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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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This is not as great as it may seem
By timmiser on 5/14/2008 4:55:21 AM , Rating: 2
This is not much more DIY then a Dell or HP laptop that you build on their website. What really needs to happen in the DIY notebook industry is standardization of the components. We finally have notebook memory standarized and the CPU's can be changed. (Remember when the cpu's and memory were soldered onto the MB?) Hard drives are easy to replace and upgrade but that is where it ends.

There really needs to be a standard PCI bus and space standard for the video card bus and we need a laptop MB standard. Sure their can be different size standards for the different laptop form factors 12" / 15" / 17" etc. but the point is that a company like OCZ needs to quit messing around and get with Nvidia & ATI and come up with some form factor standards that can give us true upgrade paths and laptop longevity sort of like what Shuttle did a few years ago with their small form factor barebone kits.

If you can't upgrade the motherboard and video card in the laptop, you still have to buy a whole new unit when the next cpu/mb generation comes around.




RE: This is not as great as it may seem
By azander on 5/14/2008 3:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
Hi Timmiser, our goal is certainly to move in this direction. Our upcoming solution offers greater flexibility when it comes to a number of upgradable components including multiple storage and graphics. We are working with both nvidia and ATi on cartridge type graphics standards, and are a member of nvidia’s MXM initiative. Part of what slows down the standard is that every notebook manufacturer out there seems to make their own modifications to the GPU module. There are a number of reasons why, but if there was a standard it certainly would benefit the consumer.


By timmiser on 5/14/2008 7:54:27 PM , Rating: 2
That is great to hear! I think it would also greatly benefit Nvidia and ATI if consumers could anticipate the next generation laptop video card update like they currently do with destop solutions as it would be a very large growth segment for them. As with any standard, the socket, overall size, cooling solution, and power requirements would all have to have a common solution but it certainly can and should be done. Once that is established, the motherboard would have to be upgradable to accomodate future CPU's but it would still be a very lucrative market.


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