Report: Live From The AMD Tech Tour
Tour is a special event which has been travelling around North American cities for the last few
months. The purpose of the Tech Tour is to promote AMD products to resellers, and inform them of upcoming
advancements & technologies - like the K8 for instance. The AMD Tech Tour also
features a lot of information from vendor partners (video card, motherboard, etc.) and even though we would all like
to attend, it is closed to the public.
registering at the Toronto Convention Center we were given a really cool glowing
pen and a care
package from AMD. Inside it contained an AMD Tech Tour T-Shirt,
a very neat looking AMD notepad and some other informational papers. Once we got inside
the main hall, there was a full snack table, beverages (non alcoholic) and a
very awesome looking dual MP1800+ Koolance system. Looking inside the Koolance
through a case window it very neat to see the water boil and bubble in the transparent
Off to one side was a room was where the manufacturer/distributors showed off their
wares. The first booth we hit was nVidia's. On display was a MSI
based nForce system with a GeForce4 Ti4600. The system was showing off the wolf man demo on dual
displays and the crowd loved it.
Gigabyte had on display some KT333 based
motherboards as well as their line of Radeon 8500 products. Next up was
Soyo and their cool looking Dragon motherboards. They had the KT333 Dragon Ultra (Platinum and Black) as
well as their KT333 Dragon Lite.
Epox had a dual AMD 760MPX motherboard as well as their KT333 based boards out.
PowerColor had a whole bunch of empty boxes showing their Radeon 8500 line
of videocards.... and Matrox was on hand with their Parhelia-512 but it wasn't doing anything. Talking to
the Matrox rep, I was told that they'd been having a few problems with their early beta videoboards, but was assured that Matrox was
well on its way to solving them.
Asus had their A7V333, A7M266-D and the ever wicked looking V8460
Deluxe mainboards on display. The V8460 motherboard has some very pretty copper heatsinks and made me want to
run out and buy my own! Abit showed off their AT7
MAX as well as their KX7-333.
The Tech Tour Seminars
The Seminar AMD put on covered a lot of topics, both about mobile and desktop chips, and
also some info on upcoming processors. Vendors too, had the chance to show off
their roadmaps and finer products...