Runcore Rocket Air SSD Review – A 256GB Blade SSD Upgrade For Mid 2012 Macbooks and Ultras


Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it uses incompressible data.  AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the ‘worst case scenario’ in SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data and many enthusiasts like to AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.

blankOnce again, these results seem a bit lower than expected, especially when examining the Total Sccore.


You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications


The Runcore Rocket Air pulled through PCMark Vantage testing with a high score of 42955 points and a high transfer speed of 332MB/s while working in Windows Media Center.  Although this is on the lower end of SATA 3 SSDs we have tested to date, the SSD is running in SATA 3 mode.  Lets take a look at some transfer speed results in Vantage:



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    It seems like many of us are on our second or third mSATA SSD and using a mSATA-to-2.5inch converter inside a 2.5inch enclosure is a waste of space. Have you seen a USB3-to-mSATA enclosure that is just as sleek as that aluminum external adapter?

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      No I don’t know of any other than Mac specific ones as we have seen from Runcore and OWC, both being blade style specific and not mSATA. MyDigitalSSD markets one we did a short piece on but it is an external that is the size of a SSD

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    Not sure if you still have the drive, but if so, any chance you might be able to examine battery life as compared to the stock SSD? One of the critiques of the Aura was that it had a higher power draw than the stock SSD. Thanks! 🙂

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    Will it fit the new imac 27′?
    and will we have the possibility to make fusion drive with it?

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    Any update on this blade SSD compatibility with Asus zenbook and prime series laptops and also on its poor performance issue not meeting the manufacture’s published data?

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    Will it work with X1 Carbon model 2012/2013

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