OCZ Core SSD Raid – Highpoint RocketRaid 3520LF PCI-E x8 controller

Time for a OCZ Core series SSD follow up but this time I’ll pair 4x 32GB OCZ Core series SSD 2.5″ solid state disks with a hardware raid controller, Highpoint RocketRaid 3520LF PCI-E raid controller which has a 256MB DDR2 on board cache.  I’ve placed the OCZ Core SSDs in Manhattan dual drive L-Type hot swappable mobile racks which allow 2x 2.5″ SATA disks to occupy a single 3.5″ bay.

OCZ Core series SSD specifications:

  • Available in 32(30)GB, 64(60)GB, 128(120)GB capacities
  • Read: up to 143 MB/sec
  • Write: up to 93 MB/sec
  • Seek: <.35ms Slim 2.5″ Design
  • 100.2 x 70 x 9.3mm
  • Lightweight 77g
  • Operating Temp: -10C ~ +70C
  • Storage Temp: -55C ~ +140C
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Shock Resistant 1500G
  • RAID Support
  • MTBF 1.5 million hours
  • 2 year warranty

Highpoint RocketRaid 3520LF specifications:

  • Intel IOP 81341 (800MHz)
  • PCI -Express x8 (x16 slot compatible)
  • 256 MB of DDR II memory with ECC protection
  • RAID 6 performance with sustained transfer rates over 780MB/s Read and over 685MB/s Write
  • 8 SATA II Channels at 3Gb/s per port
  • 2 x internal mini-SAS connectors each supporting 4x SATAII drives
  • RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50 JBOD support
  • Multi -adapter support up to 4 adapters
  • BIOS booting support
  • BIOS PnP and BBS (BIOS boot specification)support
  • Intel RAID 6 Engine for large capacity RAID arrays
  • Option Battery Backup Unit (BBU-03)
  • Multiple Logical Drive Support
  • Online array roaming
  • Online capacity expansion (OCE) and Online RAID level migration (ORLM)
  • Quick and Background initialization for instant RAID configuration
  • Automatic drive insertion / removal detection and rebuild
  • 64bit LBA support greater than 2TB per volume
  • S.M.A.R.T monitoring hard drive status for reliability
  • Staggered Spinup with user selection in BIOS
  • (MAID) spin down drives in array is idle
  • (VSS) Variable Sector Size for over 2TB support in 32bit LBA OS
  • Active/Failed LED
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Web browser-base RAID management software
  • Disk scrubbing to prevent degraded RAID arrays
  • Bad sector repair and remapping to reduce dropped drives
  • ATA pass-through mode support
  • Microsoft Windows 2003/XP/2000, Redhat Enterprise Linux /CentOS , Fedora Core, SuSE Linux, FreeBSD, Linux kernel 2.6
  • Dimensions: 6.45″ x 2.59″

Manhattan Dual Drive 2.5″ mobile rack specifications:

  • Directly insert SATA 150/300 drives into a desktop PC bay — no internal tray required
  • Space-saving design fits two 2.5” drives in a single 3.5” bay
  • Hot-swappable — ideal for transporting data between multiple locations and PCs
  • Unique case maximizes airflow and cooling efficiency
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Supports data transfer speeds up to 3 Gbps
  • LED power and activity indicators
  • 134 x 102 x 24 mm (5.27 x 4 x 0.9 in.); 282.5 g (9.9 oz.)
  • System requirements:
  • (2) internal SATA data connections and (2) Molex 4-pin connections
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista or MAC OS version 9.3 or above

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