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VIA Makes Its Move

VIA will also try to outflank Intel by introducing its PT890 chipset, which offers DDR2 and PCI Express support, as early as February—before Grantsdale hits the street. Both chipsets support DDR and DDR2 RAM. Later on this year, we expect Intel to roll out its Copper River chipset, which is cloaked in mystery.

Interestingly, VIA made a strong attempt during the first half of 2004 to reestablish itself as a power player. Just before this book went to press, VIA released two new chipsets—the K8T800 for the Athlon 64 FX and the PT880 Neo for the Pentium 4—expressly designed to compete in the high-end performance category. How did the company fare? Read our review of the Albatron K8X800 on page 48 to find out.

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