A Diagram (and Explanation) of Motherboard Parts and Their Functions

If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking at, motherboards—particularly high-end models—can look more like the Transformers’ home world of Cybertron than something you might plug your drives, CPU, and graphics cards into. And with dozens of models available for most platforms, unless you’re up on all the lingo and the latest tech, it can be tough to know where to start. Below we’ll diagram most of the major ports, headers, and slots common on today’s motherboards, followed by some helpful basics about expansion slots, RAM, and motherboard form factors. For more detailed advice, check out our motherboard buying guide. Let’s take a look at a typical higher level motherboard for an example of connector and port types. We chose the Asus Prime X470-Pro for its inclusion of many modern motherboard features, and its contrasting color design, which makes it easier to see smaller board components. Above we’ve illustrated many of the common motherboard port and connector types. Of course, not all boards feature all types, and things like fan headers, M.2 connectors, and the BIOS battery will be located in different spots on different boards. Also note that the M.2 connector (#6 in our...

We live under the umbrella of an intricate and fascinating web of infrastructure that enables every

We live under the umbrella of an intricate and fascinating web of infrastructure that enables every aspect of modern technology. But how often do we really look at it? I’ve been intrigued by utility poles for years, and I’ve picked up a thing or two that I’d like to share. Bear in mind these are just my observations from the ground in my area; I’m sure utility professionals will have better information, and regional practices will no doubt lead to very different equipment arrangements. But here’s a little of what I’ve picked up over my years as a pole geek. Very few utility poles are used for just one utility. Poles that house multiple services, like power, telephone, and cable, are called joint poles and are covered by strict safety rules that separate the utilities spatially. In general, the most dangerous things on a utility pole are at the top. That makes sense – get the scary stuff as far away from the humans as possible. This is known as the supply space, and it’s where you’ll find both the primary lines, which distribute high voltage, and the secondary circuits, which have been stepped down by distribution transformers. If there are streetlights or traffic signals attache...

John Robson: Assessing environmental impacts is complicated, especially when it comes to lightbulbs

It’s funny the places a lightbulb can go on over your head. Like a huge hardware store lightbulb display where you suddenly realize government is so dumb it’s dangerous. Why else would our houses be full of mercury-bomb compact fluorescent bulbs? What, you cry? Aren’t they on the way out? Yes. And maybe you think I need to get out more (or less) because I was only recently stocking up after we ran out of pallid, nasty CFLs that would save the planet if they didn’t burn out so fast and weren’t so toxic if you break one you have to send the kids to Mozambique. (Health Canada says don’t even start cleaning for 15 minutes, and don’t vacuum because it spreads the poison and “may contaminate the vacuum.” The U.S. EPA adds to shut down the heating/AC, use sticky tape and wet wipes, seal up the debris and cleaning materials, GET THEM OUT OF YOUR HOUSE and leave the room vacant with open windows for hours. Too bad if it’s winter or you have a small apartment.) So why did the government tell us all to use them four years ago, and hand them out “free,” instead of just pricing energy at a level that made incandescents unattractive and letting us choose? As we evidently have with LEDs anyway...

Honeywell Updates Performance Series Portfolio With New Hybrid Recorders, Cameras

The Performance Series multi-format hybrid recorders and cameras integrate with I-View Now for video alarm verification and MAXPRO Cloud access control software. MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — Honeywell is updating its Performance Series portfolio with an array of multi-format hybrid recorders and multi-format HQA (high quality analog) cameras. The company says these updates to the Performance Series can be used to help lower installation costs and provide customers with an opportunity to upgrade to a state-of-the-art system without having to re-design and install a completely new system. These new products are also said to offer a flexible upgrade and expansion path for SMB video security installations, such as retail, restaurants and small commercial offices. The recorders are compatible with current analog video standards (HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD and CVBS), as well as with current IP video standards, offering both analog and IP inputs. The multi-format HQA cameras function with the same analog video standards, enabling them to work with a multitude of existing recorders. In addition, the Performance Series multi-format hybrid recorders and cameras integrate with I-View Now for video alar...

Registration Opens for Construction Rollforming Show

The first annual Construction Rollforming Show is open for business. Registrations for trade show admittance and educational programming are now being accepted. The December 12-13 trade show, which focuses solely on the metal roll-forming industry, will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. Premier show sponsors include Acu-Form Roll Forming Equipment; ASC Machine Tools, Inc.; MWI Components; AMS Controls; and Hershey’s Metal Meister, LLC. Roll-formed metal wall and roof panels comprise a large part of the agricultural, commercial, post-frame, and residential construction markets. It is a rapidly growing — but previously underserved — segment of the metal construction industry. The event’s new owner, Shield Wall Media, remains steadfast and enthusiastic after purchasing the show from F+W Media. Publisher Gary Reichert said, “Less than a year ago, we debuted the premiere issue of Rollforming Magazine at METALCON. And now, just a short while later in the grand scheme of things, the registrations are open for the premiere trade show devoted exclusively to roll forming. “There is strong anecdotal evidence from manufacturers and component suppliers that this sp...

Sanitary Stainless Steel Valves Market Report Forecast by Capital Investment, Industry Outlook, Opportunities & Trends 2024

Sanitary Stainless Steel Valves Market report offers detailed analysis and a five-year forecast for the global Sanitary Stainless Steel Valves industry. Sanitary Stainless Steel Valves market report delivers the insights which will shape your strategic planning as you estimate geographic, product or service expansion within the Sanitary Stainless Steel Valves industry.. A comprehensive research report created through extensive primary research (inputs from industry experts, companies, stakeholders) and secondary research, the report aims to present the analysis of Sanitary Stainless Steel Valves Market. Adamant Valves CSK-BIO Carten Controls Habonim Triad Process Equipment Modentic Wellgrow Industries Wellgreen Process Solutions JoNeng Valves Maxpure Stainless Kaysen Steel Industry Wenzhou DAYSLY Technology Product Product Type Segmentation Segmentation Sanitary Check Valves Sanitary Butterfly Valves Sanitary Ball Valves Sanitary Divert Valves Sanitary Diaphragm Valves The report analyses the Sanitary Stainless Steel Valves Market By Type and By Country for the historical period of 2017-2018 and the forecast period of 2019-2024. Ask more details or request custom reports to our ...

Great conveyor systems can be designed to fit perfectly into any laundry or dry cleaning operation,

Great conveyor systems can be designed to fit perfectly into any laundry or dry cleaning operation, maximising the use of space as well as increasing productivity. Janice Raycroft lines up the specialist suppliers. The Standard, London’s new hotel, is definitely the talk of the town, and well beyond the capital. With its distinctive ‘futuristic-retro’ styling (yes, it sounds weird, but this is where the ultimate in 21st century boutique hotel ambience meets 1970s brutalist design and quirky interiors) the laid-back version of a five-star experience is bringing in the world’s trendiest people. Located in the heart of London’s King’s Cross, and formerly a Camden Council office block, the 266-room hotel this year became The Standard brand’s first hotel to open outside of America. You can see why the site appealed to the US’s hippest of hip hotel groups, sitting within a distinctive portfolio including renowned properties on iconic Sunset Strip, Hollywood, in East Village, New York and at Miami Beach. Whether its guests, diners and cocktail aficionados have arrived from across the planet via Heathrow or simply hopped a few Tube stops, they will want to absorb as much of The Standard...

TULSA FIRE: Crews respond to building fire in downtown Tulsa

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