Comdex 2003 Second Day Coverage

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Our 2nd day of COMDEX 2003 coverage actually picks back up with day 3 of the event. After being depressed by COMDEX day 1, we took day to and spent the entire day seeing the sights of Las Vegas.

We said earlier that COMDEX this year is the smallest it's been, and the reason behind that is Key3Media, who took over the job of running the event. Key3Media wanted to change the show around and focus on "business-to-business". With the change, COMDEX was set up to have 7 main focal points: Wireless and mobility, Web services, open source, Windows and .Net, On Demand Computing, security, and the digital enterprise. While these things are all good categories, there are other categories and products that we'd have rather seen on the floor. Companies and products that had been on the show floor in the past years.


Companies like ThermalTake, Vantec, Lian Li, CoolerMaster, and others who cater to the enthusiast and gaming markets just aren't here. Sadly,these companies are exactly what we came to see. It was these companies, who don't fit in the "business-to-business" category that helped make COMDEX the show it was in years past.

Our last article about the 2003 COMDEX started off with coverage of nVidia's announcement of the nVidia Geforce FX 5700 Go series of notebook GPUs, and today we'll start off with ATi graphic card manufacturer, Sapphire.

Sapphire Tech was staying at a suite in the Las Vegas Hilton were we were. Many of their new products were on display. Sapphire's new motherboard, the Axion 9100IGP, was once such item. The new Pentium 4 board includes the ATI 9100IGP. Other features of the board includes HT support, Dual Channel DDR memory, 6 USB ports, LAN, Sound, Fire wire, Serial ATA-150, and it also has an on board Radeon 9200 video with TV-out support.


In addition to the Axion 9100IGP, Sapphire also had several 9600 Pro Ultimate Edition and 9800 Pro Ultimate Edition video cards laying about. The interesting thing about these cards is that they included Zalman heat pipe coolers. ATi, or at least Sapphire seams to be going on direction nVidia currently isn't.. quiet.


After our visit with Sapphire, we moved back out to the convention center floor to see the main part of COMDEX. Walking back onto the floor, we once again ran into Microsoft, which had a good portion of the floor.


Located inside the Microsoft section, was a small nVidia booth, which was displaying a nVidia powered system and the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition. - nVidia actually had a much larger booth set up away from the convention center, and we would wide up there later.

Still out on the main floor, we came across Sparkle Power, who had all of their power supplies on display. The power supplies that they offer ranged from PC PSUs to open frame PSUs and even rack mount PSUs.


Spire Cooling Solutions, not to be confused with Aspire, was also on the floor, displaying a wide range of heat sinks.


We couldn't help but swing back by Enermax's booth, to snap a few more photo's of the cases we weren't allowed to photograph. This also gave us the opportunity to take a look at the power supplies, multifunction panels, and other cases that they had on display.


We finally found wound up back at the nVidia booth at the Four Seasons Hotel. They had a room setup with many plasma TVs, flat screen displays, laptops, and booths showcasing their products. As we walked in the room, an array of plasmas caught our eyes that had a very cool car demo playing.

nVidia had over 15 laptops setup running different nVidia chip sets and they all were playing different demo's, games, and movies. Like anyone, the first laptop that caught my eye was one that had a 3D LCD screen. Yes, you heard right, a 3D LCD screen. A camera can not capture the 3D effect, but if you have ever used any of the eDimensional 3D Glasses, then you know what it's like. However, unlike the E-3D Glasses, you don't have to wear any type of glasses to see the effect. Sharp makes the Actius RD3D notebook that was used at the event.


The next thing nVidia had setup was the wall of motherboards, displaying 16 different nForce 3 motherboards.


Next to that was the fun stuff. nVidia powered systems with Call of Duty and Unreal Tournament 2004, which I (d3bruts1d) got to play with for a little while. This was my first time playing Call of Duty, and I think I've found a new love. UT2K4 was also extreamly enjoyable to play. It had a lot of 2003 in it, but had the faster passed feel that made the original game so much fun.



nVidia also announced that Unreal Tournament 2004 would be bundled with the GFFX 5950. This of course is a way to compete with ATi's deal to bundle HL2.

Once again, nVidia also had a setup displaying the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, which we were given a brief demo of.

That pretty much concludes our coverage of the disappointing COMDEX event. It defiantly wasn't the show we had hoped for or expected, and from everyone I could overhear around Vegas, they were also disappointed with the "new COMDEX". Should Key3Media continue with the current direction of COMDEX, I really don't see a lot of companies returning. Right now, OverclockersClub isn't planning on returning to the event unless some drastic changes are made.