Computex Taipei 2006 - Part 1

Introduction & Foxconn's Booth

The Components Paradise

Spanning across 5 halls, the start of Computex 2006 is also the beginning of a busy schedule for thousands of people. From logistic professionals, manufacturers, vendors, public relations to the media, the streets surrounding the compounds that form Computex will once again liven up for days with no letups. Among the thousands waddling through the latest products of which many will eventually make their way into our homes is the team from, and here's what we saw.


Foxconn's booth this year is probably their most elaborate with a huge fan decoration that actually moves!

The Conroe craze has started at Computex and Foxconn had on display their Broadwater motherboard based on the Intel P965 and brand new Intel ICH8R Southbridge. The P9657AA-8EKRS2H will support the new Core 2 Duo as well as the whole family of LGA775 processors, suport DDR2-800, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire-400, S/PDIF and Foxconn's FOX ONE overclocking technology.

Not only did Foxconn demonstrate the latest C51XEM2AA nForce 590 SLI motherboard, it was also running two GeForce 7950 GX2s in quad-SLI mode. Not exactly the freshest news bit, but you know you want one.

Foxconn goes mainstream with a special microATX form factor board with an 85x80cm dimension featuring a VIA P4M890 chipset that can support Intel Core Duo processors as well as the Pentium Extreme Edition. The board will feature 800/1066MHz FSB support, DDR2 memory up till 533MHz, AC'97 audio, Fast Ethernet, embedded DirectX 7 graphics with a PCIe x4 interface for external graphics. The P4M8907SA-RS2H is truly for the entry-level market.

You will never have guessed it, but Foxconn has just officially gone into the graphics card business. What you see here is the prototype FV-N795M4D2-OD GeForce 7950 GX2 sporting a 500MHz clock and 1GB GDDR3 at 1.2GHz. It seems like a standard NVIDIA design with two DVI ports and a HDTV out. No HDMI interface though. Other models currently in the pipeline are the 512MB FV-N79XM3D2-OD (GeForce 7900 GTX) and 256MB FV-N79TM2D2-OD (GeForce 7900 GT)

Another new trick we learned was how to successfully propose with the help of Intel's Viiv technology. It seems that Viiv is shaping up to have more and more uses everyday.