Intel and Dell
Intel had some really cool items on display in their booth, but some of the more exiting technology for PC enthusiasts was being shown in the company's private meeting room.
Various machines powered by Intel processors were showcased in a number of areas in Intel's booth, running games and content creation-type applications. Intel also had a cool display of wafers dating back to their first microprocessors that explained the progression from product to product over the years. Being the geek that I am, I found the display of wafers very interesting. At one point, I was so entrenched inspecting the wafers and reading about Intel's impressive manufacturing capabilities, that the guys started making fun of me. While they were gawking at the gaggle of hot booth babes on either side of me, my nose was two inches away from a wafer trying to make out some of the finer details. Such a geek. I can't help it.
Something else Intel was proud to show off was a dual-socket, dual-quad-core Xeon powered rig dubbed the "V8". Intel wanted to make the point that enthusiasts could have a dual-socket, eight-core Intel powered machine today if they went with a workstation platform. Look at that 3DMark06 CPU score!
Dell had some slick products on display in their booth as well, including a swank new quad-core powered, TEC / water hybrid-cooled XPS gaming rig, and a new 27" UltraSharp LCD. The XPS 710 H2C has a Core 2 QX6700, dual GeForce 8800 GTXs, and gobs of memory and storage at its heart. And its custom H2C cooler, which incorporates both water and thermoelectric cooling (peltiers), allows for heavy overclocking. Someone looking for a high-end gaming rig that doesn't want to get his hands dirty building his own should check this puppy out (review coming soon). The new Dell Ultrasharp 2707WFP is another must-see product. It's got a 27" true-color screen with a native resolution of 1920x1200. If 1920x1200 on a 24" 2407 was a little too rough to read for some folks, the extra 3" of real estate on the 2707WFP should help.