Date: June 28th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: VIA
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VIA CORPORATE PROFILE
The VIA Embedded Platform Division (VEPD) is an autonomous
new business unit established by VIA. Its aim is to provide our customers
with a complete set of innovative platform building blocks for building
high quality, high performance servers, workstations, PCs, and Total
Connectivity devices that meet the needs of all market segments.
VPSD products include both mainboards and reference system
designs such as the Information PC and InformationStation. Based on
VIA's industry-leading chipset technologies, they not only deliver the
highest levels of performance and reliability, but also come with the
most advanced features and technologies such as DDR266 SDRAM support.
As a result, VPSD products help OEMs and System Integrators increase
their competitiveness by speeding up product time to market and reducing
To ensure the highest levels of quality, reliability,
and compatibility, VPSD products undergo stringent testing during both
the design and manufacturing phases and are built using top quality
components. Boards are subjected to an extensive battery of stringent
thermal, emissions, stress, environmental, signal quality, and BIOS
functionality and compatibility tests across a full range of operating
system platforms before being released for production. Manufacturing
is carried out using state of the art equipment, and rigorous QA and
QC procedures are applied at all stages of the production process.
VPSD products are backed up by a full range of support
services through the company's branches and service centres in Taiwan,
Europe, and the USA. Distributors and SIs are provided with hot swap
RMA, while technical support enquiries can be handled by phone hotline
Today I will be reviewing VIA's latest Epia Mini-ITX incarnation,
the MII10000. This latest model shares most of the features of the M10000
but has a few new additions that cater to the consumer that wants the
smallest possible footprint out of there new computer system.
Contrary to popular belief, you just don't need a 3Ghz
system for a home or office machine. If you are only going to be surfing
the net, typing up some email or office documents or watching the odd
DVD or video, you are wasting your money by buying a powerful computer.
Take this example as food for thought, do you really think you need
a Corvette to go get groceries at the market? Didn't think so.
If you are in the market for a small package that is absolutely
packed with features and has the power the plow through your day to
day computing needs with ease, stick around and check out this motherboard.
What it has in store may surprise you for its size.