The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the part of a computer that performs tasks instructed by the computer programs. Its role is somewhat analogous to that of the human brain; it performs simple mathematical, logical, and in/out operation of the machine.

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Mac Pro Tower, 1 or 2 CPUs

I'd like to know whether a 4,1/5,1 Mac Pro with dual processor board can actually work with just one CPU installed.
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cpu is 100% used, yet no application shows significant usage

Since a few days my IMac started showing weird behaviour. In Activity Monitor it shows that my CPU is 100% used. Literally 0% idle, but there are no Applications using anywhere near this much ...
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Memory/CPU usage comparison between two MacBook Pros

I recently switched from a 2014 mid MacBook Pro Retina with 2.7 GHz and 8 GB of RAM to a 3.1 GHz and 16 GB of RAM. I noticed something very strange which is that 1) when I am dong very basic tasks ...
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Mac Pro 4,1 CPU upgrade

I own a Mac Pro 4,1 (single socket) with a Nehalem Quad-Core CPU. I'd like to upgrade it with a six-core Westmere processor. Now, what I have to do prior to installation of the Westmere processor? ...
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How does my dual core i5 in my MacBook Pro have more than 400% CPU usage?

I've got the Early-2015 13" MacBook Pro (2.7 GHz i5) and whilst I was building Smart Previews for all my 1600+ photos in Lightroom 5 I noticed that the fan had come on (unusually) and that the laptop ...
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Check if G5 is a SMP one?

How do I check if a G5 PPC mac has 2 CPUs or not? When booting it up under Linux (Debian 8) only one CPU seems to be detected: cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 cpu : PPC970FX, altivec ...
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Limit CPU when starting a task in terminal

I'm working on an application for part of a school project that simulates an operating system and which I launch using the Terminal. By nature it will consume all possible resources to loop over and ...
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How to make sense of >100% CPU usage and re-spawning of a force-quitted process?

My MBP was making loud noises again so I opened up my activity manager and I was baffled to see that the CPU usage of mutt is more than 100%. This is strange because all I was doing in it was to ...
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Diagnosing cooling issues on MacBook Air

I suspect the fan on my 2011 MacBook Air is not cooling efficiently, as it runs over 5000 RPM when I'm browsing the web and the CPU is around 75% idle. Is there any published benchmark for what the ...
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MacBook Pro 13" 2015 CPU and GPU temperatures

I've noticed that my new MacBook Pro 13" 2015 (MF839) is getting hot while playing browser games or watching models at sketchfab.com. Both CPU and GPU temperatures rise to 100-105 degrees (Celsius) ...
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High CPU and energy usage in Safari

Energy impact of Safari is extremely high on my Macbook Air Mid 2013 El Captian 10.11.2. It lead to high usage of CPU (Temperature ~65.0°C) and the CPU fan is running in full speed (6500.0 RPM) ...
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What causes the UserEventAgent to run with 100% CPU usage?

Since about a month, my MBPr sometimes starts up it’s fans and is getting really hot. The activity monitor tells me, that this is because of the UserEventAgent, which runs with 100% CPU usage. This ...
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Is it possible to disable CPU throttling on a MacBook Pro with a completely dead (not recognized) battery?

I have a MBP late 2011 running El Capitan, recently my battery died (x over the icon and "no battery available" in the dropdown.) I've noticed since then that CPU intensive tasks are very slow, and I ...
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Is a “2 GHz Intel Core Duo” really the same as a “2 GHz Intel Core ***2*** Duo”

I'm trying to get Sling TV set up on an older iMac. It has 10.6 (the minimum required OS), 2.5 GB RAM (~2.5 times the required memory), and a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. However, the Sling TV web ...
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Macbook Pro 15“ vs 13” - Performance vs portability

Currently I've got a MacBook Pro 15" (mid-2010, model 6,2), with 8 GB RAM, 2,5 GHz i5 Processor and Intel HD Graphics 288 MB video card. Seeing as it's 5+ years old, I really need a new one, ...
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High CPU usage when Your iCloud session has expired

I have had this problem here: El Capitan: Your iCloud session has expired In addition to this I noticed that iTunes is using nearly 100% of the CPU and the fans go crazy. After logging and fixing ...
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excessive cpu usage from kernel_task after accidentally ripping Facetime HD camera connector off the logic board

Accidentally ripped off the Facetime HD camera cable of the logic board. Now whenever I boot into OS X kernel_task hogs all the cpu (500%). I could be wrong here, but my hunch is that because no ...
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According to System Information I have one processor and 2 cores, but when I open the 'CPU-usage' window in Activity Monitor I see 4 graphs [duplicate]

What does this 4 graphs mean and how are they related to my 2 cores? I have a MacBook Pro (13 inch medio 2012?
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What is “usernoted” and why is it eating my CPU?

For the past couple of weeks, a process identified as usernoted appeared to "take over" my machine after a few hours of use, eating over 99% of available CPU. Force quitting the process doesn't help; ...
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Macbook Air thinks it's overheating

Recently my Mid-2013 macbook air began to act like it's overheating. Upon boot the cpu fan almost immediately spins up to 100% (over 6000 rpm) and the cpu heavily thermal throttles. I am positive the ...
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“Wi-Fi” process in OSX El Capitan uses a lot of CPU

"Wi-Fi" process takes a lot of CPU almost all the time. Why is it happening, and how to fix it?
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Anyway to add new processor to MacBook 5,1 or MacBook Air 204

I'd like to add a faster processor to my MacBook Air 2014 or my MacBook 5,1 unibody. Is this possible at all?
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Acceptable CPU usage for 4 core 3.4gHz i7

Creating a kiosk application for the Mac and am testing performance and CPU usage. The activity monitor shows a total of roughly 90 to 150% CPU usage for the always up, kiosk processes. My first ...
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Increase Activity monitor update frequency to less than a second

I want to use the "CPU history" to monitor how some program uses the CPU, but the update frequency of "very often (1 sec)" is not fast enough for me. The changes I want to observe happen in less than ...
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CPU Pushed to Too Much Usage by kernel_task

I have a Macbook Pro Retina with the following hardware: Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,1 Processor Name: Intel Core i5 Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz Number of Processors: 1 ...
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High CPU time of Finder in El Capitan

I have extremely high CPU time for Finder use after updating to El Capitan version 10.11.0 I've tried: Rebooting the Mac Resetting SMC Resetting NVRAM The machine is borderline unusable with ...
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Finder sidebar flashing text and high CPU load since El Capitan

After update to OS X 10.11 I started having these bugs: Finder sidebar text flashing Video Very high CPU load: I have Macbook Pro Retina 13" Mid 2014 I reset NVRAM. I deleted ...
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Is there any more way to squeeze out some performance out of my mid 2009 Macbook Pro 13"?

I still like my mid 2009 13" Macbook Pro. It's solid and running quite well. However, since Yosemite things are getting really laggy and slow, so I guess that my hardware is getting a bit old. ...
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How to monitor and control thermal CPU throttling in OS X?

I recently came across the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility for Windows. I tried it under Bootcamp Windows and it was very interesting to learn in what situations my MacBook Pro's (mid2012) CPU is doing ...
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Verify Intel Speedstep active with sysctl

I want to verify that Intel Speedstep throttling is indeed inactivated in my OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks MacBook Pro (2009) system. I used the Rhys Oxenham method from 2012. Unfortunately I can't run Intel ...
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Are CPU temperatures over 110 something to worry about? [duplicate]

I am primarily a Java developer and love using OS X and Mac as my primary development environment. However recently I have been having temperature and heat concerns. I have a piece of code that ...
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Low Battery Performance - Activity Monitor Shows Faults in CPU statistics

My Macbook battery (I guess batteries is the more correct term in this new Macbook) isn't getting battery life as estimated by specs, and it is already lessened in only about 2 months. Today, I ran a ...
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Background processes periodically eat up my CPU time on OS X 10.10.4, Yosemite

Periodically the CPU on my iMac Mid-2015 running OS X 10.10.4, gets used almost exclusively by: launchd: ~70% fseventsd: 12% UserEventAgent: ~40% opendirectoryd: 20% notifyd: 12% I have tried ...
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Safari on OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 CPU problem

Since a couple of days I have problems with the CPU usage of my Safari installation. It runs on OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (MacBook Pro 13" from 2011). To reproduce it I only have to open one empty tab ...
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How to disable HyperThreading on Mac OS X Yosemite?

I read that on previous versions of OS X it was possible via hwprefs but I didn't figure out how to use it on 10.10.* (looks like it was removed). I need to disable HyperThreading for Wineskin.
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MacBook Prop kernel_task uses excessive CPU when the environment is hot [duplicate]

From other posts it looks like having the kernel_task using a lot of CPU is a common issue. However what happens in my case is that the kernel_task starts using a lot of CPU (up to 2000%) only when ...
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MacBook Air at 5700 RPM fan speed during summer?

it is unusually hot today (37 Celsius, about 100 Fahrenheit) and my MBA mid 13 fan is going crazy. The CPU temp is at 47.5 when almost idle but my fan blows with 5703 RPM (pretty much the maximum). ...
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Very high kernel_task CPU usage after updating to Yosemite 10.10.4

I updated to 10.10.4 on July 1, and ever since I've had very high CPU usage - roughly 270%, i.e. two and a half of four processors - by kernel_task. It appears on login for about five minutes, then ...
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Does the Apple Watch have more processing power than a Cray 2 Supercomputer?

I remember growing up in the 80's and my parents would be astounded that the Commodores and Apple II's of the time would be as powerful as a computer that used to take up a room. (I didn't quite get ...
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CPU usage is too high with Yosemite and an external monitor

I use Yosemite 10.10.4 on my MacBook Pro (2012). I used to work with an external monitor: Apple Thunderbolt 27" monitor. The issue is that, according to Activity Monitor, the kernel_task process ...
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CPU usage for User tasks consuming up to 80%; 0% Idle. What does it mean?

I have noticed that my CPU usage is always near 100%. 0% of it is for Idle. About 20% average is for System tasks. The rest is going to User tasks (80%). But if I look at individual tasks don't see ...
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Apple Thunderbolt or HDMI for external monitor

Is there anybody who can answer me this question? I have a Macbook Pro Retina 15" quad i7 etc and I use some programs/applications wich need a lot of cpu and also the macbook heats up like hell. I ...
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How to upgrade Mac Pro firmware?

So I'm buying a used Mac Pro 1.1 next month. It has an original dual Intel Xenon dual-core CPUs, and I'm aiming to upgrade it to Intel Xenon X5355s and I already bought them. I've read a lot about it ...
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Why does htop show different CPU levels for processes than top or Activity Monitor?

I installed htop through brew, real pleasure of a view compared with top. The totals across both CPUs for top align with the sum of totals per-CPU in htop. E.g. right now I see about 40% per CPU in ...
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Brand new MacBook Pro flagship behaving strangely

Today i got the newest available MacBook Pro flagship model. After setting up some basics, installing Photoshop, JRE, XAMPP and NetBeans, i started to use the machine a bit, doing some basic coding. ...
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Report Crash ~350% CPU Yosemite

10.10.3 There is a process, I do not know how its started and what it starts, which uses ~350% of the CPU. Its performed by 'root'. When I quit it from the activity monitor it comes back straight ...
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High CPU usage during disk operations

Early 2009 17" MacBookPro (MacBookPro5,2) 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 240 GB OWC Mercury SSD, installed in 2010 I've had issues with high CPU usage for a while now. The original ...
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4SNS TCBC - Which Mac Pro sensor is that?

Briefly my Mac Pro (4,1 Early 2009 ) stopped booting which I eventually traced to the plastic clip holding the north bridge down failing. Seems to be a common issue. Replaced the clips and now it ...
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Why does my Macbook Pro get very hot at seemingly random times? Possibly Safari-related?

I have a late-2014 15" MBP with max specs running 10.10.3, and it usually has no problem handling most of what I throw at it (running multiple resource-intensive apps at once, editing large files in ...
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Why is the accountsd process eating so much CPU?

Why are the accountsd and securityd processes using so much CPU on OS X 10.10.3? I am on a Early 2011 Macbook Pro. What are these processes for? Is it safe to kill them? The machine has only been up ...