CompTIA A+ Core 1: Motherboards, CPUs, & Add-on Cards

CompTIA A+    |    Beginner
  • 12 Videos | 1h 27m 56s
  • Includes Assessment
  • Earns a Badge
Motherboards are the backbone that connect computer components and enable them to communicate. Discover motherboards, the basics of central processing units (CPUs), and add-on cards, as well as the various factors that need to be considered to install and configure them in your computer. In this course, you will learn about motherboard form factors and connector types. Discover the basic input/output system (BIOS) of your computer, how to configure BIOS security, and how BIOS contains the most basic system software that allows you to booth the system and your operating system to interact with the hardware. Explore Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) batteries, your CPU's processing core, and the differences between single core and multi-core processors. Finally, explore CPU features and compatibility, compare two of the most popular manufacturers of microprocessors, and learn about cooling mechanisms for the CPU including options for dissipating heat in your system. This course will prepare learners for the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1101) certification.


  • discover the key concepts covered in this course
    differentiate between the Advanced Technology eXtended (ATX) and Information Technology eXtended (ITX) motherboard form factors
    differentiate between PCI, PCIe, power connectors, SATA, eSATA, SAN, Headers, and M.2 connectors
    outline what to consider when thinking about central processing unit (CPU) compatibility with a motherboard
    list BIOS/UEFI settings such as boot options, USB permissions, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security features, fan considerations, secure boot, and boot password
    outline the importance of BIOS security, including passwords and drive encryption
  • differentiate between motherboard encryption features such as TPM and hardware security module (HSM)
    outline common CPU architecture considerations including x64/x86, Advanced RISC Machine (ARM), single core, multi core, multithreading, and virtualization support
    differentiate between AMD and Intel microprocessors
    recognize cooling mechanisms such as fans, heat sink, liquid, and thermal paste
    recognize expansion cards such as video, sound, NIC, and capture card
    summarize the key concepts covered in this course



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