Since the RunCore Pro V 7mm Ultra is the second ultrabook-friendly SSD on the market, I compared it with the first one, the Intel 520 series, and the new drive was slightly faster in my testing.
When used as a secondary drive, the RunCore registered about 237MBps in copying speed, compared with the 230MBps of the Intel. When the drive is used as the main drive of the test computer and performed both read and write at the same time, it now scored 156MBps, compared with the 154MBps of the Intel. These differences were not significant, however.
The RunCore drive changed the experience completely if you compared it with even the fastest regular hard drive. In my trials, applications -- even resource-heavy ones -- started up very quickly. StarCraft II and Diablo III, two of my favorite games, took just a few seconds to load.
The drive also cut down the time it took for the test computer to boot up and shut down, which is a great deal. The machine also woke up from sleep mode instantly.
That said, it was very hard for me to pinpoint how much the RunCore Pro V 7mm Ultra was faster than other SSDs, even though it did feel faster. If you move up from a hard drive, almost all SSDs will change your computing experience dramatically. The noticeable benefits from the RunCore are its support for ultrabooks and its potentially more affordable pricing.
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Service and support
Similar to the Pro-V Max, RunCore backs the Pro V 7mm Ultra with a three-year warranty, which is decent for an SSD. When it comes to storage devices, the length of the warranty is the most important factor and in this sense, RunCore could do better. At the company's Web site there's a section dedicated to the Pro V 7mm Ultra where you can find all information about it.
With very good performance, friendly pricing, and its included accessories, the RunCore Pro V 7mm Ultra SSD makes an excellent replacement drive for any computer, especially desktops and ultrabooks.