by Shikhar Mohan Gupta for PCQuest
The terms used to differentiate server CPUs might appear as jargon to most. But each term is significant and represents the usage scenario for the CPU.
The first chip (CPU) was developed in 1971. Intel developed the first computer chip, the Intel 4004, and the first mainstream chip, the Intel 8080. Before Intel developed these microprocessors, computers existed, but they would occupy an entire building, and could only do one task at a time. Today the processors are adept at multi-tasking. They have shrunk in size and can easily be held on one’s palm.
One of the most exciting components in a computer is the CPU (Central Processing Unit), which is essentially the brain of a computer. It receives information in the form of data packets that need to be processed. It interprets and executes instructions and data contained in software programs as well as the commands of its user. The more generic term ‘processor’ is often used to refer to a CPU as well. The power and performance of its CPU are the greatest determinants of a computer’s overall performance.