New Via/S3 GPU Announced

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    From http://www.beyond3d.com/content/news/589:

    "Despite losing more than half of their GPU/IGP market share in the last year according to Jon Peddie Research, VIA/S3 is hoping to change that situation with a new family of 65nm/DirectX 10.1/PCI Express 2.0 GPUs. The Chrome 400 Series will become available in late February 2008.
    No performance information was available, although it uses a 64-bit memory bus and S3 claims to have achieved the "the highest performance-per-watt ratio ever", clearly hinting at their determination to recapture some share in the notebook market where they used to be relatively strong. The chip integrates DisplayPort, HDMI 1.2 and HDCP capabilities and fully accelerates H.264 video decoding. Similarly to NVIDIA's VP2 engine but unlike AMD's UVD, it does not seem to handle all of the VC-1 decoding process.

    This family of GPUs will also be manufactured on Fujitsu's 65nm process, like VIA's recently launched Isaiah processor. No further details on pricing, SKU configurations or design wins were made available at press time."

    Can't wait for isiah boards to come out with this chipset!!
     
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    Yes, it sounds like it could be good. Performance obviously won't be great (probably slower than an 8500GT), but it should still be a nice improvement over the current options.
     
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    64bit bus = crap - dont think itll be in the same class as a 8500gt, but imagine the isaiah & this gpu in an eeepc!!! The video acceleration at low pwr consumption should prove to be the major drawcard - esp if they have all these adv sleep states
     
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    True, it'll probably be more like the 8400GS or HD 2400 Pro (both 64-bit). Even so, that'll be a huge improvement over what they've got at the moment.

    Via looks like it could become a serious competitor in the HTPC market. Hopefully they'll integrate some of the technology used in the Chrome 400 series to make IGPs too.
     
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    they dfntly will - they plan on integrating them into laptops = igp
     
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    Expect it to be a steaming pile of crap with horrible, horrible drivers yet again.
     
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    their linux drivers are fine
     
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    This could be good for Car Theatre systems too, a dx10 ability without an addon card. Less things to jiggle loose in transport.
     
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    its the power consumption claim that impresses me the most.

    Imagine being able to run the sucker passive on a carputer / HTPC..

    matched with some equally low wattage CPU, this is something to watch out for.
     
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    Some of its functions look interesting.

    Where is some benchmarks of HD video playback i ask !?!??!
     

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