What Is A Chipset Driver?


A chipset driver is a software program that synchronizes the chips on the computer’s motherboard and connects them to all essential and additional hardware components and accessories. The chipset driver is tasked to support the functioning of the chips and to ensure that all types of hardware devices and computer parts get recognized and can function properly.

To know exactly what the chipset driver is and does you need to understand what a chipset is. A chipset is the collective of the small chips that are present in a computer. More specifically, there are two set of chips in the computer’s motherboard. One is known as Northbridge and the other is known as Southbridge. The Northbridge and Southbridge are the two parts of the motherboard that cater to all the necessary and additional functions which a computer is capable of doing.

The Northbridge and the Southbridge have very specific functions. The Northbridge usually connects the motherboard with the central processing unit, the memory including RAM, ROM and storage, graphics controllers and other high end or intensive functions. The Southbridge usually connects the motherboard to USB ports, PCI, various low speed peripheral buses and Ethernet, audio devices among others. It can be said that Northbridge caters to high speed functions while the Southbridge caters to low speed functions. Regardless of that, it is these two sets of chips that ensure that the motherboard is connected to the other parts of the system and ensure their optimum functioning.

A chipset driver facilitates all these functions that the Northbridge and Southbridge of the motherboard have to cater to. A chipset driver is integral to a computing system and can determine the speed, efficiency and responsiveness of a computer or laptop. It may also determine if the computer would run properly, if the power connections would be facilitated since the motherboard is wherefrom the power gets distributed inside a laptop. A chipset driver is quintessential to the functioning of a computer.

In applicative senses, if you plug in a USB device, if you are installing a new hard drive, if you are turning on the Bluetooth or the Wi-Fi, you are uninstalling a device or reinstalling one, you will need the motherboard to support the function and it can only do so when a chipset driver syncs the motherboard and its hardware with the hardware that you are trying to install, operate or uninstall.