Tag Archives: Anatomy

Anatomy of a Monitor

You’re looking at one right now. It might be sitting on a desk, stuck on a wall, or cradled in your hand. Monitors have millions of components, but we usually only ever see just the one thing. It’s sometimes black and sometimes a veritable rainbow of colors. Monitors don’t get …

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Anatomy of RAM

Every single computer has RAM, whether it’s embedded into a processor or sitting on a dedicated circuit board plugged into the system, computing devices simply can’t work without it. RAM is an astonishing feat of precision engineering, and yet it is manufactured in epic quantities every year. You can count …

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Anatomy of a CPU

The CPU is often called the brains of a computer, and just like the human brain, it consists of several parts that work together to process information. There are parts that take in information, parts that store information, parts that process information, parts that help output information, and more. In …

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Anatomy of a Graphics Card

Almost every desktop PC has one. They have billions of transistors, can use hundreds of watts of power, and can cost over a thousand dollars. They are masterpieces of electronic engineering and generate extremes in product loyalty and disdain… and yet the number of things they normally do can be …

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Anatomy of a Storage Drive: Hard Disk Drives

It’s magnetic. It’s electric. It’s photonic. No, this isn’t going to be about a new superhero trio in the Marvel universe. This is all about our precious digital data. We need to store it somewhere secure and stable, in a way that lets us get hold of it and change …

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Anatomy of a Power Supply Unit (PSU)

Every single desktop PC, console, or laptop has one of these. It doesn’t boost your frame rate or churn out cryptocurrency; it doesn’t have billions of transistors and it’s not made using the latest semiconductor process node. Sounds boring, right? Not at all! This thing is super important because without …

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