CHAPTER 4

Microprocessors

In this chapter, you will learn how to

•   Identify the core components of a CPU

•   Describe the relationship of CPUs and memory

•   Explain the varieties of modern CPUs

•   Select and install a CPU

•   Troubleshoot CPUs

The central processing unit (CPU) does most of the calculations that make your computer…well, a computer. The CPU, also known as a microprocessor, invariably hides on the motherboard below a large heat sink and often a fan assembly as well. CPU makers name their microprocessors in a fashion similar to the automobile industry: CPUs get a make and a model, such as Intel Core i7 or AMD FX-8350 Black Edition. But what’s happening inside the CPU to make it able to do the amazing things asked of it every ...

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