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HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X4 PCI-E SAS Controller - Test System Setup HD Tune Pro

For the user wanting reliable server storage, SAS has it all. Today we look at an affordable SAS controller for desktop.

By: | RAID/HBA in Storage | Posted: Oct 3, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: HighPoint

Test System


Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500


Motherboard: GIGABYTE X38-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)


Hard Disk: 4x400GB Seagate Cheetah NS SAS (Supplied by Seagate)


Graphics Card: GIGABYTE 9800GX2 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)


Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista SP1


Drivers: Intel INF, Forceware 175.16


Thanks to Seagate we have been provided with four Cheetah NS SAS drives to fully test out the controllers ability. The SAS drives are rated for 10,000RPM with 16MB of onboard cache memory. The drives are designed for mid-range to high-end server storage and NAS units; perfect for what we want.


Today we are testing the HighPoint RocketRAID in RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 configurations to see just how well the controller scales. Unfortunately we don't have any other SAS controllers for reference, so we will be testing out the unit on its own. Since SAS drives do not work on motherboard SATA controllers, we can't give you a baseline. However, this controller will be our baseline for future reviews.


HD Tune


Version and / or Patch Used: 3.10


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HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:


- Benchmark: measures the performance


- Info: shows detailed information


- Health: checks the health status by using SMART


- Error Scan: scans the surface for errors


- Temperature display


HD Tune may also work with other storage devices such as memory cards, USB sticks, iPods, etc.


HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X4 Controller


HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X4 Controller


HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X4 Controller


HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X4 Controller


First off we start with HD Tune Pro. Here we can see that RAID 0 manages to pull the most performance with RAID 10 right behind it. RAID 5 manages to come in third with RAID 1 being the slowest.


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