Date: June 9th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Via
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For such a small size that I will show you in the pictorial, this unit
is PACKED full of features.
The one major improvement over the m9000 is the CPU upgrade.
Not only is it 67Mhz faster, which is not a huge deal, but the core architecture
is vastly improved. The 933Mhz C3 processor incorporated into the m9000
was based on the Ezra core which was held back by the CPU's FPU (Floating
Point Unit) only running at half of the core speed. The upgrade to the
Nehemiah 1Ghz core brought the FPU unit up to full speed and the outdated
AMD 3DNow instruction set was replaced by Intel's expandable SSE optimizations.
Now this does not pole-vault the m10000 into the performance ranking of
the P4 or AthlonXP series of processors which is not its intention, but
significantly improves the performance over the m9000.
To accomplish everything the m10000 is capable of doing,
the chipsets had to pull up their socks and take on more tasks than the
standard motherboard. To accomplish this, the m10000 includes the CLE266
(CastleRock) northbridge chipset which acts as more than a controller
for the CPU and system RAM. The CLE266 chipset has an included MPEG-2
decoding capabilities and a integrated onboard 2D and 3D graphics processor
from SiS. Seeing that this is a multimedia motherboard and the included
CPU is not overly fast, the MPEG-2 decoding is handled by the northbridge
which leaves the CPU available for other tasks.
The Via VT8235 southbridge is a very common chipset used
in motherboards such as the P4PB
Ultra or the Soyo
P4X400 and adds USB 2.0, 10/100 ethernet and 6 channel sound