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|
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.