VIA Launches Vista-Ready EPIA SN, Its Fastest EPIA Mainboard
VIA Technologies today announced the VIA EPIA SN-series mainboard, the first Mini-ITX to be based on the Vista-certified VIA CN896 IGP chipset.
Powered by the 1.8GHz VIA C7 processor, the VIA EPIA SN provides a performance boost of up to 30% over previous VIA EPIA mainboards, while a fanless 1GHz CPU is suitable for Network Attached Storage and other applications requiring passive cooling. The VIA EPIA SN is also the first to provide the 16-lane PCI-Express port for graphics cards. Other features include 4 Serial ATA II ports, VIA V-RAID (via VIA VT8251 Southbridge), an Ultra DMA port, a Compact Flash connector, 1000Mbps and 100Mbps LAN ports and wireless support.
The VIA EPIA SN also supports 4GB of DDR2-667 system memory, has the option of 4 additional COM ports and a native LPC bus. As well as the VIA PadLock Security Engine embedded within the VIA C7 processor, further security is also available through an optional TPM module. The complete specs are here.
The VIA CN896 chipset has been certified by Microsoft to guarantee installation of Windows Vista, with its VIA Chrome9 HC integrated graphics core capable of MPEG-2 acceleration.
Source: VIA Technologies
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