Examples of Hardware

Motherboards

Central Processing Units

Examples of Hardware

Hard Drives

Random Access Memory (RAM)

Graphics cards

Keyboards


Can you think of any more?

Examples of software

Windows

Linux

Microsoft Excel

Minecraft

Stata


What's your favorite app?


If your software isn't good...

Your hardware probably won't operate too well. 

We've gone from 1.44 Mb of portable storage to virtually unlimited amounts of space in the cloud.

How are computer specifications measured?

  • Processors (CPU): Gigahertz, # of Cores
    • Performance can be gauged on these factors
  • Random Access Memory (RAM): Gigabytes
    • The larger the better.
  • Hard drive: Gigabytes, Terabytes, transfer speed
    • Solid state disks are the fastest, but generally more expensive than larger, traditional hard drives with slower transfer speeds.
  • Graphics: Resolution, Video RAM
    • The larger the better.
  • That's not all...


Why do computer specifications change all the time?

Software grows increasingly complex > hardware has to keep up

Hardware

keeps

getting 

smaller.

The iPhone has 120,000,000 times the processing power...

What do you think is next in computing?

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