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VIA Intros the New 3.5W VX800 Series of Digital Media IGP Chipsets

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VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today launched the new VIA VX800 Series of digital media IGP chipsets featuring the latest video, graphics and connectivity performance in a single chip measuring just 33 x 33mm. The VIA VX800 Series comprises two primary digital media IGP chipsets, the VIA VX800 for ultra thin and light notebooks, mini PCs and embedded devices, and the ultra low voltage VIA VX800U for the fast-expanding ultra mobile market, including the rapidly-emerging mini-note, UMPC and UMD markets.

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Key Specifications of the VIA VX800

Supported Processors
  • VIA C7®-M processor, VIA Isaiah Architecture-based products
  • 800/400MHz FSB
Memory Controller

  • Supports up to two 64-bit DDR2 667 DIMMs (4 GB max)
High Definition Audio Interface

  • Up to 32-bit sample depth at 192 kHz sampling rate
  • Supports three codecs and eight streams

Integrated 2D / 3D / Video Processor

  • 250MHz engine clock
  • VIA Chrome9 HC3 DX9 3D engine
  • 128-bit 2D engine with hardware rotation capability
  • High Definition video processor with VMR capability
  • Up to 256 MB frame buffer
  • Unified Video Decoding Processor
  • MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC1 and DiVX video decoding acceleration
Display Interface

  • Three 10-bit 350 MHz RAMDACs
  • One Dual-channel or two Single-channels LVDS
  • 18-bit TTL LCD interface
  • Supports DuoView+TM
  • Multiplexed with UART and IR ports

Storage Interface

  • Supports SATA 2.0 interface
  • Support UDMA IDE
  • Support SD/MMC/MS memory card interface
Peripheral Interface

  • Supports PCI-Express one 4-lane and two 1-lane ports
  • Supports six USB 2.0 ports
  • Supports PCI and LPC buses
  • Supports SDIO and SPI
  • Supports FIR
  • Supports two UART ports
  • Power Management


It will make a great office/internet machine. Even OK as a media server or NAS. Low power... excellent power per watt... and also SUFFICIENT power to actually work. (Unlike the earlier EPIA models that were just too slow). You know, you can even buy a machine like this, add asterisk, and you'd have a really powerful phone PBX, that would cost $1000s to achieve similar performance using proprietary hardware.

Personally, I'd prefer a "server" made with one of these things. I currently have a couple of Linkstations as NAS servers... but they are ONE PURPOSE only... filestorage. With such a device you can easily make the machine a NAS, email server, webserver, media server ... and all very cheap... for a price not more than a Linkstation.

We often talk about using an "old" PC for a server... but old PCs are big, noisey (relative to a new silent VIA device) and use much more power such that you dont REALLY want to leave them "always on". But with this new chipset... I think you'd be happy to set it up and leave it on. Nice.
 
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will it run Crysis on high? :D
 

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i have to admit thats a really low watt setup...i want to see lego use one of these plus a good cpu to do one of there mindstorm things :roll:



one question why didn't they do a DX10 graphics chip?
 

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PRobably because the segment they are targeting doesnt need dx10
 

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PRobably because the segment they are targeting doesnt need dx10
i figure that much i just thought it would be nice to add DX10 to the low watt segment
 
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wow...ive been thinking of doing a little jukebox...with via audio and the lowpower req of these things i think ill use something like this
@ cdawall.. I reckon everything that utilizes dx10 for a while will need a powerrig to run properly, support for dx10 would have been a bit of a piontless bonus (like a 8400gs...like wow dx10...now what?
 
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will it run Crysis on high? :D
Will your 8800 GT play it at all high settings? Besides, the processor for this IGP chipset falls out of the MSR for Crysis.