Today we are testing a new controller from Highpoint that is taking a new approach to high end RAID.
The new approach is inexpensive high performance RAID which is not only for corporations and system builders, but also, the casual user as well. The casual user qualifies as anyone who uses a desktop computer, home server, or dedicated NAS. The trick is to pull off the performance, yet also to allow for the same reliability and features that one would expect from a larger, more robust and expensive enterprise class device.
The HighPoint RocketRAID controller has a surprising amount of functionality for such a small controller, supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and JBOD.
One of the things that jumps right out at us when looking over the specifications is RAID 6. Onboard RAID solutions do not offer RAID 6 functionality at all. Upon further reflection, you will also be hard pressed to find a RAID controller that supports RAID 6 for under 500 dollars!
A huge factor that is a big selling point is that this is a 6Gb/s capable controller. Many users today are clamoring for adapters that will allow them to reign in the performance of the newest 6Gb/s storage devices on previous generation motherboards, not to mention that some 6Gb/s implementations on X58 motherboards are severely hamstrung by bandwidth limitations.
A key test will the devices handling of the 6Gb/s solid state drives that we will be testing them with today, this being eight C400 256GB SSDs. These SSDs will afford us the power required to saturate, not only the speeds that this controller is capable of, but also the speed of the PCIe bus that it is connected to.
Hitting the low price point that HighPoint has set for this device is absolutely critical for these types of users looking to upgrade-in-place, gaining more power from their existing systems. Of course, the individuals not looking to upgrade the entire system tend to be budget conscious, so this could be an excellent solution for them if it delivers.
Some of the key consideration of this product are;
- Industry’s lowest cost RAID 6 capable controller at MSRP $170
- Best cost/performance controller in the industry.
- Good choice alternative to Hardware RAID6 controllers costing over $500
Today we will see if this device delivers upon those promises. First, lets take a look at the 27xx family of devices.