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Asetek & XGI

Astek had a very interesting device on show and for the first time a product that just about anyone can take advantage of. It's still a CPU cooler, but this time around it's a heat pipe solution - the Vapochill micro. The standard cooler weighs a mere 250g without the fan, but it can still cool the latest processors from Intel and AMD. The retail models should come with a see-through 92mm fan, although the specifics hadn’t been decided quite yet. The innovative thing here is that the heat pipe is in contact with the CPU, something that has not been done before. This improves the efficiency of the heat pipe and makes for a much lighter cooler. Asetek will also launch some other new products later this year, which again promise to be much more affordable than its current products, like the Asetek VapoChill XE II.


XGI didn’t have much to show, but its first PCI Express chipset is just about ready to go out to board partners. This is an entry level solution which will be passively cooled and set to compete with the likes of the ATI X300 and nVidia GeForce 6200. XGI will offer two different desktop models, one with dedicated memory and one with eXtreme cache, which is similar to the Turbo cache and Hyper memory solutions from nVidia and ATI. A mobile version will also be available later and XGI is backing nVidida’s MXM modules for laptops.

That’s all for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with more news from CeBIT.

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