PROFITT Curriculum
Basic Computer Skills Module 1
Hardware Concepts
Adapted from “Cooling Systems” – CTAE Information Technology Essentials
The CPU functions as the brain of the
Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are
the two largest manufacturers of CPU’s.
Both make CPU’s found in common computer
Intel currently manufactures the fastest CPU’s
on the market, and their CPU’s are often more
expensive than those made by AMD.
Intel’s CPU’s use names such as Pentium,
Celeron, Core2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core i3,
Core i5, and Core i7.
AMD’s CPU’s are often less expensive.
AMD CPU’s have names such as Sempron,
Athlon 64 X2, Athlon II, Phenom X2, Phenom
X4, and Phenom II.
Pin Grid Array CPU’s have pins on the CPU that
plug into a motherboard socket.
Land Grid Array CPU’s have Pins on the
motherboard and contact points on the CPU.
Processor Speed
CPU Interface (Motherboard Dependent)
Number of Cores
Bus Speed
Both AMD and Intel make excellent CPU’s.
Always perform research, read reviews, and
make your decision based on the intended use
of the computer and the allotted budget.

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