Functions and Characteristics of CPU

GCSE Computer Science: ​Functions and Characteristics of CPU

This module contains:

  • An editable PowerPoint lesson presentation
  • Editable revision handouts
  • A glossary which covers the key terminologies of the module
  • Topic mindmaps for visualising the key concepts
  • Printable flashcards to help students engage active recall
  • A quiz with answer key to test knowledge and understanding of the module
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​Functions and Characteristics of CPU

A computer consists of various hardware that act as input, processing unit and output. The essential hardware components of a computer are CPU and memory, which work together to run programs. The speed of a computer depends on the speeds of the CPU, memory and bus speed. The speed of one of these affects the speed of other components too. The performance of a computer is assessed using a test called benchmarking. Depending on the application of the computer, various benchmarking software is available to test it.

This GCSE Computer Science module introduces ​functions and ​characteristics of CPU to your students, explaining:

  • ​Performance of the CPU
  • ​What are embedded computers

More ​Computer Architecture Modules

​Functions and Characteristics of CPU is one lesson in our ​Computer Architecture  module. The other ​architecture lessons can be found below: