Iwill Akihabara Event
Posted on: 09/18/2004 05:00 AM

This is what I personally most wanted to see! The ZMAXdp was presented with some concrete specifications, and we got to see the insides of one as well. The most disappointing thing would be that indeed, there are only two DIMM slots for a maximum of 2GB. That aside, it's still very fancy!

The intact, running ZMAXdp was sporting two Opteron 246 processors and an nVIDIA 6800 GT. A 3DMark03 score of 9159 is displayed.

Both ZMAXdps on display were red models. It certainly appears to be a fine finish on the covers, and to me at least, they are a very attractive design. Would have been nice to see the other cases in person!

Specifications, taken directly from the information sheet:

Opteron up to 2-way (socket 940)
Supports Athlon 64 FX series
PC3200 / PC2700 / PC2100 / PC1600 ECC DDR memory
2 slots, max 2GB
nVIDIA nForce3 Professional MCP
TI IEEE1394 TSB43AB22PDT host controller
Marvell 88E1111 PHY; nVIDIA gigabit Ethernet MAC
Front-panel ports
2 x USB 2.0
2 x IEEE1394a
Rear-panel ports
4 x USB 2.0
1 x Serial
2 x PS/2 (mouse, keyboard)
1 x Ethernet (RJ45)
1 x microphone, 1 x line-in, 1 x line-out
Drive bays
1 x 5.25" external bay for optical drive
2 x 3.5" internal bays; 1 x 3.5" space for floppy
One AGP slot; supports AGP 8x
One 32-bit, 33MHz PCI slot; one Mini-PCI slot
Power supply
300W ATX
220mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 280mm (D)
Net weight 9.68kg

We also have some shots of the ZMAXdp opened up for display. Note the presence of only two slots for RAM. Note also the positioning of the AGP slot as the second slot from the edge of the motherboard, allowing the use of video cards such as the one on display, which take up the adjacent PCI slot space.

Given the memory restrictions and the concessions to high-end AGP cards requiring bulky cooling, it seems that the machine is possibly being targeted more to computer artists, enthusiasts and gamers, than those looking for a compact desktop scientific computing workhorse. That said, 2GB of RAM is nothing to sneeze at, and as far as I know there is no other desktop machine which offers as much processing power in so small a package.

Operating red ZMAXdp
The ZMAXdp in operation
ZMAXdp with cover removed
ZMAXdp with cover removed
ZMAXdp internals
Closer shot of part of motherboard
ZMAXdp rear
Rear view

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