Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Obviously the big draw with this product is the mSATA interface. There are a growing number of mSATA SSDs on the market, but very few are capable of SATA III speeds. As we mentioned before, RunCore currently makes two mSATA products, one with a SandForce SF-1200 SATA II controller and the one we are looking at today that runs at SATA III speeds and uses a SandForce SF-2281 controller.
The SF-2281 was the top controller of 2011 and it looks to be the early must have controller for 2012 also. The RunCore mSATA T50 model uses that controller to achieve 540MB/s read speed and up to around 500MB/s write speed.
We ran into some issues with this drive early on, as did many others as observed in reports online from consumers that turned early adapters. These issues were taken care of with the latest firmware release put out by SandForce and RunCore. Since the update all of our problems have been elevated and our 120GB sample now runs problem free without the BSOD errors we ran into early on.
On the RunCore website we found that RunCore released three capacity sizes for the T50; 30GB, 60GB and the largest 120GB model we are looking at today. Online we managed to find the 30GB for 99 Dollars, the 60GB model for 179 Dollars and the 120GB model that we are reviewing today for 319 Dollars, all at MyDigitalDiscount.com. These prices seem a bit out of place when measured against similar equipped 2.5" SSDs, but the mSATA interface is new so it doesn't get the same breaks as the mass produced products on the market. We suspect that prices will start to drop as the interface picks up steam and demand picks up. Storage companies can't help but over supply the market these days.
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