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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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need better gpu's but it's a start
By FXi on 5/13/2008 10:23:53 PM , Rating: 2
Good start from a company that knows gamers. Need to move up to some more powerful gpu's but that will probably take a 17" form factor to do.




RE: need better gpu's but it's a start
By azander on 5/13/2008 11:34:50 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for your comment FXi, I agree completely, we do have our own design coming soon….it will be a 17” and we stressed additional upgradable components.


RE: need better gpu's but it's a start
By Suntan on 5/14/2008 1:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
azander, I decided to create an account here just to throw my Chirstmas wish list into the ring.

One area that would really be nice would be the option for a high contrast, high gamut 17" screen option. For photography when out in the field.

Doesn't need to have uber specs across the board, anything mainstream by today's standards will run Photoshop fine. Just give a good quality, high gamut screen that could be calibrated to acurately reproduce the adobeRGB colorspace would be a godsend. The photography crowd would love you guys.

-Suntan


RE: need better gpu's but it's a start
By azander on 5/14/2008 1:27:06 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks Suntan, great feedback from what I view isn’t a niche market but an overall growing demand. Your comment really hits home for me personally, I’m a big outdoor photography guy, and I would want to use a high performance notebook for a lot of post processing.

Consumers have been asking for better more accurate, higher contrast, higher refresh rate screens for some time. A lot of this goes back to the balance of cost. The panels have an associated cost that has to do with volume from the panel manufacturers. If more consumers demands quality and features the demand for these panels would increase, and with volume the cost would decrease. I can tell you that our upcoming 17” will have two screen options, one of which certainly above industry average and more in line with your (and my) photo processing requirements.


RE: need better gpu's but it's a start
By Suntan on 5/14/2008 2:17:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I know this is an issue. To most people, it doesn’t matter if Crysis is viewed with a 6 bit dithered LCD or not if it is chugging at 20fps…

It would be great if someone had the option of adding a top of the line, premium, high gamut screen to a DIY laptop, even if the cost increase was $300-$500 or more. That way you can get the monitor performance without having to spend the money for all the other premium components that are not needed.

-Suntan


By azander on 5/14/2008 2:35:27 PM , Rating: 2
Another issue for photo aficionados is the actual screen type itself. A glossy screen looks awesome for gaming and indoors but out in the field it is tough to see. Here a matte option is preferable, and we are exploring this further.


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