updated 07:50 pm EDT, Thu October 9, 2008
Mac RAID controllers ship
HighPoint has released a series of SAS Connectivity Plus RAID 5 capable PCI-Express controllers. The three new models are the RocketRAID 2644x4, RocketRAID 2640x4 and RocketRAID 2640x1. The 2644x4 connects externally, while the 2640x4 (a four-lane PCI card) and 2640x1 (a one-lane card) offer internal connections and all three connect to both SAS and SATA hard disks. The controllers offer RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5 and JBOD.
The RocketRAID 2600 series supports S.M.A.R.T. warning systems, NCQ (Native Command Queuing), bad sector repair and remapping, automatic RAID rebuilding and email notification of drive failures. All of the three new controllers work on Mac OS X 10.4 and above. The 2644x4 retails for $200, the 2640x4 is $170 and the 2640x1 is $140.