Apart from it, SiS company was busy with building of a factory what also drew away money from development of new technologies. That’s why we tested PM based board which contained Savage4 core and was intended for the systems with Socket , and the KTA together with a video card based on the Savage4 Pro. No secret that exactly this connection was of the greatest importance for modern chipsets, since IDE devices because of increasing bandwidth of their channel in case of the ATA – up to mbps laid the main load on the bus while exchanging of data between north and south bridges, what with PCI bandwidth didn’t leave a place for other devices. Such choice was done due to the fact that Duron must have to seize the low PC market segment, and it correspondingly had to have chipsets. Video 3Digests Video cards:
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ASUS A7S-VM, Socket A, AMD (A7S-VM/WA/LAN) Motherboard | eBay
The layout is actually not very competent – a position of CD-in and AUX-In connectors in front of PCI-slots doesn’t always provide an easy access, power supply connector is located a7w a socket and a rear panel, and in some cases it will be accessed with difficulty because of a power supply unit in the way.
And now SiS tries to enter budget PC market, and this time they gamble on the system based on Athlon and Duron processors. It’s version, though, was beta – not even a release, that’s why everything can change yet. Unfortunately, the company didn’t replace it by a more modern SiS, thus leaving us with rather low speed in 3D.
Video 3Digests Video cards: Let’s see whether it can prove its might. Unfortunately, we couldn’t test the VIA KM since we do not have a board on it, but we were able to compare the chipset with other integrated solutions. In case of the latest Intel chipsets there are 3 hubs, the two first are the same north and south bridges, and the third one represents a usual a7d of Flash-memory.
BioShock Infinite and Metro: As you can see the results are not very attractive. In Quake3 it was an integrated video adapter that lets it down. Speed characteristics were defined in comparison with the systems of the same level, and we were aimed at the VIA KM releasing right after the SiSS. And what’s about SiS? Their attempts to reanimate the chipset with release of new versions – E and S where a possibility to use SiS – video bridge from SiS was removed, and in the latter they added An AGP 4x slot, one more USB port and ATA support didn’t allow the company to receive marked dividends.
What will the company be doing now? A year passed but no boards based on it could be actually seen – and it’s concerned with the fact that at a comparable price an end-user was choosing among the i and the SiS That’s why we tested PM based board which contained Savage4 core and was intended for the systems with Socketand the KTA together with a video card based on the Savage4 Pro.
Apart from it, SiS company was busy with building of a factory what also drew away money from development of new technologies.
The board itself is a sample. And VIA is not sleeping either: As for stability, I could only mention that the system gave out failures rather often, and then hung.
ASUS A7S-VM, Socket A, AMD (A7S-VM/WA/LAN) Motherboard
They avoid some limitations by integrating two chips in one. Last time we can rarely hear about a Taiwanese company Silicon Integrated Systems SiS – the last news form them were bm with an integrated solution for Socket systems – the SiS chipset.
But we should mention once again that it was not a production board, but a sample. Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method.
ASUS A7S-VM – motherboard – micro ATX – Socket A – SiS730S Series
In the previous tests we showed that this solution didn’t allow using it in up-to-date graphics applications, due to low speed and definite problems in the software – particularly in API OpenGL. Motherboard manufacturers announced the boards for this chipset but it still takes some time to appear on the market.
A possibility to change multipliers manually was a pleasant feature, but this function turned to be unworkable. Intel, AMD and others have taken another way – they created a wide bus, and as for SiS, they didn’t need to build a broadway instead of a narrow path, and it was thanks to the chipset design in the form of one chip.
There is a wide range of frequencies to choose: Such boards were produced by little-known manufacturers whose market’s part was very tiny.
In my opinion, this chipset will be actually used either for cheap integrated boards or miniature solutions from brands. Besides, there is offered a wide choice of memory settings – and the only thing missed for an overclocker is a possibility to increase core voltage.
The bus connecting the hubs in Intel solutions has been extended up to Mbps bandwidth, twice exceeding PCI characteristics. The only thing that attracts is that the SiS chipset is a solution on one chip what should tell upon a board’s size; this vk especially important, for example, for boards of Flex-ATX format.
Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: Such choice was done due to the fact that Duron must have to seize the low PC market segment, and it correspondingly had to have chipsets.