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Episode 2: Basics of Processors – Show Notes

  1. What is a microprocessor?  – A microprocessor is basically a computer in a chip.  It includes all the bare necessities to perform basic instruction processing.  More advanced microprocessors have greater capabilities.  Can be found in everything from a digital watch to a cellular phone.  Are used throughout the world in nearly every digital application imaginable.
  2. What do these specifications/keywords mean?
    1. Frequency
    2. Core – What is this odd name?
    3. CPU Socket type
    4. Dual Core/Quad Core
    5. Bus Speed
    6. L1 Cache / L2 Cache / L3 Cache
    7. Manufacturing tech – 45nm, 32nm, etc
    8. 32-bit/64-bit/128-bit
    9. Voltage
    10. Thermal design power/ # of Watts
    11. Virtualization Technology
  3. Cooling
    1. How big of a heat sink/fan should I get?
    2. Should I go for water cooling?
    3. Should I use the stock heat sink and fan that came with the processor or get a third party one?
    4. What are heatpipes?
  4. Overclocking
    1. Should I overclock?
    2. What will I get if I overclock?
    3. How do I overclock?
    4. What do I need to worry about if I overclock?Can you give me tips?
    5. Warning: Please weigh the benefits with the risks of over clocking before you do it. If you do something accidental, you could easily fry half or all of your system.
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