Monday, December 29, 2008

RunCore releases new SSDs, 1.8 and 2.5 inchers with good speeds and pricing


Yes, and I just got them for testing...

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"RunCore Product Announcement Dec 29, 2008– RunCore releases 1.8” Low Cost Zif PATA and Hyper Speed 256GB 2.5” SATA SSD.

RunCore is happy to announce the immediate availability of our Low cost 1.8” Zif/PATA SSD solution in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB (5mm) and a special 128GB (8mm). Retail pricing for these parts will be $69.99, $119.99, $199.99, and $389.99 respectively.

This low cost upgrade promises to boost computer performance vs. the traditional 1.8” HDD by more than 400% with read/write speeds up to 75/40MB/sec. This will prove to be a life/computer saver for the hundreds of thousands of people who have bought computers running on a 1.8” HDD. The upgrade process is user friendly and rewarding due to our onboard USB slave port allowing for easy cloning with any off the shelf cloning software. This option will truly unleash the power of any compatible PC allowing for a much more rewarding user experience for both the personal and professional user. In many cases the speed gains seen are equal to that of a power desktop PC.

We are also happy to announce the release of the 256GB Pro III Hyper Speed 2.5” SATA SSD that will reach 230MB/sec read and 150MB/sec write. For the Power Notebook or Netbook user this upgrade will be very affordable at only $699.99. Most users will see a speed boost of over 700%."

Great news for netbooks and UMPCs!

RunCore Press Release

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41 comments:

ChemicalOli said...

Now if only MDD would get around to delivering my 16GB SSD for my eeepc which I've been waiting for for over a month

JLM said...

GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Would the 1.8" drives work in a Fujitsu U820?

JKK said...

Yes, would work fine on U820

Brett said...

JKK is fast off the mark :)

these are for use with the following computers
Fujitsu U1010, U2010, u810, u820
Raon Digital Everun Note [5mm only]
Sony VGN-UX50, VGN-UX70, VGN-UX72, VGN-UX90, VGN-UX91, VGN-UX92
Sony VGN-UX180, VGN-UX280, VGN-UX380, VGN-UX480
Sony TZ
Sony TT
Sony Z
Kohjinsha SX3 (all models)
Kohjinsha SC3 (all models)

and many more!

for use in the following MP3 players
Apple iPod classic (20,30,60,120GB)

check your PC's current Hard disk / SSD height, if it's 5mm your max is 64GB Runcore right now.
if it can take a 8mm, then you can go all the way to 128GB!!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the HP Mini Note. It is going to probably see a very large increase in responsiveness. I can't wait to see the review.

Anonymous said...

Where SSD where can upgrade for ASUS 901 internal (primay) slot for runcore SSD? (not the seconday slot, in hatch). Which model and part number? need to buy!

-max

Anonymous said...

There is no point in upgrading the internal slot. It voids the warranty and it is 30% slower than the 70MM SSD.

Anonymous said...

Nice, but the Mtron 1.8 drives are much faster at 100mb/s read and write. It would be nice if these were performance drives and not value drives.

Papinymph said...

45 write is still twice as fast than 20mb write... and the price is great too, I'll take the 64 for my u820 please ;)

aporetic said...

JKK, have you had a chance to test the 1.8-incher's compatibility with the HP Mini 1000? Fingers crossed that I'll finally have a reasonably inexpensive upgrade to that crappy pSSD. :D

quangdx said...

Are any of the drives compatible with the Sony PCG-U101? Thankyou.

animatt said...

Hello jkk,

Been waiting for this news.

What are real world power consumption numbers. when i look at runcore site all 2.5 drives and 1.8 drives have same power consumption. While I do not expect a huge change from one to another, I am a bit surprised that the new super fast 2.5inch has the same power figures as the much slower and smaller 1.8inch drives.

POWER figures are posted as on runcore

Operation mode: 600mA/5.0V
Sleep mode: 150mA/5.0V

which appears to be a fair worse than say a normal 1.8inch drive.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/small-beautiful,1249-3.html

While I would not mind a little hit in power consumption runcore numbers especially
active numbers seem very high to me.

Can you please clear that issue up.

Thanks

Mike said...

does anyone know what height is macbook air running? Because if it allows 8mm, then I can upgrade my old ssd

Jsimon9633 said...

are these compatible with latitude XT

William said...

Not impressed. MTRON has them beat on performance though they are more expensive (SLC vs MLC). Runcore should have kept the same form factor as the stock Sandisk SSD, that way the would've had the advantage of allowing the SSD Mini 1000 owners to keep the recessed usb port. I understand it's usage would be limited outside of the HP Mini 1000, but they cater to the Dell Mini 9 so I see this as an opportunity lost. Long and frustrating wait just to be disappointed.

Joony said...

Perhaps the voltage is a typo? Aren't 1.8" drives all 3.3V? My Latitude XT takes the Samsung HS122JC, which is rated for 3.3V.

That should decrease the power figures given by MyDigitalDiscount. I suppose we can't rely on their specs until RunCore puts out their product page on the new 1.8" SSDs.

Will said...

A belated Christmas present! It looks like my Flipstart is getting a new SSD in 2009!

Now I have to decide whether to get the Mtron 32GB SLC or Runcore 64GB MLC. Decisions, decisions...

pashtet-odessa said...

will ZIF SSD's be compatible with Aspire One?
hope it'll give the way to the upgrade

Anonymous said...

Technically ZIF is just a type of connector "zero insertion force" What is more important is the type of interface which is pata for the aa1. So on a technical basis they should work but physically is a different matter entirely. I have been waiting for a decent ssd upgrade for my aa1 also and so have about 1000 other users over at aspire one user forum. Need to get rid of my crappy 13 mb/s write..

Matt Dawson said...

William, if you are looking for the mini zif all I can say is keep an eye on JKKmobile.

The 1.8" SSD specs they are a large improvement over the stock HDD and they are also inexpensive. 3X less than Mtron but more than half the performance.

The 1.8" case is the same size as any other 1.8” on the market. The 128GB is only 3mm larger due to the chip stacking process used for production.

Matt

Anonymous said...

I have an HP 2710p and have been waiting patiently to pop in an SSD. Is this my salvation?

William said...

Matt I have no doubt there is an audience out there that will appreciate this latest offering, and I don't dispute the performance to cost ratio over the MTRON offering, but in the end if I must sacrifice the recessed usb port, then it will be for the best performer. To coin your term, a "mini zif" offering was the route to go. Sure your only receiving MLC level performance, but nothing is lost in the upgrade. Runcore, either outperform the MTRON unit or develop Matt's "mini zif".

mochino said...

so jkk they gave you 2 products 4 your contest maybe some percentage from sales guided through your site and you had the obligation to review their 1,8" and 2,5" ssds as exceptional.Explain to your readers that they're shittish and only intel's 3,5" SSD drive is really fast.Toshiba's new 128gb and 256gb drives are rumored to be worthy oponents of intel's ssd or better.Or u can easily delete this comment as nothing happened.As it suits you lad...

Anonymous said...

A prime replacement market is the 4GB SSD in the HP 2133.
Anyone know of a SATA 8GB or 16GB that fits as a drop in replacement for the HP 4GB installed one?

With the HP 2133 Novell SuSE AND after a different OS install, the HP 4GB has about 300MB free space left (not even enough to have Ubuntu running and get future kernel and other updates over time (or store anything local).

Weston said...

hey JKK will there ever be a video of you showing how to swap the HDD of an HP Mini 1000 for and SSD it would be appreciated

Anonymous said...

Are the 1.8in compatible with the LG C1?

Joe said...

In Australia here, those micro USB cables are hard to find. Anyone got any hints?

I tried all the Computer and Camera shops in town and no one has seen them before.

Rob Cohen said...

I see that Runcore has has two different 1.8" PATA mini-PCIe drives - it says one for the Dell Mini9 and one for the ASUS eee. I'm just about to buy the HP 1030NR from BestBuy that comes with 16GB SSD and no BT. I'm wondering if I can get one of the Runcore mini-PCIe drives and plug it into either the BT or WLAN mini-PCIe connector on the HP? I realize there are multiple issues - is there physically room for the upgrade done this way and will it actually work? The fact that they have two different models for different netbooks makes me wonder if mini-PCIe is actually a standard connector now.

Appreciate any guidance you can offer. My feeling is that using an MLC drive with the HP Mini makes sense given performance expectations for a netbook and rapidly increasing density/dropping prices in the SSD market. This won't be my primary machine but I don't want to have a hard drive that can be easily damaged. Will probably install either Vista Business, Ultimate, and/or Windows 7 beta.

robcohen said...

I see that Runcore has has two different 1.8" PATA mini-PCIe drives - it says one for the Dell Mini9 and one for the ASUS eee. I'm just about to buy the HP 1030NR from BestBuy that comes with 16GB SSD and no BT. I'm wondering if I can get one of the Runcore mini-PCIe drives and plug it into either the BT or WLAN mini-PCIe connector on the HP? I realize there are multiple issues - is there physically room for the upgrade done this way and will it actually work? The fact that they have two different models for different netbooks makes me wonder if mini-PCIe is actually a standard connector now.

Appreciate any guidance you can offer. My feeling is that using an MLC drive with the HP Mini makes sense given performance expectations for a netbook and rapidly increasing density/dropping prices in the SSD market. This won't be my primary machine but I don't want to have a hard drive that can be easily damaged. Will probably install either Vista Business, Ultimate, and/or Windows 7 beta.

Rob

Anonymous said...

*sigh* where can i upgrade primary SSD on my Asus 901?? which part number runcore SSD? i want upgrade both on my primary and secondary SSD. until now i can't find the answers.

- chuan

quangdx said...

chuan - you can only upgrade the secondary SSD on an Asus 901. the primary is soldered to the motherboard. But you can switch the drives around in the BIOS so the new upgraded secondary becomes the primary.

Anonymous said...

Also like people have said before besides losing your warranty with Asus the 50MM ssd is 30% slower than the 70MM. You would not want to do this upgrade even if you could. Unless you are a very rich guy and want to buy enough SSD to make a 192GB 902 and even if you did that you would still want to make the secondary slot primary due to the speed.

JP said...

Hi JKK and everybody else,

For european customers that wish to buy Runcore SSD upgrades in euros, I found that notebook.de sells the ones for EeePC and Mini9: http://www.notebook.de/pci-e-ssd-g-903/

The pictures aren't accurate (the USB ports can't be seen) but the part number matches so I guess that it is what's advertised.

However if you're looking for the best bargain, MDD can still be a better shop since the USD/EUR currency is still advantageous for europeans; but if you want to be sure how many euros you spend, you'd rather go for notebook.de with no additional change fee and custom to take into account.

I thought that it this would be good to know for european readers of JKKMobile.

Anonymous said...

The review coming soon?

Anonymous said...

Joe--

In California/US at least I found the micro USB cable at a local Radio Shack in the small town I live in. Wasn't difficult. It was *supposed* to ship with the RunCore drive but I got one of the early ones and they didn't want to hold up shipment waiting for the cables to come in. At least that's what they said.

Can only say my RunCore drive for the Dell Mini 9 performs very well and the slave USB port works just great...

mackbaz said...

To any of you wondering if this will fit in the aspire one.. The answer is yes, with some slight modification. Check out tnkgrl's mod. I followed it. http://tnkgrl.wordpress.com/2008/08/16/modding-the-acer-aspire-one-hard-drive/
I put a 1.8 pata hdd in mine and it fit. the runcore zif model should be no different. Wouldn't chance the 128gb 8mm, but all the others should be fine. I have my 32gb ordered and can't wait to get it. Any idea when these get off of preorder from MDD?

Anonymous said...

I guess voltage does matter. I can't get the runcore ssd to be recognized by dell latitude xt or fujistu U810. but when I hook up through usb enclosure, it works. 1.8 hard drive uses 3.3v, and runcore runs at 5v. I would guess the laptop simple does not supply enough voltage to SSD

Anonymous said...

You are doing something wrong. All these 1.8 inch drives use 3.3V.

Anonymous said...

seems not. it is labeled on the drive as 5v 500ma. and in runcore's own support forum, quite a few people reported similar problem

Anonymous said...

Gee! You guy's are "Bright"
I do get tired of the world of
"you can't do THAT !!!"
Supercool - Don't go away...

Dr SBK

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