There was a close-out sale at Newegg, so we jumped on it.
Initial "raw reads" with PerformanceTest are showing
about 450 MB/second, and that number should go up
when we add the fourth Hitachi to our RAID 0
(for max speed). We'll run the ATTO benchmark
when all 4 are installed and fully tested.
The only glitch we encountered was the need to
flash the 2720's BIOS to disable Interrupt 13 ("INT13")
and thus to prevent that machine from trying to boot
from the 2720. Highpoint makes this very easy with
a Windows program.
Also, a "fan-out" cable must be purchased separately,
because the X14 has 8 x standard SATA/SAS connectors
instead of a single SFF-8087 multi-lane backplane connector:
Hitachi has announced an update to their Ultrastar line, the 2.5" C10K600 which is highlighted by 10K RPM speeds and 6Gb/s SAS interface. Hitachi claims the drive delivers up to 15 percent better random and 18 percent faster sequential performance than competitive products on the market today - a bold shot across the WD VelociRaptor's bow. The Ultrastar C10K600 comes in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB capacities.