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Mechanical component(s) that provides mechanical and electrical connections between a microprocessor and a printed circuit board (PCB). This allows the processor to be replaced without soldering.
Plastic or metal shell/container for components.
Processor clock speed
The speed that the microprocessor executes each instruction or each vibration of the clock. The CPU requires a fixed number of clock ticks, or cycles, to execute each instruction. The faster the clocks rate, the faster the CPU, or the faster it can execute instructions. Clock Speeds are usually determined in MHz, 1 MHz representing 1 million cycles per second, or in GHz, 1 GHz representing 1 thousand million cycles per second. The higher the CPU speed, the better a computer will perform.
Processor number of cores
The number of central processing units ('cores') in a processor. Some processors have 1 core, others have 2 (e.g. Intel Core Duo) or more (e.g. the Intel Xeon E7-2850 has 10 cores).
A family of processors is a group of processors produced by one company over a short period of time e.g. Intel Pentium processors.
AMD Athlon II X3
The process which is performed by the processor e.g. CPU (Central Processing Unit).
The model number for the processor in a computer.
Processor operating modes
Operating modes for the processors that place restrictions on the type and scope of operations for certain processes run by the CPU. This design allows the operating system to run with more privileges than application software.
The CPU cache (Level 2) is a smaller, faster memory which stores copies of the data from the most frequently used main memory locations.
The amount of heat that the device can generate. Often measured in watts (W).