Memory Translator Hub (MTH): A optional chipset component devised by Intel. It coordinates signals associated with SDRAM memory. The MTH was designed to allow devices originally designed to work with RDRAM memory to work with conventional (and cheaper) SDRAM memory. The MTH came to public attention when the Intel 820 chipset was found to have a serious noise problem when used with SDRAM Memory. Software used on these motherboards was prone to reset; stop; or otherwise fail, more or less at random. Disk data was sometimes corrupted. The resultant recall of a million or so motherboards received considerable publicity.

A downloadable file is available at that will determine if a given motherboard has an MTH present. Intel maintains that defective chipsets were only shipped after October 1999 and does not apply to Laptop or Notebook computers which do not use an MTH.

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