Every CPU has specialty chips called chipsets that are designed to work with that CPU. The chipset provides the primary interface to expansion slots, peripherals, and in some cases memory for the CPU. Good techs not only know their CPUs but also the chipsets associated with those CPUs.
- The original PC motherboards were an absolute mess, … if you take a look down here on this particular motherboard, … this is a very, very old motherboard, over 30 years old. … If you take a look at this, one of the problems we run into, … look at all of these chips all over the place, … this is where the CPU went, one of these chips did nothing … but control the hard drives, another chip did nothing … but control this thing called a floppy drive, … another chip did nothing but controlled … a built-in sound card, which back then was pretty cool, … another chip did nothing but control serial ports, … another chip did nothing but control a mouse. … So you had all of these highly specialized, … single purpose chips and this was pretty normal … for the first 10 - 15 years of the PC world. … Now, after a while it became … smart to go ahead and start making dedicated chips … that took on all of these different jobs. … These special purpose chips were known as chipsets, … they're still known as chipsets. …
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