RunCore Pro V Max review: RunCore Pro V Max

Cost per gigabyte
On average, all capacities of the Pro V Max cost around $2 per gigabyte--except for the $159, 60GB version, which is about $2.65 per gig--making it one of the more expensive SSDs on the market. The OCZ Octane, for example, costs around $1.5 per gigabyte and even the top-of-the-line Samsung 830 series costs just around $1.7 per gigabyte. To be fair, that's comparing the suggested retail price of the Pro V Max with the street prices of other drives. RunCore insists that the Pro V Max's street price will soon be lowered, which should bring it in line with other drives. It's my guess that since RunCore is also an OEM provider of SSDs, it doesn't want to compete with its partners, for now.

Cost per GB (based on current street prices)
RunCore Pro V Max (240GB)
$2.00 
RunCore Pro V Max (120GB)
$2.08 
RunCore Pro V Max (480GB)
$2.08 
RunCore Pro V Max (60GB)
$2.65 

Performance
The Pro V Max did well in my testing, taking just 11 seconds to boot up its host computer, the shortest boot time I've seen, though by just 1 second. Note that most SSDs help the host computer take a very short time to start up. The Pro V Max provides a typical SSD shutdown time of around 6 seconds.

While it's hard to put this in numbers, the drive also boosts application performance a great deal. This means apps that would normally take a while to load from a hard drive, such as big games, now take a much shorter time to load. StarCraft 2, which is by the way my most favorite part of the testing, took about 20 seconds less to load from the Pro V Max than when the test machine was using a hard drive. Other applications, such as Word, Excel, and Firefox, popped up instantly. The computer would also resume from sleep mode almost instantly. Overall, the RunCore Pro V Max offered a much better computing experience than a hard drive.

Where the drive didn't impress very much was its copy test, which is by the way not the strength of SSDs. Generally speaking, SSDs are designed for random access and not sequential access. When used as a secondary drive, the Pro V Max managed an average of around 187MBps, which put it right in the middle of the charts. When used as the main hard drive hosting the operating system--the most popular use of an SSD--the Pro V Max, now having to write and read at the same time, dropped to around 93MBps, which is again average for SATA 3-based SSDs.

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

Data transfer speed (in MBps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
As secondary drive  
As OS drive  
Samsung 830 Series
261.63 
172.88 
Plextor PX-256M2S
261 
162.03 
OCZ Vertex 3
260.71 
150.01 
Crucial M4
235.51 
117.99 
OCZ Agility 3
207.75 
101.67 
Patriot Pyro
190.01 
76.44 
RunCore Pro V Max
186.78 
92.55 
OCZ Octane
183.41 
135.43 
WD VelociRaptor 600GB
126.33 
58.05 
Seagate Barracuda XT
115.71 
51.1 
WD VelociRaptor 300GB
112.59 
47.12 
SanDisk Ultra
96.4 
65.6 

Service and support
RunCore backs the Pro V Max with a three-year warranty, which is not as good as the five years offered by some other companies, but not so bad, either. On RunCore's Web site there's currently no information on the Pro V Max since this is a new drive, but the company says information will be available soon.

Conclusion
The RunCore Pro V Max is a very good replacement drive for your computer, be it a desktop or a laptop. Its high pricing, however, makes it much less appealing than it could be.

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Where to Buy

RunCore Pro V Max (480GB)

Part Number: RCP-V-T2548-MCS

MSRP: $999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.