My first major tradeshow ever was Comdex, in 1998 to be exact, and back then the shows were quite exciting.  Being a motherboard manufacturer didn't mean suffering financially back then, it meant that you had a ton of products that everyone wanted to see - myself included.  I remember wading through crowds just to get a glimpse of motherboards that wouldn't be available for another 4 months, and loving every minute of it.  Fast forward to the present day, and last year's Fall Comdex in Las Vegas was a total and utter disaster.  There was nothing to talk about and most of the manufacturers were actually confused as to why they were there.  To be honest, we were asking ourselves the same question over and over again in Vegas last November.

But it was at Comdex '03 that we made the decision that the vast majority of the AnandTech staff would make it out to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.  After having been to Vegas at least once a year for the past 6 years, having to make another trip within 2 months wasn't exactly on my list of things to do but after arriving here I'm definitely glad I made the trip.

The exhibition halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center were actually full of exhibitors; attendance was supposed to be over 100,000 - a welcome change from the 15,000 we were hearing for the disappointment that was Comdex '03.  CES was the show to be at and it honestly felt like the Comdexes of the good ol' days; it was exciting to be here and as tiring as crowd surfing to get to a meeting can be, it felt like home.

We've divvied up the coverage into a handful of sections, but today Kris, Wesley and I will be covering what you can expect in the short term from the CPU, chipset and motherboard guys.  We're here to answer questions about everything from Socket-939 to PCI-Express, so without further ado we bring you Day 1 of our coverage from CES in Las Vegas.

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  • Idoxash - Monday, January 12, 2004 - link

    Wow, I think that "Mobile Athlon XP" computer by FIC is crazily kewl looking. I like to know more about it and such.

  • JADS - Monday, January 12, 2004 - link

    Still no dual CPU enthusiast boards. Could be a good reason for the FX staying around if one of the HT links was re-enabled.
  • sandorski - Saturday, January 10, 2004 - link

    Don't worry, it'll become an issue in time. ;)
  • mrprotagonist - Friday, January 9, 2004 - link

    Can't believe that the nvidia/AMD/Intel fanboys didn't catch this snippet on page 4:

    "ATI has confirmed production of an AMD Athlon 64 core logic; NVIDIA is rumored to also have an Intel chipset in the works. With both ATI and NVIDIA producing both AMD and Intel chipsets, we will now have five major chipset manufacturers (six if you include ALi)."

  • klah - Friday, January 9, 2004 - link

    JRun Connector Protocol Error.
  • ehanneken - Friday, January 9, 2004 - link

    Does the FIC small form factor PC that opens up like a Mac have an AGP slot?
  • Evan Lieb - Friday, January 9, 2004 - link

    Good job guys. Too bad I couldn't go. :)
  • Tracy-Computer Franchise - Friday, July 27, 2012 - link

    good post..i hope that i could visit..Most of us know that Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale,but few of us knew that Nanotechnology entails the application of fields of science as diverse as surface science, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics, microfabrication, etc.

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