Comdex 2003 First Day Coverage

Admin - 2007-02-12 17:01:49 in Trade Shows/Conventions
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Reviewed on: November 19, 2003
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What better place to start our coverage of COMDEX, than the beginning? The first day of COMDEX started as any day should, with breakfast. nVidia invited us to a breakfast, so eagerly we went, expecting eggs, bacon, sausage, and the works. However, to our disappointment breakfast consisted of bagels and mini-muffins. The breakfast was about as exciting as nVidia's booth at last night's bikers bash.


The breakfast, or lack there of, had a nice turn out none-the-less. Though, as we soon found out, the crowd was there for nVidia's press conference. It was here that we finally got to see something from nVidia. The press conference was to announce the nVidia Geforce FX 5700 Go series of notebook GPUs.


To show off the power of the new 5700 FX Go, nVidia ran all of it's demos (including a HDTV demo) off of multimedia notebooks. The notebooks, currently not available to the public, were provided by Alienware and Toshiba. The HDTV presentation that they presented, again ran from a notebook, was very impressive quality wise.


For those of you familiar with Dawn, nVidia's skimpy dressed pixy, nVidia has something new for you. Lust Dusk, Dawn's new sister... sporting leather pants, and something that Dawn was missing.. shadows.


In addition to the skimpy dressed pixies, nVidia had some other things available to show the new FX 5700 Go, the first was the "Staying Alive" Vulcan (Deamon, Devil, Balron, fire dude, or whatever you want to call it).

Then we got to see the latest in Unreal Tournament... UT2004. Rather than talking about the new stuff in UT2K4, it's easier to just show you.

Also demoed for us was the upcoming expansion for Medal of Honor, Pacific Assault, which includes a brand new game engine.

The breakfast was rather depressing, but the presentation was good and hopefully, the rest of COMDEX would be even better. That was wishful thinking on our part. Despite being pre-registered for the event for quite sometime, the new management for the COMDEX event decided to complicate things for us by a brilliant display of unorganized and stupidity. After standing in the line to receive our passes for the event, the passes that we pre-registered for and that was priorly approved by COMDEX staff, was denied. Yeah, our approved passes for the event were denied. Thankfully, we found a COMDEX staff member who knew what he was doing and got us our passes quicker than the last person took to tell us that we were denied. Anyway, enough of the ranting on the staff, time to move back on to the actual event.

This years COMDEX is the smallest in the last several years, dropping from what use to be 100,000+ attendees to an estimated 40-50,000 attendees. The main reason? MediaLive. We'd could go on & on about that, but then that'd lead us back to ranting about the COMDEX staff...

The whole of COMDEX took up 1 hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a dramatic decrease in size from the previous years. Microsoft was out in full force, occupying about 15% of the exibit area, another 10-15% was taken up by the registration and media sections.

Our good friends at Zalman had two booths. The larger booth displayed the Zalman thermal products. The main items on display were the new "Heatpipe cases". These cases look very impressive, and should provide a great solution for those of you out there wanting something to keep your system cool and quiet. The heatpipe cases provide cooling for the CPU, GPU, and HDD directly into the case, and the case itself is one big heatsink.

Also on display at Zalman's big booth was their watercooling system. While watercooling is nothing new, Zalman approached watercooling in the traditional method we've seen in previous cooling products, bigger is better. The radiator for the watercooling system stood as tall as many full tower cases.

Our friend Cyrus was on hand at Zalman's other booth. Here Zalman was showing off their Surround Sound Headphones. For a booth that had a TV and 3 pairs of headphones, Zalman managed to attract quite a crowd. And after listening to the headphones I understood why, the headphones simply rock!

Cyrus gave us a bit of info on what to expect in future headphones. A few key features we should see soon include volume control and a microphone. A microphone added to the excellent quality headphones could quite possibly produce the best gaming headphones yet, we'll see. :)

Leaving the Zalman crew, we moved on to the Enermax booth, where we were told by Enermax staff memeber, Gloria Yu, not to take pictures of the cases seen below. We were also told that the cases were not even available for display on Enermax's web site. That's odd, don't these cases and these cases look familue?

Powercooler had some unique and cool products to show off. One, was a PSU that had a pre-modded window in it. The next was a color changing aluminum fan. The fan has a metal housing, blue LEDs, and color changing fan blades. The fan blades change colors as it heats up and cools off. A very nice item, and definitely the most unique we've seen yet.







Stay tuned for more COMDEX coverage later!