Computex 2008Kash - June 17, 2008
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First stop, ECS.
ECS is known as a major motherboard manufacturer, focusing on both OEM and retail boards. However, at Computex we got to see an ECS that was into more than just motherboards.
First up, we have the gaming section. ECS had its high-end P45 and X48 boards on display.
Smaller form factor PCs were definitely the trend at Computex, with practically every company showcasing a small form factor PC. ECS had its entry in the form of the Slim PC. The Slim PC offers support for Core2Duo processors, 2GB of RAM, a DVD-RW, and a Flash card reader. Its multimedia functions are the most compelling - the Slim PC comes equipped with one HDMI port, a TV antenna, and built-in 3D graphics. As you can see in the picture below, this machine would be perfect addition to a home theater.
Next up is ECS's showcasing of the Intel G45 chipset and GMA X4500HD integrated graphics chip. The new graphics chip offers Intel's Clear Video Technology, which is "a combination of video processing hardware and software technologies designed to enhance the HD visual experience." In other words, Intel is finally building in support for high definition video in its integrated graphics chipsets.
Moving along, we discover ECS's foray into the handheld computer market. There were several models being showcased.
The next section at the ECS booth was the video card section.
A nearby product that caught my eye was the Hydra cooling system. It comes with a reservoir/radiator that can hold 350cc of liquid, a pump that can handle 500L/hour, a 120mm fan over the louvered fin radiator, CPU and GPU blocks, and finally, a "Quick Disconnect Connector" that features non-spill valves.
Finally, we end our tour of the ECS booth at the core of its business, the motherboards.