PC and PC Component Terms Defined: Tom’s Hardware Glossary

Credit: monticello/ShutterstockCredit: monticello/ShutterstockKeeping up with the latest PC technology is difficult, but it’s overwhelming if you don’t understand all the jargon you encounter when reading articles and spec sheets. From CPUs to GPUs and their inner workings, to motherboards and their varying parts, different display technologies and types and vendor-created phrases, you can wind up in tech terminology turmoil.

That's why we have developed this handy glossary. With the information below, you can learn the meaning of—or refresh your memory on—commonly used--but often confusing--tech terms. We’ll be adding to the glossary over time as we find more PC terms and phrases that leave us scratching our heads...so you don't have to.


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  • jpe1701
    I'm sure people will be wondering about rasterization and raytracing.
  • rantoc
    Omg you forgot 1440p ;)
  • Non-Euclidean
    How about one on auto-playing videos?