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transistors..?

By whiternoise
Aug 6, 2006
  1. Out of interest.. does anyone here know how many transistors an average motherboard has? (not including the chipsets?)
     
  2. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Count them !

    Well, this gonna take a looooooooot of time indeed

    COUNT THEM
    :bounce:
     
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Hum.. Grab a mobo and look up the specs on all the chips you see on it (not including the main chipset)?

    When you are done, let us know :D

    The number will vary greatly really.. You may have a cheap mobo with few features and everything integrated in the chipset (which you are not counting) and you may have a decent mobo using dedicated (more powerful, more complicated) chips for more features.
     
  4. whiternoise

    whiternoise TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 67

    When i said excluding chipsets.. i literally meant, excluding all integrated circuits on the board..

    And yes.. i do know how long it would take to count all of them, i just wondered if anyone had some kind of *guess* perhaps?

    For instance, more than 10, more than 100, more than 10 000, more than a million?
     
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    There are no non-IC transistors on a mobo. If you exclude "chips", then you have voltage regulators that contain maybe a couple of dozen transistors each.
     
  6. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Okay,
    Talking seriously, i don't think there're any transistors off-chip on the mobo, because it's a trend to decrease off-chip components and make everything integrated.
    That's what i know...
     
  7. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    If you exclude all chipset/ic's on mainboard, I'd say the number varies between "more than 10" and "more than 100" depending on the mainboard manufacturer.

    I'd say your average Asus P4 mainboard has around 20-70 resistors on the circuit board.
     
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Too bad the question was about transistors :D But heck, all them small colorful bits are the same anyway :p
     
  9. whiternoise

    whiternoise TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 67

    Ok, thanks guys :p

    (lol don't worry, i'm not genuinely concerned about this, just someone asked me off hand and i had no idea whatsever :p)
     
  10. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Posts: 70

    it's my first time to see it

    This is really funnnnnnnnnnnnnnny , fny fny fny :haha: :haha: :haha:
     
  11. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    On a slightly different train of thought..how many transistors in p4 or an AMD 64 cpu?

    Read more here from Tom's Article
     
  12. whiternoise

    whiternoise TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 67

    lol thanks ;)

    Yeh.. the number of tran's in processors always amazes me..

    Mind you, it's like Intel's new Core Duo.. amazing power (must be at lest 2x a P4) and yet they managed to DROP the temps..O.o
     
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