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pretty simple question i didnt see any faqs on this yet and i got tired of digging in deep lookin for it.. so ill just ask.. what is northbridge what is southbridge how do they relate to each other.. and overclocking.. and how do i find the southbridge chip on my mother board to apply some sorta of cooling active or passive or water.. to it.. thanks for the info
    
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northbr...28computing%29
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You'd want to cool the NORTHbridge, not the southbridge since the SB is what the hard drives and PCI cards communicate to, little to no performance to be gained here even if you could overclock it lol. The Northbridge (for Intel systems) is the link between the CPU and RAM (and other stuff) so thats why upping your FSB, which is the speed that the CPU and RAM communicate to one another through the North Bridge, is often prefered over raising the CPU multiplier alone because it improves overall speeds a lot more and improves RAM bandwidth.
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great stuff.. i love this place.. one question.. would the northbridge say on my board.. the p4p800-edlx be the chipset under the black asus heatsink.. ??? or is it a standard lookin chip with no heatsinks on it.. if it is the one i think it is then im all set ive replaced that with a nice copper sink and 40mm fan on it with some artic stuff
    
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It is the chip under the Heat sink, you are correct. A dab of AS5 and a small fan will help keep that chip cool.
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It is the chip under the Heat sink, you are correct. A dab of AS5 and a small fan will help keep that chip cool.
ok ya i completly replaced the heatsink .. this thing is kinda a huge copper chunk with a 40mm fan on it.. i use cermaique or whatever i dont plan on takin it off..
    
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