Discover the basics of CPUs, motherboards, and add-on cards, as well as the various factors that need to be considered to install and configure them in your computer.
CompTIA A+ 220-1001: Working with Motherboards, CPUs, & Add-On Cards
- differentiate between the ATX, MATX, ITX and MITX motherboard form factors
- differentiate between PCI, PCIe, riser card, socket, SATA, IDE, front panel, and internal USB connectors
- list BIOS/UEFI settings such as boot options, firmware, and interface configurations
- describe the importance of BIOS security, including passwords and drive encryption
- recognize the importance of CMOS batteries
- differentiate between single core and multicore CPUs
- list CPU features such as virtual technology, hyper threading, speeds, overclocking, and integrated GPU
- differentiate between AMD and Intel
- list different cooling mechanisms such as fans, heat sink, liquid, and thermal paste
- recognize different expansion cards such as video, sound, NIC, USB, and eSATA
- work with CPUs
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