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Computex 2002 Coverage - Day 4

By: Cameron Wilmot | Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 6, 2002 4:00 am




As surprising as it may be, Intel did not really have many interesting products on display at this year's Computex. Their stand consisted of a range of OEM PCs running Intel processors, a bunch of notebooks, some i845G/i845E motherboards and Intel-based PDAs. Their stand did not feature anything in the way of sneak peaks at their upcoming Springdale chipset or the Prescott processor. It is also worth noting that their stand was the only one to have armed security guards standing outside the front. ;)


Intel were displaying two walls full of motherboards based on their recently released i845E and i845G/GL chipsets. Both of the chipsets perform quite similar to their predecessor, the i845D, however, they add official support for Intel's new 533MHz bus Pentium 4. In the case of the i845G/GL chipsets, onboard graphics is also provided through Intel's "Extreme Graphics" chip. As mentioned in our earlier coverage and i845G reviews, Intel's Extreme Graphics is a great solution for those looking for a cheap, integrated motherboard, however, it cannot run current games at even close to decent framerates, so gamers will probably want to steer clear of i845G/GL boards. Unfortunately, this has been the case with all integrated graphics solutions to date and I look forward to the day where we will see at least GeForce 2 Ultra performance out of an onboard graphics solution.




One thing I was very impressed with was how small notebook PCs have gotten in recent years. As mentioned in our coverage of Day 2, Intel-based notebooks have been much smaller than AMD notebooks in the past because AMD have been using their SocketA packaging which makes the notebook quite a bit larger and heavier than it needs to be. However, they will soon be moving to a uPGA packaging which will allow manufacturers to produce much smaller and lighter AMD-based notebooks. To show you just how small notebooks are getting these days, I took a picture of three of the notebooks showcased at nVidia's stand.



Intel had various Intel-based OEM PCs on display, including models from Alienware, Dell, Legend, etc. I have taken a couple of pictures of the ones I thought looked the coolest, as there were just too many for me to cover them all (about 25).




Cameron and I found it quite amusing when we were playing with one of the PCs on display and received the Blue Screen of Death pictured below. As you can see, we managed to take the picture right before one of Intel's staff came to see what the problem was.



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