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Old 10-01-2005, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default Via C7-m

I can't believe there's no thread about this new low-power CPU yet, but with all the Intel vs. AMD threads, I thought it'd be nice to step away from the usual talk, and discuss the 'other kid on the scene'; VIA.

The C3's sucked; I have one, I know. But the C7-M's look like a big improvement. It's probably the most secure processor I know of, and with SSE2, SSE3 and DDR2 support, and clock speeds and bus speeds comparable to the Pentium M's, this new chip could have a chance, performance-wise against the Turion and Dothan. Obviously, when Yonah and the dual-core Turions come out, it'll be floored totally, but VIA has plans to release dual-core, quad-core and 64-bit models of the chip in the near-future.

Here's a pretty good article on the C7-M: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/195
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Awesome. I'm excited to see something new. VIA makes some great chipsets and I love their Nano-ITX board...mmm
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Cool, nice to see new innovations and other companies coming into play.
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Old 10-03-2005, 01:34 AM   #4
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Yup. I wonder what Transmeta is doing...

I got faith in the underdogs...look at AMD back when Intel dominated the whole market...and look at them now.
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Transmeta went under, I believe.

Apparently, the VIA C7 processors, for desktop PC's, were released a few months back. Has anyone seen any of them for sale, cause I haven't.

Many companies have shown interest in the C7 apparently, except Dell, of course, with their Intel-only thing.

I'd like to see some machines powered by this chip; shame my Intel-obsessed school has recently upgraded all their PC's to either Celeron D or Pentium 4 models, or they could've got a cheaper and low-power solution in the C7.
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Actually they didn't.

http://www.transmeta.com/index.html

According to Smart Computing Magazine, they're working with Microsoft on some secret project or whatnot.
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Ah right, well, I know VIA took over or bought out some companies a while back, but I guess Transmeta wasn't one of them, but they did pull out of the CPU market, did they not?
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They didn't but they're just smaller now. They still make their Efficieon and Crusoe processors.
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Ah right, must've been Cyrix or some other company.

How are they doing with their CPU's, in terms of power consumption, do you know?
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Not sure, but they're just as well known as VIA in power to performance ratios. They tend to power the ultra-portable laptops that are really thin, or those puny little handheld "laptops".
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