Unfortunately, the company didn’t replace it by a more modern SiS, thus leaving us with rather low speed in 3D. What will the company be doing now? The only thing that attracts is that the SiS chipset is a solution on one chip what should tell upon a board’s size; this is especially important, for example, for boards of Flex-ATX format. Well, the only thing to do is to try to get out of such situation. Speed characteristics were defined in comparison with the systems of the same level, and we were aimed at the VIA KM releasing right after the SiSS. Write a comment below.
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Let’s see whether it can prove its might. Motherboard manufacturers announced the boards for this chipset but it still takes some time to appear on the market. In the previous tests we showed that this solution didn’t allow using it in up-to-date graphics applications, due to low speed and definite problems in the software – particularly a7a API OpenGL.
It’s version, though, was beta – not even a release, that’s why everything can change yet. As you can see the results are not very attractive. Unfortunately, we couldn’t test the VIA KM since we do not have a board on it, but we were able to compare the chipset with other integrated solutions.
The only thing that attracts is that the SiS chipset is a solution on one chip what should tell upon a board’s size; this is especially important, for example, for boards of Flex-ATX format. Although 2D image is quite good, we can’t call the SiS vk successful choice. But it’s not so simple. There is a wide range of frequencies to choose: Nevertheless, the chipset is intended for the value market sector.
Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: Last time we can rarely hear about a Taiwanese company Silicon Integrated Systems SiS – the last news form them were connected with an integrated solution for Socket systems – the SiS chipset.
What will the company be doing now? No secret that exactly this connection was of the greatest importance for modern chipsets, since IDE devices because of increasing bandwidth of a7a channel in case of the ATA – up to mbps laid the main load on the bus while exchanging of data between north and south bridges, what with PCI bandwidth didn’t leave a place for other devices.
Video 3Digests Video cards: And now SiS tries to enter budget PC market, and this time they gamble on the system based on Athlon and Duron processors.
ASUS A7S-VM (SiSS)
That’s why we tested PM based board which contained Savage4 core and was intended for the systems with Socketand the KTA together with a video card based on the Savage4 Pro. The bus connecting the hubs in Intel solutions has been extended up to Mbps bandwidth, twice exceeding PCI characteristics.
The board itself is a sample. But we should mention once again that it was not a production board, but a sample.
ASUS A7S-VM, Socket A, AMD (A7S-VM/WA/LAN) Motherboard
Such choice was done due to the fact that Duron must have to seize the low PC market segment, and aa7s correspondingly had to have chipsets.
And what’s about SiS? They avoid some limitations by integrating two chips in one.
ASUS A7S-VM – motherboard – micro ATX – Socket A – SiS730S Series
Final words The direct competitor of the SiSS will be of course the KM chipset – and on the example of the KT, which has a similar architecture with the KM, we can see that the struggle of Socket Socket A boards in the low market sector won’t be so bloody. A year passed but no boards based on it could be actually seen – and it’s concerned with the fact that at a comparable price an end-user was choosing among the i and the SiS Well, the only thing to do is to try to get out of such situation.
Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method. Speed characteristics were defined in comparison with the systems of the same level, and we were aimed at the VIA KM releasing right after the SiSS. BioShock Infinite and Metro: Their attempts to reanimate the chipset with release of new versions – E and S where a possibility to use SiS – video bridge from SiS was removed, and in the latter they added An AGP 4x slot, one more USB port and ATA support didn’t allow the company to receive marked dividends.
The layout is actually not very competent – a position of CD-in and AUX-In connectors in front of PCI-slots doesn’t always provide an easy access, power supply connector is located between a socket and a rear panel, and in some cases it will be accessed with difficulty because of a power supply unit in the way.