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Highpoint RocketRAID 1520 Card: Looking for some SATA RAID love, but don't have it on your mobo? No problem, as Highpoint has a solution for you.
Date: July 31, 2003
Catagory: Miscellaneous
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Chances are that by now you've heard something about SATA or Serial ATA, and many of you may even have it onboard your motherboards, especially if you bought your motherboard in the last 6 months. Most of these onboard solutions give you 2 SATA headers for RAID and possibly a third ATA133 header to be used in conjuction with one of the SATA headers and an adaptor in a RAID configuration. It maybe possible that you've already used those 2 SATA headers, or perhaps your board is of an older design or simply doesn't carry SATA. Whatever the case you can still add SATA to your system with the likes of a PCI card designed for that purpose, which we have one of here today, the RocketRAID 1520. This is a 2 Channel SATA RAID card supporting JBOD, RAID 1 and RAID 0, so let's get this review started and take a look at the obligatory stolen from the website specs.


Host side interface 32bit, 33MHz/66MHz PC
Disk Interface Serial ATA/IDE
Number of IDE channels 2
Maximum number of drives 2
Supported Hard drives Serial ATA hard disks, IDE hard disk drives (with RocketHead 100 converter)
Supported RAID Levels
Supported OSs Windows 98/ME, Windows NT4.0, Win2000, Windows XP, Linux (SuSE, Red Hat, Caldera, Turbo), and FreeBSD
RAID Management Tool RAID Configuration and Management
GUI Function RAID Configuration and Management (compatible with BIOS)
Kit Contents RocketRAID 1520 card
2 Serial ATA cables
Driver software
RAID Management software (Windows version)
User's manual
2 RocketHead 100 IDE-to-SATA converters (optional version)

Additional Features
Automatic e-mail notification when error occurs
Bootable array support
Large LBA support (drives larger than 137GB)

The RocketRAID 1520 is now available with, and without the RocketHead 100 converters. The first option includes 2 RocketHead 100 converters. The second option is a card-only version (the converters must be purchased separately), and is ideal for those that only require SATA hard disk drive support.

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