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The new Asus C90 notebook is the first wide scale DIY notebook; it was designed from the very beginning to be easy to access the components in the laptop.

It's definitely not a light notebook, but since this is meant for the DIY market and not really the business user, that shouldn't really be a big concern. Asus is claiming that you should be able to get a 20% overclock over standard CPU speeds on their notebook motherboard by offering FSB speeds up to 1279 MHz.
You can see on the rear of the notebook an external cooling device that is used to get the heat from the CPU and GPU out of the case quickly.

By removing only four screws and a single panel, you are greeted with this access to the innards of the notebook. As anyone that has taken apart a notebook PC can tell you, that's a lot of stuff and much easier to get to than you might expect.

Here you can see the standard LGA775 processor socket for Intel Core 2 processors; installing and upgrading the CPU should be an easy task for just about anyone to do.

The graphics are handled by a standard MXM module that Asus will supply with the notebook as well as offering multiple options. The list of available GPUs will be:
NVIDIA 8600 GT 128/256MB
NVIDIA 8500 GT 256MB
AMD M71x (is this mobile 2400/2600?)

These will be sold separatly as well so upgrades are obviously in the work -- if this catches on you might see more and more GPU offerings from Asus for this and future DIY notebooks.

The notebook also offers a lot of great connectivity features including VGA, S-Video, eSATA and even HDMI. To go along with that, Asus will be offering this notebook with either a standard DVD burner or you can choose between an HD-DVD or Blu-ray drive.
















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You can expect to pay about $1500 for this as a barebones unit but Asus will also be selling fully configured versions that will no doubt be significantly higher.
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post #2 of 24
what's the fastest video card you can throw into one of these things? I know nothing about laptops really other than they are slower than desktops. But it would be nice to have something to game on at break times and such at work.
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im guessing you can toss in a MXM III video card...

they come in x1800, 7950GTX, 8600GT... ect...

i cant seem to find any place online to buy these cards!!! Im looking for one of the listed above for my alienware m5550....
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Maaan. I dunno if that's even worth it. The Asus A1 @ Newegg is like 1800 (2000 after taxes). Your build's gonna end up at that price anyway for similar performance.

Or am I missing something?
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post #5 of 24
I think they are just trying to slowly introduce the notebook industry to standardizing. This way we can move to building notebook computers that are really fast and are custom built.
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That's an awesome idea.
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Basically, the difference with this Barebone that any other laptops is that it uses LGA775 as opposed to Socket478, which means you can have Dual Core C2Ds inside, such as the e6700, that means desktop processors in a laptop, that also means crappy battery life, but it's a desktop replacement.
    
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And heat. But I didn't notice that tidbit. That makes it an interesting game.
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post #9 of 24
Still using laptop memory... I'd like to see desktop ram in a notebook... but im not sure if thats even worth it...

Does the bios have options to OC the ram? or just divide it?
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post #10 of 24
sounds like fun...

And dude, almost no where do they sell MXM modules by themselves, because a lot of notebook makers put custom bios on their notebooks/MXM modules, so their hard to mix and match...

this is the ONLY MXM card on ebay...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Geforce-6800-go-...QQcmdZViewItem
    
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