Motherboards.org at Computex Taipei 2006: Day 1 :: ECS at Computex 2006

06-08-2006 · Category: Hardware -

By Tulatin

For the sake of convenience (and a few photos which have decided that they want to be re-shot), ECS' coverage will begin here, taking place before ASUS'. Make no mistake that it will come into this article, just at a later point in time. To the point, though. Finding ECS' booth within the New York, New York shopping centre was a touch more frustrating than one would expect - entering in from the entrance just path Intel's swath of umbrellas, I found absolutely no signs of life down on the food court level. As luck would have it, I managed to meet up with some helpful ECS representatives in an elevator, and they pointed me to the right floor. Now, while I had initially not thought much of the location, there's just something different to a private hall; while it takes some of hustle and bustle away, it also provides a much more quiet, and personal experience. The music in the room plays at a reasonable level, as people mill around and between each other, unlike the booths, where I wouldn't be surprised to soon see glowing speakers. But alas, finding someone to guide you through a booth is never easy, or is it? For my expedition through ECS' booth, I had the guidance of JoAnne and James, to show me what's new, and answer the worlds of questions I had for ECS. The first and foremost question? What colour will the PCB on your new "Extreme" Boards be? I knew it was going to be a good day, when they answered me "Black". We opted to start our now optimistic tour on, what else? The motherboard section, and what better place than in the thick of ECS' Conroe friendly 965 Solutions.

In terms of the items within ECS' suite, there are three different tangents that the consumer will be interested in - more performance motherboards, a videocard lineup featuring the latest and greatest, and all the Consumer Electronics you'd need to digitally enhance your life well. Let's start over on the motherboards. The one of most interest to me was the PX1. Featuring the Intel 965 "Broadwater" chipset. While there is no Crossfire support for the time being, there are plenty of nice new features such as heat pipe cooling, a darker PCB, Six SATA ports and a more feature rich bios. To those wondering what the yellow PCI slot is on all these boards that would be the PCI-Extreme slot. Think of a normal PCI slot but with .1 more volts, presumably to help your cards over clock if you should choose to raise PCI frequencies. Also on display were quite a few of the other "Extreme Series" motherboards, based around both the 955X and 975X chipset. Once again, more detail will be expended in coverage of this sooner, rather than later, but for the time being, enjoy the photos of what's to come, Intel Wise.


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Unfortunately, the AM2 display from ECS seemed a bit thin for the time being, but then again with all of the launches and announcements made recently, it makes sense that the AM2 presence isn't that of the Intel - after all, Conroe (now Core 2 Duo) IS the show's hot topic. On display are two; based around the NForce 4 590, and ATI's Xpress 3200 chipset, providing launch support for both SLI and Crossfire. AS per usual with ECS, these boards should cost toward the low end of the segment, while providing performance toward the high end. While it may seem like there's a thin selection of boards, that just isn't true, as ECS has a veritable explosion of entry level and workhorse boards on display - and trust me, after working with the 945G-M3, I know these boards will be good. Especially when it'll be possible to plug a Core 2 Duo chip into almost any of the boards seen here and have it work flawlessly. For those looking for purely workhorse motherboards, intended with wide functionality and stability at a low cost, there are a few PC Chips motherboards on display - one or two of which should grace the lab to see if the old way is truly gone.


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The next item in line is ECS' broad new range of Videocards, running all the way up to the exorbitant 7950GX2. For what it's worth, there isn't much room inside videocard production to wiggle the price point, but provided ECS could do such a thing, their reputation would help them draw massive market share. Most of the upper echelon of cards is essentially reference designs, though one board in specific, the 7900GT has a really nice ECS themed, Zalman inspired and heat pipe fed cooler, which is bound to help out with stability as well as overclocking. While it would have been cool to see ECS colored higher up cards, it wouldn't make sense in terms of logistics, and as such, only the lower end (7300/x1300) are custom made in this fashion. Overall, I'd say I'm stoked about ECS' videocard lineup, as another player on the field only can mean better quality It also makes room for manufacturers to experiment with innovation in order to see the best possible outcomes.


Video Cards


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The final avenue for ECS is Consumer Electronics; on display there was a wide range of portable media players, MP3 players, palm like devices and accessories. To be honest, I can't wait to test some of these out, as the demo unit (the handheld MP3 player) sounded damn good on the included wee speakers. The displayed portable video players also had a nice touch to them, with good capacity, decent picture quality and a good feel to them. To be quite honest with you, what matters to me most in consumer electronics is how it feels in my hands; if it feels like it's going to snap, usually it will, unfortunately. Then again, when you're talking about something like a digital picture frame (which was on display), you really shouldn't move it much. The real excitement with ECS' CE isn't from all these goods on display, let alone their H80 tablet PC, no it comes from something much, much more cool.


Consumer Electronics


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The most exciting piece on display from ECS was not the Conroe and FX demo rigs, nor the videocards with snazzy coolers, kick ass motherboards, stable servers, media players, or even the huge assortment of Laptops that was on display - a display that ranged from sober entry level to wild top end; it was through a little unit called the P60. Essentially, it is a full scale, Core 2 Duo based and 965 based entertainment PC that can read DVDs, and would look stunning on top of an X-Box 360. Best of all, with its diminutive size, it can fit anywhere, and it has enough power in it to be able to handle your daily driver needs, plus your thirst for media. Controlling this little wonder is done via the Media Centre remote, and will undoubtedly make things that much easier in the time to come.


Laptops


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With all that stuff from ECS, it's no wonder they went and got themselves a suite - they'd have probably taken up half a hall! But more to the point, the personal touch, and abundance of helpful employees on the floor here kept things going smoothly, and it was definitely nice to see Linux and Windows machines running side by side, performing equally - the work of well coded drivers, and well engineered hardware. With ECS' coverage complete, let's check out Corsair before wrapping today's show up.