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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Upgrade to Yosemite: kextd close to 95% CPU

I just gave in to the App Store's constant nagging about upgrading to Yosemite. Aside from an unhappy Chrome, there is this kextd process that's constantly running close to 95% CPU. This results in ...
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steps to get a Mac to report CPU and memory load via SNMP?

My group runs a bunch of Mac Pros and xServes of various flavors, and being a fairly recent hire, I am getting up to speed on how to monitor them properly. We use SolarWinds NPM and SAM, and monitor ...
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Mountain Lion — Finder always freezing

I'm on 10.8.2. Finder always freezes. I have way more CPU and memory than this OS needs. It's only Finder. CPU usage spikes, spinning beachball, the whole thing. I cleared all my caches, disabled ...
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Retina MacBook Pro running very hot?

I have a late-2013 Retina MacBook Pro, and it gets really hot really easily. I've monitored the temp with htop and iStat and they both show the same readings. It's supposed to be able to play some ...
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iPhone: What is `accountsd` and why is it using 80% CPU?

I just got a new iPhone 6 for my SO and noticed that it is quite toasty to handle with the battery draining quite fast. It has been 24 hours since I first set it up. I plugged it into Instruments ...
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High CPU temperatue on Macbook Pro Retina Mid 2014

I've recently bought myself a Macbook Pro 13" Retina Mid 2014 model. I went for the cheapest model but upgraded the CPU from 2.6Ghz to 2.8GHz. The specs are: 2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo ...
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nsurlstoraged and CPU usage

Since yesterday nsurlstoraged is constantly using a huge amount of CPU. Nothing shows up in the logs but opensnoop shows that the process is accessing ...
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Anyone with Mac Pro, please help with CPU question! [closed]

I'm about to buy a Mac Pro, possibly an iMac instead, in a few days for extensive 3D and video work. I was able to try an online CPU stress test which renders complex video frames on the iMac but I ...
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very frequent CPU usage 100% for systemstats

I have macbook retina pro 2013 version with 16gb ram and OS X 10.9.3. This machine works just fine, except just one problem. systemstats hits 100% CPU usage very frequently, at least 6 times a day. ...
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mds and mds_stores constantly consuming cpu

mds and mds_stores are constant CPU consumers even when I think nothing should have changed on the hard drive. activity monitor I have a circa 2009 Macbook Pro. Lots of software installed over the ...
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Mail.app causing Macbook fans to spin loudly and turn CPU up to 100%

Over the past few days on My Macbook on Mountain Lion 10.8.5, when I refresh my email in Mail.app, it gets stuck here and then the fans start turning on(along with the CPU running 90-100%). I can ...
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iTunes now takes up 100% of CPU since updating to 11.3

UPDATE: The issue seems to be at least related to what konqui mentioned in the Comments since I do have a large library of podcasts. However, if this was merely related to re-indexing then one would ...
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Why does Google Chrome Helper spike my CPU?

This has been happening on and off since I switched to a mac at work. Google Chome Helper occasionally runs my cpu into the red and has the fan spinning madly. Sometimes restarting Chrome fixes the ...
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Does anyone know of an alternative to CPULED that is not connected to the AppStore?

Just want something similar (UI/ease of use) that is a freeware. :) I can make a copy of the app that is installed in Applications but when I install it in another Mac, it wants me to login to the ...
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MacBook Air CPU Limit Notification

My MacBook air is intermittently slowing down and has very high fan speeds. It went to apple for a replacement logic board and has had these issues since the replacement. Running application monitor ...
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MacBook Air slow after waking from sleep

The backlight on my MacBook Air broke about a week ago and it fixed by Apple by them replacing the logic board. Since I've got it back I've had a couple of issues. Firstly, the machine wouldn't work ...
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Changing CPU frequency policies in OS X

I have Core i5 processor with nominal 2.3 Ghz speed. But, according to Intel Power Gadget, most of the time the frequency is much lower. Even during intensive usage. It's 0.8-1.6 Ghz. I noticed that ...
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is iPhone 5S 2-times faster than iPhone 5 at Graphics Task (like Gaming) due to 64-bit CPU?

Phil Schiller talked about "iPhone 5S" This is the first-ever 64-bit processor in a phone of any kind. I don’t think the other guys are even talking about it yet. Why go through all this? The ...
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How to limit cpu frequency in OS X?

The OS X kernel does control this directly since below 5% my CPU gets locked to 1.2GHz instead of the normal 3.7GHz so there has to be a way to control the CPU speed. I am aware of this question ...
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Excessive CPU usage from sysmond

Does anyone know what the sysmond application does on OS X? Lately it has been taking about 25-30% cpu constantly for no apparent reason. Things I've tried so far: Reboot SMC reset PRAM reset ...
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crashing MBP :(

I have a MBP from 2010 with 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo and 4 GB of RAM. Lately I am getting many kernel panics when my MBP is under high load, such as when copying, playing video's, editing etc. ...
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CPU at 100%, but no processes showing significant usage

Situation: All 4 cores maxed out. Mac noticeably lagging. Attempted Solution: (Reveals wildly contradictory information.) Closed all applications Opened Activity Monitor Totaled all Process ID ...
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I7 4700 MQ has 2 cores istead of 4 cores [closed]

My laptop window 8.1 ,processor Intel I7 4700 MQ appears 2 cores in PC property.It must have 4 cores , 8 threads.Please somebody tell me why and how to fix it to 4 core actually.Thank you
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How to group cpu cores in Activity Monitor (Mavericks 10.9.2)?

I've got MacBook Pro with 4 cores and Hyper-Threading(HT). I've also got a MacBook Air with two cores and HT. On both devices I've set Activity Monitor to show CPU History (View -> Dock Icon -> Show ...
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Flash higher CPU usage under OS X than Ubuntu?

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 on a 2011 late Macbook pro. With the same version chrome and pepper flash plugin and flashblock extension to block irrevalent flash. When I watch some flash video ...
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How long can my MacBook Pro sustain greater than 100% CPU usage?

The Activity Monitor app says my macbook pro 10.7.5 is at 300% CPU usage when I'm trying to install and sync my Bitcoin-Qt client. I let in run like this with the fan going crazy for 4 hours without ...
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Does Apple design its own CPUs?

We're having a little debate here at work. Does Apple design its own CPUs? And by CPU design I mean what is on Wikipedia. I'm also interested to know the manufacturers of Apple's CPUs/SoC (maybe ...
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After market upgrade of the new MacPro (late 2013) CPU?

I was thinking, anybody having there hands on a new MacPro (the late 2013), would it be possible -in time- to swap the CPU from a new MacPro? Its the CPU soldered to the motherboard? Looking forward ...
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iPhone 5s: benefits of 64 bit processors if no more than 4 GB of RAM?

My understanding is that the (main) reason of having a 64 bit processor, is to be able to use more than 4 GB of RAM. In PCs, it is now very common to have more than 4GB of ram, and to really be able ...
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Mac mini 2011 mid - temperature issue

I have a mid-2011 Mac mini with an Intel i5 2.3 GHz processor. When I checked the temperature, it was 90 degrees Celcius. The computer was running for three days. It didn’t work on anything. Is this ...
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MacBook Pro Retina, questions about 2nd monitor for gaming

I have a MacBook Pro Retina, and I'm gaming a lot with bootcamp windows 8. I'm considering buying a external monitor for better gaming (might be a BenQ, has to be 120Hz). My questions: Does a 2nd ...
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mdworker process always at 100%, even when not indexing

I'm trying to understand why mdworker is always at 100% even when (apparently) not indexing. If I open Spotlight, there's no message telling me that a drive is being indexed. If I run fs_usage -w -f ...
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How does Parallels' CPU and ram usage work? When to shutdown virtual machine?

I run Windows 7 using Parallels in host operating system OSX. I have it configured to use 2GM ram and 2 cores on a Retina MacBook Pro with 8GB ram. I'm curious under what conditions I will experience ...
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OSX High CPU Usage

Are the following CPU usages normal?? From last few days my macbook air is heating too much. And i frequently notice the fan running fast. Top two process have always use over 70% cpu and it goes to ...
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Macbook Pro 15 mid 2012 - not able to solve overheating

I've been trying to solve my overheating problem for quite a long time, but had no luck, so I will try to describe it to you and hopefully, someone can come up with some solution. I've also read ...
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My CPU is running slow after a system restore (4x0.8 GHz). Turbo Boost is definitely not working. And how can I fix it?

Last weekend, my Macbok Air suffered a heart attack and I ended up doing several hard shutdowns due to an unresponsive system. In the end I had to do a full system restoration. Everything is working ...
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View the current clock Speed of a CPU in OS X?

Does anyone know of a utility to see the current speed of the processor? To be clear, I'm not looking for the model/speed of the CPU, but rather what the CPU is currently clocked at (i.e. it will ...
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How to use process sample in order to find high cpu usage in Chrome?

I'm trying to figure out what the devil is wrong with Chrome getting 100% cpu once in a while. I sampled the process Google Renderer. Not sure where to go from here. any advice? process sample: ...
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What's an effective way to proactively spot runaway processes? [duplicate]

Sometimes my Mac ends up with a runaway process; a process that's hogging all the CPU. Often it's Firefox, but I've had a few others recently. Normally I don't spot this for a while until I notice my ...
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Get cpu usage per core on the command line

Activity monitor allows users to see the cpu usage on a per-core basis (for multicore machines, e.g. my MacBook Pro). Is there a way to find the percent usage of each core/processor via the command ...
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Activity Monitor showing a process that takes 600% CPU? [duplicate]

See Handbrake CPU usage... What's wrong with my activity monitor?
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6000 RPM at 65C

For a few days I'm noticing the fans spinning wildly and the CPU temperature is around 65C.. I'm only doing normal browsing and the fans are at 6000RPM. Quite strange. I have MacBook Pro mid 2010 ...
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Possible to chain mac minis together?

Is there a guide to extending a mac mini by adding several mac minis together to add cpu and memory capacity?
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Stress Testing Your Mac For Optimal Performance?

Stress testing maybe considered a useful way to determine if your Mac is performing at its optimal level of performance & may also be an indicator of faults of any components within your Mac. ...
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kernel_task is using 90% CPU, what could be the cause?

I have a 13" MBP late 2009, 2.53 GHz, 4 GB RAM, and on OS X 10.8.3. As soon as I boot up the fans start going at the highest rpm and like I mentioned the kernel_task is always at around 90% when no ...
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How to diagnose/fix error when booting a G5

I have an Apple G5 and it won boot anymore. When I boot my fan starts to spin like a madman and the screen stays grey. When I try to boot in Safe Mode using Shift-Command-V, I get the error message: ...
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What is causing the high system CPU load under Mountain Lion?

I recently began to see some odd behavior on my MacBook Pro on Mountain Lion. I noticed the fans coming up and applications behaving sluggish. I checked the ActivityMonitor (see below) and the ...
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MBP early '11 kernel_task over 300% when unplugged

Ok, after reading so many topics and not finding a solution maybe I should join the army of people posting topics about a kernel_task problem with a MBP. Which MacBook do I own: MacBook Pro 13", ...
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CPU upgrade on MacBook Pro

I'm thinking about upgrading the CPU in my MacBook Pro from its current 3210M dual core processor to a 3632QM quad core processor. Is there any reason why this wouldn't be a good idea? The socket, ...
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/usr/bin/nice and Handbrake

This is really two questions... If a process is run with nice (/usr/bin/nice in the default OS X Mountain Lion installation) will it run processes in equivalent time compared to that process being run ...