Runcore T50 6Gb/s mSATA 120GB SSD Review – PCMark Vantage Testing and The SSD Hierarchy


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

If you are new to testing and considering benchmark software, this is the best you can get because the program goes well beyond the results of simulated testing as we have already done. In comparing SATA 2.0 SSDs, we have reached the bandwidth limit and the performance of most new SATA 2 SSDs is as high as it can get with typical high sequential access speeds in the area of 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write.

We needed a way to differentiate these drives and to find a method that can actually put one drive above another and this is exactly what Vantage testing does. Its tests combined can provide an accurate comparison between drives and its tests individually can assist a smart shopper in finding the best SSD for their needs. Next to actual true to life testing which can take an insurmountable length of time, PCMark Vantage is the only program that can compare any SSD, side by side, regardless of SATA interface or controller in use.


The Runcore T50’s final point total in PCMark Vantage HDD Suite was an incredible 63906 points which puts it above many of the best SSDs we have tested to date.  Its particular strength was in tasks related to Windows Media Center where it resulted in transfer speefs of 397MB/s.  Heres the Vantage chart:

I will be the first to state that putting the T50 beside any other mSATA or PCIe SSD is an unfair venture as they don’t even come close, however, we need to draw some sort of similar comparison.

blankFair is only fair so lets take a look at how the Runcore T50 mSATA 6Gbps 120GB SSD fared in the ring with the big guns.  You just may be surprised.

blankWith manufacturers such as OCZ, Crucial, Patriot, Corsair, AData and Intel falling under it on the chart, all of which are full size 8 channel SSDs, the Runcore T50 just may have earned some bragging rights.


Pg1 – Introduction, Compatibility & Packaging

Pg2 – Internals, Test Bench & Testing Protocol

Pg3 – ATTO, Crystal Disk Mark and Anvil Storage Utilities

Pg4 – HDTune Pro Benchmarks

Pg5 – PCMark Vantage Testing, mSATA SSDs Compared & The SSD Hierarchy

Pg6 – The Verdict


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