Where to acquire S3 Chrome 540 GTX?

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  1. SMGJohn

    SMGJohn Notebook Consultant

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    Yup I have seen those, but nVidia and AMD are still designed in America despite being made in Taiwan for example.
    ATi used to be Canadian before AMD bought them.

    And the Polaris architecture is designed by AMD Shanghai.
     
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    Not sure what to tell you then. The only three major players in desktop/laptop graphics are AMD, Intel, and nVidia (all US based companies). Also, you're going to have a lot of issues with a x86-based CPU, since that's AMD and Intel as well. Same with most motherboards you'll see (most BIOS software is American).

    So all I can really think is that you either have to abandon the x86 platform or perhaps just buy a GPU that meets your other specs (price, performance, etc).
     
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    Do not worry I have sourced Zhaoxin newest lineup to be released later this year and acquired a VIA QuadCore C4650 processor, I just need the GPU now.
     
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    Dayum! How the hell did you manage to find this gem? Not even me in Hong Kong can find one... well except in VIA's site which they're gonna charge considerable sum of money.

    And for the graphics card, even the "Chinese Amazon" has ONE listing for an S3 card, and it's an antique S3 DeltaChrome AGP.
     
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    I watch on eBay and Aliexpress and I found a motherboard with it integrated on eBay out of pure luck, the VIA QuadCore is indeed a rarity but you need to search for motherboard who has them, none of the newer VIA processors are socketed, they are BGA.

    The one I got was relative cheap, most of them are pretty high priced.
    Lenovo will ship computers in China with the Zhaoxin next year and to other third world markets.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up :)

    By the way, last night I searched for VIA stuff in the "Chinese Amazon" and found some mATX mobos with a single core Nano (U2257), apparently taken from low-power HP desktops. It's so cheap (around US$7-8 for the board + backplate) that I wanna buy one just for ****s and giggles, then build a WTF desktop with it :D
     
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    I know the VIA Nano ones are terribly slow, I been looking for a VIA C7 on Intel Socket 479 for a while now to test in my IBM ThinkPad T42p.

    I looked on eBay, Aliexpress and Taobao but only Taobao has a good selection however description is so bad I have a hard time seeing what is socketed or what is BGA.
     
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    While VIA Nano is not a great-performing chip, it still handily beats the original Atom. The C7 though:no:

    Over years I've collected lots of thin clients, some with VIA chips from different eras. Those with C3 or C7 are just bad performers (especially in Windows 7), but of course they're still better than Transmeta and Geode.

    Then I've also refurbished an HP Mini-Note 2133 (with C7-M 1.6GHz, the fastest one available) before, better than thin clients but still struggles a bit in web browsing.

    P.S. If you want to find a Socket 479 C7, look for those with numbers instead of frequencies, such as C7-M 754, this is rather common. The list is here ;)
     
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