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What Makes Computers Tick

Episode #36The Fringe #494

You use computers every day, but do you know how they work? A few computer science majors get together to describe the different components of a computer and what their jobs are.

Overview

00:00 | Intro

04:41 | Motherboard

06:40 | Processor

  • AKA CPU
  • Specs
    • Clock speed, measured in Hertz (how many operations it can do in one second)
    • Number of cores
  • Notable brands - desktop
    • Intel
    • AMD
  • Notable brands - mobile
    • Qualcomm
    • Apple
    • Samsung
    • Nvidia

09:33 | Storage

  • Note the difference between Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives
  • Specs
    • Storage space, measured in bytes
    • Read/write speed, measured in bytes per second
  • Notable brands
    • Seagate
    • Western Digital
    • Samsung
    • Toshiba

13:00 | Memory

  • AKA RAM
  • Specs
    • Memory space, measured in bytes
  • Notable brands
    • Corsair
    • Samsung
    • G.Skill
    • Kingston
    • Many, many others

15:50 | Graphics Card

  • AKA GPU, Video Card
  • Specs
    • Clock speed, measured in Hertz (how many operations it can do in one second)
    • Number of cores
    • Memory space, measured in bytes
    • Teraflops
    • Realistically though, you have to look at benchmark tests that people have run to see how a graphics card compares to others

19:32 | Power Supply

  • AKA PSU
  • Specs
    • Wattage
    • Power efficiency, reported on an arbitrary rating scale
  • Notable brands
    • Corsair
    • EVGA
    • Cooler Master
    • Many, many others

20:08 | Case

  • How much space does it have inside
  • How easily accessible are the components

21:26 | Cooling

  • Note the difference between active and passive cooling
  • Notable brands
    • Cooler Master
    • Corsair
    • EVGA
    • Many, many others

27:37 | RGBs

28:59 | Outro

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