3D sound card
an expansion card that enables a computer to produce sounds that are omnidirectional or three dimensional
In a CPU, the speed at which it can potentially execute instructions, measured in millions of cycles per second—megahertz (MHz)—or billions of cycles per second—gigahertz (GHz). (1)
The latest PCMCIA standard for notebook I/O cards that uses the PCI Express and USB 2.0 data transfer standards. Two types of Express-Cards are ExpressCard/34 (34mm wide) and ExpressCard/54 (54mm wide).
external SATA (eSATA)
A standard for external drives based on SATA that uses a special external shielded SATA cable up to 2 meters long. eSATA is up to six times faster than USB or FireWire.
front side bus (FSB)
connects the processor (CPU) in your computer to the system memory. Think of it as a highway on which data tavels between the CPU and RAM.
computer hardware that holds and spins a magnetic or optical disk and reads and writes information on it
(computer science) a crash of a read/write head in a hard disk drive (usually caused by contact of the head with the surface of the magnetic disk)
A technology that permits quicker processing of information by enabling a new set of instructions to start executing before the previous set has finished.
latency (rotational delay)
the process that occurs after the read/write head of the hard drive locates the correct track, and then waits for the correct sector to spin to the read/write head
memory module (memory card)
a small circuit board that holds a series of random access memory (RAM) chips
The premise that the power of microprocessor technology doubles and its cost of production drops in half every 18 months
Random Access Memory (RAM)
Temporary memory a computer uses to store information while it is processing.
A sealed, magnetic coil device that moves across the surface of a disk either reading data from or writing data to the disk.
redundant array of independent disks (RAID)
Two or more disks combined into one large drive in several configurations for special needs. Some RAID systems are designed for redundancy to ensure continuous operations if one disk fails. Another configuration spreads data across several disks to improve access speeds for reads and writes.
(computer science) the time it takes for a read/write head to move to a specific data track
Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA)
a type of hard drive that uses much thinner cables, and can transfer data more quickly, than IDE drives.
Solid-State drive (SSD)
a drive that uses the same kind of memory that flash drives use, but can reach data in only a tenth of the time a flash drive requires
a memory-management technique used by windows 7. monitors the applications you use the most and preloads them into your system memory so that they'll be ready to go
a type of audio processing that makes the listener experience sound as if it were coming from all directions
the process of looking at a computer's subsystems, what they do, and how they perform to determine whether the computer system has the right hardware components to do what the user ultimately wants it to do
video card (video adapter)
An expansion card that is installed inside a system unit to translate binary data (the 1s and 0s the computer uses) into the images viewed on the monitor.
BEcause he is often having system crashes, he begins to suspect his system is suffering from too little _______
He visits the Intel Web site to check two other important factors on his model of CPU: the amount of ______ and the speed of the _______
cache memory; front side bus
It seems each generation of processors is so much faster than the last. That rule, _____, is still holding true
The _______, or the amount of time it takes to retrieve data from the disk drive, on any mechanical drive is slow compared to the ______ in the new computer he's eyeing.
access time; SSD
Luis is really concerned about having a backup of his work so he's going to use two cheaper mechanical drives, connected in ______ to guarantee immediate backup of every change.
It would be great if he could take advantage of the 7.1 _______ that is on the gaming software he runs
The current video cards having blindingly fast ________ memory, and some people even use multiple cards