RunCore Pro V 7mm Ultra SSD review: RunCore Pro V 7mm Ultra SSD

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.6
  • Setup and ease of use: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good The SATA 3 (6Gbps) 2.5-inch RunCore Pro V 7mm Ultra SSD is a fast and relatively affordable solid-state drive that is one of a few that supports ultrabooks. The drive also works with regular notebook and desktop computers.

The Bad The Core Pro V doesn’t come with extra padding to fit well in a regular laptop computer’s standard 9.5mm drive bay.

The Bottom Line The RunCore Pro V 7mm Ultra SSD makes an excellent replacement drive for an ultraportable laptop or a desktop computer. For a regular laptop, its new thinness might be its only drawback.

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The RunCore Pro V 7mm SSD is the second ultrathin standard solid-state drive (SSD) I've reviewed, the other being Intel's 520 series. Other than the 7mm thickness, the drive is the same as other regular standard 2.5-inch internal drives.

Similar to the Intel 520 series, the new RunCore offered very good performance in my testing. It also worked with all platforms I tried with, and  includes a hard drive bay converter for it to also fit in the place of a 3.5-inch hard drive.

If you're looking for a replacement drive to use with any of your computer, especially if you are an owner of an ultrabook or a desktop, at around $1.5 per gigabyte, the new RunCore Pro V 7mm Ultra SSD make a great choice.

Design and features

Drive type Internal drive
Connector options SATA 3 (6Gbps), SATA 2, SATA
Available capacities 120GB, 240GB, 480GB
Product dimensions 7mm thick, 2.5-inch standard
Capacity of test unit 480GB
OSes supported Windows, Mac, Linux


The RunCore Pro V 7mm Ultra SSD takes the standard 2.5-inch design of internal hard drives, but goes a bit further in terms of portability by coming in the new 7mm thickness, first introduced by Intel via the 520 series. This new thickness allows the drive to fit inside a ultrabook while at the same time supporting the same standardized SATA cable and connectors of a traditional 2.5-inch drive. This is a good approach, since it enables users to replace their computers' storage device on their own.

Unlike the Intel 520 series, the RunCore doesn't come with a frame piece that adds another 2.5 mm to the drive. This means that with some regular notebooks, you'd need some homemade padding to help the drive fit perfectly in the drive bay. Most notebooks come with a drive tray that you can firmly screw the drive on to, however. Desktop users won't have the same problem; the RunCore also includes a drive bay converter, allowing it to fit perfectly in a place of a 3.5-inch hard drive.

The RunCore comes preformatted using NTFS and worked immediately the moment I plugged it in a computer as a secondary drive. Its main purpose is to work as the main boot drive of a computer, though, and in my trials, it worked with all platforms, including Mac, PC, and Linux. The drives support SATA 3 (6Gbps) but also worked well with a computer that supports SATA 2 (3Gbps) in my testing.

The drive will work for almost any existing computer. If you want to find out how to replace your computer's internal drive with it, check out my how-to on migrating your computer to an SSD.

Cost per gigabyte
Unlike the previous SSD from RunCore, the Pro V 7mm Ultra comes with much friendlier pricing. The drive comes in three capacities, including 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB that cost $180, $360, and $720, respectively; effectively $1.50 per gigabyte. These are not the lowest prices I've seen but they are lower than those of the Intel 520 series when they first came out. They are also suggested retail prices, meaning street prices will go even lower.

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Where to Buy

RunCore Pro V 2.5" 7mm Ultra SSD (480GB)

Part Number: CNETRCP-V-T2748-MCS

MSRP: $720.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Form Factor 2.5" Ultra Slim Line
  • Hard Drive Type Internal hard drive
  • Capacity 480 GB
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.