RunCore Pro V Max review: If only the price were right

CNET editor Dong Ngo reviews the RunCore Pro V Max solid-state drive.

The new Pro V Max SSD from RunCore at CES 2012
The new Pro V Max SSD from RunCore at CES 2012 Dong Ngo/CNET

RunCore introduced the Pro V Max solid-state drive (SSD) at CES 2012 as one of its first standard SSDs for the U.S. market.

However, the company is not a new SSD vendor. In fact it describes itself as a major vendor that has been offering SSD storage products for other OEM hardware vendors.

This might be the reason why it's priced the Pro V Max at about $2 per gigabyte, comparatively high, to avoid immediate competition with its partners.

The new Pro V Max is available in four capacities from 60GB to 480GB that are not evenly priced. The 240GB unit I reviewed, for example, comes with a price tag of around $450, which is about $1.85 per gigabyte, but the 60GB version costs $150, or $2.50 per gigabyte.

While the Pro V Max isn't the most expensive SSD on the market, it's definitely not more affordable than some other popular SSDs of the same standard, such as the Vertex 3 or the Samsung 830 series.

The Pro V Max does have some unique features of its own that might be worth the extra dollars, including the aluminum casing that makes it sturdy and sleek-looking. The drive also offered top boot times in my testing and very good application performance.

RunCore says that consumers can expect the drive's street price to be lower, and you might wait until then to get one. In the meantime, check out the full review of the Pro V Max to see how it stacks up against others.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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