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CeBIT 2002: Day 3

This year the display attracted less people by approximately 100,000-150,000 than the last year. Maybe it is because the tickets are more expensive. A one-time ticket costs 35 euros, while the permanent one is available at 75 euros. Or maybe it is because of recession which is so much spoken about; the number of participating companies is lower after all. The computer sphere is not going down, but the growth is too weak, and many companies have to pinch their budgets. Together with hi-tech companies whose researches determine development of this sphere for the next years, the display was flooded with minor, primarily Chinese and Taiwanese, firms. Surely, there are excellent companies among them, but now I want to get you to the point that mass character means cheap and simple production. That is why a lot of firms showed off their solutions in the sphere of cases for PCs and servers. If you get interested in some units you can easily find out the name and address of the manufacturer in the displays catalog.

House for a computer

So, the system blocks were inexpensive,

unusual in design but still inexpensive

and simply dear.

Among various blocks I found a Mini Barebone System named e-Cube. Such an attractive case hides a modern PC based on an AMD's processor which makes the system cost not much. Besides, there are similar but huge systems.

Apart real pieces of art there were cases with several fans, for example, on the front panel and a fan above to drive air out. A power unit also has a fan. Besides, these cases have a low noise level and entirely protect users from electromagnetic radiation. By the way, some cases are made of aluminum. CoolerMaster which makes such cases is also known for heatsinks and fans for processors.

And here you can take a look at coolers from this company.

Next to it is a small company showing off ordinary cases

and several interesting ones, for example, the following:

Again ordinary cases.

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