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Title: Guide To Central Processing Units .
Description: This section provides an extensive overview about the central processing unit. You'll learn what's behind the technology of microprocessors as well as benefit from the vast array of technical information that will help you understand every aspect of a computer chip's functions
No. Of Documents: 16
Last Modification: November 13, 2016 0:20 AM
 
Overview of the Central Processing Unit

The brain or engine of the PC is the processor—sometimes called microprocessor or central processing unit (CPU). The CPU performs the system’s calculating and processing. The processor is one of the two most expensive components in the system (the other being the video card). In higher-end systems, the processor can cost up to four or more times more than the motherboard it plugs into. Intel is generally credited with creating the first microprocessor in 1971 with the introduction of a chip called the 4004. Today Intel still has control over the processor market, at least for PC systems, although AMD has garnered a respectable market share. For the most part, PC-compatible systems use either Intel processors or Intel-compatible processors from AMD.

It is interesting to note that the microprocessor had existed for only 10 years prior to the creation of the PC! Intel released the first microprocessor in 1971; IBM created the PC in 1981. Nearly three decades later, we are still using systems based more or less on the design of that first PC. The processors powering our PCs today are still backward compatible in many ways with the Intel 8088 that IBM selected for the first PC in 1981.

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Welcome and thanks for visiting Technologyworld!There are a variety of tools that will help you identify, diagnose, and troubleshoot problems related to the central processing unit. The following list outlines various tools that you can download and install to help you with problems associated with the CPU.
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How To Install A Central Processing Unit (CPU) In A Pentium IV Based Desktop
This document will outline the basic steps neccessary to install a CPU. You will learn why thermal grease is needed to disipate heat from within a system and how to install A CPU heatsink and CPU fan properly in a desktop computer.
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How To Install A Socket 478 Pentium IV CPU Into An ASUS P4P800E Motherboard
This document will outline the steps required to successfully install a Pentium IV socket 478 based central processing unit. This document references an Asus P4P800E Deluxe Motherboard.
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