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Explain to me what Nm is

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Born_2_Kill_83, 7 Oct 2009.

  1. Born_2_Kill_83

    Underboss

    Joined: 10 Nov 2006

    Posts: 8,281

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Can some-one explain what relation the term "nm" has in pieces of hardware such as GPU's and CPU's, I relise the lower nm the better the chip is, and it seems to be more important than clock speeds the way people bang on about it, but I have no idea what it is. Might be a daft question and I couldnt really make google understand enough to answer my question.
    Thanks
     
  2. daven1986

    Mobster

    Joined: 29 Oct 2005

    Posts: 3,310

    nanometres.

    It is how close the transistors on the chip are (I think), or how big the transistors are. Either way it means that more can be put in a smaller area.