You should know that the CPU ( central processing unit) is the one piece of hardware that's the ultimate brains of the computer, the proverbial center peice of every operative activity that's takes place within your system. If you didn't know that by now then reading this latest post will give you enough informative facts on the inner workings of the processor and it's importantance.
The processor better known as the microprocessor believe it or not is pretty basic in its overall functionality yet its structured inwards is vastly made up of complex circuitry, scientifically one of the greatest piece of hardware in the world of computing, a definite technological game changer to say the least. Being that the processor is the absolute brains of it all, it plays a significant role in every aspect of computing. Without being too technical, the processor processes any form of information and employs basic arithmetic, logical, control and input/output with operative specified instructions. So in essence, the processor single handily determines a great deal of your system performance. Yes the hard drive and system RAM plays an intricate role in a computer, but the processor's overall capabilities dictates and maximizes your entire system performance.
Inside the overall structure of the processor is intertwined integrated circuits that contains a series of memory and peripheral interfaces better known as the micro controller. These controllers were once separated micro chips that were embedded onto your motherboard with a different set of functions. Having memory and peripheral interfaces built right in to the CPU is a definite game changer that's boosted the overall performance of computers we now use today.
Processors today have morphed into something special, not only are they more faster than the processor of yesteryear, but they have increased multi tasking capabilities thanks in part to single chips that contain two or more CPU's which in the technological term is called "cores". Modern systems today have processors that contains 4 cores, there are some that contains 8 cores. Greater amount of cores you have in a processor equates to the computer system ability to multitask at a rapid fire rate.
Now that you got the gist of how the central processing unit actually operate, there are two important factors you must take into consideration when purchasing or using a processor, there is energy consumption and cooling,then there's the motherboard support.
Being that the processor is the brains behind an entire computer operation, it is constantly being called upon to handle various particular functions such as web surfing, playing music and video content,etc. High demands put on a processor often results in an immense amount of radiant heat. Power consumption impacts overall method of cooling and system reliability. It is very important that you have the proper cooling setup, though that all depends on your overall computing needs, if your partaking in graphic intense gaming or using resource hungry software that entails video editing, then you'll need to purchase a pretty decent cooling fan and heatsink to keep the processor stable and cool. Today most system builders like myself do whats call overclocking, that's when you push your hardware to the max performance. We won't dive deep into overclocking because explaining the technical science behind it all is a whole blog post in itself. Overclocking your CPU means you'll need to purchase a very effective after market cooler, or you can do what most system building die-hard's like myself do and that's use the water cooling method.
These apparatus consist of a fan,a radiator and water block. Actual liquid is used to to keep the processor cool and stable even during heavy system workload.
Then there is the motherboard support, the second consideration that needs to be addressed. The processor you decide to purchase and use all depends on the motherboards chipset. For an example, if you're getting the latest Intel Z170 processor, then you'll need purchase a motherboard who's chipset is compatible with that particular processor.
So as you can see the processor is pretty much a big deal in the wonderful world of technology. Just about every single device from the smart TV, to your mobile devices all have a chip inside that processes information so it can function.