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    • Athlon

      Athlon

      Athlon is a name for AMD’s main line of Intel-compatible CPUs. The Athlon line is designed to complete against the Intel Pentium CPUs. Athlon CPUs feature a L1 cache with 64KB of memory for data and another 64KB of memory for instructions. Athlon CPUs support MMX, 3DNow!, and SSE. Some models of Athlon CPUs also

    • How Does a Processor Work?

      How Does a Processor Work?

      A computer processor is commonly referred to as the CPU, or central processing unit of a computer. The processor is the primary component of a computer designed to move and process data. Computer processors are commonly referred to by the speed that the CPU can process computer instructions per second measured in hertz and are

    • CPU Speed

      CPU Speed

      CPU speed is not a good indicator of CPU performance. Many factors inside and outside of the CPU significantly impact the CPU and overall system performance. The CPU “CPU” stands for Central Processing Unit, and is also known as a “processor”. The CPU speed, or processor speed, is the amount of cycles that a CPU

    • Checksum Error

      Checksum Error

      In order to understand what a checksum error is, it is important to first learn what a checksum is. A checksum is a redundancy check during a computer’s start up process, which makes sure that the computer’s data is intact and unhampered. The data is scanned and tested for accuracy, either based on how well

    • Front Side Bus

      Front Side Bus

      The Front Side Bus (FSB) is the connecting path between the CPU and other key components such as system memory. The Front Side Bus is also called the Data Bus and the Processor Side Bus (PSB). Front Side Bus Widths of Various CPUs CPU Front Side Bus Width 8088 8 8086 16 80286 16 80386SX

    • RISC vs. CISC

      RISC vs. CISC

      CPUs process data using instructions stored in the computer memory or RAM. The RAM is a temporary storage area that makes information and instructions available to the microprocessor, which does not have to use this information until required. The two processor classifications are the Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) and the Complex Instruction Set Computer

    • Address Bus

      Address Bus

      The address bus is the set of wire traces that is used to identify which address in memory the CPU is accessing. The number of wire traces in the address bus limits the maximum amount of RAM which the CPU can address. CPU Address Bus Sizes CPU Address Bus Size 8086 20 bit 8088 20

    • How to Monitor CPU Temperature

      How to Monitor CPU Temperature

      Excessive heat damages electronics. Monitoring CPU and other computer components’ temperature help them run properly. To make the most of monitoring software, users must ensure that ACPI functionality is enabled in their motherboard BIOS. Why CPU Temperature is so Important When the first affordable PCs were offered to the general public in the early 80’s,

    • How to Overclock a CPU

      How to Overclock a CPU

      Overclocking is the process making a computer component run at a higher speed than that specified by the manufacturer. The components that can be overclocked include the CPU, the memory and the video cards. Although there may be many different reasons for overclocking, the most common reason is to increase hardware performance. For example the

    • What is a Microchip?

      What is a Microchip?

      A microchip, commonly called the integrated circuit, is a tiny electronic circuit. It is made up primarily of semiconductor devices. For the most part, these small microchips are used in nearly every type of electronic device known to man. As the years have gone on from their creation in the late 50s and early 60s,

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