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So I know what they both control. But what exactly is the NB and the SB???..... a storage for information? a path that it runs through??????
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Generally Northbridge is what is used to let the CPU and RAM talk to each other...
And the southbridge lets your expansion cards, USB, and hard drives talk.

Then they are linked together, so they can all talk.

Think of them all as different destinations, and the NB/SB are the highways.

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Originally Posted by ericeod View Post
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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Originally Posted by TwIsTeDbOi View Post
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.
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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
No, it's because nForce are just built like that, but it allows for less flexibility.
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Less flexibility but it helped with speed making AMD the better performer prior to the C2D architecture release.
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VIA shows diagrams of their Chipsets for Intel and AMD.


AMD:





Intel:

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