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  Computex 2004 Taiwan, wrapup and more 
  Jun 04, 2004, 06:00pm EDT 
By: Sander Sassen

Computex 2004 was a great show, well worth the visit, but unfortunately none of the major manufacturers launched a long awaited new product to spice things up a bit. Nevertheless the showfloors were as feature-packed as they could be with plenty of new products and new product launches left and right. We’ve had a busy week covering this event and must express our gratitude to Taitra for taking such good care of us, as well as all of the manufacturers inviting us to their dinner parties, much appreciated. Just one thing we missed was the wireless 802.11x access throughout the showfloor which would’ve enabled us to do live coverage through streaming media directly to our website, but that’s just a minor inconvenience. One thing that was obvious though is that Taiwan means business when it comes to providing the IT industry with low-cost and high-quality products.

If we had to rate which products or technologies we were impressed by most we’d certainly give Iwill’s Zmax SFF PC with dual Opteron support two thumbs up, that is an impressive accomplishment. What also impressed us was the speed by which many of the graphic cards manufacturers were able to launch their new Nvidia 6800 and ATi X800 product lines, many of them also had samples available, of which we took a few home, and mentioned they’d be starting shipping any day now. AMD’s Athlon 64 got a new socket with was launched during the show, but we saw and heard among the motherboard manufacturers that they’re not switching all of their design to socket-939 right away, socket-754 is extremely popular and it would be a shame to not continue and develop new products for it.

Another new socket, Intel’s socket-775, seems to have a few problems of it’s own, and we’ve already reported about this earlier, as the socket is too fragile for multiple processor insertions, and most motherboard manufacturers were quick to comment that they’d rather have stayed with socket-478. Talking to many of our collegeaus over at the Tech-Report, Bit-Tech, Anandtech and others we heard them expressing the same concerns. The same could be said about BTX, only half a dozen BTX cases were on display at the show, whilst there was an abundance of ATX cases. The only BTX motherboards we managed to track down were early samples, only featured at Intel’s booth, none of the actual manufacturers bothered to show them at their own booth.

We’ve had a great time at Computex, the showfloor had plenty of interesting new products and the presentations were entertaining and usually informative. Overall a great conference and as you can see from our coverage one worth attending, we’re certainly planning on checking in again for Computex 2005 to monitor the then current state of technology.

Below you’ll find a summary of our coverage of Computex 2004, click the links to be forwarded to the article of your interest. Please take notice that all of these articles can also be found in our editorials section in the upper left menu.

Computex 2004 Taiwan, wrapup and more
Friday, June 04, 2004 06:00 PM EDT

Computex 2004 Taiwan, Abit, SiS and ALi/ULi
Wednesday, June 02, 2004 03:00 PM EDT

Computex 2004 Taiwan, Nvidia, S3 and Iwill
Tuesday, June 01, 2004 08:30 AM EDT

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Computex 2004 coverage, if you however have any questions, tips or suggestions, or would like to havemore information about a certain product, be sure to drop us an email and we’d be happy to answer your questions or requests.

Sander Sassen.

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