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north/southbridge?

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what does that mean? lol i dont know
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not so sure about northbridge, but southbridge controls the usbs
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the nortbridge links you cpu to your ram and vid card and the southbridge controls the pci pci-e buses which in turn run the sata ide usb fire lan etc
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Northbridge: Controls interaction between CPU, RAM and peripherals

Southbridge: Controls interaction with IDE and SATA devices.
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thanks for the replies guys. btw are there "coolers" for each bridge? to help them run better? ty
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most of your motherboards today come with atleast a passive cooler on both, the better or higher priced mobos usually have either heatpipe/passive cooling or some combination of active (fan) cooling going on atleast the northbridge,

usually passive ont he southbridge and the old old mobos usually didnt even have cooling on the southbridge but that was a while ago

and you can upgrade the cooling with after market coolers if you feel it is necessary for extreme overclocking or something along those lines
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