Cebit 2008 Coverage
Reviewed by: kingdingeling
Reviewed on: March 4, 2008
What a great day to go to the CeBit! Sunny weather, no rain, no wind, so much better than the snow we were supposed to be getting! Before we get going with the different things on display, I have to say that there was a lot of advertisement and hype about it here in Hannover over the last two or three weeks. The main tram stating, the Kröpcke, is plastered with G.Skill advertisements, there’s ads for all kinds of things pretty much anywhere you go in Hannover! But lets get going with what’s happening on the technology side of things, as there’s a lot to be seen!
One of the first booths I stopped at was Arctic Cooling, as they had some new coolers on display. Everyone knows the Freezer 7 Pro to be a cost efficient cooling solution for the LGA775 socket, however it’s a tower cooler, so it might not fit every case. Arctic Cooling now offers the Freezer 7 Low-Profile cooler, to fit even the smallest mATX cases.
Continuing with coolers, Arctic Cooling has teamed up with Inno3D to produce an 8800GT with an Accelero X1 (yes, you read correctly, the normal Accelero X1 fits the 8800GT!) for better cooling, but also to keep the card quiet. They are not only cooperating with Inno3D, but also with Elitegroup (ECS), who have equipped their 8800GT with the new Accelero L1 Low-Profile cooler and their 9600GT with the Accelero S2 as a passive, silent cooling solution.
But there is more from Arctic Cooling! In their Silentium series of cases, they were offering their own power supplies, which will now become available without the cases. They had a 550W version on display, the Fusion550, which was very compact but had the fan mounted outside of the metal casing, making it very individual in its appearance.
I spoke to the Sales Director of them, who told me they were planning more. A lower wattage model is being worked on, probably around 350W, but also a higher wattage model in the 600-700W range, targeting the enthusiast crowd. Arctic Cooling is known for quiet products, but the Sales Director went as far as to say that these Fusion series power supplies would be the closest to silent that you can buy. I certainly hope they keep this promise!
Continuing with cooling products, I stopped at Coolermaster. With many of the recent top CPU coolers being tower style coolers, I was not very surprised to see Coolermaster launch some a new tower cooler. What I didn’t expect though, was the sheer size of this thing! The Hyper Z600 is plain huge, probably the size of a Thermalright SI-120, although at least double the height! They had an aluminium and a copper version on display, which reminded me a little bit of the XP-90 and XP-90C.
Coolermaster is also making a move in the watercooling sector. They had the Glacier 600 and the Glacier 9200 on display, the 600 being for ATI 2900XT/Pro cards, the 9200 for NVIDIA G92 based cards. These blocks were both full-coverage, but also single slot solutions, which is interesting in cramped cases or tight SLI/CF setups.
The Coolermaster Stacker has a legendary status amongst enthusiasts, for the size, but also for the looks of it. The Cosmos is beginning to continue this history of great cases. Coolermaster added some eye candy to their booth, showing off three different Stackers and 6 Cosmos cases, all modded or painted differently!
The Zalman booth could be heard from halfway across the hall, the reason being the Zalman FPS-Gun Mouse. The company had set up a couple of computers rigged with this new mouse and everybody could try it out. Apart from the fact that the sensitivity was extremely low, this mouse rocks! It gives so much more realism to gaming when you’re actually pulling a trigger instead of whacking your mouse button.
Obviously Zalman was also showing off some coolers, some of which I had not seen before. The CNPS family of CPU coolers gets a new sibling with the CNPS9300, a slightly smaller version of the CNPS9500. For the new generation of GPUs, Zalman has the VF1050 available in three colors (grey, black and red). If that’s too big for you, the VF830 might be something to consider, which is about half the length of the VF1050.
Many of the Zalman cooling solutions are known to be very quiet, so it has adapted this idea to its power supplies as well, only taken one step further. Zalman was showing off passive power supplies all the way up to 1000W, which finally gives some competition to Fortron’s ZEN 400W passive power supply. The company had some pretty large heatsinks paired with heatpipe technology, as can be seen in the second picture below.
We had just had two of the newest Gigabyte motherboards on the review bench, but I definitely still wanted to stop by and see what it had on display. It was definitely worth the stop, as Gigabyte had some interesting new things on display. Let’s start off with the mainboards. Sorry for my rubbish picture taking capabilities, but the below picture shows the GA-X48T-DQ6, GA-X48-DQ6 and the GA-EX38-DS4 (on the left, top to bottom), and also a P45 (Eaglelake) based board (top right). I asked one of the guys whether the Dynamic Energy Saver function would be altered so that it would work when the system is overclocked, as both ccokeman and Makaveli had put as a slight Con in their respective reviews. He said that it wasn’t planned, but noted it down to pass on to the engineers.
Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of it, but Gigabyte also had some motherboards on the wall which support ATI’s Hybrid CrossFire technology, allowing an on-board video chip to run in CrossFire mode with a PCI-Express video card that was added into the system. Gigabyte also is a reseller for video cards, of which it had a few on display as well, including a 9600GT cooled by a Zalman VF700-ALCU. It’s great to see that the newer video cards can be handled by such "small" coolers, compared to what Zalman had on display.
Gigabyte also had a nicely designed mATX case, featuring a type of piano finish black and white design. But apart from all these cool things, Gigabyte also displayed what I would call the “curiosity of the day,” being an extreme RAM cooler, called the Cool Rain. It looks like a beetle sitting on two RAM sticks, but it is actually a miniature independent watercooler for memory.
Gigabyte also wants to enter the gaming peripheral market, with the gaming keyboard that has extra buttons above the function keys. Also, it is launching a new gaming mouse.
Foxconn had a huge booth, focusing on motherboards, but also displaying video cards. To present its Quantum Force X48 board, the Blackops, Foxconn has invited a member of Team Italy to do a Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) overclocking session there. The farthest I saw their QX9650 go was 5.6GHz, but I’m sure they’ll try for more these days! The Quantum BIOS is hilarious though, have a look at the picture below.
The Quantum Force series of mainboards, started with the Foxconn MARS that we reviewed in February, not only got an X48 brethren, but also a 780a SLI (the Destroyer) and 790i SLI (the Dreadnaught) sibling.
Foxconn also had some video cards on display, including an overclocked 9600GT with an aftermarket cooler.
With everyone displaying X48, P45 and 790i SLI motherboards, MSI was definitely not going to miss out! It had the X48 Platinum and X48C Platinum in the showcase, the X48C featuring six RAM slots. MSI once again used its Circu-Pipe cooling systems on these motherboards. Furthermore it had the P45 Neo3, P7N SLI Platinum and P7N Diamond on display, as well as many other boards, but I focussed on the enthusiast side of things
I was secretly hoping that MSI would have its new low-cost subnotebook ready, but sadly, it is still working on it. The Asus Eee PC is supposed to get some competitors here at the CeBit, but I have not been able to spot any this afternoon. MSI still had a range of laptops on display, including the small PR-200 and PX-210 notebooks, aimed at multimedia users on the go.
Abit and More
While I was visiting the Abit booth, I was looking for an OCC Award sign, as Abit had featured it on its IP35-Pro box before, but sadly there were no awards at all. Instead, the company showed some nice motherboards, including a new P35 board, the IP35-Pro XE. It also showed its successor, the IP45-Pro, as well as its X48 board, the IX48-Max.
Asrock also had some new mainboards at its booth, including some with the new flagship chipsets from both AMD/ATI and NVIDIA. The X48TurboTwins-WiFi and K10N780SLIX3-WiFi will probably become decent, low-cost alternatives to higher-end motherboards. Asrock certainly got the big names to go with its motherboards!
Elitegroup (ECS) also showed X48, X38, P45 and P35 boards. The X38T-G8 has an interesting, reverse design, which I don’t know how that would fit in a conventional case.
Biostar also had a strong showing, including some boards aimed at a higher-end group of users. The company showed a high-end Intel system based on its P45D2-A7 board, as well as an AMD system based on its TA780G M2+ board, running Hybrid CrossFire.
OCZ/PC Power and Cooling
PC Power & Cooling is known for its top notch power supplies, which were also on display here at the CeBit. The company had a new Silencer 500W model on display, as well as a TurboCool 860W model. OCZ, as the owner of PC Power & Cooling, also had power supplies on display, including the new EliteXStream 800W and 1000W models. The EliteXStream series will feature only one single massive +12V rail, which is a move contrary to the multi-rail madness that’s been ruling the power supply market as of late.
OCZ also had the new Vendetta 2 CPU cooler on display, which looks like a new revision of the Vendetta cooler. Besides that, the FreeZe thermal interface material (TIM) can be seen, which is OCZs attempt to give Arctic Silver a run for its money.
What surprised me most at the OCZ booth was the fact that it had a Solid State Drive (SSD) on display, which is going to be available in 32GB and 64GB sizes.
Patriot had some large capacity, durable USB drives in display, including the Xporter XT with up to 64GB in capacity. In the back and on the right, a waterproof version of the Xporter XT can be seen. Also in the back is Patriot’s take on a Solid State Drive (SSD), this one has 128GB of space.
Going on to RAM, Patriot had some fast DDR3 on display, a 2GB kit of PC3-15000 as well as a 4GB kit of PC3-10666. It also had the Viper Fin DDR2 on display, which was recently reviewed by OCC.
GeIL displayed a new series of gaming memory, which have a new type of heatspreader called the EvoONE. Although they are large, these heatspreaders do look promising. Luckily I saw those RAM sticks first at GeIL's booth, because when I walked around the corner, I thought GeIL was back in 2004. The company has a new type of DDR1 (!!!) memory on display, the Golden Dragon series. Judging by the fact that it is still bringing out new DDR1, there must still be a large market somewhere.
TeamGroup Inc. also had RAM on display, but this was not just ordinary RAM. These models were Xtreem, just like the name already suggests. The 2GB DDR3 kit was specified at DDR3-2133, but at 10-10-10-30 timings and at 2.1-2.2v. TeamGroup has also shown the fastest DDR2 kit I’ve seen, rated at DDR2-1300, with timings of 6-6-6-18 at 2.35-2.45v.
With the focus being on Green Computing these days, Enermax launched its Modu82+ series of power supplies, ranging from 425W up to 625W models. One of the 525W models was powering a 16-core machine at its booth.
Seasonic had a range of M12 and S12 power supplies on display, including some models above 1000W.
Tagan was showing its 2-force and ITZ series of power supplies, both going from very low wattages up to very high power models.
Miscellaneous Video cards
Today I was only able to advance up to the Sapphire Gaming Zone, where only two different HD3870 cooling solutions were shown, but I’m sure I’ll find Sapphire's real booth in the coming days. One of the cards is passively cooled, whereas the other one is the TOXIC edition, featuring the Vapor-X cooler.
Gainward had a passive 8600GT on display, as well as a 9600GT with a massive aftermarket cooler.
Elitegroup (ECS) is also trying the video card market, equipped with some 8800GTs using Arctic Cooling cooling solutions. The 256MB version uses the Accelero L1 and the 512MB version uses the Accelero S2.
Albatron had some interesting things at its small booth, including three different 9600GTs. One was a reference design model, the second features double the memory (1GB instead of 512MB) and the third is a 512MB version using a different cooler. Another interesting find at the Albatron booth were the PCI video cards based on 8600GT and 8400GS chips.
Inno3D not only uses cooling solutions by Arctic Cooling as described before, but it also asked Zerotherm. On display was a 9600GT with the Zerotherm Hurricane cooler, making it a very large card. Also displayed was a P35 based motherboard.
Was it a long enough wait? You have all been waiting for it and here they are. The 9800GX2! Supposedly they are still under NDA, as the guy from Gigabyte told me, but three manufacturers are already displaying them.
At the Corsair booth, there were some serious systems in use. CrossFireX, or QuadFire can be seen in the first picture, but wouldn’t you think an X38 or X48 based board would be used for such high graphics power? No, Corsair used a Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 board for this! All of the systems had Corsair Dominator memory and were powered by Corsair HX power supplies. The last picture shows Triple SLI in action, although sadly there weren't any benchmarks running on there.
The absolute best thing at the Corsair booth, however, was the Golden Computer by Wielander. I kid you not, a computer where all metal parts had been exchanged for gold, pure gold. The case, the DVD drive cages, the Dominator heatspreaders, the fan grill on the CPU cooler, just about everything was golden in that computer!
And last, but not least, some sexy body paint.
Stay tuned for more coverage from CeBit 2008!
CeBit Day 3 Coverage
Although I visited Hall 21 on Tuesday already, I must have been blindfolded! I know that I must have walked right past DFI and some others, so I have some catching up to do today! On display were a range of boards, of which I will be focusing on the enthusiast section, the LANParty boards. The whole display was focussed on Intel boards, except for the lonely one or two AMD boards, one of which was the LANParty 790FX-M2R. If you take a look at the picture, you will notice that there are only very small heatsinks on the board, indicating that it will run rather cool, which makes it very interesting for overclockers.
As the X48, 790i SLI and other chipsets have their official debut here at the CeBit, DFI was sure to have some LANParty boards ready. Starting on the NVIDIA side of things, we have the LANParty NF790i SLI-T3R, which will be the top Intel SLI board from DFI. There were three (!!!) different X48 boards on display as well, the LANParty X48-T2R, LANParty X48-T3R and the LANParty DK X48-T2R. If you take a look at the chipset on the LANParty X48-T2R, you’ll see that it looks very much like an Intel processor. The T3R features a wicked cooling system, which is again not only limited to the space inside the case.
There was also a LANParty DK P45-T2R and a LANParty DK X38-T2R on display, as well as a LANParty P45-T3R.
These guys were hiding right next to Foxconn, which I had covered on Tuesday. In my opinion, these guys definitely had the coolest piece of hardware on display from what I’ve seen at CeBit! A portable dual screen system called InterView, which is fully flexible, includes a 1.3 megapixel webcam, microphone and a headphone jack, but best of all, it can even be plugged into a laptop! Sadly, the rep couldn’t give me a release date yet, nor the approximate cost. Each of the 17” widescreen panels run at 1440x900 with an 8ms response time and a contrast ratio of 500:1. On the device itself there were two USB ports.
EVGA also showed a USB to DVI adapter, which supports resolutions up to 1680x1050 right now, but it is working on 1920x1200. The booth was running the above InterView and another screen with these adapters, all with one laptop.
Motherboards by EVGA have been increasingly popular amongst enthusiasts. At its booth this year, it showed a 790i (first picture) and a 780i board. Now listen to this, the 780i is called the EVGA 780i FTW, that’s not a joke! Sorry for the crappy image quality, but the lighting at the EVGA booth was terrible for photography.
Apart from the 8800GTs, 8800GTSs and the 9600GTs, EVGA was also showing an 8800GS. The GS is a slightly cut down version of the 8800GT, with 96 stream processors and a slightly slower core speed. According to the guy at the booth, the cards are relatively easy to overclock, reaching performance levels of the stock 9600GT.
Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take pictures of it, but EVGA also had a 9800GX2 at its booth, although it was in the back section, which most people don’t get to see. There was also a motherboard (790i I believe) equipped with two 9800GX2s, one of which was stripped down to its PCB, cooled by a single Innovatek watercooling block (EVGA and Innovatek were sharing a booth). This insight showed that the 9800GX2 is not one PCB with two chips on it, but that it is actually two separate PCBs, linked a little bit like the 7950GX2. The chips on the cards therefore face each other, which was different with the 7950GX2. This design is also the reason why the DVI ports are above each other.
Asus had a huge booth, which made a very confident showing. Ranging from notebooks to video cards, Asus had pretty much everything on display, including a Lamborghini Gallardo.
Asus had a separate booth just for its Eee PC, and for one laptop, this was a rather large booth. I am 1.95m (6’4”) tall, so I have rather large hands. For me, it was close to impossible to type properly on the miniature keyboard of the Eee PC. It is a really cool device, especially as the price point makes it interesting, however it is not made for large hands I’m afraid.
Most of the video cards displayed at the Asus booth were pretty much standard, 8800GTs, 9600GTs and so on, but Asus had two special cards. One 9600GT was equipped with an “Asus exclusive” Glaciator heatsink. The card is factory overclocked and is supposed to be 10% faster than a stock 9600GT. Next to this card, there was a passively cooled 9600GT with a massive heatsink.
Asus also had many motherboards on display, but I will be focusing on the models that are new and might not yet be available in the stores. The range of Intel P45 motherboards was large, going from the P5Q-V HDMI, past the P5QC to the P5Q-Deluxe. If that’s not enough P45 goodness for you, there is still the Maximus II Extreme to choose. Speaking of Extreme motherboards and the Asus Republic Of Gamers (ROG) series, there were a couple more on display. The Striker II Extreme, based on the 790i Ultra SLI chipset, had some massive heatsinks on it, but still offers the possibility of watercooling. Forget what I said about the heatsinks on the Striker, here comes the Rampage Formula, Asus’ flagship X48 motherboard! Across all of these motherboards, Asus included a chip called the “Energy Processing Unit,” which I believe is a similar feature to Gigabyte’s “Dynamic Energy Saver.” As you might have noticed, all of these boards are Intel based. Asus’ range of AMD boards on display was small at best, although the Crosshair II Formula definitely looks like a performer amongst the 780a SLI boards.
Cebit Coverage Day Three
Cases and Power Supplies
Heading for the Thermaltake booth, I saw Chieftec displaying a new case which goes away from its doctrine of simple and “sleeper” cases.
Lian Li was a must-see, especially as I had seen pictures of its red Armorsuit PC-P80 online already. It was running a CrossFireX setup, which is also what the mod on the side of the case represents. Also shown was a black version of it, as well as a smaller version.
There were also a couple of Lian Li power supplies on display.
Across the alley was Silverstone, who showed some HTPC cases. Just like Corsair, Silverstone had a Wielander computer on display, obviously in a Silverstone case, but it was lacking the gold sadly. It also had a display of power supplies, advertised by the fact that the top 3DMark06 score was achieved with a Silverstone 1200W power supply. All of the computers at the booth were using Silverstone’s Sabertooth gaming mouse.
Sharkoon also had a pretty good showing, obviously including some Rebel 9 and Rebel 12 cases. The company also showed the Seraphim case, which looks a lot like a Lian Li PC-A71. Sharkoon has its own series of Gamer Hardware, each marked with the RUSH symbol. At CeBit, the company showed its RUSH hardware, including a mATX cube case, two types of keyboards, various headsets and a mouse. The most interesting thing at the booth was the Drivelink HDD to USB adapter, allowing for 3.5” IDE, 2.5” IDE and all SATA drives to be connected to any computer via a USB port.
Hiper was showing the new Type R II series of power supplies, each having at least eight USB ports on their rear panel. It also showed the Type M series.
And for all the people who love some ‘bling’…
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Mushkin had a range of RAM on display, each series showing its own awards, though I was unable to find an OCC award on there. Also on display were some power supplies, but those were the already known 550W and 650W versions. Together with the German forum Awardfabrik, Mushkin displayed a very nice, green themed computer, powered by a Mushkin power supply and some Mushkin Redline RAM. That’s not all from Mushkin though; did you know it was entering the video card market? I certainly didn’t!
Solid State Drives are getting bigger and bigger in capacity rapidly, so Supertalent showed some 128GB SSDs, both in 2.5” and 3.5” sizes. It also showed some ProjectX DDR3 1600 / 1800 modules, which are new additions to Supertalent’s overclocking line of RAM.
Speaking of storage, I finally got a picture of the G.Skill advertisements in the Kröpcke tram station!
These guys are usually known for their cases, of which they also had a couple on display. These two included small LCD screens in the front so that you can monitor your hardware.
What Aerocool is not yet known as well for, is its cooling solutions. It had a couple of different coolers on display, both for GPU and CPU cooling. The M12 Pro cooler goes with the recent trend of tower coolers, but integrating the heatpipes directly into the cooler’s base. This technique is used by Xigmatek on its HDT-S1283, which is a rather successful cooler. Next to the M12 Pro, we find the Silver Wind, which is also available as a copper version. For video cards, Aerocool developed the Double Power cooler, which connects the fan portion to the bit that actually resides on the chip via heatpipes.
CeBit Coverage Day Three
Although its booth was small, Scythe had some really nice coolers and other devices on display! Let’s start with non-cooling related hardware, and then go from small coolers to big ones. The 5.25” Kama Bay Speaker is definitely an interesting concept, which, depending on the sound quality, could become a success in HTPCs, for example. Scythe also showed a PSU of the Chouriki series, this model being a 1000W version.
The smallest cooler on display was already quite large for a chipset cooler. The Ptoto TYPE has an extremely thin fan sandwiched in between two sets of aluminium fins, each connected with two heatpipes.
The next biggest cooler is a CPU cooler, although a low-profile one. The Shuriken is a relatively large heatsink with another extremely thin fan. According to one of the Scythe guys, the fans are only 12mm thick (0.47 inches), something that only Scythe has been able to achieve in sizes larger than 100mm in diameter. These fans are also extremely quiet, just like we’ve come to know from Scythe products. This cooler is already in stores.
Next up is a GPU cooler, the Mushahi. This is quite a large heatsink with two of the thin fans on top of it, thereby utilizing maximum airflow whilst keeping quiet. In one of the systems on display, the Mushashi was mounted on an HD3870, which is almost totally covered.
We’re getting bigger now with the Ninja 2, an improved version of the original Ninja, using six heatpipes. The Ninja can be operated passively on cooler CPUs, but will need a low RPM fan when cooling higher-end CPUs.
Next up is the Zipang cooler, which unfortunately does not look that large on the picture, but don’t be fooled, it is big! Like most Scythe products, the Zipang is meant to be a quiet but efficient cooling solution, but when adding a higher RPM fan, the Zipang should be good for some more extreme overclocking. Just like the Shuriken, the Zipang is already available at many retailers.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the Orochi cooler. Scythe says it’s the ultimate passive cooling solution and seeing the size of this thing, I’m sure the company is right! Ten (10) heatpipes transfer the heat from the base to the aluminium fins, but if that’s not enough for you, Scythe includes a 500 RPM 140mm fan with it.
What?! An even bigger cooler? Yep, that’s correct, although the Giant Ninja sadly will never reach any consumers. It’s only a marketing object, but definitely has some potential. Also using ten heatpipes, the Giant Ninja is without a doubt the biggest, fattest and maddest cooler I have ever seen!
These guys had a 30,000€ computer on display, which was just being explained. The case was nowhere near as cool as the one mnpctech is modding for AMD here on OCC, but it still had some nifty features. As far as I know, it’s a modded Thermaltake Mozart TX.
OCC has just reviewed a 2000W power supply, but if that one is too big for you, Thermaltake has the solution for you. The Toughpower 2000W comes in an enclosure that is about half the size of that of the E-Power. To match its Xaser case, Thermaltake made a series of power supplies called the Xaser as well, of which a 600W and 700W model were on display.
Thermaltake also had a couple of coolers on display, including the V1, which OCC reviewed a while ago. For the budget overclocker, the Heatpipe Value CPU cooler might be interesting. For more hardcore overclockers, the successor of the Big Typhoon, the BigTyp 14 might be an option. It looks very similar to a Big Typhoon, except for a larger fan, but we will have to wait for the first reviews on how it performs.
CeBit Coverage Day Three
CoolIT had two systems on display, both using its TEC cooling solutions all around. One system used a 780i SLI board, a QX9650 CPU and dual 8800Ultras, all cooled by CoolIT products. The other system was an Intel Skulltrail platform, using dual QX9775s and dual HD3870X2s in CrossFireX. Even those were cooled by TEC technology.
Random Floor Pictures
World’s largest television and Samsung’s 31” OLED display
Custom painted tablet PC:
New BMW X6 SUV:
And just for all the stereotype lovers…
And last but not least we have some more booth babes.
Stay tuned for more coverage from our roving reporter at CeBit!!
CeBit Coverage Day Four
Update for Arctic Cooling
Yesterday I walked past the Arctic Cooling booth again, where there were a few new coolers on display that hadn’t been there when I covered Arctic Cooling on Tuesday. The Freezer Xtreme will be AC’s high-performance cooler, equipped with eight heatpipes and 226 aluminum fins, which have relatively small gaps in between, making this cooler somewhat compact. The necessary airflow will be provided by a 120mm PWM fan sandwiched in between the two cooling towers.
Another new thing Arctic Cooling had on display were the Accelero Xtreme coolers, which have been highly anticipated by enthusiasts already. There will be two versions, one for the ATI 2900 series and one for the NVIDIA 8800 series (G80 for now). These coolers have three ultra quiet 80mm PWM fans on them and make use of five heatpipes.
Update for Mushkin
Yesterday I was unable to speak to these guys as there was too big of a crowd in front of the booth, but today I managed to fight my way through. As already posted in OCC’s webnews, Mushkin showed a new set of XP3 modules here at the CeBit, which feature an all new heatspreader that will be extended to the HP3 and possibly the EM3 series as well. This heatspreader uses an extremely thin, but wide heatpipe to dissipate the heat.
Update for MSI
MSI’s booth was totally filled on Tuesday as the company had just started some sort of show to promote one of its new products, but as I didn’t have much time, I didn’t spend that much time at the company’s booth. Turns out that I missed quite a bit of what MSI had on display, so I need to fill you guys in on that. MSI had a series of Gamer Notebooks called the GX series, most of which were using NVIDIA 8600M GTs and Intel dual core processors. Each of the laptops has HDMI and eSATA ports and will be delivered with some exclusive gamer accessories. The Extreme Edition has a nice flame-like design as well.
Further around the corner, MSI showed off its video cards, including a 9800GX2. It has posted the NVIDIA NDA date below the card (March 18, 2008), which I thought was weird, showing a card that is still under NDA but then being that blunt about it. Apart from that, there was an 8800GT with a Zalman VF1050 cooler and another one with a cooler that looks very much like the one from a 7900GTX/GTO. It also has a reference cooled 8800GTS, HD3870 and HD3870X2 up there.
A totally new thing from MSI is StarMemory. The company had some DDR2 667/800 on display with 5-5-5 timing, which is a standard JEDEC specification. It also had some neatly designed webcams up there, one having the shape of a racing helmet and the other in the shape of a golf ball.
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These guys had three different sets of DDR3 memory on display, ranging from DDR3-1600 up to DDR3-2000. The DDR3-1600G set was specified at 9-9-9, the DDR3-1600+ at 8-8-8 and the DDR3-2000X set at 9-9-9.
As already covered before, Solid State Drives are getting bigger and better, which makes it no surprise that A-Data was also displaying some. The company focused on 2.5” SSDs, one with 64GB, a 128GB special RAID version and a normal 128GB version.
Ever since I saw the OCC Gold Award on the box of the Abit IP35-Pro, I was on the lookout if any of the manufacturers would be using our awards at their booths. Finally, on my last day at the CeBit I found what I was looking for at the Zerotherm booth. A total of three (!!!) OCC awards were shown, one Editor’s Choice, one Gold and another OCC Recommended.
When looking around the booth, I saw coolers like the HC92 Hurricane, GX700 or CF900 that are already out. The guy at the booth then showed me a new cooler they had on display (I first thought it was the Nirvana 120), which they unfortunately don’t have a name for yet, but he said it would be cheaper than the Nirvana and have the same cooling performance, if not better.
Antec was showing off some power supplies of the Earthwatts, NeoPower and Quattro series. All of these power supplies are certified 80PLUS efficiency.
Antec was also showing some cases, ranging from HTPC cases to full tower cases. It had cases for all price ranges as well, starting with the NSK 6580 and going up to the P190. The P190 did not have the dual power supply system installed, consisting of a 550W and a 650W. Besides the P190, the P182 and P180 were also on display.
The Fortron booth was centered on power supplies, including some new high wattage models from the Everest Pro series. The 1250W version was modular, but stayed very compact when compared to, for example, an Enermax Galaxy 1000W. A 700W version of the Everest (non-pro) series was also shown. The Epsilon 80PLUS series was represented by a 600W model, which has been in stores for a while now.
CeBit Coverage Day Four
I had to search for the Intel booth, as it wasn’t a booth, but rather a whole pavilion. I wasn’t expecting CeBit to use this area of the fairgrounds, but after asking at the information desk, I found it. Outside the door, we are greeted by a BMW Z4 M Coupé in white with the Intel sign on it, which I sure wouldn’t mind in my garage.
Inside the pavilion there was a whole lot to see. It starts off with an exhibit of 45nm quad core processors, which did not have any Integrated Heatspreaders (IHS) on them, revealing the cores beneath.
Next up is the Intel Silverthorne micro-processor, which is about the size of an adult’s thumbnail. That is really quite amazing, considering the performance levels this chip is supposed to deliver.
Further in the back of Intel’s exhibition, there were five BMW Formula 1 race car models, each equipped with a high-end gaming PC. If you had enough time to wait, you could race each other in a game of Need For Speed.
Next up are a couple of motherboards Intel showed. These motherboards were almost exclusively based on the P45 or X48 chipsets, but were not made by Intel, but from other manufacturers such as Gigabyte or Foxconn. Included in this exhibit was the Foxconn Transformer F1, a board that is larger than standard ATX, but includes four PCI-Express 16x slots with lots of space in between.
Also in Intel’s pavilion were some Panasonic Toughbooks. Intel’s slogan for this CeBit was “It starts with the chip,” pun intended. The last picture says “The chip for energy efficiency,” advertising Intel’s die shrink to 45nm.
Leaving the Intel pavilion, we were greeted by a Hummer H2 advertising Windows Vista and Intel Centrino Duo processors.
CeBit Coverage Day Four
The place GeCube had its booth this Friday was an empty area on Tuesday, go organization! Anyway, as GeCube is mainly producing ATI video cards, the display was focussed on the newer HD3xxx cards. It had an AGP HD3850 with an aftermarket cooler up there, which is dual slot, but will hopefully allow for some overclocking headroom.
Next up is an overclocked version of the HD3870X2 with a massive copper dual fan heatsink, which definitely looks like an improvement over the stock heatsink. The company had two of these in a rig setup as CrossFireX, running some impressive benchmarks.
I said the display was focused on video cards, but GeCube had two different types of laptops on display, one that could possibly be a competitor to the Asus Eee PC, or the OLPC laptop. It’s called the GeCube Genie PC and has the same 7” screen as the Asus Eee PC, however it was slightly larger, allowing me to actually write on it!
The company also had a larger laptop on display, however this was not meant to be a low-price notebook. It is more aimed at businessmen who need a small, but powerful subnotebook. A fellow CeBit visitor put his phone next to it for size comparison.
Noahpad Easy2Use Notebook/UMPC
Speaking of small laptops, the Asus Eee PC has another competitor! The Noahpad UMPC also comes with a Linux Distribution, but has a funky mouse / keyboard combination. If you take a look at the picture, you’ll see that there is not a keyboard in that sense, but there is also no mouse. This is where the Noahpad technology comes in, as the two parts of the keyboard are actually touchpads. They are the touchpads with which you operate your mouse, but they are also the mouse buttons (left click = left keypad, right click = right keypad) and keyboard. The keyboard activates when you open a supported application (Open Office, Firefox, Opera, etc.), but I found it really hard to write with this technology. This had nothing to do with the size of my hands or the size of the keys, but more with the fact that the keys I pressed were not always displayed on the screen. The guys and girls who will get along with this technology will only have to carry 0.78kg (1.7 pounds) and can use a whole 30GB of space. The screen also folds all the way around the laptop. The anticipated price is 310-360€.
Cebit Coverage Day Four
D-Link had a larger display of routers and other wireless networking devices, including a dualband Wireless N access point, which operates at 2.4GHz with a speed of 300Mbit.
Next to that, we found a wireless G access point that was embedded in a weather-proof casing, meant for outside wireless action. The case is heated and is said to withstand even the strongest torrents of rain and storm. It operates at 108Mbit.
Netgear had an assortment of Wireless N hardware as well, starting with its RangeMax N routers and access points, but also including PCI, PCMCIA and USB wireless N adapters.
The HD war is finally over with Blu-Ray as the winner, so there would obviously be some drives on display. Panasonic had Blu-Ray compatible devices from slim-DVD drives for laptops all the way up to Blu-Ray players for your TV. The 5.25” players on display included one that could write Blu-Ray as well, although only at 4x (BD-R) or 2x (BD-RE).
Sony had the BWU-200S on display, which can read Blu-Ray at 4x speed.
What good would the last days coverage be without some more booth babes? Enjoy!
That was OCC’s coverage of the 2008 CeBit in Hannover, Germany. I hope you got an insight of what is coming and what’s hot. My expectations were more than exceeded, but I was a little disappointed by the laptop manufacturers, that there were only very few competitors to the Asus Eee PC out yet. Overall, there are some very neat things due out in the next couple of months! At this point I want to thank OverclockersClub and especially Dave (Bosco) for giving me the opportunity to go to CeBit!