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A family of processors is a group of processors produced by one company over a short period of time e.g. Intel Pentium processors.
Intel Core i5
Processor clock speed
The clock rate is the fundamental rate in cycles per second (measured in hertz) at which a computer performs its most basic operations such as adding two numbers. There are more factors, like internal memory size, that influence a computer's actual response time.
The model number for the processor in a computer.
Number of processors installed
Number of processors in the product.
The CPU cache (Level 2) is a smaller, faster memory which stores copies of the data from the most frequently used main memory locations.
Processor front side bus
A computer communications interface used to connect the processor to the rest of the computer, except the cache (and possibly other processors).
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).
The chipset connects the microprocessor to the rest of the motherboard.
Intel Q67 Express
Maximum internal memory
The maximum internal memory which is available in the product.
Describes how memory is plugged on the motherboard
The amount of memory, usually measured in bytes (e.g. MB, GB), which is installed in the system's hardware.
Number and type of memory expansion slots, including connector and memory module descriptions.
Internal memory type
The type of internal memory such as RAM, GDDR5.
Memory clock speed
The frequency at which the memory (e.g. RAM) runs.
Card reader integrated
The device includes a card reader e.g. a card reader in the disk bay of a computer or thin client to permit log-on using smart/pin cards.
Number of hard drives installed
The number of hard drives built into the device.
Total storage capacity
The total amount of data that can be stored on the device.
Hard drive capacity
The maximum storage capacity of the hard disk, usually measured in bytes e.g. GB.
Hard drive rotational speed
The rotational speed of a hard disk expressed in rotations per minute. The faster the better.
Hard drive interface
The way that a hard disk drive (HDD) is connected to the rest of the computer through a 'bus' such as ATA or SCSI.
Graphics adapter family
Discrete graphics adapter model
A graphics adapter (often known as a video card) generates images for a display. A discrete graphics adapter plugs into the motherboard, and usually produces much better graphics than an integrated graphics adapter. There are various models of discrete graphics adapters.
Discrete graphics memory type
On-board graphics adapter model
"Graphic adapter" is the hardware that produces images on a display. "On-board" means that the graphics adapter is intergrated inside the motherboard.
Integrated graphics adapter (UMA/GMA)
System used to play music or speech.
Optical drive type
An optical drive uses laser to read optical discs such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray. Some types of optical drive are: CD ROM drive, CR-RW (CD writer) drive, DVD-ROM.
This product includes a display.
Size of the display for this product, measured diagonally, usually in inches.
431.8 mm (17 ")
Brightness is the amount of radiating light emitted from the screen. The brightness rating is measured in candellas per square meter, commonly known as 'nits'.
Contrast ratio (typical)
The difference in light intensity between the brightest white and the darkest black.
The number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. It is usually quoted as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024 × 768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. The higher the number of pixels, the sharper the image.
1280 x 1024 pixels
Operating system provided
Type of operating system on a device e.g. IOS on Apple devices, Android for mobile devices.
Windows 7 Professional
Operating system architecture
The way in which the operating system of a computer/smartphone (32-bit/64-bit) is set up.
USB 2.0 ports quantity
Number of USB 2.0 ports (connecting interfaces) in the device. USB 2.0 was released in April 2000 (now called "Hi-Speed"), adding higher maximum signaling rate of 480 Mbit/s (effective throughput up to 35 MB/s or 280 Mbit/s), USB 2.0 ports are usually black.
Serial ports quantity
The number of serial ports in a computer or peripheral. A serial port is a serial communication physical interface through which information transfers in or out one bit at a time. The term "serial port" usually identifies hardware more or less compliant to the RS-232 standard, intended to interface with a modem or with a similar communication device. In modern computers and peripherals, serial ports have largely been replaced by USBs and other interfaces.
Parallel ports quantity
The number of parallel ports. Parallel ports, also known as printer ports, are a type of interface found on computers (personal and otherwise) for connecting peripherals. In computing, a parallel port is a parallel communication physical interface. Parallel ports were common in the 1980s and '90s (mostly conforming to industry standard IEEE 1284) but are now being replaced by USBs and other ports.
PS/2 ports quantity
The number of PS/2 connectors for keyboards and mice. Its name comes from the IBM Personal System/2.
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity
Number of VGA (D-Sub) ports (connecting interfaces) in the device. The VGA (D-Sub) connector is a 15 pin connector between a computer and a monitor. It was first introduced in 1987 by IBM.
Microphone, line-in jack
The socket where a microphone is connected to the device.
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity
Number of Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports (connecting interfaces) in the device. Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports allow a computer to connect to the ethernet.
IEEE 1394/Firewire ports quantity
Number of IEEE 1394/FireWire ports (connecting interfaces) in the device. The IEEE 1394 interface is a serial bus interface standard for high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer. It was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by Apple, who called it FireWire. The 1394 interface is comparable to USB though USB has more market share. Apple first included FireWire in some of its 1999 models, and most Apple computers since the year 2000 have included FireWire ports, though, as of 2013, only the 800 version (IEEE-1394b).
Speaker/ headphone/ line-out jack
Number of sockets /ports where headphones are connected.
Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is a video display interface to connect a video source to a display device, such as a computer monitor.
HDMI ports quantity
The number of sockets (ports) for HDMI connections. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed/uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant device ("the source device") to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. HDMI is a digital replacement for existing analog video standards.
Number of DisplayPorts. A DisplayPort is a digital display interface developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). The interface is primarily used to connect a video source to a display device such as a computer monitor, though it can also be used to carry audio, USB, and other forms of data.
USB 3.0 ports quantity
The number of USB 3.0 ports (sockets). USB 3.0 was released in November 2008. The standard defines a new SuperSpeed mode with a signaling speed of 5 Gbit/s and a usable data rate of up to 4 Gbit/s. A USB 3.0 port is usually colored blue, and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
COM ports quantity
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity
The nunber of eSATA/USB 2.0 ports (connection sockets).
Interface ports to connect pieces of equipment. USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the most popular wired interface to connect peripherals. USB 2.0 supports speeds up to 480 Mbit/s (USB 1: 12 Mbit/s). The interface FireWire is also known as the IEEE 1394 standard. Enhanced IDE (EIDE)is sometimes referred to as Fast ATA, Fast IDE or ATA-2.
The type of audio input that the device requires, and the connection needed.
Modem (RJ-11) ports
PCI Express x1 slots
PCI Express x16 slots
Ethernet LAN connection
An Ethernet LAN (Local Area Network) interface is present, for a wired conection via a cable.
Wireless LAN connection
Popular technology that allows an electronic device to exchange data or connect to the internet wirelessly using radio waves.
Device inside a computer, cash register etc. that enables it to communicate over a network.
Compliance industry standards
List of characteristics that describe methods of compliance to industry-defined standards for the product
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Type of cable technology performance.
Ethernet LAN data transfer rates
The different speed levels of the Ethernet LAN connection.
Wireless LAN type
The type of wireless local area network (LAN). It can be ad-hoc, where units in a network communicate peer-to-peer, or Infrastructure, where units communicate with each other via an access point A LAN interconnects computers in a small area e.g. home, school or office.
The type of rigid framework onto which is the hosuing for device components.
Small Form Factor (SFF)
Number of 3.5" bays
A drive bay is a standard-area for adding hardware to a computer. Most drive bays are fixed to the inside of a case, but some can be removed. A 3.5" drive bay is for floppy disks.
Number of 5.25" bays
A drive bay is a standard-area for adding hardware to a computer. Most drive bays are fixed to the inside of a case, but some can be removed. A 5.25" drive bay, also known as full-height bays, were found in old PCs in the early to mid-1980s. They were 3¼″ high by 5¾″ wide, and up to 8″ deep (83 × 146 × 200 mm), used mainly for hard disks and floppy disk drives.
Weight & dimensions
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
The distance from the front to the back of something.
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
Cable lock slot
Holes on the edge of devices through which a cable lock can be passed, so the device can be locked to a desk etc.
EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) is a way to measure the impact of a product on the environment. The most environmentally-friendly products are given a Gold rating, and the least given a Bronze.
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive aims to restrict certain dangerous substances commonly used in electrical and electronic equipment. Any RoHS compliant product is tested for the presence of Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent chromium (Hex-Cr), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). PBB and PBDE are flame retardants used in several plastics. For Cadmium and Hexavalent chromium, there must be less than 0.01% of the substance by weight at raw homogeneous materials level. For Lead, PBB, and PBDE, there must be no more than 0.1% of the material, when calculated by weight at raw homogeneous materials. Any RoHS compliant component must have 100 ppm or less of mercury and the mercury must not have been intentionally added to the component. In the EU, some military and medical equipment are exempt from RoHS compliance.
The way in which the product is powered e.g. rechargeable battery, mains electricity connected via a plug and cable.
Number of slots
Colour of product
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
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