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Comdex 2003 Summary

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: General
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Abit, Asus, DFI

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Abit


Abit had their new NVIDIA graphics cards on display including a 5950 and 5700 Ultra card.






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Another interesting bit they had was a Siluro FX5600XT graphics card.






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While this product hasn’t officially be announced, it is the corresponding card to the Radeon SE models – the model below the FX5600 and FX5600 Ultra. The XT line from NVIDIA will essentially be an underclocked version of their mainstream graphics cards. We’ve also heard that NVIDIA will be releasing a 5900XT card as well, though we aren’t sure if Abit will be a supporting vendor. Could we make these graphics cards models more confusing, please?


Also in the Abit booth was the “world’s fastest computer” running on an Abit IC7-G of course with an Intel P4 EE 3.2 GHz processor.






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While it was only running at 4.0 GHz at the booth due to heat reasons, it has scores in several benchmarks at 4.5 GHz that put in #1 in 3DMark 2001 with a score of over 29,000 points. Impressive, but we like to play games.


Asus






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The ASUS suite at the Venetian displayed the company’s entire product line including graphics cards, laptops, and motherboards. Although the vast majority of the display was nearly identical to that we reported on during Computex, there were a few new items which raised a few eyebrows. The first item to catch our attention was a pre-production 754-pin Athlon64 motherboard based upon the new nForce3 Pro 250. Here, the motherboard tentatively dubbed the K8N uses the new chipset which adds SATA support and Gigabit Ethernet to an already lucrative package. Additional boards which caught our eye were two models based upon ATI’s IGP9100 chipset. Although we have yet to see any enormous support for ATI’s chipset, seeing these boards from a major Tier-I vendor show that the market is at least willing to give ATI a chance.






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Perhaps the most interesting and controversial aspect of the ASUS suite was the portion dedicated to graphics cards. Asus recently announced that it would be producing cards based upon both NVIDIA and ATI graphics chipsets. As such, it was no surprise to see a full product line for each brand. However, upon further inspection we realized that the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra was nowhere to be found. In its place, albeit with a crossed-out sign, was a “vanilla” GeForce FX 5700 with older TSOP memory modules. When asked about the whereabouts of the new GeForce FX 5700 Ultra, we were told that ASUS had no intention of producing a card based on that chipset because of cost considerations. Surely this is a confusing answer as the ATI Radeon 9600XT which shares the same MSRP was on display at the next table.


DFI






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The next appointment we had at the Venetian was with motherboard manufacturer DFI. The company was on hand to promote its new LAN Party 2 series of motherboards. For the Intel platform, DFI has selected the i875 Canterwood chipset for its flagship motherboard. On the AMD platform, DFI has chosen to use NVIDIA’s nForce2 chipset for the Athlon XP processor. Given the amount of attention which has been focused upon AMD’s new Athlon64 processors, DFI has committed itself to adding yet another LAN Party 2 series motherboard based upon an appropriate Athlon64 chipset.






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For those looking to achieve the highest levels of performance and overclocking ability without the additional cost of the LAN Party’s visual enhancements and bundle, DFI is offering the INFINITY series. Although we have yet to see one of these new boards within our labs, it looks to offer an excellent value for the money.


Over the course of the last few months, DFI has progressively increased the amount of support it is receiving within the community. In an effort to continue this trend, DFI will be making a greater presence at LAN events within the US. Through sponsorship, awards, and participation the company is committed to having its flagship LAN Party series be more than a clever marketing ploy.

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