This helps the system achieve a better Energry Star category placement, which more and more people are looking for when building systems:
In addition, a system based around the VIA pc3500 Mainboard draws only 1.09 watts in Sleep Mode, and 0.68 watts in Standby (Off Mode), comfortably meeting the Energy Star requirements for a Category A system, as summarized in the table below. The system even draws under 35 watts when playing back a DVD, one of the most power-intensive computing applications.
That is very ideal for media centers, where the need for quiet can often outweigh other factors. With the increased performance the C7-D has brought over predecessor VIA processors, along with a gigabit NIC, these boards are looking fairly attractive compared to other “media center” flavor hardware from Intel or AMD.
You can read the full press release at Via's site.