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The Objective

Prebuilder will be able to manually determine the processor speed by removing the heat sink and CPU chip, locating the speed and replacing the unit without damage

The Lesson

CPU is an abbreviation for Central Processing Unit. The CPU is the brains of the computer and is commonly referred to as simply the "processor". It is the most important part of the computer. The CPU/Processor processes data and instructions, does calculations and whatever the software programs tell it to do. Incoming and outgoing information is frequently routed via the Northbridge which helps coordinated messages.

Types of processors
  • slot processor
  • socket processor

The Exercise

Identify the following
  • slot processor
  • zif socket (digits)
  • processor speed
  • IDE connector
  • button battery
Hands on
  • using the boards with CPUs attached (one for Intel, one for AMD) locate the processor speeds on each
  • remove the heat sink to read the proc speed and put it back on (there are 4 different types)
  • remove and put back the button battery