Via gives a PCI Express boost to AMD-based computers

Via Technologies Friday announced the introduction of its K8T890 PCI Express chipset for Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) 64-bit processors. The chipset can be used with AMD's Opteron, Athlon 64 and Sempron processors, Via said.

Chipsets are a central component of a PC, connecting the processor with a computer's memory and other components, such as the hard drive and a graphics card.

Designed for graphics-intensive applications like 3D games, the K8T890 chipset supports one 16x PCI Express channel, with 4G bytes per second of bandwidth, for graphics cards and four 1x PCI Express channels, each offering 250M bytes per second of bandwidth, for other peripherals, such as Gigabyte Ethernet cards or HDTV (High Definition Television) tuners cards, Via said in a statement.

Pricing and availability of the K8T890 was not immedatiely available.

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