The Asus C90 notebook is a DIY notebook owners dream, it is fully customisable and it has overclocking built in as standard. Although we did miss this one during Computex last week, we found the product information on the back of a pamphlet from Asus. It's not a pretty system, but it has some rather good features and a lot of DIY options. What you get is a 15.4-inch display with 1,680x1,050 resolution, a motherboard based on an unknown Intel chipset, but most likely a desktop part, since the C90 is built for use with socket-775 LGA processors and works with desktop Core 2 Duo's.
It supports the full range of Core 2 Duo processors all the way up to the X6800 and it should hopefully work with the Core 2 Quad's as well. It's using an MXM module for graphics and Asus offers a selection of Nvidia GeForce 8x00M solutions and will have AMD Radeon HD 2x00 mobile parts as soon as they're available. The C90 has two SO-DIMM's and supports up to 3GB of DDR2 800MHz memory. It has space for a single 2.5-inch SATA hard drive and it also has an eSATA port for external storage. There's space for a slim line optical drive and again, the choice is yours, although Asus has a wide range of options available here, including HD DVD and Blu-ray.
Furthermore it has two mini PCIe slots for wireless cards and TV tuner add-ons. It has pre-installed antennas for 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 as well as a pass through to an external antenna connector for TV cards. Above the display is a 2Mega pixel web camera and the C90 also has an HDMI connector for easy use with an HD TV and a built in finger print scanner. The built in overclocking feature allows for a 20% overclock of the system bus, although this doesn't work with the X6800 CPU.
The only downside is that a barebone model is expect to cost from US$1,500 and upwards, although Asus will offer pre-configured models as well. Seems a little bit excessive considering the specifications, but if you want the ultimate DIY laptop, then this is what you're looking for. It's just a shame that it has four rear mounted fans, as it looks like it's going to be really noisy for a notebook. And then there is the matter of battery life, but this is more like a portable LAN party machine than a real notebook, so who cares?
You can find more pictures of the internals of the C90 and some exterior shots over at PC Perspective
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