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Upgrading and Repairing Servers by Barrie Sosinsky, Mark Edward Soper, Scott Mueller

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Chapter 3 Server Chipsets

The story of modern servers is as much the story of specialized chipsets as it is the story of specialized processors and motherboards. The chipset is the motherboard; therefore, any two server boards with the same chipsets are functionally identical unless the vendor has added features to those provided by the chipset or removed support for certain chipset features.

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You will sometimes find server motherboards that use the same chipset but differ in their integrated features. Vendors might add additional chips to support additional features, such as a second 10Mbps Ethernet, 100Mbps Fast Ethernet, or 1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet port. A vendor might also choose not to support some optional features in a given chipset. ...

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