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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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DIY notebook
By foxdie on 5/14/2008 4:12:10 AM , Rating: 1
I may be misunderstanding this whole whole DIY topic, however I'll post my statement anyway. I would like to see OCZ swollow up more of a market than gfx cards, PSU's, exc.
Infact i see the entire notebook industry as a terrable joke. Being charged top doller for something that, for half the cost, can be built as a desktop. If OCZ were to design custom laptop parts, the mobo, gfx, exc, then they could have the exact setup as a desktop but in motherboard form.

I would like to see a laptop that allows parts to be bought and put together just as a desktop does. I want to someday, theoretically, go to newegg and buy laptop parts that i can upgrade my laptop with. So far you buy a laptop but when you need more power, all you can do is upgrade ram,or you have to go buy a new one. Its as bad as an old Apple computer! I want laptop motherboards to have ALL the slots as a desktop to which i can easyily take apart my laptop and slap a new graphics card/ motherboard/ HDD, exc. Whats your take on this azander? Is this what the DIY can do? If so can we now FINNALY just buy parts instead of sending it in or buying a new one?




RE: DIY notebook
By azander on 5/14/2008 3:34:54 PM , Rating: 2
Hi Foxdie, thanks for your post, great points. What you are describing is the reason we are pushing the DIY initiative in the first place. If more component manufacturers supply parts for a DIY notebook then it very well can increase the demand and options for a more modular solution. What you describe is the goal, and we are taking some more steps with the next version in regards to other components. It will never get to the point of a desktop unless a number of manufacturers start supplying a standardized format. It would be great if all notebooks, or at least all the DIY notebooks used a standard GPU module, and that may very happen with nvidia MXM. Then it is feasible to swap out graphics, add a second one when you want to for SLi, etc. Trust me, we hear you.

The second thing you bring up is actually good for both the consumer and the manufacturer. We believe consumers are certainly tech savvy enough to identify the failing component in a notebook, just like they do currently in a desktop. If you could simply pull out a GPU module and send it back to us we could potentially cross ship, reduce your downtime and our cost of RMA. Designed and done right I think it can be a win-win.


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