Introduction:


Entering The Exibit Hall


Map of the Floor

Another trade show has come and gone, but this time around we got the chance to see some new products for the first time! With CeBIT Hannover attendance totaling 510,000 CeBIT 2004 proved not to be a dead show! The organizers believe they had roughly 3,400 more visitors per day compared with last year. If this is true it would be CeBIT's first rise in attendance in three years. Many cool things were on display by the many vendors at CeBIT, but we were after the motherboards!

The Motherboards!

ABIT:


ABIT's AA7-DuraMAX Alderwood Solution


ABIT's AG7 Grantsdale Solution

Gigabyte:


Grantsdale With DDR1 Memory Solution


Grantsdale With DDR2 Memory Solution


Gigabyte's 939 Pin Athlon 64 Board

ASUS:


ASUS's KT880 Solution


ASUS K8T800 939 Pin Athlon 64 Solution

TYAN:


TYAN's Quad Opteron Solution!


TYAN's Alderwood w/ an AGP slot & DDR2

Shuttle:


Shuttle's Public Gaming Systems!


Up Close & Personal (note monitors)

Various Vendor Booths:


Micro Star International (MSI)


Corsair Memory


DFI


TYAN

Coolest CeBIT Demo System:


ECS's Sports Car PC Display

Conclusion:

After talking with vendors at CeBIT it seems as if everything is coming along nicely in the market and everyone expects 2004 to be a good year for sales. We did also hear off the record that Intel motherboard makers are complaining about the new pin-less Socket 775 processors. As most of you already know the pins are now in the socket on the mobo and NOT on the processor. On current Intel processors if a pin gets broken the cpu gets replaced, but now the RMA's from broken pins go to the mobo makers. Since the 775 socket is surface mounted they have a tough time replacing the socket. We had the chance to see DDR2 up and running on many systems and according to Corsair Memory and others DDR2 is ready to go when everything else is set for launch.

The upcoming months should prove to be busy for us and fun for the enthusiasts as the new products start rolling onto the marketing!