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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?

By: | 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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