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Discussion in 'A+' started by Bez, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Bez

    Bez New Member


    I've been doing alot of sample exam questions through different sites and I'm constantly stumped by questions that go something like.

    "You are given a motherboard with a Socketxxx which CPU will fit in it?"

    Now I'm sure there's an endless list of CPU's with different sockets but saying as these questions repeatedly pop up how can I possibly revise something like this?

    I'm sure I'll get a question or two on the core exam about this so where can I get a list of basic CPU's and socket sizes to remember that I will likely be tested on in the exam?


  2. zimbo
    Honorary Member

    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    for example you could be asked:
    What processor fits inside a LGA 775 (i doubt this is on the exam):

    Pentium MMX
    Pentium II
    Pentium III
    Pentium 4

    P4 is the answer... when you get your first job this will be one of the few things you will not have to worry much about... i about 1 year i been doing support the only processor changes i have had to work with a LGA 775 and PGA 478 everything else just ends up replacing/upgrading the processor and montherboard.
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  3. Malnomates

    Malnomates Megabyte Poster

    Your best bet here is to make your own table of the the cpu's and sockets/pinouts etc from the information you have in your study material.Make a table that gives you each of the processors details,like speed,pinout,socket type etc.

    Make the table in a format that you find easiest to use and remember,then write your table out several times a day,until you get the information 100% correct.This might (and is) a loborious task,but as you say you will most likely face questions related to these facts and figures in your A+ exam.Remembering all those details seems like an impossible task right now,but you'll soon find this stuff sticks in memory and as long as you refer back to it from time to time you'll be able to answer any cpu related questions you may face in you exam.
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  4. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    The Mike Meyers book that many here would recomend has a whole chapter on this subject. It would be fairly easy to extract a table of micros/sockets from that.

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  5. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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  6. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    I would make a flash card in a table format. Whenever you are waiting for a bus, train or the kettle to boil look at it. Sooner or later it will sink in.
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  7. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

    Some may not agree with me on this point, but I would learn a few of the basic ones then just don't bother with the rest. I took the same approach when I saw the huge table of SCSI information on the A+. I learnt parts of it, kinda came up with a system and said 'bugger it' to the rest.

    There is a limit to how much you can take in of that type of information, it's also incredibly tedious learning it.
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  8. Malnomates

    Malnomates Megabyte Poster

    That might get you through the related questions on an exam,but theres a good chance you'd be examined on details that you decided not to bother with.There's a question for every detail (and I can quote that from CompTIA themselves!) and a pool of thousands of questions,so learning all this stuff is a good idea whichever method you decide to use.
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