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Geek Speak Explained – Taking the Jargon Out Of Tech Terminology

19th October 2023
Computers are used in almost every workplace in the world, but, despite tech corporations trying their best to demystify computer terminology, the sector is still packed with acronyms and jargon that continues to baffle. So, in this short JamCrackers article, we thought we’d use our expertise in all things business IT, and take some of the common jargon/geek speak, and simplify it in a way that isn’t condescending, but most people will easily understand. [](/contact)

What is RAM?

RAM, or Random Access Memory, is your computers short-term memory. Think of it as a sort of workspace where your computer stores data that it’s actively using or processing.

When you open an application or file, it’s loaded into RAM for quick access, allowing your computer including laptops, tablets, and smartphones, to perform tasks faster.

It’s also important to note, RAM is what’s called volatile memory, meaning it gets wiped clean when your computer (laptop, tablet etc.) is powered off.

Top RAM Tip

Upgrading RAM can significantly improve your computers performance, especially when multitasking or running memory-intensive applications for work.

What is a CPU?

The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is often referred to as the brain of your computer. It carries out instructions and performs calculations for almost every task.

CPUs come in various configurations, with more cores and higher clock speeds generally translating to better overall performance of your computer.

And, with multithreading technology, modern CPUs can handle multiple tasks simultaneously, helping to enhance the overall performance and efficiency of your computer.

What is a GPU?

A GPU, or Graphics Processing Unit, is dedicated to rendering graphics and handling complex calculations related to the visuals of your computer.

Whilst CPUs can handle graphics tasks, GPUs excel at them, and they’re essential for gaming, video editing, and any application that relies heavily on graphics processing.

Modern GPUs also offer impressive performance, often featuring dedicated VRAM (Video RAM) to store graphical data for much faster access.

What is HDMI, VGA, and DisplayPort?

These are all types of video connectors used to connect your computer to a monitor or other display devices:

- HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)

HDMI is a versatile and widely-used connector that supports both video and audio transmission. It’s commonly found on modern devices, including laptops, TV’s and monitors.

- VGA (Video Graphics Array) VGA is an older, analogue video connector, that’s gradually being phased out in favour of digital options like HDMI and DisplayPort, due to low resolution capabilities.

- DisplayPort

DisplayPort is a digital video and audio interface known for its high bandwidth and its ability to support multiple displays from a single support in professional and gaming setups.

What’s the difference between SSD and a Standard Drive?

When it comes to storage, SSDs (Solid-State Drives) and standard drives (often HHDs, or Hard Disk Drives) are the most common options. Let’s break them down:

- SSD (Solid-State Drive) SSDs use flash memory to store data, offering exceptionally fast read and write speeds. They’re more durable and energy-efficient when compared to standard drives, and are ideal for operating systems, and frequently-used applications.

- Standard Drive (HDD)

Standard drives use spinning discs to read and write data. Whilst they’re slower than SSDs, they do provide increased storage capacity for the same price, and are suitable for storing large files, such as videos and archives.

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