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VIA EPIA CL6000E Motherboard
Date 17th June 2004
Author Gibbon
Editor James "Agg" Rolfe
Manufacturer VIA Technologies


Here's the 600MHz Eden low voltage processor, bared to the world:

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The processor is an EBGA package, which cannot be upgraded as it is connected directly to the motherboard.

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The VIA CLE266 northbridge chipset.

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The VIA VT8235 southbridge chipset. You can also see the BIOS battery just to the right.

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The fairly small (by modern standards) passive aluminium heatsink used to cool the Eden processor. When I took it off, it had a small smear of white thermal grease underneath. It's held on with two push-pins, and is very similar to a passive northbridge heatsink you might find on many full-size motherboards.

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The northbridge and southbridge share this larger passive aluminium heatsink. Again, it had a small smear of white thermal grease underneath for each chipset. Apparently that capacitor just had to be exactly in that spot - which makes it a little difficult to get the heatsink off with a twisting motion.

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The fins on both heatsinks are aligned such that a fan placed alongside could draw air across both. I thought this was pretty cool (OK, maybe I don't get out much!).

Usage:
I installed and tested two operating systems on the CL6000E for this review - Windows XP Professional SP1A, and IPCop 1.3.0.

The other components used to build the review system were:
  • Memory : 1 x 512MB Corsair Value Select PC2700 DIMM
  • Hard Disk : Hitachi Travelstar 80GN, 30GB, 4,200rpm, 2.5"
  • CD ROM : Asus 52x IDE
  • Power Supply : Enermax EG365P-VE, 350W


All original content copyright James Rolfe.
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