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Computex 2006 - Day 2 and 3 live coverage from the floor

By: Cameron Wilmot | Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 8, 2006 4:00 am

ThermalTake goes crazy at Computex


After having lunch with the friendly and always happy and cheerful Annie Wu from ThermalTake, we walked up to their suite in the Grand Hyatt and had a look at some of their new products. During our lunch meeting, Annie told me ThermalTake had a lot of new products but she didn't give me the impression they had THAT many new products to show to the world here at Computex.


Where do we start? The highlight product from ThermalTake is their Mozart TX case. It ain't any normal computer case, mind you - for starters, it's capable of holding two complete computers inside. One full size ATX or BTX motherboard and one mini-ITX size motherboard.



ThermalTake are promoting the Mozart TX case a HTPC system, even though it's the biggest case we've ever seen. Upon walking into the ThermalTake suite, I quickly asked, "What the heck is that?" This is the type of case you buy if you want one of the funkiest innovations we've seen so far this year at Computex 2006.




You can use this case in a number of different situations such as playing a game on the full-size motherboard and watching TV or a DVD movie on the mini-ITX motherboard. It's perfect for people with a dual monitor setup or if your family has issues with whose turn it is to use the computer. The options of usage for a case like this are endless and only your imagination is your limitation.



Besides hooking up another monitor to the system, ThermalTake will also be selling a world-first drive bay touch screen LCD which can be hooked up to the mini-ITX system inside the case.


Next up from ThermalTake is their new range of "Tough Power" power supplies. Quite quickly we noticed at 1200-watt capable power supply and straight away started digging for information on why such a large amount of wattage would be required.



We ended up finding out through some good guess work that ThermalTake are working closely with nVidia (G80) and ATI (R600) on their range of upcoming graphics cards, which will most likely consume up to 300 watts each - just for the graphics card. Add a second card in for SLI or Crossfire and you're graphics cards alone are chewing up around 600 watts of power, according to certain sources around Computex this week.


Without mentioning any names, we also discovered that ATI's next upcoming graphics card will come out with a water block. We're not sure if this is as standard but we doubt that because it would make the price of this graphics card more expensive because you also have to buy the water cooling gear to go along with it. While this is a guess, it would seem logical that ATI may offer a separate "enthusiast" version which comes pre-installed with a water block and then you add the rest of the parts yourself.



In any case, ThermalTake are ready for the next generation of graphics cards. They have the "Big Water" all ready to go for when these new cards come out. It's a pre-assembled enclosed water cooling package - all you need to do is connect the hoses and add some distilled water, and then you're good to go.


And while we're on the subject of GPU cooling, ThermalTake were also showing their GPU water blocks which not only cool the CPU but the memory as well. ThermalTake have versions for both ATI and nVidia graphics cards.



Finally from ThermalTake (and we've only had time to cover about half of what we were shown at their suite), we have their "LAN Box" case. These new computer cases from ThermalTake are designed for LAN gamers (no surprises there) and are able to fit full-size ATX or BTX motherboards and desktop style parts.


For example, ThermalTake had a couple LAN Box systems setup. Both were using 700 watt power supplies and the latest graphics cards from nVidia and ATI (GeForce 7900GTX and X1900XTX respectively).




The LAN Box case is quite stylish and yet another intelligent idea from ThermalTake.

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