OCZ Offering 15.4in DIY Gaming Notebooks

Buy the chassis, plug in the components yourself.

Enthusiasts such as myself know that if you want the best from a PC you need to build it yourself. But what if you’re buying a notebook? OCZ may have the solution, as it is set to offer the OCZ DIY Gaming Notebook. Slightly uninspired name aside, it’s an interesting premise but what does it mean to you and I, and how is OCZ differentiating itself from the Dells and Alienwares of the world – if at all?

A 15.4in chassis with a glossy 1,280 x 800 resolution doesn’t make the most promising of starts, especially when backed up with a 512MB nVidia 8600M GT – not a bad combination by any means, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Elsewhere things look up a bit, with a full array of component options to supplement the fixed ones. The USP of the OCZ system is that you fit these into the chassis yourself.

Processor choice includes the older, Merom 2.2GHz T7500 and 2.4GHz T7700 and the newer, Penryn 2.1GHz T8100, 2.4GHz T8300, 2.5GHz T9300 and 2.6GHz T9500 – the latter two boasting 6MB cache sizes, double that of the T8xxs. Standard hard drive options from 80GB to 320GB are available along with solid state drives from 32GB to 128GB – considering this is OCZ, you might want to consider the OCZ 64GB SATA II SSD for the ultimate in performance.

Putting an SSD in a system with the specs of this is near-enough the very definition of overkill, however, and the money would be better put towards a rival notebook with a faster GPU. Other features include USB ports that can be powered when the system is turned off – as seen on the Zepto Znote 3415W that shares the same chassis. Pricing isn’t revealed yet, but OCZ says that because the parts are being bought and self-installed the price should be much lower than an equivalent shop-bought laptop. It’s definitely an interesting idea, but I wouldn’t like to speculate as to whether it will catch on.

OCZ press release.