Being based in Taiwan has its advantages and disadvantages, in this case we're not at CeBIT, but we've still managed to get to take a look at what some companies are showing at the show and we've actually got better product shots than what you get from a show floor. If you're a regular reader of TweakTown, you'll know that we're very good friends with Gigabyte and we're often invited to their offices to take a look at new kit. We had a chance to get to look at some of the stuff that Gigabyte is showing at CeBIT, but due to limited samples of some of the products, we didn't get to see it all. Some things we've posted about some time ago that's on display at the show and we promise that anything that we missed will be posted about as soon as Gigabyte gets all the kit back from the show.
Let's get cracking with what's at hand though and we'll start with an Nvidia 780a based motherboard, namely the GA-M780SLI-DS5. This is likely to be the top of the line board from Gigabyte and it seems like Nvidia has lost some support when it comes to its high-end motherboards for AMD processors. The reason for this is twofold and it's not all Nvidia's fault.
Problem number one is that AMD isn't doing so well when it comes to high-end processors, at least not in comparison even though there's not really anything wrong with the Phenom range, it just can't compete with Intel's processors at the moment. The second problem is that Nvidia has been a little too strict and in our understanding a bit too arrogant against some of the motherboard manufacturers and with other viable alternatives at a lower cost, it seems like some of them have decided to stick with AMD's 790FX chipset for the high-end.
But back on topic, the DS5-series is one step down from Gigabyte's ultra high-end DS6-series, but we doubt anyone buying this board will feel like they missed out on a lot. Starting around the back you'll notice that Gigabyte has dropped the PS/2 port for the mouse, but there's still one for the keyboard. There are also a total of six USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel sound with optical and coaxial S/PDIF as well as a D-sub and DVI connector for Hybrid SLI.
Not a bad start, but it doesn't stop there, as the board also has three x16 PCI Express slots, although there's only a total of 32 PCI Express lanes available, so if you were to use 3-Way SLI on this board, two of the cards would be limited to x8 bandwidth. Oddly enough the board doesn't have any x1 PCI Express slots which we find rather odd, but it has no less than four PCI slots. There are also seven SATA connectors, although one of them is located at the rear of the board and shares controller with the eSATA connector. Finally the board has internal headers for a further six USB 2.0 ports, two FireWire ports and a parallel and serial port and there's also an IDE and floppy connector. Not bad indeed, the only question that remains is the cost.
One final thing about the Nvidia 780a chipset, as it shares one evil secret with the 780i, it relies on the N200 chipset. As the 780a chipset is based on the MCP78-series, it needs the N200 to have enough PCI Express lanes for SLI, but this also means that the 32 lanes of bandwidth are only communicating with the MCP78 via 16 lanes. This shouldn't cause a problem with most cards, but we have a worrying feeling that if you were to invest in a pair of 9800GX2 cards for example, then you won't get the best performance from this chipset, as each of those cards also have an N200 chipset which splits the PCI Express lanes. This would mean that the initial 16 lanes are split into 32 which is then split into 64, which doesn't sound like a very good way of doing things to us, but the future will tell how well this works or not.
Next up we have a board that should give the HTPC crowd a warm and fuzzy feeling, the GA-G45M-DS2H. As the name suggests, this board is based on Intel's upcoming G45 chipset and it's also a mATX board. However, this is as far as we know the first mATX board from Gigabyte to feature all solid capacitors, as the AMD 780G and Nvidia MCP78S board's we've seen before doesn't feature solid capacitors. If you're looking for something to use with say the new dual core Celeron processor as an affordable HTPC this might well be the board you've been waiting for, although we don't know what the final retail price of the board will be.
It has ample connectivity options and just as the previous board, this one has shed the PS/2 mouse port in favour for a pair of USB 2.0 ports. In total this board also has six USB 2.0 ports around the back and it also comes with eSATA, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF, a D-sub and DVI connector, but it also adds an HDMI connector. If the onboard graphics would prove not to be up to scratch, then there's a x16 PCI Express slot as well as a x1 PCI Express slot and two PCI slots for expansion.
Looking closely at the picture you'll notice that Gigabyte has added coloured plastic shrouds to the USB, FireWire and the serial port headers, these are slightly smaller than those you normally see on motherboards, although the pin-out for the connectors are the same. The board supports a further six USB 2.0 ports, an additional FireWire port, five SATA ports and it also has a single IDE and floppy connector. The other black slot next to the floppy connector is a parallel port header as oddly as it might seem, but this might be useful for those that still use a VFD that connects via a parallel port interface.
The chipset is passively cooled by a rather large heatsink found on several of Gigabyte's P35 boards while the ICH10 is cooled by a rather small heatsink. We're quite looking forward to this board and hopefully the chipset will live up to what Intel has promised so far, at least when it comes to video decoding, but the chipset isn't expected to launch until Computex in June, or at least this is the official launch date, but we've heard that some P45 products at least will be available before then, just as the P35 chipset was available before the official launch.
Next up we have a picture of Gigabyte's passively cooled GeForce 9600GT which goes under the name of NX96T512HP which features the latest incarnation of Gigabyte's Silent-Pipe passive cooling with a new feature that Gigabyte calls Multi-Core which allows for vastly improved heat transfer from the heatpipes to the heatsink. But what we didn't expect was when the graphics cards guys told us that the card will also be overclocked but still run cooler than Nvidia's reference cooler. This looks like it'll be a kickass card for those looking to get a 9600GT, especially as we were told that it should only cost about US$20-25 more than a card using the reference cooler.
We'd just like to point out one thing here for those looking to buy one of these cards, the heatsink should get hot, if it wasn't obvious. That's the great thing with the way these cards have been designed, they draw the heat away from the GPU so it runs cooler and then the heat is transferred to the heatsink quicker than in the past thanks to the extra copper surface that Gigabyte has added between some of the heatsink fins. This copper surface improves the heat transfer from the heatpipe to the heatsink and as such this card is likely to have a much hotter heatsink than most passive graphics cards, but this is a good thing, as the heatsink is meant to dissipate the heat, which in other words means that a cold heatsink is most likely not working all that well.
We knew that Gigabyte made mini ITX motherboards, but the next board we have to show you is something rather spectacular. We were impressed with what Albatron had managed to put together, but this one is even better in most ways. The GA-6KIEH-RH is unlikely to hit the retail market in exactly the way this demo board appears on the picture below, but never say never. It's based on the Intel GM965 chipset just like the one from Albatron and the two have a lot of similarities such as dual Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, DVI and D-sub as well as component video, but then things start to differ.
As you can see from the picture, the Gigabyte board also has an HDMI connector, but it lacks somewhat in the audio department with only 5.1-channel analogue sound, although it does have a coaxial S/PIDF out. This board doesn't have a x16 PCI Express slot like the Albatron board, so you can't really upgrade the graphics, but it does have a mini PCI slot. It also has a standard PCI slot and a mini PCI Express slot. Add to this a bottom mounted Compact Flash slot which accepts Type I/II cards and you've got a pretty solid board.
However, it doesn't stop there, as Gigabyte has added a Silicon Image 3114 RAID controller to this tiny board which adds support for a wide range of RAID configurations all the way up to RAID 5. It's not hardware RAID and it's an older controller which only supports 150MB/s transfer rates, but it's still an interesting option for those looking to build a compact media server. The board has a total of five SATA ports of which one is connected to the Intel chipset and there's also an IDE connector.. It also has two DIMM slots for DDR2 memory, although the GM965 chipset is limited to DDR2 667MHz memory. Still, it should make for a reasonably affordable platform for a wide range of applications.
Well finish off with a real monster board, the GA-7NSCV1-RH. This is a new dual Xeon board using Intel's recently launched 5100 MCH chipset. The difference here is that this is a low cost solution relying on good old fashioned DDR2 memory rather than the toasty hot FB-DIMM's that most Intel server chipsets use. It's also paired up with the ICH9R which is found on many desktop motherboards using a wide range of Intel chipsets. Although it's great to see an affordable dual Xeon solution, this isn't the major feature of this board as odd as it might seem, neither is the fact that you can stick 48GB of registered ECC DDR2 RAM into the six slots, instead it's something that doesn't come from Intel at all.
If you look carefully just behind the fourth PCI Express x8 slot, you'll see a rather large black chip. This is what sets this board apart from pretty much any other entry level server board. It's a System on a Chip or a SoC from ServerEngines and this allows you to remotely log in and restart the server, so no matter how badly it has crashed, you'll always be able to restart it remotely. Part of the secret here is also the small black connector that you can see just below the 24-pin power connector at the top of the board, as this needs to be attached to a suitable PSU for the SoC to be able to restart the server. As a rather peculiar side note, the SoC features graphics from Matrox and this G200 derived graphics core is also used when the server is used with a screen. The Ethernet port above the two USB 2.0 ports is connected to the SoC while the other two Gigabit Ethernet ports are for connecting the server itself to the network.
Other features include no less than four x8 PCI Express slot for expansion as well as a x1 PCI Express slot and a PCI slot. The board also has six SATA connectors as standard thanks to that ICH9R and as the R in the model name suggests, it comes with Intel's RAID controller built in. There's also a version of this board available with SAS for those requiring something a bit more powerful in the storage department. Overall this looks like it should be a very appeal solution for small and medium sized business looking for an affordable but expandable server motherboard with remote management built in. Considering that most data centres charge you every time you want access to your server, this could save a lot of money in the long run thanks to the built in server management features.
That's it for this time, but we will be checking in with Gigabyte for some more stuff once all the kit has got back from CeBIT and hopefully we'll also get to see some stuff that wasn't at CeBIT.
With CeBIT starting in Hannover, Germany on the 4th of March, TweakTown managed to do the rounds to a few of the companies in Taiwan before the show starts. We've got an exclusive look at some of the things which will be shown at the show and some that won't be at the show. We'll start this little roundup with Albatron, one of the slightly lesser well known companies in the market. First up we have a couple of graphics cards and although we saw a GeForce 9800 GX2, we can't post the pictures due to NDA restricitions.
First up is a new low profile GeForce 8600 GT card, which should offer some more horsepower than Albatrons Blue Ray decoder card (no, that's not a typo, it's what they call it). It does run hotter than the GeForce 8500 based Blue Ray decoder card, so sadly this card is using a dual slot cooling design. It has native DVI and HDMI connectors and it has a header for D-sub and TV-out on a separate bracket as well as S/PDIF input via a separate header.
Next up we have a picture of Albatron's custom single slot 9600 GT cooler, the fan has been moved to the forward half of the card and is larger than the one on the reference cards and should allow for better cooling than the reference cooler.
Next we have a couple of shots of Albatron's upcoming GME965 based mini ITX board, the PI965. This has to be one of the most feature packed mini ITX boards to date as Albatron has gone full on with this model. It has DVI, D-sub and component video outs at the rear, as well as a pair of Gigabit Ethernet connectors and 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and four USB ports, as well as a pair of PS/2 ports. We told you about this board in October last year here, but it should finally be ready to hit the market after CeBIT.
Finally we have a couple of pictures of a project from Albatron, although for now, this product is limited to the Brazilian market. It's a PC built into the back of a 17-inch LCD panel and although the specifications are a bit basic, the concept is great. Again, it's not the first time we've seen a PC built into the back of an LCD screen, but this is the first time we've seen it done without taking up any extra space. It seems like Asus was beaten by Albatron, as Asus has been talking about their Eee PC desktop system, which has yet to launch.
However, this is a slightly different beast, as it won't be as powerful, but it should also be more affordable. The CPU is a 500MHz AMD Geode LX 600 and as standard this is paired with 512MB of DDR 400 memory in an SO-DIMM slot. The specific system will most likely come with the OS installed on a Compact Flash card, although there is support for two SATA devices as well as up to two IDE devices. Furthermore there's a mini PCI slot for things such as a WiFi card and there's built in wired Gigabit Ethernet.
The rear of the system has a PS/2 port for the keyboard, a line out and microphone jack as well as two USB 1.1 ports. It will come with the OS pre-installed and there's no optical drive as standard. The 17-inch LCD is not widescreen and supports a maximum resolution of 1,024x768 according to the information we were given. It's far from a cutting edge PC, but if it's cheap enough, we're sure it'll find buyers.
You'll see more coverage over the next few days from MSI, Gigabyte and CyberLink, so stay tuned for more exclusives here at TweakTown.
General Motors, the automotive manufacturing giant attended the largest US Consumer Electronics Show for the first time ever in CES 41 year history. The keynote speaker, General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner was holding no punches and delivered a somewhat atypical promotion of greener pastures where man and machine combine to improve the world we live in. The GM thrust was as a result of several key technologies that enable their new series of luxury cars to guzzle absolutely no petroleum. The line between what is and isn't a consumer electronics gadget is getting thinner and thinner, as in this instance, car technology incorporates many of the conveniences that we consumers love.
The new range of Vue Green line cars work off a lithium ion battery which can plug into a wall socket for a charge, furthermore the electronic motors are amplified with hydrogen fuel cell technology creating water vapor as the only emission. The new technology is said to be affordable too, since GM plans to introduce 16 new hybrid models over the next four years. The cheapest of which is only about $2K more than similar luxury sedans.
Because of the cost issues, the process to create an economical hydrogen fuel driven motor is a long one, so GM have gone for the electrical motor driven by a battery and augmented by several options. Thus cars that need to travel long distances will have to use an included motor which works off of ethanol, gas, diesel or the hydrogen cell and will charge the Lithium ion batteries as needed. However economy is the name of the game and you should get 150 miles to the gallon. The main aim of GM is to use hydrogen fuel cells exclusively; however that is still a relatively long way away due to the low availability of hydrogen pumps.
Bringing his speech to a close, Wagoner announced the world premiere of the Cadillac Provoq, the first luxury model in the E-Flex line. The provocative style and gutsy lines amplified a treasure of technology. The Provoq gets 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, which also keeps the Lithium-Ion battery topped up. The surplus electricity is stored and engages during peak power situations. In addition, the solar power panel on the roof keeps all the electronics within the car in-tune and raring to go.
For more info head over to EFYtimes.
Aussie PC distributer Altech have recently issued out a PR which lets us know they've decided to take things to the ring, sponsoring world champion boxer "Vic Darchinyan".
CeBIT 2007 is commencing down-under soon, and Vic Darchinyan will be present at Altech's stand during the event whereby you can get the chance to battle it out with him in Fight Night on the XBOX 360.
For full details grab the announcement here.
Sydney, April, 23rd 2007 - Altech Computers have entered the ring to sponsor World Champion Boxer, Vic Darchinyan. Undefeated with an impressive record of 20 wins by knockout, Vic Darchinyan is Australia's number one Flyweight boxer and currently holds both the IBF & IBO World Championship belts, the Australian title, the Oceania title, and the IBF Pan Pacific title. Darchinyan is the ideal ambassador for Altech who are also recognised as champions in their own field boasting numerous business awards including a listing in BRW's "FAST 100" list of companies in both 2004 and 2006.
A rush of information on Intel's upcoming 45nm "Penryn" processors has just surfaced on the web, thanks to Intel showing off performance numbers and releasing stacks more details on their characteristics at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, China this week.
You knew it had to be coming. A year ago Intel previewed its first Core 2 processors ahead of their release, and with Penryn due out before the end of the year the boys in blue are back again.
Penryn is still pretty early, although Intel was able to reach over 3GHz on all of the samples we tested. Not surprisingly, the number of benchmarks we were able to run was quite limited. Intel also provided us with a handful of its own test results demonstrated at IDF Beijing which we have reproduced here as well.
As a recap, Penryn is the 45nm micro-architectural update to Intel's current Core 2 processors. The slide above shows most of the improvements to Penryn.
A notebook maker by the name of Malibal have just recently launched a notebook with a MONSTER 20.1" widescreen display; Not only this but it also carries full SLI support, two hard drive bays with RAID 0/1 support, and much more.
Get the full rundown on it at Malibal's website.
Las Vegas, Nev., April 5th, 2007 - MALIBAL, a world leader in innovative laptop design and development, today announced the release of its new Veda Series™ line of notebooks. Available immediately, the Veda Series features an extensive collection of high-end options, including: 20.1" widescreen display, two hard drive bays and RAID 0/1, dual GPU capabilities with NVIDIA® SLI™ technology and AMD dual-core mobile technology.
NVIDIA® SLI™ technology is a multi-GPU solution that increases graphical processing power by linking multiple NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) together to produce a single, high-performance output.
Bit of a car buff? Admire the hard work put into a well-built custom PC? Oh you've just GOT to see this. Raktron Inc. have decided to do the unthinkable, and actually turbo-charge a highly customized PC (with red flames, working headlights, custom license plate etc.).
The turbo-charger was pulled from a late 90s Mitsubishi Eclipse and is actually made functional at 3,500rpms to push air through the case.
This was our first PC Case Modification, and this computer generated more attention than we ever could have imagined. Featured in two magazines and many websites (including hardocp.com), the response was overwhelming, and we'd like to say thanks to those who sent in positive comments. It made all the effort worthwhile.
We thought a fast computer should have hot rod flames, working headlights, and a custom license plate. As for the cooling system, an LED case fan just wasn't going to be original enough. Instead, our case fan is a turbocharger commonly found on late 1990's Mitsubishi Eclipses and Eagle Talons.
Whilst attending CeBIT at the moment, OCZ have issued out a PR which highlights all of their bang whizz products currently being showcased there.
Read the announcement here for full details.
CeBIT 2007-Hannover, Germany-March 15, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today is unveiling a number of ground-breaking, next generation products at the World's largest digital technology tradeshow, CeBIT. Setting out to impress the worldwide enthusiast community and European market and impact the high-end computing and gaming industry, OCZ will be introducing new memory, power, cooling, flash, and peripherals making use of innovative technology to their product line.
Also following suit, Corsair announce their plans to dazzle us all with an array of exciting new products at this year's CeBIT, set to kick off in Hannover from March 15 through 21.
Fremont, CA (March 12, 2007) - Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer products, today announced the company will showcase its impressive breath of award-winning products in the upcoming CeBIT Germany trade fair. CeBIT is the world's largest IT related trade event targeting the industry and users passionate about technology. Show attendees can expect to see the latest and next generation Corsair products including the DOMINATORTM series as well as the latest announced high performance USB drive - Flash VoyagerTM GT. Corsair executive team as well as regional sales and marketing leads will be on site to conduct meetings and provide interviews.
Milton Keynes, England, 28th February, 2007 - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, is pleased to announce that it will be displaying all of its latest solutions at CeBIT this year as well as offering visitors first-look information from its new product Road Map. ECS will showcase its latest motherboards, graphics cards, notebook computers, desktop computers, portable multimedia audio/video players and home entertainment products at its booth.
If you've an appreciation for good quality computer speakers you'll no doubt have heard of Klipsch. They've just issued out a PDF file detailing all of their latest offerings which are on display at CES right now. These comprise the following :-
- Klipsch Introduces Multi-Room Entertainment Products With Wireless KlipschCast Technology
- Klipsch Introduces CS-500 DVD Entertainment System
- Klipsch Amplifies TV Sound With Add-On Audio Solution
- Klipsch Ups the iPod Speaker Ante With New iGroove SXT
- Klipsch CS-700 System Snags 2007 CES Innovations Award
Theres been several press releases come to light from NVIDIA since the opening of CES. These consist of some new mobile products in the way of notebooks, handheld devices and remote controls. You can read up on them all via the linkies to NVIDIA's press room below.
- NVIDIA GeForce GFX Processors Deliver Ultimate Visual Experience on New HP PCs and Windows Vista
- NVIDIA and ASUS Deliver World's First Notebook with Windows Sideshow Secondary Display
- NVIDIA and LG Electronics Offer Windows Sideshow Functionality in New Notebooks
- NVIDIA Preface Platform Redefines Functionality in Windows Media Center Remote Controls for Vista
- NVIDIA Preface Platform Enables Windows Vista On The Go
Legit Reviews have scored an early look at another one of Ultra's fancy new offerings set to be showcased at CES this week, it happens to be the first ever computer case made out of carbon fiber!
Though the official start of CES is a day away we've got an early look at a unique product that will make its debut here in Las Vegas, the Ultra Products Carbon Fiber case. Many of you know that carbon fiber has been used in aircraft and race cars for years, and no I'm talking about your Honda. Though there have been a few custom cases make use CF this is the first use that I know of in a production case.
The use of Carbon Fiber may seem excessive to some, but the light weight material reduces weight, which is great for those who frequently haul their cases around the country to LAN parties. It is these individuals that Ultra is hoping to entice with their new gaming PC's. Having lugged my heavy PC's around to more LAN parties than I can remember over the last several years I have to say that I'm pretty excited about the use of lighter materials.
While surfing around the Internet I stumbled upon a Microsoft website which has a tool which tells you whether or not your PC is ready to run the upcoming Windows Vista operating system and which version is best suited for you.
On the surface, the tool appears to just test out your hardware drivers and open applications. It doesn't appear to actually test system components, as far as performance goes. Interestingly, I'm running an Intel Core 2 processor clocked at 3.3GHz with 2GB RAM and DX9 graphics card (GeForce 7900GS) and the tool says I'm only good for Windows Vista "Business Edition". Of course, we know my PC will run the top-end "Ultimate Edition" without any problems, but the tool detected some issues with the current hardware in my system.
The main system requirement issue detected was my HD audio. It says, if I install Vista my audio controller might not work but that's only because I don't have the Vista driver for it yet. My CPU, System Memory, DVD and Graphics Adapter are all up to the task according to the tool and since I'm using a hardware DX9 graphics card, I'll be able to run the Windows Aero interface without any issues. As far as drivers go, a lot of my Windows XP drivers will work in Vista according to the tool but performance wouldn't likely be that great since they aren't optimized for the new OS. It was interesting to note that even my graphics card will work in Windows Vista without any driver change - it may use the current driver presuming I upgrade to Vista or if I do a new install, it might come with drivers already in Vista. Either way, both nVidia and ATI already have Vista drivers on their websites, so it's a non issue.
The only drivers the tool says I will have issues with are in relation to the Intel P965 chipset and the HD audio controller but this will be easy fixed by downloading the Vista drivers for these devices. This all a good sign as Vista is just around the corner and we shouldn't have too many issues with drivers in Microsoft's latest OS. Intel doesn't list any Vista chipsets drivers on their website yet but Vista will include chipset drivers for the major companies, so it's not much of an issue. You can update to the latest Vista drivers when they come out which will likely offer performance improvements.
So, as far as drivers go, is your computer ready to run Windows Vista? What did the tool recommend you? Let us know by posting your comment below!
QuakeCon is now underway! This HUGE yearly gaming event kicked off just a short while ago in Dallas, Texas, and will run through until sunday. In a supporting press announcement, it's been said that there's $100,000 up for grabs in cash and prizes, these awaiting talented gamers who have what it takes to kick some mega butt during the course of the action-packed event.
DALLAS, TX - August 3, 2006 - The most passionate and competitive video game fans from across the country and around the world along with industry leaders will invade Dallas, the birthplace of first-person action PC gaming, at QuakeCon 2006. Gamers will vie for $100,000 in cash and prizes over four-action packed days, August 3 - 6 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel - Trinity Exhibition Center.
QuakeCon 2006 is organized by a dedicated group of volunteers and Texas' own video game icon, id Software, and offers 96 hours of round-the-clock parties, entertainment, fragging and, of course, plenty of adrenaline-pumping action.
Good morning, in fact this is a great morning. Pleased to announce AMD and ati are joining forces, creating a processing powerhouse. Passionately believe this acquisition makes sense for both companies, shareholders, partners, employees and industries. We are both customer focused.
What is happening in the market place right now. Consumer devices are becoming increasing sophisticated, entertainment and information anywhere, anytime. Enterprises are relying upon collaborative. Customers are asking us how they can grow more successfully, gaining simplicity, differentiation, global reach.
Our customers and partners are more excited as to what we can do together in a market long dominated by one company. We have years of experience working together, common culture of technology. Our commitment to ati's customers, employees and Canada is strong.
We feel confident that company's and cultures will integrate well together. Our products occupy adjacent real estate on a motherboard, we're now more than just neighbors, moving towards a family. Fast growing consumer electronics, innovations to multimedia handhelds, game consoles and htdv.
An update with stacks of info and photos has been handed round just a short time ago regarding the launch of the Global Gaming Revolution, "KODE5". It kicked off with a real bang during the opening stages of CeBIT at Hannover recently, and you can get the full rundown on what took place via this slideshow presentation in .DOC format (weighing in at 3.40MBs).
Further coverage on KODE5's happenings can be sourced at TSNCentral folks.
(HANNOVER, Germany) - March 15, 2006 - The revolution is upon us. News of the KODE5 Global Launch at CeBIT Hannover spread quickly throughout the Internet and beyond, as gamers crowded the Foxconn booth to catch a glimpse of the start of the Global Gaming Revolution. With Team Sportscast Network doing the play-by-play, Giga TV hosting and covering the event, and Team Dignitas on deck to challenge the crowd, the event was a rousing success.
FOXCONN have issued out a 3.3mb .doc formatted slideshow just a short time ago which covers many highlights from their booth at CeBIT this year. All of their latest and greatest products are shown off throughout the slideshow such as S-AM2 motherboards, some crazy looking new cases on the way, entertainment PCs, and more.
Hot off the press from SAPPHIRE they talk about all their preperations towards attending CeBIT 2006 from March 10 through 15 in Hannover, Germany. Heaps of graphical goodies will be showcased at their booth, along with the latest in motherboards etc.
Grab the official announcement for further details folks.
Sapphire Technology, the world's leading supplier of ATI based graphics cards and PC motherboards is showing the latest in its high performance products for OEMs and enthusiasts, including some exciting new technology developments, at the CeBit 2006 Exhibition in Hanover, Germany from March 10th to 15th 2006.
Sapphire's exciting new RADEON X1900 series is a development of the architecture of the RADEON X1000 series introduced earlier in the year and also on show. Using a new GPU built with a staggering 384 million transistors on the latest 90nm chip technology the RADEON X1900 series delivers the highest levels of performance available today in single or dual GPU systems.
The massive 16 country spanned world gaming tournament "KODE5" is drawing closer upon us now (coinciding with the opening of this year's huge CeBIT event in Germany on March 9 where KODE5 will be officially launched). An announcement from the KODE5 event crew working hard to make this monster event possible had popped into my inbox last week, in which I of course proceeded to post up for everyone to see.
Since then, another update with more spicey details on all the preperations having gone into making this a very memorable tourny is now available for all to read.
(HANNOVER, Germany) - March 6, 2006 - Last week, gamers from around the world were told of a revolution about to begin - a global gaming revolution known only as KODE5. We were told KODE5 will mass gamers in 16 countries in a series of regional events to find the best gamers from around the world. The best then fly to an undisclosed location to square off against the world's gaming elite. On March 9, CeBIT, the largest IT-related trade show in the world, will host the KODE5 global launch. Supported by Foxconn, Intel and ATi, the KODE5 launch will see dozens of professional gamers helping KODE5 bring gaming to CeBIT. The KODE5 launch at CeBIT will see the pros playing pros, as well as the everyday gamers taking each other on for some cool prizes.
Another recent announcement from ECS details their preperations into setting up booth at this year's upcoming CeBIT 2006 show. Some swish new motherboards and notebooks will be on display amongst various other bits and pieces, as mentioned in the announcement here folks.
Milton Keynes, England, 1st March, 2006 - ECS are set to unleash a flood of exhilarating new lifestyle and technology products on the hordes of roaming technology fanatics at CeBIT 2006. Those craving innovative technology and simply smart lifestyle products will have their thirst quenched by a mouth-watering selection of new offerings.
Be among the first to get your hands on six new outstanding performance motherboards based on the diversity of AMD's newest 940-pin Socket AM2 chipsets. The KN3 SLI2, C51G-M940 and NFORCE4-A940 are designed for powerful NVIDIA graphics solution; the KA3 MVP and RS485-M940 support ATI CrossFireTM, and the K8M890-M940 is based on VIA technology.