Review Index:

CES 2007 - Power Supplies, Notebooks, Vista and more

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: General


Though Asus didn't have a large booth at the show, they were one of the few companies that had a range of new products on display. 

This system being shown is a barebones configuration that Asus is readying for the HDTV market that features HDMI connectivity and the full range of DVR functionality.  This model used a Core 2 Duo E6300 processor and a GeForce 7600 GS graphics card.  The styling on the system is very good and the case would fit well in any home theater setup. 

Of course there were plenty of motherboards on display, starting with the L1N64-SLI motherboard recently released in conjunction with the AMD Quad FX platform.  We are still working on getting a system and components in for an evaluation at PC Perspective.

This mATX motherboard, the Asus M2A-VM HDMI, powered by the AMD ATI Radeon X1250 integrated graphics chipset, could be a start to a great custom built HTPC system. 

You can see that with this riser card, the board supports both DVI and VGA outputs as well as fully HDCP compliant HDMI and even component outputs. 

The new Asus P5B Premium looks like any other motherboard until you get close up…

And see that Asus has integrated 512MB of on-board memory to support Vista's new memory feature called ReadyBoost that enables quicker boot times and load times of applications. 

This definitely an interesting motherboard, the Asus P5N32-E SLI PLUS uses an nForce 650i north bridge but pairs it with a south bridge from the 680i chipset.  This allows the motherboard to still fully support x16 PCIe SLI configuration but with a lower price and what some would call improved overclocking compared to the standard 680i.

Asus had a swarm of notebooks on display as well, including this Asus G2 Gaming Notebook that features a 17' high speed display and ATI X1700 discrete graphics.  A Core 2 Duo processor and DDR2-667 support should guarantee this machine is more than fast enough for any game title. 

This the Asus G1 Gaming Notebook, a slightly smaller 15' model that uses NVIDIA 7700 graphics and the same Core 2 Duo and DDR2-667 memory support that the G2 uses but all wrapped in a lighter and more mobile design.

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