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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 azander on 5/13/2008 7:51:29 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks TETRONG, appreciate the support. One of the reoccurring feedback items we got from a lot of events was that notebooks are becoming much more of a viable gaming platform now, especially for on the go gaming like LAN’s and such. We believe that there are customers out there that not only are interested in configuring a notebook, but would enjoy the experience of building one, just like desktop.


RE: well they're not first
By murphyslabrat on 5/14/2008 12:42:42 PM , Rating: 2
Or for people who can get a better bang-for-buck. Even now with the Asus C90s, you can get a Geforce 8600GT, 2.4Ghz CPU(stock, with the possibility for an overclock), 2GB RAM and a 15.4 inch 1680x1050 screen for just under $1100. Most laptops with similar price only have a 1280x800 or 1440x900 screen, and have slower CPU's.


RE: well they're not first
By SiliconJon on 5/18/2008 5:33:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a big bang-per-buck buyer myself. The ability to upgrade parts or customize the system myself retains its own value. Make the DIY laptops truly peripherlized internally with standardized component interfaces and I may get a new laptop sooner than expected. Make the interface standards propreitary or non-existant, and I wouldn't touch it.


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