The RunCore Pro V MAX is a typical RunCore SSD in almost every way. The drive is fast enough to compete with the highest performing products on the market, but at the same time is priced so high that you would be foolish to actually buy one.
Let's look at the performance first. The RunCore Pro V MAX runs with the Intel 520 Series and SanDisk Extreme SSD. These three SandForce SF-2281 based drives are right together in almost every single test. In some cases the MAX even outperforms both of these other products. The Pro V MAX is a very fast drive.
Keeping with the 240GB capacity size, the size we tested today, RunCore is positioning this drive at $549.99. It's been a very long time since we've seen a 240GB SSD based on a SandForce controller priced that high... like two years ago.
To put it in perspective, the SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB is selling at Newegg today for $289.99 and the Intel 520, one of the most expensive consumer class SSDs on the market at this time is selling for $344.99. You can't quite get a two for the price of a MAX from either the SanDisk or the Intel models, but the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB, another SandForce SF-2281 based drive with synchronous flash can be purchased at $249.99 each today.
At this time it really doesn't matter how good the performance of the RunCore Pro V MAX is. The price is the limiting factor and one of two areas that is holding RunCore back. The other is availability. RunCore does not have a large market presence, so finding their products for less than MSRP isn't exactly easy. For years MyDigitalDiscount.com, an SSD specialty e-tailer carried several RunCore products, but that seems to be fading. All is not lost though and RunCore has big plans that should change both of these problem areas.
RunCore is building a massive factory to manufacture their SSDs, maybe the largest in the world when completed. When the factory is finished and all of the SMT lines are operations, we should start to see the prices come down and the availability increase by a large margin. Let's hope that day comes sooner rather than later.
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