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EPIA 2 and EPM board on VIA CLE266: more answers — fewer questions

The long-awaited VIA Eden — a quiet and humble home/office PC (in Russian) review excited numerous replies from our readers.

Of course, the theme of an inexpensive and quiet (!) multimedia-enabled home PC is now important as never. However, to the pleasure of those who already know about ambiguous marks of VIA EPIA-4000 and EPIA-5000 systems for multimedia operations, MPEG4 and DVD in particular: they are good enough for an office. For those willing to build their own quiet multimedia PC, in the near future VIA Technologies will start to sell new-generation EPIA 2 solutions based on VIA CLE266 chipset and EPM Socket 370 motherboard.




EPIA 2 brief specifications:

  • VIA C3 800 MHz CPU and higher, EBGA package, 133 MHz FSB
  • VIA CLE266 chipset, integrated AGP 8 engine equivalent
  • DDR266 SDRAM memory
  • 1 PCI expansion slot
  • ATA133 support (2xIDE, 1xFDD!)
  • VIA 6-channel audio
  • Integrated IEEE 1394 controller
  • 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • Integrated 10/100 LAN
  • Integrated TV-Out
  • Mini ITX form-factor (170x170mm)
  • Expected availability — October

Let´s mention some details about VIA CLE266 Northbridge. The flow-chart:


Feel the difference — all MPEG operations will be performed by an integrated video module instead of CPU! I guess this solves all MPEG4 and DVD slow-performance problems. Though let´s wait for its test results.




In addition — specifications of EPM motherboard, that can be used with any CPU of this family:

  • 100/133 MHz FSB VIA C3 CPU support (Socket 370)
  • VIA CLE266 chipset, integrated AGP 8 engine equivalent
  • DDR266 SDRAM memory
  • 3 PCI slots, CNR slot
  • ATA133 support (2xIDE, 1xFDD)
  • Integrated 6-channel audio
  • Integrated IEEE 1394 controller
  • 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • Integrated 10/100 LAN
  • Micro ATX form-factor
  • Expected availability — October

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