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Via Making CPU's?

By cfitzarl
Feb 20, 2007
  1. I found this on newegg, and I looked at the specs and was baffled at the fact that it says it runs on a "VIA C3 1GHz" Processor...Can anyone explain this? I've never seen nor heard about this cpu...if it is one. I am familiar with Via chipsets; I had one on my old mobo.

    Something screams either server, or client computer :suspiciou...
     
  2. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Rookie Posts: 2,407   +6

    Yeah, they use those CPUs on Mini ITX boards. If they're anything like VIA/S3 integrated graphx, you know as well as I do that they must suck :D
     
  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    Yeah, I had an S3 Unichrome IGP on my old motherboard and kept screaming at it....literally :(.
     
  4. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Rookie Posts: 2,407   +6

    Try playing SimCity 4 with that and a Socket 462 Sempron 3000+. Actually don't, it'll give you high blood pressure :)
     
  5. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Umm, I used to play CS 1.6 with a Duron 700. I don't think I have recovered yet...
     
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    Try playing The Sims 2 on a 2.66GHz Celeron w/S3 Unichrome Graphics @ 64MB. I almost died from anger ;)
     
  8. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    I seriously did not know that. I guess they're not used much by normal computer gamers :) .
     
  9. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Rookie Posts: 2,407   +6

    Mini ITX boards, w/their small size, are seriously underpowered; they might work better for embedded applications.
     
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Try playing FS9 with a 2.8 Ghz Celeron and a S3 IGP..... Hmm, actually, you can play it :)
     
  11. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    What is the point of a MiniITX board if it's underpowered? Something tells me it's for client computers or servers...
     
     
  12. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Rookie Posts: 2,407   +6

    Embedded applications.

    Like a Wal-mart photo center :)

    They don't provide enough power for most computer users, but for stuff like that they work just fine.
     
  13. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Or for your mom's PC who only plays Solitaire for example :)
     
  14. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    ...if my mom ever used a computer...;)
     
  15. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 651

    Yeah

    Via has been making stuff forever....Wal-Mart actually carries some off brand OEM computer that I never heard of with VIA CPU's. I almost pooped myself when I seen the Via C3 logo on the box.

    They were actually pretty popular back in the socket 370 days....As they where a cheap alternative to P3's
     
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  16. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    But even Celeron processors were usually faster that some C3's.
     
  17. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 651

    Yeah

    I think the C3's where even cheaper than the Celery's Not sure....
     
  18. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    Yeah VIA makes really bad CPUs. If you game don't get one, if all you do is check you email and type up papers then it might match you perfectly. Otherwise they are not for enthusiasts.
     
  19. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Umm why is the title of this post "Are apostrophes difficult to use?" Lol.
     
  20. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    Because they seem to be that for many users here.
     
  21. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Rookie Posts: 2,407   +6

    Not to be disagreeable, but I thought that the plural of words is made by adding s or whatever, but I didn't think apostrophes were ever used in plurals. Or is it just that way for acronyms?
     
  22. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    Apostrophes are used in plural forms of letters that appear in lowercase (a's and b's, for example).

    Possessive nouns are a different topic (and this is already off-topic enough).
     
  23. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,199

    You DO know VIA was formerly Cyrix (the former 3rd maker of x86 CPU's back in the 286/386/486 days)?

    So yes.. they have a long history of making CPU's... just got a bit whacked when going against the x86 giants to market.
     
  24. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I didn't know that. I still have around here a 233 Mhz Cyrix M2 I think... :)
     
  25. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    ...and I still don't understand Mac's old classification system...
     
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