What Is a Processor?

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A processor is also known as the CPU, or central processing unit, and is the main brain of the computer. Processors can be single core, dual core or even quad core, and they frequently have a heat sink on top of them. Get a computer processor with enough core power for your tasks with advice from a computer specialist in this free video on computer processors.

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Hi. I'm Gary Malec and in this video, I'm going to talk to you about a processor and exactly what it is and does. A processor, otherwise known as a CPU, which stands for Central Processing Unit, is the main brain of your computer. This is one in my hand here. They're very small these days. Have a bunch of these little gold pins on the bottom and they go in and generally have a heat sync on top of them. CPU's vary and depending on what kind of application you need to decide which one you want. There are single core, dual core and quad core now with the two brands. If you just do basic web surfing or light word processing, you'd probably be fine with a single core or a light dual core. And if you get into heavy gaming, you'll definitely going to want a high speed dual core or quad core. And if you do audio or video editing, you're going to want the quad core of course as well. Because you have four CPUs completing the tasks that generally you would only have one. So. Central Processing Unit, here it is and that's about what it does.

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