The last solid state drive we tested from RunCore was the Pro V. To our surprise this drive used asynchronous flash and the performance suffered because of it. The Pro V hit the market very late, over a full year since OCZ handed us several Vertex 3 products. If the standard Pro V was late then the Pro V MAX is on a different area on the timeline.
The RunCore Pro V MAX model that we are looking at today is RunCore's attempt to compete at the high-end. The MAX uses 25nm IMFT synchronous flash just like several other drives on the market.
SandForce has made significant advances in performance and stability since the first crop of SF-2281 drives hit the market, but even with those onboard, can the Pro V MAX compete in today's saturated market?
To start answering that question we first have to find an e-tailer that lists the new Pro V MAX. We managed to do so at My Digital Discount, but the price is not all that favorable. At the time of writing the MDD price for the 240GB model that we are testing today is $469.99. The RunCore Pro V MAX isn't going to have a price advantage over our latest award winning SSDs.
Now let's look at the performance and see if the MAX has the performance to justify the cost.