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Cebit 2008 - Day 2


by Stuart Davidson - 6th March 2008
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Cebit 2008 – Day Two

Yesterday we brought you coverage from various companies at Cebit and today we have been trawling the show looking in more detail at a few of the larger manufacturers. Here are some of the highlights.

Enermax
Enermax were showing off various new models in their 82+ range. Each has a modular design with the 425w version being the entry level item. These are modular power supplies which are sold with the various standard connectors, however they are also futureproof and have been designed to support 12pin cables. 12pin connectors are one of the suggested evolutions from the current 8pin designs used on existing motherboards and the cables will be available to order from Enermax as required. It is worth noting that the range is ATX 2.3 specification compliant.

(Enermax do not have any additions to the Galaxy range on display at this show but expect to see newer models making an appearance in the summer.)

Moving from PSUs to cooling there was a rather unique fan design on display. The Enermax Twister series has a few interesting aspects. Firstly the blades are fully removable which makes dust removal/cleaning very easy but secondly there are gaps in the casing (Enermax lettering) which reduce the turbulence around the fan, this also reduces airflow a little but the two part fin design on the fan increases airflow by a similar amount meaning the unit cools as well as a standard model but has less noise due to the reduced turbulence.

Sapphire
Regular visitors to the site will remember we recently reviewed the Atomic 3870 which featured a unique single slot vapour chamber cooler and enhanced clockspeeds. Sapphire have now added the same cooler to a more mainstream version of the card, basically reducing the clocks from Atomic level and rebranding the product as Toxic. Of course there is nothing stopping the end user from increasing the clockspeeds manually.

Also on show was a passively cooled 3870 which has gone through a minor redesign compared to the Toxic/Atomic model and uses an additional heatpipe compared to their existing passive 3850.

Yesterday we covered the launch of the 780G chipset and Sapphire has their version on display. The AM2RS790G has support for Athlon X2s and Phenoms, four sticks of dual channel DDR2, six sata drives and of course has onboard direct 10 graphics with Hybrid capability.

And finally, leaving the most interesting Sapphire item to last, we have their water cooled 3870X2. Apart from having an impressive cooler which is self contained at the exhaust fan location the GPU block is single slot which is a real bonus. The potential is also there for an extra loop to be added into the product and as a result the ability to cool a second X2.

Zotac
Zotac have a number of cool items at Cebit but unfortunately a few are only available to view behind closed doors such as their upcoming Nvidia GPU and high end motherboard. From what we have seen of both you can expect the usual standard of Zotac product... essentially as good as the major Nvidia brands but attractively priced and maybe even a little faster in some cases too...

What we can tell you about is the introduction of a water cooling product. This was being demoed on an 8800GT at the show but will actually retail as a cooler attached to a next generation product in the future. In a similar way to the Sapphire cooler shown above the unit is installed in the exhaust location and water flows down to the graphics card and back up to be cooled by the radiator.

Whilst at Zotac we also learned that they have an exclusive deal to bundle the LOST game with their cards and that should be hitting retail in bundles now. Also worth mentioning is that soon they will look to bundle a different Ubisoft title... Assassins Creed...

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