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    Section 3.2: Motherboards and Buses

    Summary


    This section discusses the details about motherboards and expansion buses in PC systems. Concepts covered include:


    • The components of a typical motherboard:

      • Processor interface

      • Memory modules

      • Expansion slots

      • Onboard components

      • Faceplate connectors

      • Onboard internal connectors

      • BIOS chip

      • CMOS battery

      • Chipset

      • Jumpers

      • Documentation

    • Common expansion buses in a PC system:

      • Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)

      • Mini-PCI

      • Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)

      • Audio Model Riser (AMR)

      • Communications Network Riser (CNR)

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    A Essentials Objectives:




        • PCI

        • AGP

        • PCIe

        • AMR

        • CNR

        • PCMCIA

      • Chipsets

      • Riser card / daughterboard

    • 1.9 Summarize the function and types of adapter cards

      • Video

        • PCI

        • PCIe

        • AGP

    Lecture Focus Questions:

    • What factors will you consider when selecting a motherboard?

    • What is the difference between the northbridge and southbridge chips on a motherboard?

    • How can you add peripheral devices to a system?

    • How are PCI and PCI Express different?

    • What is the most common bus type for video cards on new motherboards?

    Video/Demo Time



    demo3.2.1 Motherboard Components 6:27
    demo3.2.3 Expansion Buses and Slots 3:37
    Total 10:04

    Number of Exam Questions


    10 questions

    Total Time


    About 25 minutes

    Section 3.3: Processors

    Summary


    This section examines the basics of selecting a CPU. Concepts covered include:

    • Considerations for choosing a processor:

      • Manufacturer

      • 32-bit or 64-bit processor

      • Speed

      • Multi-core

      • Cache

      • Process size

      • Hyper-threading

      • Throttling

      • Mobile processors

      • Virtualization

      • Integrated memory controller

      • Cooling

    • Details about CPU performance
    A Essentials Objectives:

    • 1.2 Explain motherboard components, types and features

      • Processor sockets

    • 1.4 Explain the purpose and characteristics of CPUs and their features

      • Identify CPU types

        • AMD

        • Intel

    • Hyper threading

    • Multi core

        • Dual core

        • Triple core

        • Quad core

      • Onchip cache

        • L1

        • L2

      • Speed (real vs. actual)

      • 32bit vs. 64 bit

    • 3.1 Compare and contrast the different Windows Operating Systems and their features

      • Windows 2000, Windows XP 32bit vs. 64bit, Windows Vista 32 bit vs. 64bit

        • Terminology (32bit vs. 64bit - x86 vs. x64)

        • Application compatibility


    Lecture Focus Questions:

    • What is the difference between the three levels of cache memory?

    • What is the biggest limitation of using a 32-bit processor?

    • What factors should be considered when comparing the speed of computers?

    • What are the benefits of using a smaller process size during CPU manufacture?

    • What is the difference between hyper-threading and multithreading?

    • Under what circumstances might you choose to use throttling?

    • What is virtualization? Which CPU features enable advanced virtualization support?

    • What three components are used with a CPU to dissipate heat?

    Video/Demo Time



    video3.3.1 Processor Concepts 8:11

    Number of Exam Questions


    13 questions

    Total Time


    About 20 minutes

    Section 3.4: Memory

    Summary


    In this section students will learn about the factors that should be considered when selecting memory. Concepts covered include:


    • Types of Random Access Memory (RAM):

      • Dynamic RAM (DRAM)

      • Static RAM (SRAM)

    • RAM standards:

      • SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic RAM)

      • DDR (Double-Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic RAM)

      • DDR2

      • DDR3

      • RDRAM (Rambus DRAM)

    • Increasing memory bandwidth using multiple channels

    • Types of generic form factor labels:

      • SIMM

      • DIMM

      • SO-DIMM

      • RIMM

    • Considerations when selecting RAM:

      • Packaging (form)

      • Capacity

      • Frequency

      • CAS latency/timing

      • Error correction

      • Buffered (registered)

      • Single- or double-sided



    A Essentials Objectives:

    • 1.2 Explain motherboard components, types and features

      • Memory slots

        • RIMM

        • DIMM

        • SODIMM

        • SIMM

        • DRAM

        • SRAM

        • SDRAM

        • DDR / DDR2 / DDR3

        • RAMBUS

      • Parity vs. Non-parity

      • ECC vs. non-ECC

      • Single channel vs. dual channel

      • Speed

        • PC100

        • PC133

        • PC2700

        • PC3200

        • DDR3-1600

        • DDR2-667


    Lecture Focus Questions:

    • How does RAM differ from ROM?

    • What is the difference between SRAM and DRAM?

    • What are two advantages of using DDR3 memory over DDR2 memory?

    • What are two places where the memory controller might be located in modern PC systems?

    • Why is consulting the motherboard documentation so important when purchasing memory?

    • Which indicates a higher operating frequency, PC-2700 or DDR-400?

    • You have DDR2 memory with a CAS latency of 6 and DDR3 memory with a CAS latency of 7. What can you tell about the relative speed of the two memory modules?

    • What is the difference between ECC and registered memory?

    Video/Demo Time



    video3.4.1 Memory 7:10
    video3.4.2 Memory Types 13:09
    video3.4.4 Memory Factors 15:39
    video3.4.5 Memory Speed 17:51
    Total 53:49

    Number of Exam Questions


    13 questions

    Total Time


    About 75 minutes
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