CeBIT Hannover 2007 (Part 4)


ASRock & Sparkle's Booth

ASRock's Booth

 ASRock's booth was more about showcasing their range of offerings than letting others know of their upcoming plans. Thus, there was little new that we didn't already know.

 The AliveA690G-DVI/H is a very recent addition thanks to the just released AMD 690 Northbridge and it's paired with the ATI SB600 Southbridge to support AMD AM2 processors. With the integrated Radeon X700 graphics core variant sharing up to 512MB of system memory, this board has a DVI (HDCP compliant) and D-sub ports on its rear-IO panel. It even supports dual display output. Gigabit LAN, quad SATA 3Gbps ports with RAID capability, 7.1-channel HD Audio (ALC888) and the board is Windows Vista Premium certified.

 Amusingly, there's an identical board for Intel LGA775 processors that's named 4Core1333-DVI/H. It used the ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 Northbridge with the ATI SB600 Southbridge. If you aren't aware by now, both the AMD690G and Radeon Xpress 1250 are similar chipsets, with the exception that the latter has a memory controller hub to cater to Intel processors. The differing naming schemes can confuse people, but otherwise, they are very much the same chipset base. Thus this board has all of the same features as the above AMD board.

Sparkle's Booth

 Sparkle has of recent times been retailing graphics cards with interesting after-market coolers or of their own designs.

 For example, their GeForce 8800 lineup have not only been overclocked beyond stock speeds but also been fitted with Titan's TEC graphics card cooler.

 HDMI is the in-thing to for HD connectivity these days and if not used yet, is surely one of the most important features to future proof your system. Sparkle's GeForce 7300 GT card comes in a low profile and has a HDMI output on the I/O panel. S/PDIF connection to enable audio output via HDMI is via a header on the PCB. Looks like a swell fit for a SFF HD-HTPC system (that's a lot of acronyms, yes?).

 The Sparkle GeForce 7600 GT and 7900 GS (the latter is shown here), are normal profile cards which have the following connections on their rear I/O panel:- DVI, HDMI, S-Video and Coaxial S/PDIF. Looks like Sparkle all ready for the HD craze.