Last time we touched briefly on RAM and thank you for the follow up questions we got from some of our readers, we hope we managed to answer all your burning questions and provided a deeper insight into the PC world. This time will look at another Component that works closely with the RAM, the Processor commonly called CPU.
A computer processor is a small chip which sits on our computers’ motherboard (this is a board like device which contains various computer components including RAM). We would like to view this “device” as the brains of the computer. This device is the reason why the computer responds in the way it is intended to when we are using it e.g. if you are working on a document and you press the letter A on your keyboard, you see A on your screen not B or Z. This processor is tasked with interpreting all the things that you want your computer to do i.e. from opening Word to playing a game.
The processor is also referred to as the CPU (Central Processing Unit) meaning an area within the computer where all the processing is down. However nowadays this is no longer correct as there are more than 1 processing units in a computer. The other is the GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) but we will do a separate article on it.
The processor is an electric circuit. In simple terms, we can say the processor is a device that requires electricity/ power to carry out its work. This is why your computer sometimes becomes hot when you are using it to run a heavy program e.g. a game. The harder the processor works “thinking and interpreting” and more energy it needs.
I am sure when it comes to processors, you have heard of many terms being thrown around. We will try to explain as simple as possible what the terms mean.
The processor mainly performs 3 main takes which are;
There are 4 main brands of processors on the market, but the 2 well-known brands are INTEL and AMD RYZEN. We will do a separate article on the differences between the 2 brands.
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