VIA Quad Core CPU Annouced: An Economical X86 Processor with 4 Cores

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12 May, 2011 12:02 pm


The small Taiwanese chip maker VIA and its CPU development department Centaur have just announced a new lowest power Quad core x86 processor. This energy-efficient multi-core architecture has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of only 27.5 watts, the 1.2+ GHz VIA QuadCore processor is 21% more energy efficient than the nearest competitor. VIA QuadCore processors combine four ‘Isaiah’ cores on two dies which enables
multi-tasking and multimedia performance.

Initially available at a speed of 1.2+GHz, VIA QuadCore processors are natively 64-bit compatible and come with a host of additional performance features including Adaptive Overclocking, 4MB L2 cache, and the 1333MHz V4 Bus.

Other features include VIA VT virtualization, a technology that allows legacy software and applications to be used in virtual scenarios and VIA PadLock with the Advanced Cryptography Engine which delivers AES encryption.

The chip is fabricated on a 40-nanometer process at 21×21 millimeters. As usual, the processor is fully pin-compatible with VIA’s older processors. During Computex in Taipei starting May 31st we’ll be able to take a look at some new devices based on these chips!

In terms of performance VIA is going up against AMD’s E-350 “Zacate” which runs at 1.6 GHz, only has two cores and has a TDP of only 18 watts. VIA’s quad core runs at 27.5 watts while integrating its Chrome9HD integrated graphics solution. To get a sense of how they really stack up against each other below you’ll find the CPU benchmarks:

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  • Benny Sabghir

    Of course that 27.5 watts power requirement will take a hefty toll on battery life substantially more than the 18 watts the Brazos platform draws.

  • Earl Cameron

    performance maybe under amd phenom x4 but it has a better tdp

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  • Nedeljko Kovacevic

    Say what?! AMD Phenom II X4 P920, that exist for more than a year on the market, works at 1.6 GHz and has TDP of 25W (yeah, NorthBridge integrated!)
    VIA is spreading pure FUD, and n00bish journalists don’t question anything, because they don’t have clue!

  • Nedeljko Kovacevic

     + VIA’s Quad-Core DOES NOT have integrated GPU accelerator! VIA Chrome9 sits on separate chip on the mainboard! It supports only DX9, and doesn’t even have FLash and IE9 acceleration!
    Unbeleivable number of mistakes by the author of this article!

  • Psyx

     ..and Brazos is far from using 18W in those CPU only tests..  Remember that the Zacate (Brazos is a platform, not a cpu goddammit) is something like 70% GPU..