Computer hardware represents the physical technologies, the infrastructure that enables the processing, and other functionalities that modern devices provide. Advances in computer hardware are part-and-parcel to the growth and proliferation of computing overall.
Below are common elements integral to the operation of computer systems:
- Central Processing Unit (CPU) is used to describe the electrical circuitry in a computer responsible for executing instruction sets derived from programs that have been converted into machine code. CPUs sit at the heart of the system of a computer and are connected to the motherboard. They also have caches which act as memory units capable of temporary storage and quick retrieval of files by the computer.
- A processor is the electric circuitry found in computer hardware which is responsible for executing instruction sets derived from programs that have been converted into machine code.
- RAM is an acronym for Random Access Memory, which is a mechanism for storing and retrieving information in random memory units as opposed to other formats that store data in specific memory locations.
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