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CompTIA A+ Exam Prep: Microprocessors

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To be a successful technician, you must be aware of the capabilities of the different microprocessors that are available for use in a system. This chapter covers the microprocessor areas of the CompTIA A+ Certification — Essentials examination under Objective 1.1. It also covers the cooling systems area of the objective.
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Terms you'll need to understand:

  • Hyperthreading
  • Throttling
  • Overclocking
  • L1 cache
  • L2 cache
  • L3 cache
  • Voltage Regulator Module
  • Single-Edge Contact cartridge
  • Pentium processors
  • Duron processors
  • Opteron processors
  • Athlon processors
  • Dual-core processors

Exam objectives you'll learn in this chapter:

Essentials 1.1—Identify the fundamental principles of using personal computers.

  • Identify the names, purposes, and characteristics of processor/CPUs.
  • CPU chips (for example, AMD, Intel)
  • CPU technologies
    • Hyperthreading
    • Dual core
    • Throttling
    • Micro code (MMX)
    • Overclocking
    • Cache
    • VRM
    • Speed (real vs. actual)
    • 32 versus 64 bit
  • Identify the names, purposes, and characteristics of cooling systems—for example, heat sinks, CPU and case fans, liquid cooling systems, and thermal compound.

Outline

Introduction

Intel Microprocessors

  • The Pentium Processor
    • Intel Cache Structures
  • Advanced Pentium Architectures
    • Pentium MMX Processors
    • Pentium Pro Processors
    • Pentium II Processors
    • Pentium III Processors
    • Xeon Processors
    • Pentium 4 Processors
    • Itanium Processors
  • Intel Dual-Core Processors
  • Advanced Intel Microprocessor Technologies
    • Hyperthreading Software Support

AMD Processors

  • Athlon 64 Processors
  • Duron Processors
  • Athlon Dual-Core Processors
  • Opteron Processors

Microprocessor Clock Speeds

Processor Power Supply Levels

Configuring Microprocessors and Buses

Fans, Heat Sinks, and Cooling Systems

  • BTX Thermal Module
  • Advanced Cooling Systems

Exam Prep Questions

Answers and Explanations

Challenge Solution

Introduction

This chapter covers the microprocessor areas of the CompTIA A+ Certification—Essentials examination under Objective 1.1. It also covers the cooling systems area of the objective. Computer technicians are often asked to upgrade existing systems with new devices, such as a new microprocessor. Therefore, every technician should be aware of the characteristics of possible CPU upgrades and be able to determine whether a particular upgrade is physically possible and worthwhile.

To be a successful technician, you must be aware of the capabilities of the different microprocessors that are available for use in a system. Technicians must know what impact placing a particular microprocessor in an existing system may have on its operation. They must also be able to identify the type of processor being used and the system settings necessary to maximize its operation.

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