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Below is a list of acronyms you may see around
overclock.net. This thread is to help members decipher commonly used (and maybe not so common) acronyms on OCN.

If you happen to find a new term not listed (even out of date), or know of a definition not given, please post it in this thread and I will update ASAP.

Thanks for your help.


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  1. AA: Anti Aliasing
  2. ADSL: Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
  3. AF: Anisotropic Filtering
  4. AFAIK: As Far As I Know
  5. AGP: Accelerated Graphics Port
  6. ALU: Arithmetic Logic Unit
  7. AMD: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
  8. API: Application Programming Interface
  9. AS5: Arctic Silver 5
  10. AC7: Arctic Cooler 7
  11. ASAP: As soon as possible
  12. ATA: Advanced Technology Attachment
  13. ATAPI: Advanced Technology Attachment Packet Interface (EIDE)
  14. ATX: Form factor was designed to replace the AT form factor
  15. BGA: Ball Grid Array
  16. Bios: Basic Input Output System
  17. BB: Best Buy
  18. Bit: Binary DigIT
  19. BE: Black edition
  20. BSOD: Blue Screen Of Death
  21. BT: Big Typhoon (A heatsink made by TT)
  22. BTDT : Been There Done That
  23. C2D: Core 2 Duo
  24. C2Q: Core 2 Quad
  25. CAS: Column Access Strobe or Column Address Strobe
  26. CBA: Can't be assed (Contributed by Nostrano)
  27. CCC: Catalyst Control Center
  28. CCD: Cold Cathode
  29. CF: CrossFire
  30. CFM: Cubic Feet per Minute
  31. CGA: Color Graphics Adapter (4 Color)
  32. CORE CLOCK SPEED: Speed at which a processor operates
  33. CMOS: Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor
  34. Conus: Contiguous\\Continental United States
  35. CPU: Central Processing Unit A.K.A. Processor or proc
  36. CRT: Cathode Ray Tube
  37. CS: Counter strike or Computer Science, depending on context.
  38. CSAA: Coverage Sample Anti-Aliasing
  39. CS:S: Counter strike Source
  40. D3D: Direct3D
  41. dB: decibels
  42. DODS: Day of Defeat Source
  43. DD: Danger Den [Store to buy Overclocking gear]
  44. DDR: Double data rate
  45. DIMM: Dual Inline Memory Module
  46. DMA: Direct Memory Access
  47. DOA: Dead on Arrival
  48. DOS: Disk Operating System
  49. DPI: Dots Per Inch
  50. DRAM: Dynamic Random Access Memory
  51. DVD: Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc
  52. DVI: Digital Video Interface
  53. EE: Extreme Edition OR Energy Efficient (Depending on context)
  54. EG: Exempli Gratia
  55. EGA: Extended Graphics Adapter (16 color)
  56. EIDE: Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics
  57. EIST: Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
  58. EVGA: Extended VGA
  59. FAT: File Allocation Table
  60. FDD: Floppy Disc Drive
  61. FPS: Frames Per Second|First Person Shooter|Etc
  62. FPU: Floating Point Unit
  63. FSAA: Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing
  64. FSB: Front Side Bus
  65. FTL: For the Lose
  66. FTW: For The Win
  67. GDDR: Graphics Double Data Rate
  68. GB: Gigabyte
  69. GFX: Graphics/Graphics Card
  70. GHz: one billion clock cycles per second
  71. GPU: Graphics Processing unit AKA the "Core"
  72. GUI: Graphical User Interface
  73. HD: Hard Drive OR High Definition (Depending on the context)
  74. HDD: Hard Disk Drive
  75. HDR: High Dynamic-Range
  76. HL2: Half Life 2
  77. HSF: Heat Sink Fan
  78. HT: Intel's Hyper Threading
  79. HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language
  80. HTT: AMD's Hyper Transport Technology
  81. HTTP: HyperText Transfer Protocol
  82. IDE: Integrated Drive Electronics
  83. IHS: Integrated Heat Spreader
  84. I/O CONTROLLER: Input Output Controller
  85. IMHO: In my honest/humble opinion
  86. IMO: In my opinion
  87. IOH: Input/Output Hub
  88. IP: Internet Protocol
  89. ISA: Industry Standard Architecture
  90. ISP: Internet Service Provider
  91. ITAT: Intel Thermal Analysis Tool
  92. KB: Kilobyte
  93. LAN: Local Area Network
  94. LCD: Liquid Crystal Display
  95. LED: Light Emitting Diode
  96. LGA: Land Grid Array
  97. LLC: Load Line Calibration
  98. MB: Megabyte
  99. MBR: Master Boot Record
  100. MCH: Memory Controller Hub (a name for the NB)
  101. MCP: Media Communications Processor (also called Southbridge)
  102. MFLOPS: (Mega)Floating-point operations per second (1 million FLOPS)
  103. MHz: MegaHertz
  104. MICRON: Micrometer; one millonth of a meter.
  105. MS: Microsoft
  106. MIPS: Million Instructions Per Second
  107. MOBO: Motherboard
  108. MTBF: Mean Time Between Failures (PSU's)
  109. MSAA: Multi-Sampling Anti-Aliasing
  110. NB: North Bridge
  111. NIB: New in Box|New In the original Box
  112. NIC: Network Interface Card
  113. NM: Nanometers
  114. NVIDIA: NVIDIA, is a mixture of "n" a mathematical variable meaning "to the highest degree" and video,which comes from Latin videre, "to see" - implying "the best visual experience.
  115. n00b/nub/Newb/Newbie: New User or not so skilled person with very little experience or knowledge on the subject.
  116. NTFS: New Technology File System
  117. OC: OverClock
  118. OCer: Overclocker
  119. OCN:
    Overclock.net
  120. OCP: Over current protection
  121. OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer
  122. OLED: Organic light emiting diode
  123. OP: Original Poster, or Original Post depending on context.
  124. OpenGL: Open Graphics Library
  125. OS: Operating System (WINDOWS, LINUX, UNIX, DOS, OS2, AND OS X)
  126. OTP: Over temperature protection
  127. OVP: Over Voltage Protection
  128. PATA: Parallel ATA
  129. PCB: Printed Circuit Board / Process Control Block
  130. PCI: Peripheral Component Interconnect
  131. PCI-E/PCX: PCI-Express come in 1x 4x 8x 16x
  132. PCI-X: PCI v2.0+ 2.0 is 266mHz
  133. PCI/AGP LOCK: Function of some motherboards that allows you to lock the Southbridge controllers
  134. PCMCIA: Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
  135. PDF: Portable Document Format
  136. PITA: Pain In The Ass/Arse
  137. POP3: Post Office Protocol version 3
  138. PGA: Pin Grid Array
  139. PIXEL RESPONSE: The time it takes for a LCD pixel to change from black to white (you want 16ms or lower for gaming)
  140. PLL: Phase locked loop
  141. POST: Power On Self Test
  142. PPU: Physics Processing Unit
  143. PEBKAC: Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair.
  144. PSU: Power Supply Unit
  145. QAA: Quality Antialiasing
  146. QFT: Quoted For Truth
  147. QPI: QuickPath Interconnect
  148. RAD: Radiator
  149. RAID: redundant array of independent drives
  150. RAM: Random Access Memory
  151. RAMDAC: Random Access Memory Digital to Analog Converter
  152. RAS: Row Access Strobe or Row Address Strobe
  153. RBX: Type of water block from Danger Den
  154. REFRESH RATE: number of times a CRT's electron beam sweeps across the screen during a full second
  155. REP: REPutation
  156. RGB: Red, Green, Blue
  157. RGBHV: Red, Green, Blue, Horizontal sync, Vertical sync
  158. RIMM: Rambus Inline Memory Module
  159. .rar/rar: A popular file archive format similar to ZIP. Most often used on Apple/Mac systems.
  160. RMA: Return Manufacturer Agreement
  161. ROFL: Rolling on floor laughing
  162. ROM: Read Only Memory
  163. RPM: Revolutions Per Minute
  164. RTS: Real Time Strategy (has other meanings but this is generally what they mean)
  165. PWM: Pulse Width Modulation
  166. S478 S939 SXXX: S= SOCKET XXX= NUMBER OF PINS
  167. SAA: Supersampling Antialiasing
  168. SATA: Serial ATA
  169. SCP: Short circuit protection
  170. SB: South Bridge or Sound Blaster (depending on context)
  171. SCSI: Small Computer Systems Interface
  172. SDR: Single Data Rate
  173. SDSL: Synchronous Digital Service Line
  174. SFF: Small Form Factor
  175. SG: Seagate
  176. SIMM: Single In-line Memory Module
  177. SLI: Scalable Link Interface
  178. S.M.A.R.T.: Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology
  179. SMbus: System Management Bus
  180. SMP: Symmetric Multi-Processors
  181. SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
  182. SPP: System Platform Processor (also called Northbridge)
  183. SSAA: Super-Sampling Anti-Aliasing
  184. SSAO - Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
  185. SSD: Solid State Drive
  186. SSE SSE2 SSE3: Streaming Single-instruction-multiple-data Extension
  187. TB: Terabyte
  188. TC: Thermal Compound or TurboCache (Depending on context)
  189. TCP/IP: Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
  190. TDP: Thermal Design Power
  191. TD: Tigerdirect.com
  192. TDX: Type of water block from Danger Den
  193. TEC: ThermoElectric Cooling (PELTIER)
  194. TF2: Team Fortress 2 OCN Server 8.9.16.94:27015
  195. TFT: Thin Film Transistor
  196. TIM: Thermal Interface Material
  197. TL;DR - Too Long, Didn´t Read
  198. TP: Thermal Paste
  199. TRUE: ThermalRight Ultra Extreme
  200. TT: ThermalTake
  201. TTT: To The Top (Used when bumping threads)
  202. UEFI - Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
  203. UPC: Universal Power Cord (used on power supplies)
  204. UPS: Un-interruptible Power System
  205. USB: Universal Serial Bus
  206. UT: Unreal Tournament
  207. UV: Ultraviolet
  208. UVP: Under voltage protection
  209. VC: Video Card
  210. VCORE: Voltage of the CORE of a processor
  211. VDIMM: Voltage of memory (DIMM)
  212. VID: Voltage Identification
  213. VGA: Video Graphics Array
  214. VPU: Video Processing unit
  215. VRM: Voltage regulator module
  216. W3: Sometimes shorted from the WWW or World Wide Web
  217. WAN: Wide Area Network
  218. WB: Water Block ( used to cool a processor with liquid)
  219. WC: Water Cooled (process of removing heat from a processor by means of moving water
  220. WD: Western Digital
  221. WDM Windows Device Manager
  222. WI-FI: WIreless FIdelity.
  223. WP: Water Pump
  224. XE: eXtreme Edition [same as EE]
  225. X-Fi: Xtreme Fidelity
  226. YGPM: You've Got Private Message
  227. ZIF: Zero Insertion Force
  228. .zip|ZIP|ZP: Compression files that save disk space (PKZip is most popular)

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Credits go out to Xavier1421 for coming up with the name of the thread.

Originally created by SpookedJunglist. Torch passed to Miki.
 

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Thank you goes to Spooked for the great idea, I think the New Members area is a good place for this thread. New members should refer to this Acronym guide when they are lost during a thread where acronyms are used extensively.

This sticky will be a living sticky, meaning people who post pertinent information (ie. new acronyms) will be added to the sticky.

I give that job to Spooked, and I will help out as necessary.

Great job Spooked!
 

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Just a couple additions/clarifications:

NB - Northbridge (see original post)

SB - Southbridge (see original post)

HTT and HT are synonomous (for Hyper-Threading or Hyper-Threading Technology), when used in reference to an Intel CPU

VC - video card

PCI-E/PCI-X - PCI-Express

Other than those, looks good.
 

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DOS: Disk Operating System

dpi: Dots Per Inch

ATAPI: ATtachment PAcket Interface

EIDE: Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics

GUI: Graphical User Interface

HD: Hard Disk Hard Drive

HTML: HyperText Markup Language

http: HyperText Transfer Protocol

IP: Internet Protocol

ISA: Industry Standard Architecture

ISP: Internet Service Provider

LAN: Local Area Network

NIC: Network Interface Card

OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer

PCMIA: Personal Computer Memory Card International Association

PDF: Portable Document Format

POP3: Post Office Protocol version 3

RGB: Red, Green, Blue

SIMM: Single In-line Memory Module

SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

TCP/IP: Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

TFT: Thin Film Transistor

DMA: Direct Memory Access

USB: Universal Serial Bus

VGA: Video Graphics Array

WAN: Wide Area Network

WI-FI: WIreless FIdelity
 

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RPM - Round/Rotations per Minute
CFM - Cubic Feet Per Minute
SDR - Single Data Rate
DRAM - Dynamic Random Access Memory
CC - Circuit City
SLI - Scalable Link Interface
 

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Quote:


Originally Posted by Xavier1421

Thank you goes to Spooked for the great idea, I think the New Members area is a good place for this thread. New members should refer to this Acronym guide when they are lost during a thread where acronyms are used extensively.

This sticky will be a living sticky, meaning people who post pertinent information (ie. new acronyms) will be added to the sticky.

I give that job to Spooked, and I will help out as necessary.

Great job Spooked!

Thanks now that i have all this responsibility i wont be able to finish any other
Sticky worthy posts..... J/k
 

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mHz?

^^^ And thats the correct way of writing it.

Nice post anyway
, but lose the ' after AMD and INTEL, so it reads AMDs and INTELs (I'm being really picky and I don't know why?)
 

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Quote:


Originally Posted by muffin

mHz?

^^^ And thats the correct way of writing it.

Nice post anyway
, but lose the ' after AMD and INTEL, so it reads AMDs and INTELs (I'm being really picky and I don't know why?)

I made this as quick as possible and edit as quick as possible

MHz?????
 

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Originally Posted by spookedjunglist

I made this as quick as possible and edit as quick as possible

MHz?????

no!

little 'm' big 'H' little 'z'

...and gHz
 

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Nice guide there Spooked.
 
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