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Old 01-14-2009, 05:51 AM   #1
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Are these the same things?
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The Processor is the CPU. This is the component that you can change on a motherboard and does all the number crunching with the help of the chipset.

The chipset is the Northbridge & Southbridge chips and these are high speed connections to the RAM, GPU, I/O, etc.

Consider this motherboard.

The chipset on this motherboard is the AMD 790GX + SB750.

The CPU becomes part of the chipset on the motherboard when added to the motherboard.
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Right...... I think i kind of get it now, so you would have to change the chipset if you wanted a different socket for a processor or would you have to change motherboard and processor?
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Right...... I think i kind of get it now, so you would have to change the chipset if you wanted a different socket for a processor or would you have to change motherboard and processor?
Kind of. The chipset is part of the motherboard. So if you wanted to use a different socket CPU then you would have to upgrade the motherboard which will mean a different chipset anyway.
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ok got it Thanks
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Kind of. The chipset is part of the motherboard. So if you wanted to use a different socket CPU then you would have to upgrade the motherboard which will mean a different chipset anyway.
not always, but most of the time, I know the LGA775 and 478 sockets shared a few chipsets...
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