We spent last week over in Vegas at the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show. Whilst there wasn\'t a lot of exclusive stuff to report - most big announcements are being held off until closer to CeBit in March - there were still a few little neat things around.
ATI had a booth in the South Hall, where most of the enthusiast computing vendors were, and were showing off their latest wares.
They sure know how to attract attention with these Ruby-a-likes...
These two systems both included Radeon X850 cards. The first was a system powered by the latest version of the Corsair Hydrocool. The second is a Dell XPS system. Dell have chosen ATI to power their latest round of enthusiast systems, and are consequently seeing a very good allocation of them. Dell is such a big player in the PC market that when they come knocking, you don\'t turn them down...
This rig is a pre-release version of the RS400 chipset. Whilst the RS200 chipset for the Pentium 4 didn\'t ship too long ago, we don\'t expect this pumped up version to be far on its heels. Expect it to be more of the same, but faster! The fight between the RS400 and the new nForce 4 boards will be a good one to watch.
ATI were also showing off mobile devices using their mobile Imageon chip. Included in the display were the Tapwave Zodiac, which is a Palm-based gaming device, and the Sharp Zaurus. Mobile gaming is expected to take off this year and both Nvidia and ATI have chips to tempt manufacturers.
Sapphire are a key ATI partner, and they had their own stand at the show. They really knew how to catch the eye, with both bikes and women. They were showing off their X800XL and X700 cards, which are fantastic mainstream products.