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A component in a computer or device that can be replaced with a new component without sending the computer or device back to the manufacturer. Examples: power supply, DIMM, motherboard, floppy disk drive. field replaceable unit (FRU)
A version of the ATX form factor that allows for maximum flexibility in the size and shape of cases and motherboards. FlexATX is ideal for custom systems. FlexATX:
A set of specifications on the size, shape, and configuration of a computer hardware component such as a case, power supply, or motherboard. form factor
A UPS connected to a computer by way of a USB or serial cable so that software on the computer can monitor and control the UPS. Also called smart UPS. intelligent UPS
A device that converts DC to AC. inverter
A measure of work or energy. One joule of energy produces one watt of power for one second. joule
A device that regulates, or conditions, power, providing continuous voltage during brownouts and spikes. line conditioner
A variation of a standby UPS that shortens switching time by always keeping the inverter that converts AC to DC working, so that there is no charge-up time for the inverter. line-interactive UPS
Another term for a compact case. low-profile case
A version of the ATX form factor. MicroATX addresses some new technologies that were developed after the original introduction of ATX MicroATX
Also called midi-towers or mid-towers, are the most versatile and most popular tower case. Midsize towers
A more general-purpose tool that can measure several characteristics of electricity in a variety of devices. multimeter
A low-end form factor that is similar to LPX but provides greater support for current and emerging processor technologies. NLX was designed for flexibility and efficiency of space. NLX
A type of case used for portable notebook computers. notebook case
The standard unit of measurement for electrical resistance. Resistors are rated in ohms ohm (Ω)
Running a processor, motherboard, or video card at a higher frequency than the manufacturer recommends and is not considered a best practice. It might also void the warranty of a component. overclocking
Power connection on an ATX or BTX motherboard. P1 connector
A series of tests performed by the startup BIOS when you first turn on a computer. POST (power-on self test)
A line conditioner that regulates, or conditions, power, providing continuous voltage during brownouts. power conditioner
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