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 9  Chapter 0001:  Power Supplies - System Board
      9  VI  Chipsets

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Southbridge

The Southbridge handles peripherals such as printer ports and drive controllers. While there are advances in these areas, they do not happen as quickly as the fluid state of the Northbridge.

Because it is possible to have changes occur more quickly in the Northbridge the name flag for the chipset resides with the Northbridge side.

Technically, it is even possible to have two different chip makers between the Northbridge and Southbridge. Different names you may run into include: Intel, AMD, SiS and VIA. This sampling is by no means exhaustive however these makers are popular today.

You and I cannot do too much configuration to a chipset. The most we get to do is turn the on-board sound on or off, and other small things. In our next section we examine something really configurable.

Pick your Chipset Carefully

A few decades of experience help put things in perspective. Sometimes, I'm surprised. In this section, what has surprised me greatly is how a chipset makes or breaks system performance. Working with two computers that were almost identical (even the same system board creator, just slightly different models, with two different chipsets.) had amazing differences. One computer completed a long and intensive math program three times faster (at least) over the other. Yet this difference didn't show up in word processing.



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