Date: April 25th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Via
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The VIA Platform Solutions Division (VPSD) 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 validation cycles.
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 or email.
The P4PB Ultra motherboard is Via's flagship (as of this date) motherboard
and is manufactured to target the performance enthusiast genre of computer
users. Like most motherboard manufacturers, the board is only part of
your purchase. As a bonus, the consumer will receive a whole buffet of
extras to compliment their new computer and to get it looking and performing
at its best. Just what does the complete package entail? Read on my friend....