Page 1:Size Matters: Mini ITX Boards Tested
Page 2:Form Factors For The Desktop: From ATX To ITX
Page 3:VIA Processor On Board
Page 4:VIA EPIA/ Eden
Page 5:VIA EPIA/ C3
Page 6:VIA EPIA-M 9000
Page 7:Test Setup
Page 8:Test Results
Page 9:CPU Load: MPEG-4 Playback DivX/ Fddshow
Page 10:CPU Load: MPEG-4 Playback With AC3
Page 11:CPU Load: Network Data Transfer
Page 12:3D Benchmark: Quake III Arena
Page 13:Conclusion - Is This The Beginning Of A New Generation Of PC Systems?
VIA EPIA-M 9000
Completing the trio is the current top model in the VIA EPIA M series, which goes by the name of M9000. Behind the name is a 933 MHz C3 processor and a 133 MHz FSB.
In contrast to the two other boards, the specifications for this board are a real treat: CLE266 chipset permitting the use of DDR226 memory, UltraATA/133 in place of ATA/100, support for 5.1 sound, USB 2.0 and FireWire (only with additional adapter cable). The other features are the same as those of the twins: LAN interface, video out and digital audio out.
Better, although by modern standards not great, is the chipset's graphics subsystem. With the advantage of DDR memory, the CastleRock system is noticeably faster than its predecessors. Also useful is the integrated MPEG-2 decoder.
A quick glance at the board reminds us of our appeal for the abolition of the floppy - the connector is located right in the centre of the board. Either VIA doesn't expect it to be used at all, or the designers couldn't find room for it anywhere else. Presumably a bit of both. However, we don't wish to stress this point too much, as this location might prove useful depending on the application and the case used.
Unlike the first generation EPIA, the M Series has only one DIMM socket. But it should be able to work with one gigabyte DDR DIMMs, thus providing adequate memory resources.
The VT8235 South Bridge is current and offers USB 2.0.
- Size Matters: Mini ITX Boards Tested
- Form Factors For The Desktop: From ATX To ITX
- VIA Processor On Board
- VIA EPIA/ Eden
- VIA EPIA/ C3
- VIA EPIA-M 9000
- Test Setup
- Test Results
- CPU Load: MPEG-4 Playback DivX/ Fddshow
- CPU Load: MPEG-4 Playback With AC3
- CPU Load: Network Data Transfer
- 3D Benchmark: Quake III Arena
- Conclusion - Is This The Beginning Of A New Generation Of PC Systems?