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Central processing unit (CPU) socket. Close-up of the flexible pins of a microprocessor's land grid array (LGA) CPU socket. The socket is positioned on the upper side of a motherboard. The CPU is the central component of a computer, and is capable of processing vast numbers of calculations every second and passing the results to other areas of the computer. In an LGA socket the pins for attaching the CPU to the motherboard are in the socket rather than the integrated circuit.
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