CPUs Course

Get to grips with the details of central processing units, or CPUs, with this course covering CPU cores, caching, sockets and more.

1 hour, 14 minutes

Course description

What is a CPU, and what should you know about it? Dive into the details of the central processing unit with this course. You’ll cover CPUs and cores, caching, 32-bit versus 64-bit processing, CPU sockets, installing a CPU and even the complexities of liquid cooling systems.


Liquid Cooling

Video - 00:04:00

Liquid cooling isn’t just for enthusiasts, and today’s liquid cooling solutions are easy to use and interface with any system.
Installing a CPU

Video - 00:11:00

Every computer needs a CPU, and though the installation steps are straightforward, they should be handled with care to prevent EMP damage.
CPU Sockets

Video - 00:12:00

Both AMD and Intel use unique CPU packages that install into their respective sockets, and it’s imperative for a tech to know the most popular sockets available today and the types of CPUs that use them.
32-Bit vs. 64-Bit Processing

Video - 00:12:00

The move from 32-bit to 64-bit processing continues to create challenges for technicians and it’s critical that we understand the differences and effects of choosing one or the other.

Video - 00:07:00

With CPUs being so fast today, they must store small amounts of high-speed RAM known as cache to avoid stalling.
CPU Speeds and Cores

Video - 00:12:00

Today’s AMD and Intel CPUs use the same set of instructions, and a CPU’s clock speed describes (roughly) how fast it processes these instructions.
What is a CPU?

Video - 00:15:00

CPUs support a specific set of instructions and have multiple pipelines in order to handle multiple instructions at the same time.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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