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VIA C3M266-L: ATX board on CLE266 chipset

Weve described many variants of VIA Technologies CLE266-based motherboards, like, say, Epia-M9000. However, its usually about Mini-ITX design. But last weekend Japanese retail was updated with Socket 370 CLE266-based ATX mobos — C3M266-L.

It bases on Apollo CLE266 (CastleRock graphics, integrated MPEG2 encoder) + VT8235 bundle, supports any Socket 370 CPUs: C3, Pentium III, Celeron with 100/133MHz FSB. The board features 2 DIMM sockets (PC2100 DDR), 3 PCI slots (one shared with a CNR slot), 6-ch. VT1616 AC´97 codec, 10/100Base LAN (VT6103), IEEE1394 (VT6307S) and USB 2.0 ports, UltraATA/133 support.

It seems to be an interesting "quiet" solution, especially for those, satisfied with ATX design. Here are the "family photos" of Epia-M9000 (Mini-ITX, 170x170 mm) and C3M266-L (MicroATX, 245x205 mm) from a Japanese shop to compare the size. The novelty costs about 10500-10800 yens (about $90) in Japan.

Source: ASCII24

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