Ever found yourself wanting to purchase a computer but not fully understanding what all these abbreviations mean? I mean GPU, HDD and RAM could put anyone off from going near another computer. Here’s a little glossary I’ve put together to help you understand what these terms mean.
- CPU: Also known as the central processing unit. It calculates, loads and processes data by sending and receiving information to other parts of the computer components. Having a weak CPU will cause a longer loading time and overall poor performance.
- GPU: Also known as the graphics processing unit. It processes and loads the graphical content of the programs being displayed to the user. The higher the frame rate, the better for a smoother quality of performance. A lower end GPU will cause lag, frame drops and longer loading times.
- RAM: Also known as random-access memory. It collects, stores and transmits data to the CPU in order for it to process and load. Having less RAM will cause files to load/run slower or the frame rate will drop due to not having enough storage or speed.
- HDD: Also known as the hard disk drive. It stores the computer files and data. Hard disk drives are common data storage devices. Others such as the SSD are faster and smaller in physical size but cost more.
- Motherboard: This connects all the computer components together in order for them to work together.
- Power supply: This powers all the computer components and other add-ons such as LED lights. A lower voltage may result in the components getting damaged or not working to their full potential as they are not receiving the required power.
Until next time.