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Computex 2005 Coverage - Day 3: ASUS HQ Visit and more from the show floor - Scythe and Iwill

As the above image attests, it's been a hectic week for us here at Computex '05. From the plethora of company parties with unlimited bar tabs, to our meetings that begin at 9am each morning, we haven't had much sleep. But the show must go on, and today, while being fairly uneventful compared to the past few days, was quite interesting. Again, home theatre products are huge at this year's show, and most vendors we visited today had some sort of SFF PC on display. In the morning we visited a number of booths - Iwill, Foxconn, FIC, SiS and Scythe - and in the afternoon we visited ASUS' Taiwan headquarters for a short tour.

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Scythe is a relatively new manufacturer based out of Japan that focuses primarily on cool and quiet computing. Its stand was small, but there were a number of CPU coolers, GPU coolers, PSUs, and water-cooling units, all of which are fanless. Scythe also had demo systems running at its booth that featured the above cooling products, and while they were warm to the touch, there wasn't one system crash during the gaming demos.






Scythe had some really interesting products on display especially for fans of silent computing and we look forward to hearing more from them in the future.




Iwill told us that they were moving away from the consumer and enthusiast markets, instead concentrating solely on servers and workstations. This was re-iterated by the arrangement of their booth, which was dominated predominantly by enterprise-oriented products. However, one product really caught our eye - the ZMAXd2.


The ZMAXd2 is Iwill's latest SFF PC, boasting not only SLI support but also dual AMD Opteron support. While this may be overkill considering that most SFF units only get used as gaming or media viewing machines, it's definitely among the most innovative products on display at Computex '05.



Interestingly, when asked how long it will take for these PCs to come to market, Iwill admitted that they were in no rush since "there's no competition". We think the ZMAXd2 was largely a marketing stunt, but we could be wrong. We were told it should be ready to ship by Q4 2005 but we'll see.


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