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Old 11-26-01, 12:58 PM Thread Starter   #1
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what is north bridge and south bridge?


what is north bridge and south bridge?
what do they do?
how they effect the performance of motherboard?
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Old 11-26-01, 01:29 PM   #2
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The northbridge/southbridge are the chips that control the input and output to and from the processor. They are the most important part when determining a motherboards performance. Also called, the "chipset".

This might explain some other details...
http://www.duxcw.com/digest/guides/c...lon/tbird3.htm
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Here's a diagram I got somewhere:
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the bridges is actually the chipset?
well i know what is chipset, although doesn't really understand how it works
ok then what's the different between the north and south bridge?
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To my knowledge, the only diffrence between the north and south bridge are what they are connected to. If you notice, the northbridge has the AGP and the RAM and the southbridge has pretty much everything else. I believe that they seperated the two from each other because the northbridge makes more heat, and will cause a less stable system.

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