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VIA Launches Most Powerful EPIA Mainboard Ever; First to Feature VIA C7 Processor

CeBIT 2006: ASRock (continued)

CeBIT 2006: ASUS

CeBIT 2006: Foxconn

CeBIT 2006: Galaxy Graphics Cards With Zalman Cooling

CeBIT 2006: Elitegroup Computer Systems

VIA Launches Most Powerful EPIA Mainboard Ever; First to Feature VIA C7 Processor

VIA Technologies announced the VIA EPIA EN-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA's ultra compact platforms to feature the VIA C7 processor, making it the most powerful EPIA platform to date.

The VIA EPIA EN mainboard integrates the VIA CN700 digital media IGP chipset that offers DDR2 memory support, integrated VIA UniChrome Pro 2D/3D graphics with full hardware HDTV encoding up to 1080i, 720p output, hardware MPEG-2 acceleration, VIA Vinyl Multi-channel Audio, support for up to 1GB of DDR2-400/533MHz memory, full-featured SATA II RAID, an LVDS module connector, S-Video and RCA output, IEEE 1394, USB 2.0 connections, and Gigabit LAN.

Additionally, the power efficiency of the processor and the platform enables ultra compact designs with a maximum power consumption of just 21W.

The VIA EPIA EN Mini-ITX mainboard is fully compatible with all Mini-ITX, FlexATX and MicroATX chassis and associated accessories.

Source: VIA Technologies

CeBIT 2006: ASRock (continued)

And we continue the tour around the ASRock booth. Since we have already taken a look at Intel-based solutions, it's time to proceed to products for AMD processors.

The 939SLI-eSATA2 motherboard, as you can guess from its model name, has Socket 939 for AMD Athlon 64/64FX/64X2 processors. It bases on ULi M1697 core logic, supports HyperTransport and AMD Cool'n'Quiet. The board works with 1000MHz FSB and up to 4 x DDR400 modules. You can also use AM2 processors with it by using AM2CPU (Future CPU Port).

Like many other company's products, this one supports Hybrid Booster overclocking. The SLI mode is supported by 1 x PCI Express x16 and 1 x PCI Express x8. Besides, there is 1 x PCI Express x1, 3 x PCI, 4 x Serial ATAII (3Gbps; RAID 0/1/10/5), 5.1-channel Realtek ALC 660 (High Definition Audio) codec and 100Mbps Ethernet. The motherboard supports Windows Vista.

The 939SLI32-eSATA2 is almost identical to the previous board, except for two fully-fledged PCI Express x16 slots. It bases on ULi M1695 Northbridge, features an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) port and faster 1Gbps LAN.

On the next photo is the K8SLI-eSATA2 on the same ULi M1697, but designed for Socket 754. The transition to AM2 or Socket 939 is possible with adapters. Here you can see this board with the AM2CPU. The K8SLI-eSATA2 resembles 939SLI-eSATA2 and also supports Windows Vista.

And here's that processor adapter, AM2CPU. It enables to install 4 x DDR2-533/667/800 modules of up to 8GB total capacity.

Source: our reporter at CeBIT 2006

CeBIT 2006: ASUS

Now let's take a look at what ASUS offered at CeBIT 2006.

AMD platform is introduced by M2N32-WS board based on NVIDIA C51XE/MCP55PXE with AM2 socket:

The Viiv-certified N4L-VM DH utilized Intel 945GT/ICH7-M DH chipset and supports Intel Socket 479, including Core Duo. This mATX board also hosts intergrated Intel Graphics GMA 950 and 8-channel Realtek ALC 882 (HD audio) codec. Note the low-profile cooler:

And here's a budget AMD AM2 motherboard - M2NPV-VM (NVIDIA GF6150 + NF430) - with integrated graphics and DVI-I interface:

M2V is designed for AMD AM2 and bases on VIA K8T890/VT8237A:

The company also demonstrated its Splendid technology in action with two EAX1900XTX CrossFired cards. The feature has 4 modes: Standard, Color Enchance, Cinematic Effects, Enchanced Contrast:

The next image shows the new PW201 20" monitor with a 1.3-megapixel webcam. The aspect ratio is 16:10, resolution - 1680x1050. The display also has stereo speakers, component and S-Video input. The novelty also supports Splendid technology and has 1-year no-dead-pixels warranty:

The popular segment of Skype phones was expanded with an ambitiously named AsGuru S1. The phone supports 802.11g and has a 128x64 LCD:

ASUS also showcased its series of "leather" notebooks and accessories:

Source: our reporter at CeBIT 2006

CeBIT 2006: Foxconn

Foxconn showcased a lot of novelties, which was no surprise since it now produces not only motherboards, but also graphics cards and monitors. On the photo you can see quad-graphics motherboard that will be produced exclusively for Dell and Hewlett Packard.

A P4M890-based motherboard for BTX, ATX, mATX enclosures:

And to prove the intention to produce graphics cards - NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX:

Cooling is both classic...

...And liquid (the pump inside costs about $50):

Next novelties bear Silent Coolers used either with or without fans mounted on the top or bottom of heatsinks:

This one is the P9657AA-8EKRS2 motherboard on Intel P965 (+ICH8R) for LGA 775 processors. It supports dual-channel DDR2-667/800, has integrated graphics and works under Microsoft Windows Vista:

This photo shows the 975X7AB-8EKRS2 motherboard (Intel 975X + ICH7R, LGA 775), also for dual-channel DDR2-667/800, but this one supports ATI CrossFire:

The Q9657UA-8EKRS2 BTX motherboard (Intel Q965 + ICH8DO, LGA 775) for media PCs and Microsoft Windows Vista:

AMD platform is introduced in AM2 solutions: the C51XEM2AA on NVIDIA C51XE + MCP55 supporting SLI for 7900GTX graphics cards (PCI-Express slots have wider gap in-between).

And the 6150M2MA-8EKRS2 integrated board (NVIDIA GF6150 + NF430) with a DVI output:

And the last photo introduces the 17" P4M89OSO1 monitor. For now, Foxconn is going to produce only 17" models:

Source: our reporter at CeBIT 2006

CeBIT 2006: Galaxy Graphics Cards With Zalman Cooling

Galaxy introduced at CeBIT 2006 several graphics cards cooled by Korean Zalman.

The first reported of is 6600GE. The suffix means not "Gamers Edition", but "Galaxy Edition". Default clock rates are the standard 300/550 MHz, however the vendor guarantees overclocking potential.

At that, there's a special chip to disable GPU in case of overheating, and Dual BIOS.

Next is the mid-range Galaxy 6600GT with DDR3 memory and Zalman cooling.

And how do you like such an original passive cooling system (on the left photo) compared to 7600GT's reference design?

If passive cooling is not enough, Galaxy offers the same 7600GT with Zalman cooling that is also silent, but more effective.

7900GT requires better cooling, so Galaxy supplies it with an all-copper Zalman unlike Al-Cu solutions above.

Finally, the top performer from Galaxy bases on NVIDIA GeForce 7900GTX and, for now, has the reference design. But the vendor promises a passively-cooled variant in the near future.

Source: our reporter at CeBIT 2006

CeBIT 2006: Elitegroup Computer Systems

And now let's visit the booth of Elitegroup Computer Systems that hosts a lot of interesting products, including ones for which ECS is not well-known.

For example, this is a server motherboard for Intel Xeon processors - T1066-DX.

Elitegroup has long been among leaders in Mini-ITX and barebone solutions. This time it also offers a wide number of products based on Intel, VIA, SiS core logic.

The first motherboard, PMI8M, is designed for Intel Pentium M and Celeron M processors, has Intel Extreme Graphics 2 core (8-64MB), supports up to 4 x PATA drives.

Then there's NXS7M on SiS741GX chipset for Socket 462 (AMD Athlon, Duron, MP, XP) CPUs and 333MHz FSB. The board supports up to 1GB of DDR333, 4 x PATA drives. It also has integrated graphics, Gigabit Ethernet, 6-channel ALC655 codec.

Another Elitegroup Mini-ITX motherboard, C3VCM6, bases on VIA CLE 266CE and is designed for VIA C3 processors. This board works with DDR266, PATA hard drives, has 100/10Mbps LAN, ALC655 codec, and integrated graphics.

On the next photo you can see the C3VCM (VIA CN700) motherboard for VIA C7 ULV processors. The board itself is the same as the previous.

ATI RD580 supporting 2 x PCI Express x16 interfaces was used in the KA3 MVP board aimed at enthusiasts. It supports AMD Athlon 64FX, Athlon 64 X2 and Athlon64, has 6 x SATA 3Gbps (RAID 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD), 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, High Definition Audio. Max. memory capacity is 4GB.

Of course, Elitegroup introduced a number of budget solutions. These include P4M890-Ì and P29-G (under the PCCHIPS brand), both on VIA P4M890 for Intel's Socket 775 CPUs:

  • Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron processors
  • Hyper Threading
  • 800/533/400 MHz FSB
  • DDR2-533/400, DDR400/333/266/200, up to 4GB
  • PCI Express x16
  • PCI Express x1
  • V-Link (533Mbps) bridge interconnect
  • 8 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • 4 x Serial ATA
  • 4 x ATA133/100/66
  • 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet

Besides traditional products, the company showcased a wide gamma of NVIDIA-based graphics solutions. However only the budget products featured the original design, novelties being copied from reference.

ECS also offers Intel Viiv solutions. Not only as motherboards (integrated 945G-M3), but also as ready PCs.

And the last photo might surprise many of you, we believe. It turns out Elitegroup makes 19" monitors as well. The production facilities are located in Hungary.

Source: our reporter at CeBIT 2006

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