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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 Pirks on 5/13/2008 8:21:42 PM , Rating: 2
azander, why DIY notebooks are more expensive than pre-made ones, even when pre-made are configured by the customer "on the fly" like at the for example?

And why is it the opposite of the desktop world? I mean why DIY desktops are cheaper than pre-made and with notebooks it's the exact opposite?

Anyone else can explain this phenomenon please?

RE: well they're not first
By azander on 5/13/2008 9:01:54 PM , Rating: 2
Hi Pirks, A good question. In the past it has been mostly related to scale. When a large company has more buying power they are able secure components at a lower cost due to quantity. With desktops there is an overall massive demand for components, and there are more suppliers building competing solutions. Notebooks in the past have used components that are bought and sold in lower quantities, especially in the level below system integration. Many times these notebooks had proprietary designs, like the GPU module for example. Now more and more platform providers are setting standards, and we believe that notebooks can be designed more open like desktops. While there are limitations with space that will limit upgrades (like cooling for example) it is possible that as DIY notebooks mature there will be additional upgradable elements previously built onboard or unable to be updated because of the proprietary design.

That said when comparing apples to apples on components with the great prices that e-tailers are now able to pass on with these standard components it is absolutely possible to build a DIY notebook for the same price or even cheaper than a pre made one. If more companies produce upgradable components, like MXM cards as just one example, that delta will also improve.

RE: well they're not first
By TETRONG on 5/13/2008 9:03:11 PM , Rating: 2
You're oversimplifying.

It all depends on what you're trying to do.

Once you reach a certain price threshold it becomes vastly cheaper to build your own desktop system because the companies like to play cloak and dagger with the available configurations.
Especially Dell. A lot of smart people sit around in a room for a very long time trying to figure out how to extract an extra $350 out of you for nothing. They make it appear that the cages are not even there by having a tiered product line with gaping discontinuities.

If you try to build a budget system you will quickly come to the conclusion that paying $100+ for a copy of windows is a deterrent to DIY under $600 or $700 dollars. Basically, the cost subsidy to get a system with windows OEM makes it hard to build a system under %700.

This is the main reason why AMD is struggling right now.
Because system builders are not using their chips anymore, and Intel gives preffered prices to vendors for doing just that.

To be sure-AMD's recent missteps, and stupidity in trying to chase Intel have not helped them either. They just don't get that Intel is trying to oxygen deprive them. They need to start their own game, and get some stupid marketing like Intel.

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