|RunCore Pro-V SandForce SF1200 SSD|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 29 April 2010|
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RunCore Pro-V SSD Conclusion
Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating for the sample received which may differ from retail versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Our performance rating considers how effective the RunCore Pro-V SSD performs in operations against direct competitor SATA storage solutions. For reference, SandForce specifies the SF-1200 at 260 MB/s read and write, and RunCore mirrors these performance expectations. In our benchmark tests, the RunCore RCP-V-S2520-MCN performed at or above this rating. The 200GB RunCore Pro-V SSD delivered 286/277 MBps peak read and writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark and trailed by 253/248 MBps in Everest, making this one the fastest SATA-3GBps MLC SSDs we've tested. Operational performance was extremely good in Iometer, and the Pro-V outperformed other MLC SSDs and competed with SLC models. Based on these results, enthusiasts can expect high operational speeds and functionality for demanding applications.
Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. RunCore has maintained an attractive look on the Pro-V by using a brush-aluminum metal chassis for their SSDs. As solid state controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may become more critical, making chassis design more important that it previously needed to be.
Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to any solid state product line, and the RunCore Pro-V is no exception. Solid State Drives are by nature immune to most abuses because of their architecture and technology, but the hard metal shell adds a superfluous level of protection. If any RunCore SSD happens to fail during the standard two-year product warranty period, end-users have very few service options. Consumers seeking warranty protection may contact RunCore through their website or interactive chat. Unfortunately, there aren't any toll-free telephone support numbers for customer service questions. Benchmark Reviews recommends that end-users first contact the retail outlet where they purchased the RunCore product.
Benchmark Reviews has tested the 200GB RunCore Pro-V SSD against many of its closest competitors, and the performance results were impressive. High-performance enthusiasts will enjoy the a noteworthy 0.16 ms response time, which assures a nearly-instant reactions when called upon. Based on the SATA-3.0 SandForce SF-1222TA3-SBH processor, the Pro-V series delivers native TRIM garbage collection (in Windows 7) and SMART support with impressive transfer speeds. More importantly, SandForce DuraClass technology adds their proprietary RAISE and DuraWrite features not available to other SSDs, and the end result is a product that lasts up to five times longer with less wear on NAND flash modules.
As of June 2010, RunCore is beginning to ship Pro-V SSD inventory to online retailers. RunCore suggests a few North American retailers for their products, but online stores such as NewEgg are not included. If one of our readers spots the RunCore Pro-V series for sale online, please be kind and drop us a line. Use the part numbers below to locate the RunCore Pro-V series online:
SandForce SSDs are taking the storage market by storm, which could help products like the RunCore Pro-V dominate the high-performance hardware market. Not only are these Solid State Drives extremely fast, but more importantly they're capable of SLC-level operational performance I/O. The RunCore Pro-V series builds from the powerful SandForce SF-1200 solid state processor, which innovates the SSD industry by prolonging MLC NAND flash module lifetime and delivering RAID-like data redundancy. While most new SSDs coming to market are likely to be compliant with 3rd-generation SATA standards, the 200GB RunCore Pro-V produced 286/277 MBps read and write speeds fast enough push the envelope of second-generation SATA performance. While the current retail price relegates the Pro-V series into the premium storage category, consumers could eventually expect price discounts as new SATA-6G SSDs join the market and drive down costs. Like other brands, RunCore made a wise decision to partner with SandForce. The RunCore Pro-V easily outperforms Indilinx-based SSDs and competes head-on with Enterprise-level MLC storage solutions. For hardcore gamers and performance computer enthusiasts, the RunCore Pro-V makes a world of difference.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Benchmark Reviews has used this SSD to publish our SandForce SF1200 RAID-0 SSD Performance review.
+ Outstanding 286/277 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
- Lacks integrated USB Mini-B data connection
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
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