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HolidayBuyer's Guide

In Taiwan, gizmos take center stage

Gamers, gear-heads and PC aficionados alike are agog over the latest designs coming out of Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, this week.

More than 1,300 exhibitors are showing their latest wares for more than 120,000 visitors expected to attend the annual event.

With the recent release of dual-core processors such as Intel's Pentium D and AMD's Athlon X2, computer makers are debating new combinations of speed and style to attract the more than 202 million PCs that analysts with Gartner are estimating will ship worldwide in 2005.

One company that's taking advantage right off the bat is ATI Technology, which is teaming up with AMD to launch its dual-slot Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition graphics processor. The new platform supports both dual-GPU and dual-core configurations.

Also on the show floor, Asustek Computer's new Vento 3600 case is catching the eye of power gamers. Acer is promoting its latest Ferrari 4000 notebook with an AMD Turion mobile processor.

And for the traveling gadget enthusiast, PDA maker MiTAC International has a new model that lets car drivers navigate with global positioning system, or GPS, receivers.