THE 27xx FAMILY
Highpoint has two separate classes of devices at its disposal, the Hardware RAID series and the cost-effective Value Series that are powered by the HighPoint XOR engine. The 2720SGL that we are testing today falls under the realm of the Value Series.
This is, in effect, a software RAID controller that utilizes the host systems processing power to produce some amazing results from a small, low power device. There are quite a few devices in this class that are offered by HighPoint, with a number of features for the end users.
A quick look at the 27xx family of devices illustrates that there is a controller for many different scenarios. With compatibility featured for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Mac operating systems, these are somewhat universal controllers.
The 2722 and 2711 both offer external Mini-SAS connectivity, with either 4 or 8 ports. The 2721 offers both internal and external, with 4 ports in each direction. Finally, the 2710 and the 2720 (which we are testing today) offer 4 or 8 internal ports of connectivity.
All of these devices are low profile which allows the user great flexibility for placement in rack mounts and smaller cases, this very prevalent in many home server systems.
Lets take a quick look at the test bench, then on to the results!