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Clock Speed - Definition

The Clock Speed is the frequency which determines how fast devices that are connected to the system bus operate. The speed is measured in millions of cycles per second (MHz or megahertz) and current computer processors are measured in billions of cycles per second (GHz or gigahertz). Clock Speed is generated by a quartz crystal located on the motherboard which acts as a kind of metronome. Devices that are synchronized with the clock may run faster or slower, but their speed is determined by a multiplying or dividing factor according to the clock speed.


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