CeBIT 2004: more motherboards, the tour of AOpen, VIA, Chaintech, ECS booths
Let´s continue our report from CeBIT 2004 and take a look at various motherboards showcased at the booths of the well-known companies. This Spring in the spotlight are boards on Grantsdale/Alderwood (i915/i925) chipsets and similar LGA775 solutions from Taiwanese makers, all of them supporting DDR/DDR-2 and PCI Express.
One interesting novelty is AOpen MK915G-L µATX board on i915P (Grantsdale-P). It supports the new Socket T LGA775 processors with 800MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR400, PCI Express 16x, Gigabit LAN, 7-channel High Definition Audio:
VIA booth: the operational reference board on VIA K8T800 Pro + VT8237 chipset for Athlon 64 that features 7.1-channel VIA Vynil Gold Eight-TRAC audio. The graphics card used is S3 Graphics´ reference on DeltaChrome S8 Nitro:
Reference on VIA K8T800 Pro
VIA again, another reference board — now on integrated VIA PM880 chipset for Pentium 4.
Reference board on VIA PM880
Chaintech booth offers us two interesting exhibits in a row: Zenith Z925X motherboard for Socket T LGA775 processors on i925P (Alderwood) + ICH6R (4 x Dual DDR2-400/533 ECC/Non ECC, 1 x PCI Express 16x, 1 x PCI Express 1x, 4 x PCI, Gigabit LAN, 7-channel High Definition Audio), and SE5300 PCI Express 16x graphics card on GeForce 5200 (128MB 64-bit memory, 250/400MHz clock rates).
Chaintech Zenith Z925X, SE5300
Elitegroup (ECS) booth: Photon KV2 motherboard on VIA K8T800 Pro + VT8237 chipset for Socket 939 Athlon 64. Supports dual-channel DDR400, features 7.1-channel audio, dual LAN, etc.
ECS Photon KV2
Elitegroup 915P-A board on i915P + ICH6 chipset. Supports Socket T LGA775 processors with 800MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR2-400/533, PCI Express 16x, 2 x PCI Express 1x, 3 x PCI, Gigabit LAN, 4 x SATA:
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