Socket & Memory slots – Motherboard

Posted on February 7th, 2010 in Motherboard

Probably the two most major components of your motherboard are the socket, and the memory slots (also known as DIMMs, which is short for dual in-line memory modules). Generally speaking, the CPU & memory you want will generally dictate the motherboard you’re going to get, or, if you already have your heart set on a specific motherboard, it’ll dictate what CPU and memory you’ll have to get. Unlike PCI/PCIe/AGP connections, memory slots, and more specifically sockets, are limited in terms of what types of CPUs and RAM (random access memory, also known as simple memory) sticks they support.

The Palm Pre

Posted on May 24th, 2009 in Articles

Hardware:

The Palm Pre is the latest of Palm’s cell phone creation, bringing with it the demise of the legendary Palm OS and birthing the Web OS, a highly advanced OS based off the idea of always being in-sync with the web wherever you go.

The basics of the phone follow the new standard set by the iPhone with an innovative interface controlled by a 3.1” capacitive high resolution (480×320) touch screen which allows users to utilize their fingers with ease and accuracy. It also sports 8Gbs of internal storage which is unfortunately not expandable, and is powered by a 600Mhz ARM CPU with 256Mbs of RAM. This gives the Pre a significantly powerful platform from which to drive their new WebOS which we’ll touch upon a bit later.

Picking up where the previous entry left off, this one will cover the basics of the connectors on the rear-plate and PCB (circuit board) of the motherboard. All motherboards have a rear-facing array of ports and connections which can vary greatly. Certain motherboards also have additional ports which can be connected by pin-outs and may connect to ports on the case or to PCI brackets. Other ports that can be found on the PCB are used to connect up major hardware pieces, such as add-in cards or hard drives, as well as power connectors and CPU/Case fan control connections.

Some smaller-sized motherboards, such as MITX, include a significantly smaller amount of ports on the back, but offer a lot more pin-out areas on the actual board that can be connected up to provide additional connectivity. However they also often offer a very small amount of hardware ports.

The motherboard is a strong defining factor in building a computer, depending on what motherboard you choose, you pretty much dictate what hardware you’re able to use and add. Before getting into detail about the different technologies you’ll find packaged into your motherboard, let’s go over hardware really briefly.

First of all, not all motherboards are the same size, there are many different factors, the most typical is the ATX factor, but there’s also MATX, EATX,  and MITX (and a few others that aren’t as common). Keep in mind this is only in terms of desktop-class motherboards, server and laptop motherboards have different sizes still.

From the wall socket to the case..

Posted on August 12th, 2008 in PSU

One of the main components of your computer is your PSU (Power Supply Unit). Obviously, it connects from your wall socket via a cable, and then it transform the current from the wall into different voltages and amps for your components. the following is a brief overview of the important things to know about your PSU:

PSUs output ranges from as low as 100W to 2,000W+, and varies in how much amps it delivers on the 12v rails. These values are very important when you think of your PSU, the maximum output of your PSU will directly determine what sort of hardware you are able to fit inside your computer. The amps on the other hand, will directly affect what kind of graphic card you are able to fit as more powerful cards require more power, both in watts and in amps.

What’s inside a computer? The Basics.

Posted on July 23rd, 2008 in General

So for a first entry, we’re going to take a brief overview as to what makes up a computer, this includes both laptops and desktops.

Let’s also get something straight, a lot of people have a tendency to refer to Windows based computers as a PC, and OSX based computers as Macs. Although it is true that the entire computer is built by Apple in the Mac’s instance, the word “PC” is an acronym to “Personal Computer” thus I’m sure you’ll agree this fits the description of computers of all kinds.