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Via introduces new chipset

Via introduces new chipset

With the ProSavageDDR KM266, VIA today announced another integrated chipset for the mainstream market. The ProSavage8 graphics card incorporated in the chip from the S3 Graphics group bought by VIA is supposed to provide the necessary performance in 2D and 3D.

But the other properties are also interesting. The chipset, which is explicitly geared towards DDR RAM, supports both PC1600 and PC2100 memory with a maximum expansion of four gigabytes and relies on the KT266A's often praised memory controller. The southbridge also seems to come to a large extent from VIA's current top chipset for AMD systems. However, the VT8233A already has the ATA133 interface and is therefore ideally equipped for the coming HDD generations. The integrated 128-bit graphic is connected to the memory with AGP 8x speed, but there is also an external AGP channel for later upgrade actions. The chip also has DXVA-Motion for smoother DVD playback. The ProSavageDDR KM266 is currently already available in the usual quantities for the OEM market, so nothing stands in the way of an early market launch. VIA did not announce prices.