Basic PC Anatomy
External Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (eSATA)
Initially all SATA (and PATA) interfaces were for internal hard disks. With the introduction
of eSATA, the SATA interface can be used with external storage media. This puts eSATA in
competition with Universal Serial Bus (USB) and Firewire. Especially since, like USB and
Firewire, eSATA allows hot swapping. More ...
The Fetch, Decode, Execute Cycle
The Fetch, Decode, Execute cycle is paramount to the functioning of a microprocessor. In this article
I'll describe the Fetch, Decode, Execute cycle simplified to its bare-bones in a highly simplified fictitious microprocessor. More ...
CompTIA Strata Study Guide
Because many jobs in the IT field don't require the in-depth knowledge required for CompTIA A+,
CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certification, CompTIA has developed the Strata certification. More ...
The AMD Athlon 64 X2 Processor
The Athlon 64 X2 is the first dual-core CPU manufactured by AMD.
It is essentially two Athlon 64 cores on one die joined together with additional control
logic. The cores share one dual-channel memory controller. The benefit of dual-core
processors is their ability to process more software threads at the same time. However,
many programs are written with only one thread. More ...
To a large extent the operation of a microprocessor involves loading, transferring, and manipulating the contents of registers.
In this article you learn about the functions, and purposes of the register set of the Intel 8086 microprocessor. More ...
XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Socket 775 Barebone Kit
This affordable kit features an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66Ghz Socket 775 Kentsfield
core processor with an 8MB cache, 1066MHz FSB, XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Socket 775 motherboard,
Crucial Ballistix 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz memory, a Seagate 250GB 7200RPM SATA HDD with a 8MB buffer,
the Ultra X-Blaster Mid-Tower case with a clear side and a muscular 750 watt power supply. 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 ...
Build Your Own Computer
Before you begin make sure you have all the tools you need and a clean space to work.
Make sure you have all required tools and materials. Unpack the materials once package
at a time and inspect them to make sure they are not broke or defective. More ...
A+ Certification Study Guide, Sixth Edition
McGraw-Hill's A+ Certification Study Guide, with 975 pages, CD-ROM containing practice exams
and video training clips, and associated online training videos and downloadable practice exams
is the best fully integrated study system available. More ...
Power and Your PC
The power coming into a computer is the most critical component, and it may be one of
the most overlooked. It is just taken for granted that it will always be there and working properly. More ...
Intel's Core 2 Processors
Intel's Core 2 processors, released in July of 2006, are based on the "Core microarchitecture",
a dual core design using a 65nm manufacturing process to put 291 million transistors
on a 143 square mm die. Each core has its own 64KB L1 cache. The two cores share an L2
cache that can be either 2MB or 4MB. More ...
XFX GeForce 8200 AMD Dual Core 8GB Barebone Kit
Are you ready to build that high-powered gaming system of your dreams? This XFX GeForce
8200 AMD Dual Core 8GB Barebone Kit can make your dreams come true for a lot less than you think. More ...