With the demise of Comdex, Computex has become even more important and thus it should be no surprise to you, the AnandTech reader, that there's tons of coverage in store. All this week you'll be reading live coverage from the show floor, in addition to reviews of some highly anticipated products being launched at Computex.

We managed to score some very interesting information right before the official start of the show, so much in fact that we decided to start our Computex coverage early. Want to see pictures and read specs of NVIDIA's NV45? How about a whole slew of PCI Express chipsets? Quad Band Memory and BTX motherboards, both for the eyes to feast upon and more, all in our first installment of Computex 2004 coverage.

We'll spare you the boring introduction, we all know Computex is a wonderful show and that Taipei is incredibly humid this time of the year, but what we don't know is all about a little chip called NV45...

NVIDIA's NV45
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  • Chuckles - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    It just makes some people's $150 cases become obsolete faster.

    I just find it funny that a pico (10^-12) BTX is larger than a nano (10^-9) ITX.

    Also, what's up with the 24-pin + 4-pin power connectors?
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  • GI2K - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    Nice to see that MB based on the intel 9xx with AGP8x,PCI Express 16, DDR and DDR2, a must have for those that want to upgrade slowly... Reply
  • Xentropy - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    #7 - These are PicoBTX boards, meant for desktop rather than tower systems. So if you just think of the front of the desktop case as being on the right side of the board, with the board laying down in the bottom of the case, it isn't really upside-down.

    Just curious, what is "stupid" about moving the motherboard to the other side of a tower case? Doesn't seem to really change anything to me.
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  • Araemo - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    Hrm.. On motherboards with PCI-express and AGP...

    Will both be enabled at the same time in the bios? Will windows be able to handle both at once?

    /me has dreams of dual head x800 + his current 9700 pro.. or would that be quad head?

    I know it wouldn't be much use for gaming, but I LOVE high res + ultra high refresh rate, so I need decent cards to drive the big screens.
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  • AtaStrumf - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    Interesting stuff. Keep it comming :) Reply
  • Nighteye2 - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    Interesting...but with the memory and the Athlon 64, there's one thing I really want to know: will the dual core Athlon's AMD is planning have dual memory controllers, too? Given the stellar memory performance of dual-opteron systems under a UMA-enabled OS (Longhorn will be UMA-enabled), it would certainly make sense to give each core it's own memory. And if they upgrade the memory controllers to support QBM by that time...>:)
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  • sprockkets - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    Oh, and aren't those pico BTX motherboards upsidedown? One of the stupidest features of BTX is the fact that the case now opens on the right side, not left. So if it was facing right the I/O ports should be on the left, not right. Reply
  • sprockkets - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    Yeah, but is that board from Asrock dual channel with just 2 slots? The only real advantage I see to getting a 939 processor is the fact you can have 2 more slots of memory. Reply
  • ZobarStyl - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    man that x600 is just silly...PCI-X and a mem clock boost isn't going to change the fact that it's only a 9600XT...anyone getting a PCI-X board is going to want to actually use that extra bandwidth for something worthwhile...at least, I hope so. Reply
  • thatsright - Monday, May 31, 2004 - link

    A great initial article to whet everyone's appetite. And it's nice to see Anand back writing again. Reply

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