In this brief article we’ll be taking you to the VIA PT880 Pro, PT894, and PT894 Pro launch and showing you a few reference boards in action.
In conjunction with our VIA PT Series Motherboard Preview, today we’ll also be bringing you coverage of the VIA PT Series Motherboard Launch. So today VIA has officially announced three new LGA 775 PCI Express motherboards for the Pentium 4, and we’ll briefly take you to the product launch of the new PT chipsets and show you some first-hand pictures of the boards in action.
Today’s launch of the VIA PT880 Pro, PT894, and PT894 Pro chipsets come at a time where there is much hesitation within the Pentium 4 market. The Intel 925 and 915 chipsets that were launched in the second half of 2004 are still struggling for market acceptance, and board prices, even at the low-end, haven’t hit sub-$ 100 levels yet. People also expected the price of DDR2 modules to drop in the second half of 2005, but the cost of DDR2 has remained high and only one major OEM has incorporated DDR2 in all their desktop offerings: Dell. In the picture above we see a reference sample of the VT894 Pro, an ABIT PT880 Pro board, and a PT880 Pro reference sample.
On display was VIA’s DUALGFX Express, giving you the ability to use up to four monitors (two per graphics card) with your PC. The board used in the above picture was the VIA PT894 Pro board.
And here we have another picture of the VT894 Pro board in action, this time using an ATI FireGL graphics card in conjunction with the ATI Radeon X700 Pro.
Unfortunately, NVIDIA is not licensing it’s patented SLI technology to third parties such as VIA, so having two graphics cards running on a PT894 Pro chipset will not improve gaming performance as only one card will be able to render the 3D graphics.
And here we have a reference VIA PT894 board, with a single 16X PCIe graphics slot, running DDR1 memory.
This article is intended to show you some real-world PT880 Pro, PT894, and PT894 Pro system configurations, for a technical preview of the three new chipsets, take a look at our VIA PT Series Chipset Preview here.