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HighPoint RocketRAID 3220

 

As we said above, the RocketRAID 3220 doesn’t represent the most advanced SATA RAID controller series from HighPoint because this developer also offers the 35xx series which features a more advanced processor (the 800MHz Intel IOP341). Every model of the 35xx series is equipped with a PCI Express interface. Well, the 3220 model has a good processor, too. It is an Intel IOP331 clocked at a frequency of 500MHz. As for system memory, the 3220 comes with 128 megabytes of DDR2 SDRAM with error correction whereas the senior models have 256 megabytes (the RocketRAID 3320 model, which is similar to the 3220 but has a PCI Express interface, is equipped with 256MB of memory, too).

The accessories are scanty: a user manual, CD with drivers, and two cables each of which allows to attach up to four SATA drives to one connector of the controller.

 

As you can see, the controller has two connectors and thus supports up to eight drives. Unfortunately, the controller doesn’t support a backup battery, unlike its PCI Express counterpart. The developer just hints that it is time for a serious user to transition to the newer interface.

Well, you are going to be satisfied with this controller’s RAID capabilities if you upgrade to it. It supports all the basic array types (JBOD, RAID0, RAID1, RAID10 and RAID5) as well as those that you can only have with an advanced controller (RAID6 and RAID50). It even supports RAID3 for connoisseurs (we wonder how many users would instantly recollect the specific features of this rarely used type of RAID).

The last thing we’d like to note is that this series includes only low-profile controllers thanks to dense component mounting.

 
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