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Chipset Timing and Flow Control

One of the chipset's most important functions is controlling memory reads and writes, and transfers to the local bus (usually PCI and/or AGP) by the processor. The design quality of the chipset, the type of cache, the speed of your system memory, and the type of processor used all play a part in determining how efficiently information can be transferred to and from the processor, which will dictate, in part, the overall performance of your machine.

Details on how information flows to and from the processor over its various communications buses are found in this section on processors. More details on memory timing can be found in the memory section.

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