Comptia A+ 220-1001: Working With Motherboards, Cpus, & Add-on Cards

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Comptia A+ 220-1001: Working With Motherboards, Cpus, & Add-on Cards

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Discover motherboards, the basics of central processing units (CPUs), and add-on cards, as well as the various factors that need to be considered to install and configure them in your computer. In this course, you will learn about motherboard form factors and connector types; about the basic input/output system (BIOS) of your computer; configuring BIOS security; and how BIOS contains the most basic system software that allows the system to be booted and for your operating system to interact with the hardware. Also covered in the course are Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) batteries; the most basic aspects of your CPU; the processing core, and differences between single-core and multicore processors; CPU features and compatibility; and comparing two of the most popular manufacturers of microprocessors, cooling mechanisms for the CPU including options for dissipating heat in your system. The course concludes with a discussion about how expansion cards can be used to expand the capabilities of your computer. This course can be used to help prepare for the 220-1001: CompTIA A+ certification exam.

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CompTIA A+ 220-1001: Working with Motherboards, CPUs, & Add-On Cards

  • differentiate between the ATX, MATX, ITX and MITX motherboard form factors
  • differentiate between PCI, PCIe, riser card, socket, SATA, IDE, front panel, and internal USB connectors
  • list BIOS/UEFI settings such as boot options, firmware, and interface configurations
  • describe the importance of BIOS security, including passwords and drive encryption
  • recognize the importance of CMOS batteries
  • differentiate between single core and multicore CPUs
  • list CPU features such as virtual technology, hyper threading, speeds, overclocking, and integrated GPU
  • differentiate between AMD and Intel
  • list different cooling mechanisms such as fans, heat sink, liquid, and thermal paste
  • recognize different expansion cards such as video, sound, NIC, USB, and eSATA
  • work with CPUs


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