releases the RocketRAID 2640X4 to broaden SAS technology deployments with a cost effective, high performing PCI-Express x4 SAS RAID 5 controller.
The RocketRAID 2640X4 is a 4 channel PCI-Express x4 SAS RAID controller that supports RAID levels (0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD). The new SAS RAID controller will infuse desktops and workstations with a new level of flexibility, performance and reliability at an affordable price.
The RocketRAID 2640X4 PCI-Express x4 bus speed delivers true SAS performance that is 2X the throughput speed of SATA. Performance bottlenecks occur with PCI-Express x1 bus speeds limiting SAS performance throughput to SATA speeds. The true performance of SAS offers a seamless integration with High Definition Performance Applications- CAD, Graphics, Imaging, Digital video, Audio Editing Desktops and Workstations.