There is an ICS clock generator chip right below the PCI Express
slot, probably responsible for managing the PCI Express frequency or CPU Front
Side Bus Speed. Right beside it lies the CMOS battery holding all the saved
settings in the BIOS.
The Northbridge comes with a passive heatsink mounted via 2
hooks and clips. It lies right below the CPU socket.
Beneath this passive heatsink lies the tiny Intel 945GM chipset.
We move up the board to explore the socket 479 for the CPU.
This board supports the Intel® Core™ Duo and Core™ Solo processor,
designed primarily for the mobile market.
A simple 2 clip cooler-mounting mechanism is used to attach
the cooler onto the CPU. The 2 clips are soldered on from behind the motherboard
and this may remind some users of the Northbridge cooler mounting clips used
on several Intel chipset motherboards. Some have had the experience of the clip
giving way and may be wary of such mounting used on the CPU. So far, the clips
used on this board appear strong and steady and I am doubtful of such an occurence.