Motherboards

With the adoption of PCI Express as a next-gen I/O technology, all of the major chipset manufacturers worked hard to bring compatible chipsets to market.  Naturally, Intel was first on the scene with the 900 series chipsets. But on the AMD side, VIA was first to market with its K8T890 Chipset.   Building on the successes of the K8T800, which competed on the same level as nVidia's nForce 3 250 and nForce 3 Ultra, VIA aimed to take things to the next level with new features and improved overall performance.  By coupling the K8T890 Northbridge with the promising VT8251 Southbridge,... Read more...
  VIA is perhaps most notable for its contributions as a supplier of chipsets for AMD's Athlon XP/64 processor families. The company's work with Intel's offerings has ranged, over time, from clandestine manufacturing of unlicensed core logic (in Intel's eyes, at least) to the manufacture of a respectably leading edge product in the form of its PT880. Up until now, however, all of VIA's products have featured AGP graphics connectivity and it doesn't take a gifted mind to realize that the industry is trudging forward with PCI Express. So, while all of its competitors have already made that pivotal... Read more...
When AMD's Athlon 64 was initially introduced, all of the major players in the core logic chipset  business immediately jumped on board, and introduced, or released, full-featured chipsets for the new processor.  And although SiS, ALi, VIA and NVIDIA all had similar Athlon 64 chipsets on their respective road maps, it was VIA and NVIDIA who ended up truly dominating the segment.  VIA's K8T800 and NVIDIA nForce 3 150 Pro locked horns back then, and the battle has raged on ever since.  NVIDIA and VIA essentially fought to a draw on the Socket 754 platform, with each chipset garnering... Read more...
VIA PT880 Chipset Preview A Performance Preview of VIA's Dual-Channel P4 Chipset By: Chris Angelini December 8, 2003           For the first time since NVIDIA unveiled its nForce2 chipset more than a year ago, VIA is in a very promising position.  To begin, AMD's Athlon 64 is upon us, bringing with it an integrated memory controller that really equalizes the advantage NVIDIA once enjoyed.  In fact, the nForce3 and K8T800 chipsets generally fall within a percentage or two of each other in performance benchmarks.  VIA's leg-up comes in the... Read more...
  The VIA P4PB Ultra Motherboard Review Intent on Total System Performance for the P4 By Robert Maloney March 19th, 2003 Our first impression of the VIA P4PB Ultra, when the box showed up on the testing bench, was that it screamed (literally) that it was here to play.  From the no-nonsense black box with a guy yelling (at what we have yet to find out) to the impressive bundle within, it was clear that VIA was out to stake their own claim on the Pentium 4 Enthusiast Motherboard playing field.  Legally, it has been a mostly uphill battle for VIA, who claims that the rights to the P4's... Read more...
VIA's P4XB P4X266A Motherboard Yes, VIA is Selling Motherboards Now! By, Marco Chiappetta February 14, 2002 A few short months ago, if you were planning to build a high-end Pentium 4 system, an i850 based motherboard and expensive RDRAM was in your future.  VIA Technologies changed that though when they released their P4X266 chipset.  With the introduction of the P4X266 came the ability to use DDR SDRAM with the Pentium 4, which at the time was significantly cheaper than RDRAM yet offered similar performance.  Even though having a low-cost chipset on the market would help sales of... Read more...