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OCZ branches out to include notebooks under its growing umbrella.

While most people know OCZ Technology as a memory company, it has recently branched out into many sector of the computing market. OCZ's portfolio has now expanded to include video cards, power supplies, memory cards and solid-state drives (SSDs).

OCZ hopes to branch out even further with the announcement of a new do-it-yourself (DIY) gaming notebook. End-users will be able to purchase the DIY notebook barebones and add components to the machine to build an entire system. OCZ venders, however, will be able to spec the notebooks however they see fit.

Each notebook comes from OCZ standard with a 15.4" WXGA display, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 512MB GPU, Intel PM965 northbridge/ICH8M southbridge, SATA support for HDDs or SSDs, 8x dual-layer DVD burner, four USB 2.0 ports, ExpressCard 34/54 slot, and a fingerprint reader. Optional components will include Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a TV tuner, and a Intel 4965AGN 802.11a/g/n wireless adapter.

OCZ's DIY gaming notebook is no lightweight, however, and weighs in at hefty 7 pounds with a 9-cell battery pack. External dimensions for the machine ring in at 14.25" x 11.25" x 1.5".

"For years consumers have wanted to build their own mobile computing platforms, but the product offerings and market simply did not serve them as they did in the desktop do it yourself segment," said OCZ Systems Solutions Product Manager Eugene Chang. "With the OCZ Do-It-Yourself Notebook initiative, OCZ empowers with the resources like validated component guides, documentation, tech support, and a warranty to allow consumers to configure and build a true gaming notebook with the exact specification that matches their unique requirements."

OCZ also plans to go above and beyond the call of duty by offering validated components in the system, toll-free support, and detailed instructions on how to complete a new system build.

Pricing has not been announced for OCZ's DIY gaming notebook, but will be revealed when the system and its siblings arrive later this year.



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RE: well they're not first
By Agitated on 5/13/2008 7:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
maybe partner up with an online vendor who can help with being able to test more parts quickly and giving customers a specific location where they know where they can get parts and not have to hunt around.

Letting people know what cpu's a laptop can support and maybe allowing more options in the bios would be a nice change for once.


RE: well they're not first
By azander on 5/13/2008 8:14:34 PM , Rating: 2
Hi Agitated, very good points. We will be releasing actual component qualification guides with the actual launch later this week, and are working with our customers for additional qual of their top requested components. I’m hoping that some customers will also offer special pricing on the components as well in a complete DIY bundle, but we need to rely on the resellers and e-tailers for this.

Also a very good point regarding the bios, this first offering won’t have as much overclocking as you will see in upcoming units, but it is something that is high up on our list of priorities for the more advanced unit. We want consumers to be able to build and overclock, not to the same extent as a desktop as there are more cooling concerns, but we certainly want to enable our customers with more tools.


RE: well they're not first
By Omega215D on 5/14/2008 1:29:11 PM , Rating: 2
I would like to know further on MXM technology and whether it'll be used in any of your laptops. Many manufacturers touted this form of GPU upgrade but have failed to deliver.


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