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Central processing unit

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The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the "brain" of your computing device, be it a desktop, laptop, e-reader, or celphone.. You need at least one physical CPU, and it can have multiple "cores" contained on it.

For desktop CPUs, you have your choice of two whole brands - Intel, or AMD.

AMD CPU naming

AMD CPU model names are composed by four numbers.

The first one indicates the number of cores the CPU has. The second number indicates the generation, but it is also indicative of the core type: if 1 or 2 it's generally Zambesi core, if 3 it's Piledriver core (aka Vishera). The third number is a reference of how fast the processor is. A 6350 is faster then a 6300. The fourth number is always a 0.

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