Which of these would you commonly associate with the Southbridge?
A) USB ports
B) Memory controller hub
C) Front-side bus
D) PCI express slots
E) I didn’t think there was a compass in the computer
The answer: A) USB ports
The traditional role of the Southbridge has been to manage devices that require relatively low throughput. The Northbridge handles high-speed connectivity from devices such as the PCI Express slots, memory, and CPU, and the Southbridge effectively handles everything else.
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