Basic PC Anatomy
Intel's Sandy Bridge Micro-Architecture
"Sandy Bridge" is Intel's code name for a new cpu core microarchitecture. It introduces
a few new or improved features. The memory controller, the PCI Express controller, and
video circuitry are all located within the processor die and the new "ring architecture"
uses a Last Level Cache between the CPU and graphics cores. More ...
Tips and Techniques For Building Your Own PC
What do you need to build a computer? Believe us, it's not as complicated as it seems.
Let's start with the case. The variety is staggering, with hundreds of styles, shapes
and sizes available. We recommend that you look closely at the features. Some gorgeous
PC cases are nightmares to work with, or are cheaply built. More ...
AMD Sempron Processor
The Sempron replaced the Duron as AMD's budget processor. The socket A Sempron is
basically an Athlon XP with half the cache. The socket 754 Sempron is a cut down
version of the Athlon 64 processor with half the cache. More ...
The AMD Athlon 64 Processor
AMD's Athlon 64 processor, released in September 2003, was their first 64-bit processor
targeted for the workstation market to compete with Intel's Pentium 4. AMD's first
64-bit processor was the Opteron, released earlier in April that same year, targeted
for the server market to compete with Intel's Xeon processor. More ...
Understanding Graphic Cards
Dedicated graphics cards, which we will be discussing in this article, are needed if you
want to do 3D gaming or watch high definition movies. The GPU (Graphic Processing Unit)
is the most determinant feature of every graphics card when it comes to the overall
performance and speed. More ...
A Guide to Basic PC Cooling
Desktop PCs and Notebook PCs generate heat that can reduce the performance, cause
intermittent errors, and be damaging to its components. Here are some tips that will
help lengthen the life of your precious personal computer. More ...
Basic Computer Thermodynamics
Picture the CPU of a computer cooking away because the designer wants to push too
much power through a small piece of silicon. If we don't take away that heat as fast
as it's created, that CPU will fry! More ...
Understanding The Speed Of New Pci Express Data Bus
PCIe is intended to be used as a local interconnect only. As it is based on the existing
PCI system, cards, and systems can be adapted to PCI Express without any change in
software. The higher speeds on PCIe allow it to replace almost all existing buses. More ...
How to Build a Computer
Branded computers can offer both value and performance, yet parts are often short-spec
in one place or another. Sadly you'll often get a performance "bottleneck" such as a
slow graphics card, only a basic amount of memory, or a slimline motherboard with too
few upgrade slots. Luckily, computers are surprisingly easy to build. More ...
Intel's Dual-Core Core i3 Processor
Core i3 is an entry-level 2-core processor using the 32nm Westmere micro-architecture. With a Thermal
Design Power (TDP) of 73 watts, the i3-530 is a cool-running chip that doesn't gobble loads of electricity,
so those looking for a power-efficient, quiet machine will be happy with it. More ...
ABC's Of DVD Drive Abbreviations
The number of different formats available in DVD drives can be confusing to anyone. A
few of the common formats are DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM ,DVD+R DL
and DVD±RW. In This article we take a look at the more common formats of DVD drives in
order to shed some light on all the choices available. More ...
Binary Number Representation and Binary Math
Computers perform all of their amazing work with only two voltage levels, one representing binary 0,
the other representing binary 1. This article describes how to perform binary addition and subtraction. More ...