Not since the days of PPGA Celerons has there been a low cost processor out there that can support dual systems, and the new C3 chips from Via are certainly cheap and cheerful.
VIA recently announced dual processing support for its new "Nehemiah" C3 processor, with the new CPU also supporting new security features as well as the low power consumption of the C3 range of processors this could well be an ideal solution for many users wanting the use of dual CPU's without having to spend more than needed on Intel and AMD alternatives.
Based on an advanced new CoolStream architecture, the new generation VIA C3 processor is available at speeds starting at 1GHz and is packed with new digital media performance features, including support for four new pipeline stages, SSE multimedia instructions, StepAhead Advanced Branch Prediction, an efficiency- enhanced 64KB Full-Speed Exclusive L2 cache with 16-way associativity, and a full-speed FPU. When coupled with the VIA Apollo CLE266 chipset, the new VIA C3 delivers exceptional performance for all the most critical productivity, Internet, and digital media applications, including multimedia slideshows, web browsing, digital video, and MP3 and DVD playback.
View: Via Announcement
News source: The Inquirer