February 17th, 2010, 03:08 AM
What does chip-set really mean?
I was in the process of buying a new motherboard for an AMD AM3 socket processor. However the available motherboards are classified under four different chip-sets.
I was wondering, what difference does the chip-set really have on the final performance / life-time of the motherboard?
February 17th, 2010, 01:40 PM
Would be easier if you linked the motherboard you had looked at.
For a small overview of what chipset does, take a look at wikipedia
In short, there are two main chipsets (north- and southbridge) that control the communication between CPU and all the devices. Each chipset has its own (dis)advantages
For general use, you should not worry about the final performance / life-time of the motherboard when looking at the chipset alone.
Last edited by MrFujin; February 17th, 2010 at 01:43 PM.
February 18th, 2010, 06:52 AM
For example, what is the difference between these two:
Originally Posted by MrFujin
Apart from HDCP (which I do not know what it is), I do not see much difference.
February 18th, 2010, 07:31 AM
Ok, I think I found out the difference; one is SATA 3GB and the other one is SATA 6GB...
Originally Posted by sim085
November 17th, 2010, 07:43 AM
A number of integrated circuits designed to perform one or more related functions. One chipset may provide the basic functions of a modem while another provides the CPU functions for a computer. Newer chipsets generally include functions provided by two or more older chipsets. In some cases, older chipsets that required two or more physical chips can be replaced with a chipset on one chip.