G.Skill Falcon II 128GB SSD review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/21/2010 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
On the next few pages we'll show you some photos. The images were taken at high-resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a Canon 450D 12 MegaPixel.
You can find the model we tested under the product code (SKU) FM-25S2I-128GBF2 and this is the 2.5" SATA II 128 GB version. You should easily be able to place it somewhere in your chassis.
And though the photo would make you think otherwise, of course, it's a perfect fit for laptops. This SSD would bring a whole lot of performance onto that laptop alright, all at low power consumption at 2 Watt and virtually no heat.
Slim and light-weight, 9.5mm tall, it's the standard for notebook drives. When we look at the connectors, we spot the standard power and SATA connector, this drive is SATA2 compatible.
To your right you can see two pins, this is a jumper which needs to be enabled if you like to flash new firmware into the SSD. Though the latest Firmware's don't even require you to do this.
Installation wise it's the same as a traditional HDD. Pop it in, connect it, bind it, format it and you are good to go at horribly fast speeds. It uses the same connectors as an SATA storage device.
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