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Chapter 2 Vocabulary
Hornet Tech Chapter 2 Vocabulary
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Computer Science
9th Grade
03/09/2015

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Case Fan
Definition
A fan inside a computer case used to draw air out of or into the case.
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Cooler
Definition
A cooling system that sits on top of a processor and consists of a fan and a heat sink.
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Front panel connectors
Definition
A group of wires running from the front of the computer case to the motherboard
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Front panel header
Definition
A group of pins on a motherboard that connect to wires that are connected to the front panel of the computer case
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Overclocking
Definition
Running a processor at a higher frequency than is recommended by the manufacturer, which can result in an unstable system, but is a popular thing to do when a computer is used for gaming.
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Spacers
Definition
Round plastic or metal pegs that separate the motherboard from the case, so that components on the back of the motherboard do not touch the case.
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Standoffs
Definition
Another term for spacers
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Thermal compound
Definition
A creamlike substance that is placed between the bottom of the cooler heat sink and the top of the processor to eliminate air pockets and to help draw heat off the processor.
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Docking Station
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A device that receives a laptop computer and provides additional secondary storage and easy connection to peripheral devices.

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SO-DIMM
Definition
A type of memory module used in laptop computers that uses DIMM technology.  A DDR3 SO-DIMM has 204 pins.  A DDR2 or DDR SO-DIMM has 200 pins.  Older, outdated SO-DIMMs can have 72 or 144 pins.
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Laptop
Definition
A portable computer that is designed for travel and mobility.  Laptops use the same technology as desktop computers, with modifications for conserving voltage, taking up less space, and operating while on the move.
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Netbook
Definition
A low-end, inexpensive laptop with a small 9- or 10-inch screen and no optical drive that is generally used for web browsing, email, and word processing by users on the go.
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