Asus

Though Asus didn’t have a large booth at the show, they were one of the few companies that had a range of new products on display. 

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This system being shown is a barebones configuration that Asus is readying for the HDTV market that features HDMI connectivity and the full range of DVR functionality.  This model used a Core 2 Duo E6300 processor and a GeForce 7600 GS graphics card.  The styling on the system is very good and the case would fit well in any home theater setup. 

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Of course there were plenty of motherboards on display, starting with the L1N64-SLI motherboard recently released in conjunction with the AMD Quad FX platform.  We are still working on getting a system and components in for an evaluation at PC Perspective.

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This mATX motherboard, the Asus M2A-VM HDMI, powered by the AMD ATI Radeon X1250 integrated graphics chipset, could be a start to a great custom built HTPC system. 

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You can see that with this riser card, the board supports both DVI and VGA outputs as well as fully HDCP compliant HDMI and even component outputs. 

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The new Asus P5B Premium looks like any other motherboard until you get close up…

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And see that Asus has integrated 512MB of on-board memory to support Vista’s new memory feature called ReadyBoost that enables quicker boot times and load times of applications. 

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This definitely an interesting motherboard, the Asus P5N32-E SLI PLUS uses an nForce 650i north bridge but pairs it with a south bridge from the 680i chipset.  This allows the motherboard to still fully support x16 PCIe SLI configuration but with a lower price and what some would call improved overclocking compared to the standard 680i.

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Asus had a swarm of notebooks on display as well, including this Asus G2 Gaming Notebook that features a 17′ high speed display and ATI X1700 discrete graphics.  A Core 2 Duo processor and DDR2-667 support should guarantee this machine is more than fast enough for any game title. 

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This the Asus G1 Gaming Notebook, a slightly smaller 15′ model that uses NVIDIA 7700 graphics and the same Core 2 Duo and DDR2-667 memory support that the G2 uses but all wrapped in a lighter and more mobile design.

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