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Types of Processor

Baby AT Motherboard with an Intel 486DX CPU under the heatsink and fan. A series of ISA slots line the right hand side. (Graphic from Wikimedia commons uploaded by Andrew Dunn, 9 November 2005.)

A processor connects directly to the computer's motherboard. Processors can be categorized by the way they are connected to the motherboard.

There are two main types of processor connections to motherboards:

  • Sockets
  • Slots

Next: Processor Sockets