Day 4 and 5 - IntroductionIntroduction
Once again, after one week of hectic meetings, thousands of photos and enough new technical news to make even the most hungry hardware enthusiasts say, "No more
", Computex 2003 has finally come to a close. While this does mean no new hardware showcases from Taiwan until June of 2004, we still have plenty of goodies to show to you from Day 4 and 5 before we head back to the land Down Under
tomorrow.On the last two days of the show we saw AMD, AeroCool, Zalman, Gainward, X-Micro, Gigabyte, Gigacube, Aopen and ABIT.I hope you like photos, because we have dished up a lot for you today!
Day 4 and 5 - AMDAMD
We visited AMD in their suite on the 24th floor of the Grand Hyatt today where the main focus was obviously Athlon 64.Half of the suite was dedicated to AMD's line of partner notebooks, with 3 or 4 being Athlon 64 ready.
Some of AMD's partners already have small form factor Athlon 64 systems available, including ones from Shuttle, MSI and Iwill.
To demonstrate the processing power of the Athlon 64 with the help of nVidia, AMD had two Athlon 64 FX systems running a demo (which was running in real time) to showcase what 64-bit is capable of.The demo was pretty amazing, the most complex demo produced by nVidia to date.
To give you all a better idea of the type of graphics quality I am talking about, I recorded a short video and uploaded to our servers.You can download the *.mov file by clicking here
Day 4 and 5 - AeroCoolAeroCool
While walking through Hall 3, we noticed a small and mostly undiscovered company called AeroCool. AeroCool produce a range of exotic and really cool cases including ones designed in the shape of airplanes and even a hummer as seen below!
This is one of the companies I saw at Computex 2003 which I can foresee going really well in the future with their truly innovative approach to computer casing. Watch out for this company.
Day 4 and 5 - ZalmanZalman
Zalman had a fairly large presence in Hall 1 where they were showing of their full range of coolers and cases and even their new 5.1 headphones which they have recently introduced.One of the main products which caught my eye was Zalman's new CPU water block cooling system which is one of the most extreme water cooling products I've seen for some time - and it doesn't require a fan.
Day 4 and 5 - GainwardGainward
Gainward occupied part of Hall 2 with their range of graphics cards.Our main reason for stopping by Gainward was to get a peak at their impressive new GeForce FX Cool FX graphics cards which not only offer water cooling for the GPU but also for the Northbridge and CPU.
Look and admire, then repeat.
Day 4 and 5 - X-MicroX-Micro
While on our hunt for new and exciting graphics cards, we stopped by X-Micro who was showing their range of nVidia based graphics cards as well as USB and wireless products.X-Micro has always produced a quality graphics card which looks quite nice indeed. The trend follows on with their newest range of FX cards.
If you remember back 5 or 6 years ago to the day of plain green PCB PCI graphics cards and look how far we have came now...it's interesting to think where we will be in another 4 or 5 years.
Day 4 and 5 - GigabyteGigabyte
Our good friends from Gigabyte (another one of our sponsors for Computex 2003) had an overall very large presence at Computex this year where they were showing off a very comprehensive range of products including brand new K8 and Pentium 4 motherboards.On the AMD front, they had both VIA K8T800 and nVidia nForce3 motherboards on display for the new Athlon 64 processor.
Gigabyte was another company to showcase their new small form factor products at Computex this year.
If the mini PC isn't your type of thing, Gigabyte was also showing their range of new G-Max products.
And to go along with all these new products, you are going to of course need a range of accessories which Gigabyte also just happened to have had on display.
I feel for Gigabyte marketing people right now and the hours they would have had to put in to remember the amazing range which the company now has on offer.
Day 4 and 5 - GigacubeGigacube
Gigacube (or GeXcube) is a brand new partial subsidiary of Gigabyte, dedicated to graphics cards - just ATI based at this stage.Being a new company, Gigacube weren't showing off too many products in their small booth. However, one product which did get our attention was their water cooled Radeon 9600 Pro based graphics card.
It will be very interesting to see what type of products Gigacube decides to pursue in the future.
Day 4 and 5 - AopenAopen
In all honesty, we went to Aopen not expecting anything spectacular. To our surprise, Aopen had lots of interesting motherboards, cases, optical storage and mobile products. The most exciting product Aopen had on show was their new XC Cube AV
small form factor PC based on the Intel 865G chipset.Many companies have shown their various small form factor computers this year at Computex but there are many which are just uncreative or copies of Shuttle XPC units. The Aopen product doesn't come under either category and certainly does a good job of standing out against the best of the best.
Aopen also had a range of regular computer cases on display, as pictured below.
Day 4 and 5 - ABITABIT
Our good friends from ABIT had a fairly large booth towards the back side of Hall 3 where they were showing off their range of Intel and AMD motherboards and nVidia based graphics cards as well as their new entrant to the small form factor market - DigiDice.Like Aopen, ABIT are another company who have entered the small form factor and not just taken the easy way out and produced an XPC copy or unimaginative system which you would not even make your dog have to suffer in his box.
Day 4 and 5 - Final WordsFinal Words
Well folks, that just about concludes things for our coverage of Computex 2003 from Taiwan. We have one little surprise for our male audience which you will all see soon enough - watch the front page!
From our prospective, Computex 2003 was far more exciting and interesting than 2002. We have started to see what many companies are calling the "convergence" of the PC into the living room and into other parts of the house hold for not just work but complete entertainment. No longer are we just in need of raw performance - we have new genres of products such as Entertainment PC's, wireless, small form factor all beginning to make a real name for themselves and will all continue to grow popular in the market.
Buyers require new things to buy - and Computex 2003 has shown that companies have realized this and have had thinking caps on and coming up with a whole range of new possibilities for the once boring PC. If things continue the way they are going, we should see a big boom in the industry over the next 12 to 18 months with the introduction of a whole new range of exciting products for the consumer. We've been dished out extreme amounts of performance, which will continue, but it's fantastic to walk around the halls of Computex and marvel at all the fantastic ideas coming from the brains of engineering and marketing folk on this great Island and others.
Computex has been a blast as usual; we look forward to attending next year. For now though, I cannot wait to head back to Australia out of the hustle and bustle of Taiwan into the slower way of life which we enjoy Down Under