VIA strickes back with new PT800 Chipset for the Pentium 4

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 08 2003 @ 10:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
VIA has launched a new chipset to support the Intel Pentium 4 with 800MHz FSB. It also supports DDR400 memory (only single channel), AGP 8x and SATA/RAID :


Taipei, Taiwan, 8 July 2003 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the new generation VIA PT800 chipset, optimized for the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor platform. The PT800 is paired with VIA's most advanced South Bridge architecture, the VT8237, and is targeted specifically at professionals and PC enthusiasts requiring the very latest performance features and a full arsenal of connectivity and I/O options in a mainstream configuration.

Supporting 800MHz FSB and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, the VIA PT800 chipset implements VIA's advanced FastStream64™ DDR400 Memory Controller and AGP8X graphics port in a synchronized North Bridge configuration that maximizes bus bandwidth efficiency. When coupled with the advanced new VIA VT8237 South Bridge, the PT800 delivers a host of advanced connectivity and multimedia features, including the VIA DriveStation™ Controller Suite, containing the industry's first full-featured native Serial ATA/RAID controller that enables the fusion of high-speed 150MB/s dual channel Serial ATA with RAID Level 0, RAID Level 1, and RAID Level 0+1 storage options while retaining support for up to four additional Parallel ATA-133 devices. The VIA Vinyl™ Multichannel Audio Suite provides superlative integrated and onboard 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound options while 8X V-Link serves as a high-throughput North and South Bridge interconnect, feeding a host of high-bandwidth connectivity options including support for up to eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports and 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet.
More info at VIA or the press release

Previews :
Hardtecs4U (German), [H]ardOCP, Techbits, UKGamer

Key Features
· Supports full range of Intel® Pentium® 4 processors
· Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
· 800/533/400MHz FSB settings
· Supports up to 8GB DDR400/333/266 SDRAM with ECC
· Support for AGP 8X/4X
· V-Link 533 MB/sec high bandwidth North/South Bridge interconnect
· Support for VIA Vinyl™ Multichannel Audio Suite
· Serial ATA support for up to 4 devices
· Integrated V-RAID with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, & JBOD (SATA) support
· Parallel ATA133/100/66 support for up to 4 devices
· Support for up to 8 USB 2.0/USB 1.1 ports, UHCI compliant
· Integrated MC'97 Modem
· Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet MAC
· Advanced power management capabilities including ACPI/OnNow
· 858-pin BGA North Bridge
· 539-pin BGA VT8237 South Bridge


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