Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

A clock may refer to any of the following:

1. In general, the clock refers to a microchip that regulates the timing and speed of all computer functions. Within this chip is a crystal that vibrates at a specific frequency when electricity is applied. The shortest time any computer is capable of performing is one clock, or one vibration of the clock chip. The speed of a computer processor is measured in clock speed, for example, 1 MHz is one million cycles, or vibrations, a second. 2 GHz is two billion cycles, or vibrations, a second.

2. Another name for the internal clock or real-time clock (RTC).

3. A system clock or system timer is a continuous pulse that helps the computer clock keep the correct time.

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