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i have only one bridge on my mobo, why is that? it has a fan on it tho, and its right to the right of my pci-e slots
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You have a second one, just keep looking around. My nb runs sooo hot. It has a fairly large hs on it and I've still burned myself touching it.
    
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You have a second one, just keep looking around. My nb runs sooo hot. It has a fairly large hs on it and I've still burned myself touching it.
No, AMD motherboards only have one chipset. I have one.

It's because AMD chips all have the memory controller built in the die, whereas Intel chips do not, resulting in the need of two chipsets.
post #14 of 25
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i have only one bridge on my mobo, why is that? it has a fan on it tho, and its right to the right of my pci-e slots
You only have a southbridge because AMD has the memory controller built into the CPU. The southbridge, the only one you have, which is located down by the PCI-E video card slot, is used to controll the other functions of the motherboard. Because Intel does not have an integrated memory controller in their CPU, they still use the NB chip. There is a hybrid board by Gigabyte that uses an Intel NB chip with a AMD designed SB chip which gives it 4 PCI-E slots.
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post #15 of 25
NB is most important to cool.
Southbridge really only needs a small heatsink if it doesn't have one.
In a badly air-cooled case, you may need active cooling on the SB.

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what purpose do the north and south bridges hold? what do they do?
Here are 2 links at Wikipedia that help explain both the Northbridge and the Southbridge chip:

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post #17 of 25
my old agp mobo looks like it has 2 bridges, its amd 939:
post #18 of 25
Check if this would help you, though it is about overclocking and how the chipsets, NB and SB would help: http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...rclocking.html
post #19 of 25
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my old agp mobo looks like it has 2 bridges, its amd 939:
Is it a via chipset? Manufacturers can put whatever functions they want into their chipset. There is a standard for most though. For example, the NF4 AMD chipset has only a southbridge. But the Via K8T800 series has both.

Here is a link for the Via chipset

Here is a link for the Nforce4 chipset
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post #20 of 25
yeah its a via chipset, makes sense then. that article helps! +rep since i never understood
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