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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.


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