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VIA EPIA EX - Mini-ITX at the next level - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Memory Performance

VIA is finally back in the labs with a look at their EPIA EX motherboard with C7 1.5GHz low power processor onboard!

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 14, 2007 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9%Manufacturer: VIA

EPIA Test System


Processor: VIA C7 1.5GHz


Memory: 1x 1GB DDR2-1066 Corsair (Supplied by Corsair)


Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA-II (Supplied by Seagate)


Graphics Card: IGP onboard


Cooling: Onboard cooling


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2


Drivers: VIA UniChrome Pro II IGP, VIA Hyperion and DX9c


AMD Sempron Test System


Processor: AMD Sempron 2800+ Socket 754


Motherboard: Albatron KI51PV-754 (Supplied by Albatron)


Memory: 1x 1GB DDR-800 Corsair (Supplied by Corsair)


Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA-II (Supplied by Seagate)


Graphics Card: Onboard IGP


Cooling: Gigabyte NeonK8 (Supplied by Gigabyte)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2


Drivers: nVidia Platform Driver 9.53, ForceWare 93.71 and DX9c


Today we pitted two Mini-ITX motherboards against each other.


First off the VIA EPIA EX motherboard against our car PC motherboard, the Albatron KI51PV-754 designed to use any Socket 754 based AMD K8 CPU and running a Sempron 2800+ CPU and 1GB of DDR SDRAM.


While you may think this in an unfair battle, we are not testing gaming here; we are testing its HTPC and office usage capabilities.


Let us get this show on the road and see if the EPIA EX can continue to impress us as we enter the all important benchmarks.


EVEREST Ultimate Edition


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EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems.






Normally we only do memory performance with Everest but it is an all round system test, we did our memory and two CPU tests to see just how well the C7 did in the synthetic side of things.


Both memory tests put the Sempron right out in front due to its on die memory controller. VIA has to use the CPU bus to communicate with memory, looking at the Everest scores compared to the highest clocked C3, memory performance has doubled on the C7.


CPU wise we were quite surprised at how well the C7 is able to perform, again compared to the C3 on the charts it is extremely good.


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