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

Cost per GB

Performance
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.

Bootup and shutdown time (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Shutdown  
Bootup  
Sandisk Extreme
6 
11 
RunCore Pro V 7mm
6 
12 
OCZ Octane
6.3 
12 
Patriot Pyro
6 
12.5 
Plextor M3
7 
13 
Samsung 830 Series
6 
13.3 
Plextor PX-256M2S
6 
13.5 
SanDisk Ultra
7.2 
13.5 
Crucial M4
6.8 
13.7 
OCZ Vertex 3
5.8 
14.1 
OCZ Agility 3
6.7 
14.7 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
7.9 
45.4 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
12.2 
56.2 

Data transfer (in MB/s)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
As secondary drive  
As OS drive  
Samsung 830 Series
261.63 
172.88 
OCZ Vertex 4 (512GB)
246.55 
168.36 
Plextor PX-256M2S
261 
162.03 
RunCore Pro V 7mm
236.71 
155.89 
Intel 520 series
230.01 
154.01 
OCZ Vertex 3
260.71 
150.01 
OCZ Vertex 4 (256GB)
190.34 
148.33 
OCZ Octane
183.41 
135.43 
Crucial M4
235.51 
117.99 
Sandisk Extreme
234.15 
117.66 
Plextor M3
221.98 
110.4 
OCZ Agility 3
207.75 
101.67 
RunCore Pro V Max
186.78 
92.55 
Patriot Pyro
190.01 
76.44 
Sandisk Ultra
96.4 
65.6 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
126.33 
58.05 
Seagate Barracuda XT
115.71 
51.1 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
112.59 
47.12 

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.

Conclusion
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.

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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.