Shuttle HOT-591P Baby AT Motherboard
Last updated: 07/29/03
occasionally use this motherboard as a replacement for a defective Socket
7 motherboard in a computer which is otherwise really too new to entirely
replace. It is also a good board for an economical and modest upgrade
to a faster processor in instances where it is not desired to replace the
72-pin memory in an existing computer.
591P motherboard uses the VIA Apollo MVP3 chipset. It consists of two
chips: the VT82C598 System Controller, or "North Bridge" in
Super7 lingo, and a VT82C586B "South Bridge". The VT82C598B
is located to the left of the memory sockets and the VT82C586B is under the
PCI expansion bus sockets. Both chips are very complex and do many
things; but, (very) simply put, the North Bridge controls the system, is
the CPU to PCI bus bridge, and interfaces the CPU to the system memory, cache',
and AGP graphics. The South Bridge hangs off the PCI bus, controls
the UDMA hard disk drives and Plug 'n Play, provides a bridge to the ISA
bus, interfaces the CMOS BIOS, and takes care of the I/O functions such as
the USB and keyboard interfaces.
on this board is quite good. Everything, from the
jumpers to I/O connectors, is clearly labeled.
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