The built-in pavilions of motherboard makers and graphics cards provide a quick glimpse of what awaits us when CeBIT 2007 officially opens tomorrow.
The delays in the launch of the next graphics processors from AMD and NVIDIA, will probably leave CeBIT this year with only the crumbs. Intel's next mobile platform is expected to star in the show along with the new graphics chip that enables DX10 applications to run. It will also feature the first products that use Intel's new chipset, the P35. The P35 chipset and its little sisters G33 / 35 (code name Bearlake), will for the first time allow PCs to work with DDR3 memory - and it seems that the day when this memory will replace the upcoming DDR2 memory.
All the companies we visited today (and again, all the booths are still under construction) will display panels based on the P35 kit. The abit boards will contain the P35, but all the boards we saw actually work on DDR2 memories (the P35 kits allow you to work with both DDR2 and DDR3). abit presents at the show the entire line of motherboards - from outdated 946 boards for Intel processors to the new boards that have not yet been announced.
The MSI P35 Platinum D3 board is presented in the exhibition together with DDR3 memory, and it seems that the company plans to present it with a special demo that will run on it and show the power of the system.
The Foxconn P357AB board is the only board that the company introduced that supports DDR3 memories, and it seems that the company did not prepare - because it is the only board for which they had no memories…
The GA-P35T-DS3 is the new Gigabyte DS3 board, and the company has also introduced G33-based panels.
Oddly enough, the BIOSTAR decorators simply attached white boards to the company's motherboards, so that the plates could not be seen. Apparently the company decided that its tables will not be seen until the opening of the exhibition.
Both Gigabyte and MSI seemed very confident in the reliability of their products when they introduced them under full load and in a state of emergency today. Increased MSI and simply inserted a computer system into a baking oven heated to 75 degrees. Were we crazy already?