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PCI-X Serial ATA RAID - Highpoint RocketRAID 1820A Review - Test System Setup and Sandra 2004

For those who thought the high-end SATA RAID arrays were only for the corporate types, think again. Today, Cameron Johnson takes a hard look at the Highpoint RocketRAID 1820A, a means to bring monster arrays to your desktop. Who said only the big boys could play this game?

By: | RAID/HBA in Storage | Posted: Oct 22, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Highpoint Tech

Test System Setup


Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.2EEGHz (800MHz FSB) (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)


Memory: 2x 512MB DDR-533 OCZ (Supplied by OCZ)


Hard Disk:2x Maxtor Maxline III 250GB


Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9800XT (Supplied by Gigabyte)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2


Drivers: Catalyst 4.9


For the Motherboard of choice we used the Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64



This board is based on the Intel i875P Northbridge with the ICH5-S Hance Rapids Southbridge. This chip gives support for PCI-X 133MHz channels so it was perfect for the controller card. To test against other chips it also has onboard a Silicon Image 3114 Serial ATA 4 port controller and the onboard Intel/Adaptec ICH5R system, which will be compared against the 1820A controller card.


SiSoft Sandra


Version and / or Patch Used: SP2


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SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.



Here we can see that the 1820 Highpoint Controller is able to equal the onboard Southbridge controller and is way ahead of the PCI based controller.




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