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Buffalo Unveils 256GB IDE-Based SSDs

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Buffalo's IDE-based SSD line will get a 256GB version later this month for those who are still using older generation notebooks.

Consumers looking for solid state disk (SSD) speeds and capacities--but are stuck with an IDE-based motherboard--will soon see a solution from Buffalo. Slated for a release later this month, a new 256GB addition to its current line of IDE-based SHD-NHPU2 SSDs will offer both a USB 2.0 connection and an IDE interface. The SHD-NHPU2 line was originally introduced back in April.

Although the drives use multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and 64MB of DRAM cache, end-users won't see blazing fast improvements as they would if using an SATA 2-based motherboard and SSD. Still, there should be some slight improvement when compared to the clunkier mechanical hard drive. For consumers with low budgets, this may be a cheap way to increase performance without buying a new motherboard and processor.

Reports indicate that this new 256GB addition will provide read speeds of up to 101 MB/s (no writes indicated) and come in a standard 2.5-inch package measuring 70-mm x 100-mm x 9.5-mm. This particular drive will be priced at $1,220 when it hits the market, however no specific date or retailer was given (and will not be available in Europe).

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    Mizoguchi , July 7, 2010 9:11 PM
    I lol'd when I saw the $1220
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    naterandrews , July 7, 2010 9:06 PM
    Odd that such a high capacity drive would be aimed at that market? High price tag and slower speeds- why bother upgrading to that instead of a whole new setup (sata300/600 for that price?)
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    stapleton87 , July 7, 2010 9:10 PM
    Yep, upgrade your computer without buy an expensive new CPU and motherboard. Just buy a SSD for only $1220!
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    christop , July 7, 2010 9:06 PM
    Can't afford this...
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    naterandrews , July 7, 2010 9:06 PM
    Odd that such a high capacity drive would be aimed at that market? High price tag and slower speeds- why bother upgrading to that instead of a whole new setup (sata300/600 for that price?)
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    rollerdisco , July 7, 2010 9:08 PM
    Well the performance might not be a huge boost, but battery life should go up and heat should drop.
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    stapleton87 , July 7, 2010 9:10 PM
    Yep, upgrade your computer without buy an expensive new CPU and motherboard. Just buy a SSD for only $1220!
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    Mizoguchi , July 7, 2010 9:11 PM
    I lol'd when I saw the $1220
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    chickenhoagie , July 7, 2010 9:19 PM
    IDE connectors....disgusting...
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    rollerdisco , July 7, 2010 9:20 PM
    rollerdiscoWell the performance might not be a huge boost, but battery life should go up and heat should drop.

    Assuming the $1,220 price is a typo.
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    Anonymous , July 7, 2010 9:21 PM
    This must be geared towards the industrial market. A lot of machines like a press brake, shear, laser cutter, etc use a lot of legacy equipment (serial ports, ide connections, etc). Given some of the crazy environments this type of equipment is found in, it will be a blessing to move away from mechanical drives that could be infiltrated by dust particles. Plus businesses are less likely to bat an eye towards dropping $1,000 into a $150,000 machine.
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    shin0bi272 , July 7, 2010 9:22 PM
    YAPPH (Yet Another Pointless Piece of Hardware)
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    failboat , July 7, 2010 9:23 PM
    LMAO, pay 1200 to get a minor upgrade on a terrible computer rather than get a new mobo,cpu, and ram. You build a brand new i7 build, with that kind of dough.
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    rollerdisco , July 7, 2010 9:42 PM
    otacon72Sadly it's not a typo. Another website is saying they will be availabe in Japan for 106,300 Yen.... 106,300Yen = $1,214US. What a stupid product.

    WOW, yeah i agree. Dumb
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    proxy711 , July 7, 2010 9:43 PM
    1200 will get you a great PC and a really good laptop. but hey ya that minor speed increase is good too.../endsarcasm
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    extremepcs , July 7, 2010 9:54 PM
    Wow, fail. If you can't afford to upgrade your IDE board, you sure as hell can't afford this drive. Maybe a market for some old dedicated servers that can't easily be upgraded, but wow that is a high price.
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    wayneepalmer , July 7, 2010 9:57 PM
    I suspect this is for business users that have industrial-grade tough book pc's for specific uses in the field that cost a couple G's.

    Some of these companies have proprietary programs and they can't use newer software so they only need a more rugged replacement hard drive to get by.

    We still have a couple of applications where I work that are running on Windows 3.1 and 486 cpu's and replacing the failing hard drives has been a bit of a battle.
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    orbitron , July 7, 2010 9:58 PM
    $1220? They are crazy. I rather buy a new laptop.
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    wing2010 , July 7, 2010 10:07 PM
    $1220. No thanks!

    I rather upgrade the notebook instead...
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    Userremoved , July 7, 2010 10:39 PM
    IDE!? What are they thinking the transfer rates will be caped by the IDE port. It's like plunging a SSD with USB 1 port.
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    Userremoved , July 7, 2010 10:41 PM
    stapleton87Yep, upgrade your computer without buy an expensive new CPU and motherboard. Just buy a SSD for only $1220!

    With only a IDE connector!
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    matt87_50 , July 7, 2010 11:28 PM
    I can NOT believe such a market exists.

    people are buying brand new sli powered quad core laptops and STILL skipping an SSD because they're too much!
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    tharkis842 , July 7, 2010 11:44 PM
    Seriously? For $1,220 you could just buy a NEW laptop..way to go marketing dept.
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