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Mini SAS to e.SATA - Highpoint RocketRAID 2322 Reviewed - Final Thoughts

By: Cameron Johnson | RAID/HBA in Storage | Posted: Nov 13, 2006 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: HighPoint Technologies

Final Thoughts


Highpoint just keeps on coming these days with new products and new innovations - SATA has opened the door for expanding the way we store data on HDD's as well as the ways we can access it.


For nearly two years now, external storage has meant we had to go USB 2.0 or Firewire. While both these do offer reasonable speeds, they can in no way match the speed at which the HDD can produce the data. Now we have something which can actually take advantage of the fast speeds which all the latest SATA drives are able to offer.


e.SATA has allowed companies like Highpoint to now give us high speed external storage and at a fairly reasonable price. e.SATA does carry a higher price premium to USB or Firewire external storage, but if you want the speed on offer, you can easily justify the extra few dollars for the e.SATA controller and enclosures. It is going to cost you around $250 USD for one of these controllers, but for some, that money spent will be easy to justify.


Highpoint's first e.SATA offering matches its speed to internal controllers and even passes the speed that the ICH8R can offer thanks to its hardware management and RAID engine.


- Pros


Impressive speed


Hardware RAID setup


Management Software keeps our RAID arrays secure


8 e.SATA ports


Fast PCI Express connection


Spanning across two identical cards for huge RAID arrays


Faster than USB or Firewire External Enclosures


- Cons


Carries a higher price than USB or Firewire External solutions


- Latest Pricing


Highpoint Technologies RocketRAID 2322 (ROCKETRAID2322) Serial ATA Controller


Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE Best Performance Award



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