VIA’s Preview Platform
VIA’s chipset might be ready for production, but its new CPU still needs some manufacturing tweaks. Rather than make us wait for the 40 nm part that'll be included when this platform ships, the company previewed us with a functional 65 nm version of the CPU to show off its finished VN1000 northbridge. Although power figures naturally won't map over, performance should be consistent with shipping hardware expected in 2011.
The VT8591B motherboard is nothing less than a showcase of the various components that VIA offers, beginning with the DX10.1-capable Chrome 520 GPU integrated into its VN1000.
The VT8261 provides traditional southbridge functionality including four SATA 3Gb/s and 12 USB 2.0 ports. A nearby VT1211 multi I/O controller handles additional legacy needs.
A VT6308S adds IEEE-1394, while the VT6122 provides a second network port. A Vinyl VT1708S audio codec and VT6130 gigabit Ethernet PHY complete this demonstration of VIA’s product range.