Runcore SSD offers low-cost speed for netbooks


Hear that noise, traditional magnetic storage? It’s the sound of Solid State Disk technology that’s creeping up behind you. jkkmobile shares news and the above video on Runcore’s new mini-PCIe SSD products, which are fast but won’t totally break the bank. How fast? jkk ran speed-tests on the storage and thanks to the high-quality controller paired with the MLC flash memory, he saw reads top out over 70Mbps with writes at a very solid 50Mbps. To give you some perspective, the SSD storage in my Acer Aspire One weighed in at 37 MBps for reads and an anemic 3 Mbps for writes.

So we can see in the video demonstration that XP on a netbook flies around with this SSD product. "So what’s the cost like?" is bound to be your next question. Pricing varys based on the four offered capacities of course, but here’s the rundown:

  • 16GB = $69
  • 32GB = $119
  • 64GB = $199
  • 128GB = $389

If you use a netbook as a true companion device, you just might get by with the 16GB module and that price for these speeds, it’s not a bad deal in my book. jkk has links to the products if you’re ready to plunk down some cash for your cache.



too bad Dell, Asus, etc. use proprietary mini-pcie slots. the pins differ from standard mini-pcie slots, making it impossible to use these SSDs in normal laptops.
The fact that they are MLC is disturbing though. Is that max read/write speeds? because MLC random writes svck! I just returned the Patriot Warp 2 64GB SSD because it was slower than a 5,400rpm drive in real world usage.

I have an open mini-pcie slot on my lenovo x60t. If there was an SSD available for it, I would already have my credit card out … ;-)

Kevin C. Tofel

Scott, the Asus Eee PC 1000HA uses a Seagate 160GB, 5400 RPM drive. Notebook Review tested that drive in the 1000HA ( and saw max throughput of 60Mbps and an average of 48Mbps with 15.7ms access time. Based on that alone, I suspect that the SSD would provide a noticeable boost, but not a tremendous one. That’s just my opinion with the limited information we have so far. Here’s their full review:


How do those faster speeds compare to the typical netbook HD?

Is my 1000HA going to see a big boost as well?

Chris K

If it’s that fast with MLC, I’m going to have to assume that it’s using some sort of RAID0-style logic to spread writes and reads across multiple chips.

… Fundamentally, that’s not going to bother me as much as it probably should.


That’s it. Where’s my credit card?

My Mini 9 is dying for 32 gigs of fast SSD, and at that price, I may just have to make it happen.

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