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Explain the role in determining the speed of a computer: RAM, clock speed, data

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1. Explain the role of each of the following in determining the speed of a computer.

RAM (random access memory aka primary memory)
Clock speed
Data on hard disk
Data on CD ROM
Data on floppy disk

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the 599 word, well-cited solution explains each of the terms and how they relate to speed of a computer.

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Random access memory (RAM) is the best known form of computer memory. RAM is considered "random access" because you can access any memory cell directly if you know the row and column that intersect at that cell. Basically, RAM gives your computer very fast storage space for data, CPU instructions, and pretty much everything else your computer processes.
The more RAM you have, the less your CPU and operating system will have to use the hard drive and the more programs you can run simultaneously.

The clock speed of a CPU is defined as the frequency that a processor executes instructions or that data is processed. This clock speed is measured in millions of cycles per second or megahertz (MHz). Although clock speed isn't the only determining factor for performance and speed, it means an awful lot. The faster the clock ...

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