VIA Announces VX700 Chipset
Anh Tuan Huynh
July 6, 2006 9:53 PM
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Single-chip UMPC solution
announced a new single-chip chipset
. The new VX700 chipset is compatible with VIA’s C7-M processors. The single-chip VX700 manages to pack all north and south bridge features into a single 35x35mm chip package that makes it ideal for space conscious UMPC designs.
It features the UniChrome Pro II IGP graphics core with the Chromation Video Engine. The Chromation Video Engine features hardware acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and WMV9 video formats. An integrated LVDS/DVI transmitter provides flexible display configurations with LCD’s, CRT and HDTV displays. DDR and DDR2 memory is supported by the VX700. SATA II, PATA, USB 2.0 and PCI connectivity is supported too. Support for high definition audio is also integrated.
Availability of the VX700 chipset is expected towards the end of Q3’06.
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7/6/2006 11:46:43 PM
My question, how does the C7 compare? How well does a VIA equipped system actually run?
A C7 is like a PIII-class solution, but with lower thermal signature. Clock-for-clock, it can't compete on the FPU front, but on the Integer performance the 1.5Ghz C7, is like a PIII 700Mhz to 800Mhz. It can't compete with Pentium-M or AMD's Geode (K7-based) in a clock-fo-clock match-up.
Overall performance is about 10% faster than the equivalently clocked C3 "Nehemiah".
Compared to the C3, the 1Ghz model of C7 (which is like a PIII 500Mhz/600Mhz) is fanless. Actually, C7s can run up to 1.2Ghz fanless.
These CPUs are good for folks who use PCs as general purpose solutions. (non-gamer, occasionally use for word processing, email, web surfing, etc). Linux enthusiasts use them for embedded solutions or low power 24/7 servers, thin clients, etc. They are also nice for a dense cluster platform. (A cluster without needing an airconditioned room).
They make great little boxes for those who need something like a home file server (running Linux) sitting quietly in the corner.
The only thing that really irritates me about them, is VIA's poor driver support for Linux. (I'm not too fond of their Unichrome IGP solutions either).
I use my C3 EPIA solution as a firewall. Its been up for over a year now. (24/7...Unless there's a blackout) :)
7/7/2006 2:46:35 AM
uh, you work for one of VIA's australian marketing companies... dont you? I swear to god I saw the exact same argument in a PCN like a year ago.
7/7/2006 3:11:05 AM
I liked his comments. I don't think comparing a product to a 500-600mhz PIII in power is a glowing recommendation. Every product needs a niche and I think he accurately described the one for this product.
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