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Computex 2002 Coverage - Day 2 - VIA

Computex is certainly shaping up to be a very exciting event. In yesterday's coverage we brought you information about AMD's 8th generation processors (Opteron and ClawHammer) as well as detailed information about upcoming products from VIA. Yesterday's conferences left us barely any time to take a proper look at what the companies were displaying on the show floor. Today, however, our schedule was slightly more relaxed so we took the opportunity to head out onto the show floor. Whilst there we took a look at the latest gear from VIA, ALi, SiS, Apacer, AMD and Leadtek.

By: | Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 4, 2002 4:00 am




VIA had quite a strong presence at this year's Computex. They were displaying many new products at their booth, including their SavageXP graphics chipset and the much anticipated P4X333 chipset for the Pentium 4.


Firstly, VIA had their new SavageXP graphics chipset running on a demo system at their booth. As mentioned in yesterday's coverage, this new chipset features S3TC texture compression, 64-bit or 128-bit DDR Dedicated Video Memory, S3 Duoview technology (dual monitors), integrated TV and DVI outputs and DVD hardware acceleration. Again, we were not able to run benchmarks on this system, however, the image quality from the demo was quite impressive and definitely comparable to the GeForce3/4 graphics chipsets.



The first SavageXP-based graphics card available will be from VIA's first certified partner, Tyan. This card will be called the Tachyon 3300 and below is a closeup image of the card itself.



VIA have recently been pushing their new Eden products quite strongly onto the market, and rightfully so, as they are ideal for compact, high performing entertainment systems that don't produce much heat or noise. To demonstrate this, VIA were displaying a small toy Volkswagen car that was used as the enclosure for a whole Eden-based PC. Very stylish.



VIA also had an Eden-based webpad on display, as well as a table PC. While webpads and tablet PCs have not yet taken off as they are still quite expensive, I have a feeling that webpads and tablet PCs will be very popular in the not too distant future.




Another interesting demo that was being run at VIA's stand was a P4X333-based system. The P4X333 chipset is essentially the same as its predecessor, the P4X266, however, it supports DDR333 memory rather than DDR266. From the performance numbers we have seen in our labs and all over the internet, this looks to be the fastest chipset currently available for the Pentium 4.



Finally, VIA were displaying a whole range of VPSD boards at the show. They had their new P4-PB and P4-VA boards on display that are based on the P4X333 chipset and feature onboard 6 channel audio, USB 2.0 and ATA133 support. Also on display were boards based on the P4M266 chipset (integrated graphics) and the P4X266A chipset.



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