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VIA announces PT880 Pro, PT894 and PT894 Pro chipsets

VIA Technologies announced a whole bunch of new chipsets for Intel Pentium 4 — PT880 Pro, PT894, and PT894 Pro — that make it possible to move to PCI-E and DDR2.

PT880 Pro and PT894 are meant for masses, while PT894 Pro is made for high-performance servers and workstations with 1066 MHz FSB.

It´s interesting that VIA´s novelties support both PCI Express and AGP interfaces through the VIA Universal Graphics Interface (UGI) of PT880 Pro.

Speaking of more technologies, there´s VIA DualGFX Express that enables quad-monitor output: with VIA PT894 one can connect monitors to both outputs of both PCI-E cards, while VIA PT880 Pro supports simultaneous AGP and PCI-E connections.

All VIA PT chipsets work with DDR-400 and DDR2-667 memory through VIA StepUp feature. All the PT series is compatible with VIA VT8237 and VIA VT8251 Southbridges (the latter offers SATA II, RAID 5 and High Definition Audio).

Chipset features:

Northbridge VIA PT880 Pro
CPU Intel® Pentium® 4
Hyper-Threading +
Front Side Bus 1066/800/533 MHz
Memory (4GB max.) DDR2 667/533/400
DDR 400/33/266
Graphics AGP 3.0 (AGP8X)
PCI Express
Southbridge VIA VT8237
Bridge interconnect Ultra V-Link (1066 MB/s)
Audio VIA Vinyl™ 6ch audio (AC´97)

VIA Vinyl™ Gold 8ch audio (PCI controller)
LAN VIA Velocity Gigabit Ethernet
VIA 10/100 Fast Ethernet
Modem MC´97
PCI slots 6
SATA 2 x SATA 150, SATALite for 2 more SATA devices
V-RAID RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD (SATA)
PATA 4 x ATA133
USB 8


Northbridge VIA PT894
CPU Intel® Pentium® 4
Hyper-Threading +
Front Side Bus 1066/800/533 MHz
Memory (4GB max.) DDR2 667/533/400
DDR 400/33/266
Graphics PCI Express x16


Northbridge VIA PT894 Pro
CPU Intel® Pentium® 4
Hyper-Threading +
Front Side Bus 1066/800/533 MHz
Memory (4GB max.) DDR2 667/533/400
DDR 400/33/266
Graphics VIA Dual GFX Express
PCI Express x16
PCI Express x4

Besides the chipsets mentioned above, the company is going to release PT800 and PT880 products with more humble features.

Source: VIA

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