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Buffalo Launching SSDs with PATA Support

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 33 comments

It's a line of SSDs for PCs that don't have SATA.

Buffalo announced today that it is launching a series of solid state drives (SSDs) that address the needs of users with older machines--namely those old-school notebooks without SATA connections. Arriving in a 2.5-inch form factor, the new SHD-NHPU2 line will instead offer Parallel ATA (Ultra ATA/133 UDMA mode 6) support and a USB 2.0 jack located in the back.

Along with 64MB of buffer cache, the drives are capable of up to 101.3MB/s through the PATA connection. As for storage capacities, the new SHD-NHPU2 line will be offered in three delicious flavors: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. The 32GB model will cost consumers around $250, $360 for the 64GB version, and $630 for the 128GB version.

The drawback--at least for now--is that the SSDs are hitting the Japanese market. Still, it's only a matter of time before the SHD-NHPU2s line eventually hit stateside--at least through Newegg or other online venues.

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    simple_inhibition , April 14, 2010 8:03 PM
    jefforange89...what purpose do these serve?


    to make grandma's blazing 1ghz Pentium III wicked fast :-P LOL
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    jefforange89 , April 14, 2010 8:01 PM
    ...what purpose do these serve?
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    simple_inhibition , April 14, 2010 8:02 PM
    um..... pretty sure sata has been on just about every platform since the socket a days. if you are still rocking a system like that without sata, i think the best solution would be to put that $250-$630 (depending on capacity)towards a completely new build. sigh.... more R&D wasted that could have been applied towards bringing prices down on good SSD's
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    babybeluga , April 14, 2010 8:02 PM
    I just threw up a little...
  • 13 Hide
    simple_inhibition , April 14, 2010 8:03 PM
    jefforange89...what purpose do these serve?


    to make grandma's blazing 1ghz Pentium III wicked fast :-P LOL
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    anamaniac , April 14, 2010 8:10 PM
    This makes me sad.
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    husker , April 14, 2010 8:12 PM
    Probably targeted to server farms that have been running just fine for years and don't need SATA, but would benefit from SSDs, particularly from a heat and efficiency standpoint.
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    cekasone , April 14, 2010 8:16 PM
    If your computer doesn't have SATA its time to upgrade dude.
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    milktea , April 14, 2010 8:40 PM
    Businesses (server farms or what not) still running the old PATA should upgrade theirs to SATA. Help out our economy and upgrade.
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    mavroxur , April 14, 2010 8:45 PM
    jefforange89...what purpose do these serve?


    This would be a good upgrade for several applications that aren't set up for SATA and can't be upgraded to SATA. Certain older servers that can't be replaced easliy or cost effectively, certain high end traffic shapers / routers / proxies that have internal hard drives (i've seen some 1U devices that use 2.5" drives), large high volume laser printers that have internal hdd's for storing print jobs for printing later, embedded PC's or industrial computers, the list really goes on and on. Or maybe for that guy that has an older gaming book that still plays the games he wants to play, but might not want to dump a truckload of cash on a new gaming book. Vote me down if you want, but even though parallel ATA is an older technology, it's not going away any time soon. You'll still see it in 5 years in certain niche markets, guaranteed. Look at the venerable old floppy drive, and how motherboards STILL have controlers for it on-board.
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    Burodsx , April 14, 2010 8:49 PM
    Epic Fail. 32 GB SSD with outdated technology costing $250... That's the price of an Intel SSD with 80 GB storage.
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    kronos_cornelius , April 14, 2010 8:51 PM
    I would figure the PATA standard does not have enough bandwidth to take advantage of the SSDs. If the intended audience is organization with a large amount of computers with PATA, they could just add SATA PCI card.



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    Aragorn , April 14, 2010 9:03 PM
    I would love to udgrade my laptop to an SSD but it is only PATA (the thing may only have a 1.8 ghz Petium M but it does most of what I need). The only time I wait for it is disk access. But I need over 160 gb and prices similar to SATA drives for me to justify it.
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    hellwig , April 14, 2010 9:04 PM
    Really, even if your system doesn't support SATA, what advantage do you get from SSD? Modern platter-based 3.5" and 2.5" HDDs are very power efficient and provide more than enough throughput for any Ultra-ATA-based system. Modern HDDs will certainly be a significant improvement over the HDDs that came with your old PATA system.

    If your system is still running PATA, SSD-advances are not worth your while. Even if you can't upgrade the system to SATA, save your money and stick with HDDs. You'll need that money when you have to buy an old Pentium Pro or some old 133Mhz SDRAM dimms off eBay.
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    jaffa , April 14, 2010 9:22 PM
    I can definitely see a niche market for this, computers in certain environments would definitely benefit. As an example industry sites where remote stations subject to high vibration/shock, speaking from experience seeing hdd's die bi-annually is not uncommon. In these cases machine spec requirements will be minimal anyway, to say P-III's/P-4M's based systems, as such suitable chipsets don't know a thing about sata!
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2010 9:23 PM
    I'd love a low-cost PATA SSD for my old Dell C840. It's a 2GHz mobile P4 with a nice big 1600x1200 screen and still chugging along nicely. A new box with a similar screen will cost me 800+ euros/1100+ usd.

    Modern HDDs might be significantly faster than the older ones but still suck in random read/write compared to SSDs. I thought about upgrading the HDD but after installing SSDs in all my desktops I'll never go back to HDDs for system drives. Ever.
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2010 9:44 PM
    Excellent for older computers as a secondary or boot device!
    They can still use the second controller to install a 256GB PATA HD or use an external USB drive of 2TB for storage!
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    Shadow703793 , April 14, 2010 10:04 PM
    huskerProbably targeted to server farms that have been running just fine for years and don't need SATA, but would benefit from SSDs, particularly from a heat and efficiency standpoint.

    True, but even then, I doubt this SSD is server/enterprise grade.
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    spoofedpacket , April 14, 2010 10:42 PM
    huskerProbably targeted to server farms that have been running just fine for years and don't need SATA, but would benefit from SSDs, particularly from a heat and efficiency standpoint.


    Or the countless Pentium 4 boxes sold for business with IDE drives in them. We've got a few 3GHz P4's at my office that are more than adequate after swapping an old non-NCQ 7200 RPM drive out for a SSD.
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    tpi2007 , April 14, 2010 10:58 PM
    simple_inhibitionto make grandma's blazing 1ghz Pentium III wicked fast :-P LOL



    I have a Media Center running with a Pentium 3 1 Ghz... with a Sata HDD... connected to a PCI Sata card.... believe me, it's a lot more cost effective, and if you decide to move the HDD into a new computer with SATA, you just have to plug it in. With an SSD with a PATA connector first you have to check whether your board still has the connector, and if it does you will have an ugly cable impending your airflow.

    However, that said, this DOES make sense for Laptops. If you have a Desktop however, it's just nonsense.
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    hakesterman , April 14, 2010 11:01 PM
    Too much money, way too much money!

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