Feeds

VIA unveils multi-GPU AMD chipset

K8T900 debuts with RapidFire

The essential guide to IT transformation

VIA today introduced its long-awaited AMD-oriented desktop chipset with multi-GPU support, the K8T900.

It's a high-end part pitched as pro, gamer and enthusiast buyers. It's these kinds of users who will appreciate the chipset's RapidFire technology, VIA reckons. RapidFire reduces latency in the connection between card and controller and, according to VIA, boosts signal quality. It manages both while also reducing power consumption.

The K8T900's North Bridge can host a single x16 PCI Express connection or a pair of 8x connectors to support two graphics cards. It also has four x1 lanes available for high-speed peripherals such as HDTV tuner cards. The chipset's South Bridge, the VT8251, has two more PCI Express lanes - that's 22 lanes in total.

VIA said the chipset will work immediately with its S3 Graphics subsidiary's MultiChrome multi-GPU system, but company spokespeople say they expect it to work with other such technologies, including ATI's CrossFire and Nvidia's SLI.

The North Bridge connects to the host Opteron, Athlon or Sempron CPU across a 2GHz HyperTransport bus, and to the South Bridge by VIA's own V-Map bus. The VT8251 supports VIA's Vinyl HD audio sub-system. It can also host up to four Serial ATA drives and four ATA-133/100 peripherals. It incorporates an eight-port USB 2.0 controller and a 10/100Mbps Ethernet link. In addition to the two PCI-E lanes, it can host seven PCI cards. ®

VIA K8T900 chipset

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious
Remote-death button bad news for crooks, protesters – and great news for hackers?
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon
The Desktop PIM buddy: A 1990s idea finally done right?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?