A new set of motherboards has joined VIA's EPIA lineup: the EPIA SN series. Like other EPIA offerings, these new mainboards come with built-in VIA C7 processors. This time, however, VIA is offering C7 chips clocked as high as 1.8GHz, delivering what it says is a 30% performance boost over previous EPIA offerings. EPIA SN models can also be had with a fanless 1GHz C7 processor, for users who'd rather trade performance for low noise levels and tiny enclosures.
EPIA SN mobos bring new things on the core logic front, too, thanks to a new, Vista-certified CN896P integrated graphics chipset. The CN896P features Chrome9 HC integrated graphics, and it enables EPIA SN mobos to support as much as 4GB of DDR2-667 RAM. It also features Gigabit Ethernet and four 300MB/s Serial ATA ports with RAID.
VIA says EPIA SN-series motherboards will enter mass production in October. Users can expect to get their hands on the motherboards some time in November.