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Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible, Sixth Edition by Winn L. Rosch

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Memory Control

Memory speed is one of the most important factors in determining the speed of a computer. If a microprocessor cannot get the data and program code it needs, it has to wait. Using the right kind of memory and controlling it effectively are both issues governed by the chipset.

Handling memory for today's chipsets is actually easier than a few years ago. When computer-makers first stated using memory caches to improve system performance, they thrust the responsibility for managing the cache on the chipset. But with the current generation of microprocessors, cache management has been integrated with the microprocessor. The chipset only needs to provide the microprocessors access to main memory through its system bus.

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