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PCI-X Serial ATA RAID - Highpoint RocketRAID 1820A Review - Final Thoughts

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?

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

Final Thoughts

 

Serial ATA has now shown itself to be the full on replacement for aging IDE. While at this point in time not offering any speed advantages over IDE, it does have some rather pleasing values, such as 7-wire cables, hot swapping abilities as well as a max cable length of 1 meter, more than enough length for both full size towers and even mods to place the drives outside the case.

 

Highpoint has put together the first of a full speed controller card that is able to actually put some speed out above what we normally get. The PCI-X bus gives a full 1.06GB/s transfer rate; more than what is required for Serial ATA RAID controllers, though you are going to need a server board or one like the 8KNXP Ultra 64.

 

While PCI Express x1 SATA Controller cards should soon see the light of day for the mainstream market, Highpoint has currently tapped into the fastest available bus on the market, this card is a definite must for NAS users.

 

While powerful and fast, you are going to pay a price premium, as PCI-X cards rarely are seen for the desktop market.

 

- Pros

 

Fastest SATA Controller

 

PCI-X Bus gives more than enough bandwidth

 

Supports up to 8 SATA drives

 

Compatible with IDE to SATA (RocketHead unit)

 

Supports Windows (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) and MacOS

 

- Cons

 

Price extremely high

 

Requires PCI-X slot for full speed

 

When running on PCI 2.3 slot, bandwidth limited to PCI specifications.

 

Rating - 8 out of 10

 

 

 

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