I have to admit that I didn't expect too much from the 140 Dollar HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL controller, but I was pleasantly surprised. With this controller you get the ability to add up to 8 drives in RAID, even RAID 6 and up to 2500MB/s in measured performance. For the price you really can't beat the 2720SGL.
To get up and running, though, you need a few things already. The first is a PCIe 8x slot (or 16x slot) to plug the controller into. Most motherboards these days have a few spare slots unless you are going crazy with video cards. The next thing you will need is cables since the SGL model is cableless. Depending on how picky you are with your cables, a single SFF-8087 to SATA cables can cost anywhere between 10 Dollars to around 80 Dollars. SFF-8087 to SAS cables cost a little more, but can be found for as little as 15 Dollars. Since you need cables to connect your RocketRAID 2720SGL to anything, these factors must be included in your purchasing decision.
Still, even after you include around 30 Dollars in two cables, the total cost of the RocketRAID 2720SGL is quite low. There really isn't anything else on the market that can compare to the overall value offered by this controller.
When it comes to performance, there is an old saying; "You Get What You Pay For". That really isn't the case with the RocketRAID 2720SGL, because the performance doesn't match the price at all. For most users the RocketRAID 2720SGL will give you your money's worth and then keep giving.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - AS SSD]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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