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CPU is a well-known acronym in the computing world, but what is in them? Learn more about CPUs, including the newest processors and the technology behind CPU speed.

Is Moore's Law outdated?

As manufacturers struggle to find new ways to cram transistors on computer chips, it would seem that Gordon Moore's famous prediction will one day fizzle out. Should we retire Moore's Law?

Is Moore's Law outdated?

Is Moore's Law oudated? It would seem that Gordon Moore's famous prediction will one day fizzle out. Found out if Moore's Law is now outdated. See more »

How Sandy Bridge Works

Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture follows on the heels of Nehalem and Westmere chips. See what makes Sandy Bridge different. See more »

What is computing power?

What is computing power exactly? And what makes one type of machine more powerful than another? Learn about computing power at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Moore's Law Works

Moore's Law says computer processors double in complexity every two years. What does that mean? Learn more about Gordon Moore and Moore's Law. See more »

How the Nehalem Microprocessor Microarchitecture Works

Nehalem microprocessor microarchitecture is the basis upon which Intel's Core i7 chip is built. Learn about Nehalem microprocessor microarchitecture. See more »

How small can CPUs get?

Small CPU size depends on the number of transistors that can physically be crammed inside. Learn more about how to make a small CPU. See more »

Can computer chips be air-conditioned?

Computer air conditioning might be on the horizon if scientists at Purdue University perfect their system. Learn more about computer air conditioning. See more »

How Utility Computing Works

Utility computing packages different computer resources and sells them based on the user's needs. Learn about utility computing and its pros and cons. See more »

How Parallel Processing Works

Parallel processing allows computer programs to run faster because of the use of more CPUs. Learn more about parallel processing at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Shared Computing Works

Shared computing pools the processing power of computers to reach a common goal. Learn about shared computing, its benefits and drawbacks. See more »