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VIA EPIA SN
The new EPIA SN packs PCIe x16 and mini-PCI into a single mini-ITX motherboard

VIA is showcasing a wall of new EPIA mini-ITX motherboards. The latest EPIA SN packs plenty of expansion capabilities with a DirectX 9 graphics core. VIA equips the EPIA SN with the latest CN896 IGP chipset with C7 processors.

The CN896 IGP chipset packs an integrated VIA Chrome9 HC graphics core, delivers DirectX 9 compatibility and hardware MPEG2 decoding acceleration. Despite the DirectX 9 compatibility, the VIA Chrome9 HC is not Windows Vista Premium ready, which means no Aero glass interface for EPIA SN systems.

VIA allows a variety of expansion options with the EPIA SN, including PCIe and mini-PCI. The EPIA SN features one PCIe x16 slot for expansion, a perfect spot for a UVD equipped ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro. Additionally, the EPIA SN features one mini-PCI slot for other peripherals such as wireless LAN and TV tuners.

The EPIA SN also has four SATA 3.0Gbps ports and two memory slots. The EPIA SN can accommodate up to two DDR2-667 memory modules. VIA supports up to 4GB of total system memory with the EPIA SN.

Expect the EPIA SN to begin sampling next month, albeit in limited numbers.


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By elpresidente2075 on 6/5/2007 8:24:00 PM , Rating: 4
It probably has something to do with the fact that regular PCI is being phased out, and more and more add-on cards will be using PCIe. That, and the fact that any x1, x4, x8, or x16 card will work in the slot, seems to make this slot make more sense.


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