The following images were taken at high-resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a Canon DSLR shooting 12 MegaPixel photos. Right then, packaging. The sample we have at hand is 2 TB model. Performance is listed as 540 MB/s read and 520 MB/s writes with close to 100K IOPS at 4k random write QD32 aligned disk access with our tested model.
And there it is, this is the 2.5" SATA III 500 GB version all packaged up in the bundle. You should easily be able to place it somewhere in your chassis. Small and light-weight. The SSD supports TRIM making sure your SSD will regain its speed once in idle. Obviously you do need to connect it to a proper SATA 3 (6G) controller though, the best ones can be found on the Intel series 6, 7, 8 and 9 chipset based products. We also find the new AMD FM2 based chipsets like the 85X and series 9 to perform well.
When we look at the connectors, we spot the standard power and Serial ATA connectors. This drive is SATA3 (6G). Obviously the drivers are backwards compatible towards SATA2 as well, but the bandwidth limitation there would be capped to roughly 270 MB/s (which is still silly fast compared to HDDs).
A proper SATA 6G cable is recommended and should be delivered with your motherboard. We however never ever had issues with a standard SATA2 cable either. It seems that SATA3 cables are a little thicker, that's all.