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VIA pc3500 Mainboard

VIA pc1000Based around the highly-integrated and low power VIA pc3500 platform, the VIA pc3500 mainboard provides a flexible and feature-rich solution for building energy-efficient PCs featuring the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. Designed to support a choice of 1.5GHz and 1.8GHz VIA C7-D processors, the board integrates the VIA CN896 digital media IGP chipset and comes with an additional PCI Express x16 slot for easy expansion. The board also supports a host of leading memory, multimedia, connectivity and storage technologies, including up to 2GB 400/533/667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, DirectXTM 9.0, four USB 2.0 ports, two SATA II/PATA connectors, 10/100 Ethernet, and eight channel onboard audio, and in addition to being Windows Vista certified is fully compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and a wide range of Linux distributions.

With its low power design, the VIA pc3500 mainboard enables OEMs and System Integrators to build Windows Vista PCs that comfortably meeting the latest Energy Star requirements for a Category A system, as summarized in the table below.

Mode Energy Star Category A Requirements VIA pc3500 Mainboard System
Standby (Off Mode) ≤ 2.0W 0.68W
Sleep Mode ≤ 4.0W 1.09W
Idle State ≤ 50W 23.62W
DVD Playback N/A 34.48W

Watch this video to see how to build a Vista desktop PC with VIA pc3500 mainboard runs at less than 60 watts.

In addition to drawing less than 24 Watts when in Idle, a system based around the VIA pc3500 Mainboard draws only 1.09 watts when in Sleep Mode, and 0.68 Watts in Standby (Off Mode), The system even draws less than 35 watts when playing back a DVD, one of the most power-intensive computing applications.

For more details on the VIA pc3500 Platform silicon, please see here

Information about the Energy Star Guidelines can be found at:

VIA pc3500 Mainboard Specifications
Form Factor
  • Micro-ATX, 190.5mm x 228.6mm
  • Processor
  • 1.5/1.8 GHz VIA C7®-D processor
  • Bus speeds up to 400/800MHz, NanoBGA2 package
  • Chipset
  • North Bridge: VIA CN896
  • South Bridge: VIA 8237A or VT8237S (supports SATA II)
  • System Memory
  • 2 DDR2 DIMM slots (400/533/667 MHz)
  • Up to 2GB memory size
  • VGA
  • Integrated VIA Chrome9™ DirectX® 9.0 HC Graphics core with Chromotion™ CE
  • MPEG-2 decoding accelerator
  • Supports 64/128/256 MB Frame Buffer size
  • Expansion Slots
  • 1 PCI Express x16 slot
  • 1 PCI slot
  • HDTV Transmitter
  • VT1625M (optional)
  • Onboard IDE/SATA
  • 2 SATA connectors
  • 2 UltraDMA/IDE 133/100/66 connectors
  • Onboard LAN
  • VT6107 (Supports 10/100Mbps) or
  • VT6122 (Supports 10/100/1000 Mbps) Optional
  • 1 Ethernet LAN RJ-45
  • Onboard Audio
  • Realtek ALC883 HD audio eight channel Codec
  • I/O Control
  • ITE Super I/O
  • Onboard I/O Connectors
  • 2 USB 2.0 connectors (for 4 additional USB 2.0 ports)
  • 1 Front Panel Audio Pin Header (Line Out & MIC)
  • 1 CD-In Pin Header
  • 1 SPDIF In/Out Pin Header
  • 2 Serial (COM) Ports Pin Header
  • 1 Front Panel LED/HDD Connector
  • 1 CPU/1 Sys FAN Connectors
  • 1 ATX Power 24-pin connector
  • Back Panel I/O Ports
  • 4 USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1 Ethernet RJ45 LAN Port
  • 1 PS2 Keyboard/Mouse Port
  • 1 VGA 15-pin Out Port
  • 1 parallel (LPT) Port
  • 1 9 Pin S-Video Out (supports HDTV) (optional)
  • 1 Line In Port (light blue)
  • 1 Line Out Port (Lime)
  • 1 Microphone Port (pink)
  • 1 Center/Subwoofer Port (yellow orange)
  • 1 Rear Speaker Out Port (black)
  • 1 Side Speaker Out Port (gray)
  • BIOS
  • Award BIOS
  • 4Mbit (512Kbytes) Size SPI Flash ROM
  • Operating System Support
  • Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Basic / XP / 2000
  • Linux
  • System Monitoring & Management
  • CPU/SYS Temperature Monitoring
  • CPU/SYS FAN Speed Monitoring
  • Vcore/DDRII/VCC Voltage Monitoring
  • Wake-On-LAN, Keyboard-Power-On, Timer-Power-On
  • System Power Management, AC Power Failure Recovery
  • Operating Temperature
  • 0 - 50°C
  • Operating Humidity
  • 0% - 90% (relative humidity; non-condensing)
  • MTBF
  • 50,000 hours

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