If I'm honest, its is not very often that I try my hand with hardware RAID solutions. As a matter of fact, the closest I get to running RAID on a regular basis is with NAS appliances. Coming from my experience on NAS platforms, the HighPoint solution we have here today is nearly as simple to setup and manage. The included software with this platform is Windows 10 ready, and compatible with the Microsoft Edge browser, and that made it simple for me now that our test systems have made the switch. Once you are inside the web management, everything is tabbed and pretty straightforward. Setting up a RAID array is simple.
The build quality of this solution is quite good, the aluminum structure of the DAS is a single piece design, and while they do utilize a plastic front bezel, it does seem durable enough. The single downfall that I did find myself with the enclosure was how loud it was. When testing, you could hear the fans spool up which in turn did keep drive temperatures down. Lower drive temperatures is a plus, but I do feel they should use larger fans in the future that will move the same amount of air much quieter. Another quick thing to note is the plastic bezel on the front of this unit is very glossy and as such does attract fingerprints and dust.
Performance wise, the pairing of the RocketRAID 4522 with this new enclosure produced fantastic results. In RAID 0, our sequential numbers peaked near 900 MB/s, which is certainly quick for four HDDs. Higher RAID levels such as 5, 6 and 10 produced 600 and 400 MB/s, respectively. Diving through our workloads, we found random write and web server to be consistently near the top, even through RAID 5, 6 and 10.
Overall, the RocketStor 6414AS is a solid hardware RAID solution, no matter if you choose to go the route of capacity over performance. One thing to note that is pretty common but not included with this HBA is a fan. While the RocketRAID 4522 does enjoy an adequate copper heat sink, it is very important to have airflow near it. While this unit will most likely be added in a 3U or 4U server chassis that forces air through, for those that do install in a desktop environment, it is worth noting.
As of this writing, the HighPoint RocketStor 6414AS carries an MSRP of $599.99 with a three-year warranty.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||87%|
|Bundle and Packaging||83%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||87%|
The Bottom Line: HighPoint's RocketStor 6414AS represents a ton of value for top-tier storage solutions. With its excellent MSRP and high level features, this is certainly a unit to look at for those in the market.
PRICING: You can find the HighPoint RocketStor 6414AS DAS for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The HighPoint RocketStor 6414AS DAS retails for $599 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [RocketStor 6414AS]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Web Management]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - RAID Performance with ATTO]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - JBOD and RAID 0 Workloads]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - RAID 5, 6 and 10 Workloads]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Halo 5, Forza Horizon 3 first games with Microsoft DRM
- How to get 1TB of lifetime cloud storage for only $39
- NASA finds strong evidence of water plumes on Europa
- Another stupid human crashes Google's self-driving party
- Xbox One S now gets free game of choice from Microsoft
- GA-EX58-UD3R Vt-d support
- Seagate IronWolf 10TB NAS HDD Review
- Fitbit Charge 2 Fitness Band Review
- Samsung 850 EVO 4TB SATA III SSD Review
- Mirror's Edge Catalyst Graphics Performance Tweak Guide
- Antec and Razer team up to co-brand a new Mini-ITX gaming chassis
- Samsung Electronics accelerates the NVMe era for consumers with its highest performing 960 PRO and EVO Solid State Drives
- Lighting is in the Aer: NZXT launches Aer RGB, premium LED PWM fans
- Syber Gaming delivers VR and 4K-ready 'C Series' small form factor gaming PC
- HyperX Gears of War gaming headset shipping now