Protac is an Australian importer/wholesaler of computer goods. They also happen to be a subsidiary of PC Chips, a not so well known motherboard manufacturer that caters for the OEM market rather than the enthusiast market, which is why you don't see their boards reviewed here. Protac had a large stand this year with various products ranging from motherboards, to video cards, to DVD-ROMs.
In the video card area of their stand, Protac had a Chaintech GeForce4 MX440 on display, as well as two budget video cards from SiS, the 305 and the 315. These SiS cards are great for the non-gamer who just needs a simple, cheap video card, but as various media reviews have pointed out, they are definately not suited to nor directed at the gamer. It's unfortunate that the GeForce4 Ti cards couldn't be obtained for the show, but Protac stated they were expected them to arrive within the next few weeks.
Protac were also displaying a few ECS mainboards at their stand. The first was the P4S5A, a Pentium 4 motherboard based on the SiS645 chipset that supports DDR333 memory. The second was the P4VMM2, which is another Pentium 4 motherboard but this time based on the VIA P4M266 chipset. The P4VMM2 is a MicroATX board that is directed at the integrated market, and thus features an onboard Savage 4 graphics accelerator, onboard AC'97 audio codec and onboard LAN. The third ECS board on display was the K7S5A, which is a SocketA board that is based on the SiS735 chipset. This board is rather old, however, it is still often purchased because it features great performance at a low price and has both DDR and regular SDRAM memory slots.
Another thing that caught my eye at the Protac stand were RICOH's DVD+RW and CD+RW drives. Their new MP5120A DVD+RW drive features a 2.4x write speed (equivalent to 22x on CD drives) and an 8x read speed (equivalent to 32x on CD drives). A DVD can hold 4.7GB of data, compared to the 700MB capacity of most CD-R discs. Who said that it was not possible to backup your whole hard drive onto disks?
RICOH's soon to be released MP7320A CD+RW drive features 40x read, 32x write and 10x rewrite. The drive also features RICOH's JustLink technology to prevent buffer-under-runs. With such high speed CD-RW drives hitting the market, it is possible to write a whole 700MB CD-R in a matter of minutes.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 1
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 2
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 3
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 4
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 5
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 6
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 7
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 8
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 9
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 10
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 11
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 12
- ITExpo 2002 Coverage - Page 13
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Tesla to double the number of Superchargers this year
- Death Stranding is an open-world action game
- CyberPowerPC's new Ryzen PCs: from $983 up to $2399
- AMD's cheaper Ryzen 5/Ryzen 3 CPUs should launch in Q2
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700 @ 4GHz, 1800X performance for $329
- ASUS ROG SWIFT PG258Q: Crazy Fast Gaming @ 1080p 240Hz
- Cannot access the BIOS on a laptop
- Extreme6 Z97 and Samsung M.2 EVO 960 setup
- BIOSTAR RACING B250GT5 Unboxing and User Experience
- ASUS MAXIMUS IX FORMULA A2 Error Code with Hardware Component Failure Beeps
- ASRock launches a new era of performance with AMD Ryzen motherboards
- Nintendo eShop, Indie Games Ready for Nintendo Switch Launch
- Innovation and competition return to high-performance PCs March 2nd with worldwide AMD Ryzen 7 availability
- Final Fantasy awarded Guinness World Records title for most prolific role-playing game
- InstaVR launches publishing compatibility with HTC VIVE, cnabling companies to create high quality long-form VR video applications