The Channel logo


By | Tony Smith 30th May 2006 09:41

VIA unveils Vista-friendly Intel chipset

P4M900 adds DirectX 9 support and more

VIA has rolled out its latest integrated chipset targeting Intel processors, bringing DirectX 9-class graphics to its product line and adding support for 667MHz DDR 2 SDRAM.

The P4M900's core component is its VIA twin pixel-pipeline Chrome9 graphics core, a DirectX 9 part, though it only supports Shader Model 2.0 - still sufficient for Windows Vista, mind. However, it does support HDTV output at up to 1080p resolution, and it can host an external PCI Express x16 graphics card, and there's an extra PCI Express lane off the North Bridge for other devices. The GPU is clocked at 250MHz.

The P4M900 supports frontside bus speeds of up to 1066MHz, and both DDR and DDR 2 SDRAM, the latter clocked at up to 667MHz.

via p4m900 chipset

The chip works with a range of VIA's South Bridges, the company said. ®

alert Send corrections


Frank Jennings

What do you do? Use manual typwriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises
A rusty petrol pump at an abandoned gas station. Pic by Silvia B. Jakiello via shutterstock

Trevor Pott

Among other things, Active Directory needs an overhaul
Baby looks taken aback/shocked/affronted. Photo by Shutterstock

Kat Hall

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


League of gentlemen poster - Tubbs and Edward at the local shop. Copyright BBC
One reselling man tells his tale of woe