From desktops to notebooks, tablets to Ultrabook™ devices, computers come in all shapes and sizes, but they have the same basic parts. Let’s learn about each part and what they do.
The brain of every computer; this determines how fast and powerful your computer can be.
RAM (Random Access Memory)
This is your computer’s short-term memory for active tasks. With more RAM, you can do more things on your computer and your games will run smoother too!
Also called the hard drive, a hard disk is your computer’s long-term memory. This is where all of your photos, videos and files are stored. The more hard disk space you have, the more things you can keep. External hard disks can also be added if more space is needed.
This determines how great your computer’s visuals will be. The latest Intel processors now come with built-in visuals for HD movies and a more amazing gaming experience. You can also add a dedicated graphics card for playing 3D games.
Sometimes called optical drives, a disk drive reads CDs, DVDs, and even Blu-Ray discs – in case you ever want to watch a DVD or play music from CDs on your computer. There are also external Disc Drives that can be added on as an accessory.
Also called a screen, monitors are high quality screens that are great for watching movies, playing games and editing photos. Monitors come in standard sizes of 13” – 17” for notebooks and Ultrabook™ devices, and 21” – 27” for desktops.
These ports allow your computer to communicate with other devices when plugged in through a cable. You can also connect your printers, external hard disks, cameras and smartphones to your computer through the USB ports.
LAN and Wireless Connection
Your computer connects to the Internet either through a LAN cable you plug in, or a wireless network connection. Aside from this, you can also use the wireless network to hook up your computer to other devices like printers and smartphones.
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Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 are only available on select Intel® processors. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit http://www.intel.com/go/turbo.
Available on select Intel® Core™ processors. Requires an Intel® HT Technology-enabled system. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. For more information including details on which processors support HT Technology, visit http://www.intel.com/info/hyperthreading.
Built-in visual features are not enabled on all PCs and optimized software may be required. Check with your system manufacturer. Learn more at http://www.intel.com/go/biv.
Viewing stereo 3D content requires 3D glasses and a 3D-capable display. Physical risk factors may be present when viewing 3D material.
Requires an Intel® Wireless Display-enabled system, compatible adapter, and TV. 1080p and Blu- ray* or other protected content playback only available on 2nd or 3rd gen Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs with built-in visuals enabled, a compatible adapter and media player, and supporting Intel WiDi software and graphics driver installed. Consult your PC manufacturer. For more information, see http://www.intel.com/go/widi.
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