July 14, 2015
Lab 3.1: Exploring the Motherboard and Buses
(2.) LGA 1156 used with the Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium, Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7 and Intel Xeon processors. The processors integrate the features traditionally located on a northbridge within the processor itself. The LGA 1156 socket allows these following connections to be made from the processor to the rest of the system: PCI-Express 2.0 ×16 for communications with a graphics card. Some processors allow this connection type to be divided into 2 ×8 lanes to connect two different graphics cards. Some motherboard manufacturers use Nvidia's NF200 chip to allow even more different graphics cards to be used. DMI for communication with the Platform Controller Hub (PCH). This consists of a PCI-Express 2.0 ×4 connection. FDI for communications with the PCH. This consists of two DisplayPort connections. Two memory channels for communications with DDR3 SDRAM. The clock speed of the memory that is supported will depend on the processor. (3.) The INTEL H55 Chipset uses the Intel Core i7-800, Intel Core i5, and Intel Core i3 processors. It’s designed to provide the interface for the PCI express lanes on a motherboard. (4.) Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H is a motherboard used for the LGA1156 socket Intel processors. It is a H55 chipset, which isn't a good overclocking motherboard, it is mainly used for general systems without performance in mind. Its big feature is it will enable the ON CPU graphics chip to control graphics. This was the first series of CPU that actually had this on CPU graphics chip, and the first step away from the old ONBOARD graphics solutions of the past. This motherboard and the CPU's that go onto it are getting old in the tooth now and really never really were even as good of actual performance as the LGA775 processors such as the q9550, because of the 775's extreme overclock ability. The mainstream processors today are the LGA1155...
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