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Discussion in 'Other CPUs and chipsets' started by J_Dem0n, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. J_Dem0n

    J_Dem0n (Taking a Break)

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    hey there, wtf is VIA, how good are they?
    i've never heard of them and target starts selling laptops with via, cpu's like WTF?
     
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    VIA is a Taiwanese based, low cost computer component provider.

    I can't say with 100% confidence that ALL their stuff is rock solid: some of their products are, others shouldn't exist in the first place. ( Let's just say they're average. :) )

    They make CPUs, Chipsets (including ones with onboard video), NICs, etc.
    (You may also see industrial/embedded boards and some retail routers that use their CPU)

    Their CPUs are not considered or are marketed for performance. (So if you need performance, consider Intel or AMD). They're designed for low power and performance that "just does the job". ("She'll be right")

    Their current CPU line, known as the C3...Not a performance king in any form.

    ie : A rough guide is to "divide by 2" of its speed to get approx equivalent PIII performance in typical office style apps. Its "divide by 3" for FPU intensive apps.

    eg : If a C3 is spec at 1Ghz
    Equivalent desktop performance (overall) = PIII 500Mhz
    Equivalent FPU performance (overall) = PIII 333Mhz

    However, the two areas where the C3 (and its CLE266 or CN400 chipset) excel is hardware encryption and MPEG2 decoding. (for its size).

    The MPEG2 is OK, not as good as a genuine hardware decoder...So it does the job...

    The encryption part (if you get the latest steppings of C3 that is 1Ghz or faster) outguns any top end desktop CPU from Intel or AMD.

    So you got a low end PC, with moderate MPEG2 decoding, and if it exists (depending on CPU stepping), an asskicking encryption ability.

    What is this CPU really good for?

    Network applications such as VPN router or wireless access point/NAS/quiet server roles, Thin clients, small car PC?, High-density servers, etc.

    Don't expect to play Doom III with them! ;)

    VIA is working on a new generation CPU, called C7. (Codename "Esther")

    This is an improved version of the C3 using the Pentium-M bus (current one uses P6 bus), encryption abilities have been bolstered to cover more encryption algorithms, and various other improvements to give the CPU more grunt. It also features NX bit and SSE/SSE2/SSE3.

    The mobile version, C7-M, is aiming to go against the Celeron-M (Budget version of the Pentium-M)

    If you need to read about stuff, visit the VIA site.
    http://www.via.com.tw/en/index.jsp
     
  3. nux

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    VIA CPUs are low power, they also have Small Form Factor integrated boards. A few have been reviewed on OCAU, have a look through the Articles page.
     
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    Now Kmart is selling VIA PC's, which is a bit of a joke.


    'VIA 2000+ CPU 796mhz'


    I pity the people who buy them..
     
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    They are quite good for HTPC's or anywhere where u need a silent computer
     
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    J_Dem0n (Taking a Break)

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    HTPC?

    lol ummm........
     
  7. nux

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    Home Theatre PC.
     
  8. -=N0N@ME420=-

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    yeah, I think hes saying, does it have enough power to handle hdtv?

    When we had MS Representatives coming around they were saying oh HTPC is going to be ultra good, must be run on the best hardware, great video cards, alienware etc
     
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    Hmmm dunno whether it would... no1 has HDTV out my way anyway :p
     
  10. Fish_Munger

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    Via rock man they make a kick ass Chipset KT800Pro and even some Doom3 deathmatch maps sic :).But the Nforce4 slaps the crap out of their KT890 PCI-E chipset in my view :D
     
  11. FB008

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    i think via had its heyday when it released its kt266a chipset, after that it seems that it never provided cutting-edge chipsets since then (primarily thanks to nvidia's nforce2/3/4). and not being able to really push into intel's market must have hurt likewise.
     
  12. Merovingian

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    I second FB008. It had its DAYS...
     
  13. sonyx

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    i beleive the only reason via chipsets were popular for the amd 462 platform was because all the other chipsets on that platform were peices of shit too :)
    then came the nforce, and there ended via.


    Good riddance to bad rubbish


    i had the misfortune of owning a via kt133 board... never again.
     

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