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VIA Launches Vista-Ready EPIA SN, Fastest Ever EPIA Mainboard

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VIA Technologies today announced the VIA EPIA SN-series mainboard, the first Mini-ITX to be based on the Vista-certified VIA CN896 IGP chipset. Powered by the 1.8GHz VIA C7 processor, the VIA EPIA SN provides a performance boost of up to 30% over previous VIA EPIA mainboards, while a fanless 1GHz sku is ideal for Network Attached Storage and other applications requiring passive cooling. The VIA EPIA SN is also the first to provide the added flexibility of a 16-lane PCI-Express port for bandwidth-intensive graphics cards.

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Very nice, I wish I could afford things like this. I would love to make a fanless micro-ITX HTPC.
 

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small, efficient, not very power sucking..I like it.

more options for the HTPC crowd and cheaper to boot.
 
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Where is the PCI express x16 port at?
 

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LOL. how did you miss that?

Hmmm that thing's tiny, and feature packed. I like it.

Wait a minute, no heatsinks? Surely it needs one?
 

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Me like. Hell, with 2GB DDR667 and an 8600GT, provided the core is overclockable* looks like a good LAN rig!!

*or not depending on the arcitecture... maybe if it's as fast as a 1.8gig conroe-l celeron :p
 

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Eh, looks more like a board for internet surfing and watching video.
 

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Wait a minute, no heatsinks? Surely it needs one?[/QUOTE]

Yep, it uses two heatsinks . One heatsink covers both the CPU and the north bridge and has a fan on it on the 1.8GHz SKU. The 1.0GHz version is fanless. The CPU is the smaller of the two by the way. The south bridge also has a smaller fanless heatsink. Anyone fancy some photos? I have one right here next to me.
 
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Wait a minute, no heatsinks? Surely it needs one?
Yep, it uses two heatsinks . One heatsink covers both the CPU and the north bridge and has a fan on it on the 1.8GHz SKU. The 1.0GHz version is fanless. The CPU is the smaller of the two by the way. The south bridge also has a smaller fanless heatsink. Anyone fancy some photos? I have one right here next to me.[/QUOTE]

Sure, why not?
 
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And guess what, the small chip on the top of the board is the cpu...its smaller than the north and south bridge...lol
 
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And guess what, the small chip on the top of the board is the cpu...its smaller than the north and south bridge...lol
Yeah, took me a while to even notice it up there, hiding out like it wasn't needed. lol
 
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I would think they could do away with the IDE port. Everything's on SATA these days.