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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 murphyslabrat on 5/14/2008 12:23:22 PM , Rating: 3
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I know that these will fall into a niche market because pre-fab computers are usually cheaper and smaller/lighte

Originally, Computers themselves were a niche market, as it was a whole lot easier, cheaper, and faster to use a personal assistant. However, with the digital revolution, it has become far cheaper to use a computer.

In the early-to-mid 90's. Computers were readily available at reasonable costs to consumers. There are OEM parts available, but for the most part it is cheaper to just purchase a computer from an OEM itself. After-market parts are usually just for replacing a broken component, or upgrading.

Fast-forward 15 years, and we have another situation entirely. You can purchase a the components to a computer (including OS) for less than the cost of a new computer, especially on the high-end models. Most OEM computers will have a replacement-part index, where you can purchase an approved part, but most cards, CPU's, HDD's, and ODD's are fully interchangeable, as most of them are fully modularized.

Today, you have laptops with closely integrated cooling, making a rigid thermal envelope. One thing that is necessary to make DIY laptops more flexible in price and compatibility would be modularized component cooling. For instance, a video-card slot that utilizes a standardized for-factor for a cooling device, with the device itself included on the card.


RE: well they're not first
By azander on 5/14/2008 1:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
Hi Murphyslabrat, totally right on in regards to the graphics. While most other components within notebooks have become modularized (standardized) the graphics and cooling haven’t quite gotten there yet. Not on the part of the graphics providers but on the part of the notebook makers. In the past many notebook manufacturers have been wary to make videocards or cooling upgradable, and it is cheaper to put graphics down on the actual motherboard. With the higher end graphics this will change, and with standards like MXM it is possible to make a GPU cartridge complete with cooling. The CPU cooler is more proprietary to the layout of the notebook shell, but upgrades are possible with better heat pipes, changes in material, etc. There just has to be enough scale for a market to exist for the upgrades.


RE: well they're not first
By MightyAA on 5/15/2008 2:26:06 PM , Rating: 2
My suggestion. The main issue with notebooks and upgradability is that the formfactor and chipsets are rather fixed (which truely limits what you can do). Even using a MXM standard won't save you because that standard changes often, the chipset limits gpu, and every manufacturer has proprietary cooling solutions without a chance to upgrade.

Honestly, if I were going at the high end performance and enthusiast markets, I'd look to standardizing some sort of port that allows the notebook to dock with a accessory box. CPU and integrated graphics on the notebook (making the notebook much less complex and cheaper). The external accessory box would have a sub-mobo that allowed for desktop gpu's, hd's, soundcards, etc. Basically a psu, small mobo and expansion slots that conforming to desktop standards. That box could be quite small, and most of us gamers with notebooks dock our rigs for playing anyway. Components within the box could be upgraded at will just like desktops. The notebook then is basically a barebone machine that you could detach when roaming around (a cpu, small screen and keyboard). With that concept, you could use any OCz notebook to dock to the station; so that insures you of future sales as well.. (who's gonna pitch his accessory box loaded with desktop components that won't plug and play with any other notebook?). That's really the hook: Enthusiast like to upgrade a component at a time and stretch out the life/speed of their rigs by constant tweeking and component swaps.


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