Buffalo launches 256GB IDE SSD

Intel might be doing its best to kill off the age-old IDE interface, but the familiar rack of annoyingly bendy pins still refuses to die. The latest piece of kit to be stuck behind the IDE wall is a new 256GB addition to Buffalo's line of SHD-NHPU2 SSDs.

The new SHD-NH256PU2 comes in a standard 2.5-inch package, measuring 70 x 100 x 9.5mm, and is kitted out with 256GB of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and 64MB of DRAM cache.

In addition to the IDE interface, the drive also features a USB 2 interface, enabling the drive to be used as either an internal or external unit.

Both Windows Vista and 7 have quickly built up a reputation for giving hard drives a good hammering, and upgrading to an SSD often makes more sense than buying a new CPU, or even a new laptop.

However, that's not a lot of good if your laptop is stuck with an IDE connector, which is where a drive such as this could come in handy. You're not going to get the super-fast transfer rates of SATA 2 interfaces, but you'll probably still get a massive performance boost compared with your old 4,200rpm hard drive.

Sadly, it's not going to be cheap though. The drive currently costs ¥99,800 (£753) in Japan, meaning you could even buy a new SSD-equipped laptop for a similar amount of money.

A Buffalo spokesperson told THINQ there are currently no plans to release the new IDE drive in Europe, which is probably just as well at that price.