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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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8600M GT? Yawn!
By JarredWalton on 5/13/2008 11:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
You know what would be awesome? If they could provide a DIY laptop where you could choose from a selection of GPUs. 8600M GT is really quite mediocre when it comes to gaming, and for a 7+ pound notebook I would expect more in that area. Heck, I would expect OCZ to make more of a gaming notebook regardless. 8800M GTS is where things really start to get interesting.

Then again, $1200 will get you a Gateway FX P-6831 from Best Buy right now. You can upgrade the CPU to a T8300 for a few hundred dollars and end up with a very nice gaming notebook for under $1500. Blatant self-promotion:

RE: 8600M GT? Yawn!
By Warren21 on 5/13/2008 11:21:31 PM , Rating: 2
I couldn't say it better myself. The 8600GT is only good for gaming at medium settings. That's not where PC gaming shows it true prowess -- being at the forefront of technology. An 8800M I think is the real minimum on any true gaming notebook being released today.

If only ATI could make good on their promise to bring the RV670 to notebooks. *Sigh*

RE: 8600M GT? Yawn!
By Sunrise089 on 5/14/2008 2:31:57 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with this sub-thread that that Gateway is far and again the best competition for a 17" do-it-yourself notebook. As I post above however, if OCZ offers 8800 class gaming in a 15" chassis they've sold me. Some of us want to use the notebook for more than just gaming, and that 17" Gateway monstrosity does not easily permit it.

PS - and no weight isn't the primary issue for all of us. Those users who are average-sized males should have no problem carrying a 7 lb 15" notebook. On the other hand, a 5 lb 17" model is simply too big for me to use comfortably in the air, and doesn't leave me with enough space for my textbooks on the table alongside it in class.

RE: 8600M GT? Yawn!
By azander on 5/14/2008 1:29:11 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the graphics feedback guys. I have to be very tight lipped about any upcoming graphics solution, but I understand what you’re detailing and I am listening.

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