It's nice to have motherboard options after you choose a processor and the mobo's chipset is one of the most variable components. Integrating features like graphics and audio seems to be the trend nowadays with chipsets like Nvidia's nForce, and VIA Technologies just let us know that it too is busily integrating silicon with its latest chipset, called the VIA ProSavageDDR KM266. The chipset supports DDR SDRAM, and includes the S3 Graphics ProSavage8 core, which VIA says provides an effective AGP 8X bandwidth. The ProSavageDDR KM266 also uses South Bridge technology that supports Ultra ATA-133 in the VT8233A. The IDE controller supports all Ultra-DMA 33/66/100/133 devices including HDDs, CD-ROMS and DVD-ROMs as well as the new BigDrive HDDs that break the 137GB limit on hard drive capacity. The chipset also offers the choice of pin compatible South Bridge designs and an optional external AGP port. The VIA ProSavageDDR KM266 gives you 200/266MHz Front Side Bus settings and the DDR memory controller from the VIA Apollo KT266A. The S3 Graphics ProSavage8 core supports 128-bit 3D and 2D engines, AGP 8X equivalent internal bandwidth throughput through 128-bit data paths, 32MB of Frame Buffer capability and DVD DXVA Motion Compensation. The KM266 supports up to 4.0GB of DDR memory and is manufactured in a .22 micron, 3 metal layer process. VIA tells us the chipset is shipping in OEM quantities now.
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