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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How to see which CPU is on the current macine?

I'm looking on the Safe Cflags on the Gentoo Wiki, and I want to figure out how to see which CPU is on a specific machine. On Gentoo I see you can get this with cat /proc/cpuinfo but on Mac I ...
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Figure out which app is using Java

If I check my activity monitor there is an instance of java that is constantly taking 5% CPU or more. I know that there is some app that are using java on my system and therefore my question is: Is ...
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How do I fix enourmous CPU usage & temperature on MacBook Air when trying to install Wine?

I have a 2012 MacBook Air Intel Core i5 8 GB memory (Mountain Lion). I am trying to install Wine through MacPorts, but after about a minute of building Wine, CPU usage rapidly rises into the 90s, and ...
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How can I put heavy load on my CPU for a long period of time?

How can I put my CPU under very high pressure for a long period of time? Are there programs for that that I can keep running ?
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Do MacBooks slow down when not connected to power?

I recently read about a device that reported its "minimum CPU speed" (which was 50MHz; max was 1500MHz) and I wondered if my MacBook Air (and other devices like iPhone/iPad) slows down the CPU when ...
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Complete Specs for Mid-2010 iMac & Early-2011 MacBook Pro?

OK, so here I am. I've searched anywhere I could but definitely couldn't find what I was looking for. I'm thinking of performing some sort of upgrade (e.g. SSD or memory or CPU) and I'm trying to ...
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Why is my Mac's CPU throttled? (Turbo Boost Ratio)

AnandTech has a instructions1 on how you can check the Turbo Ratios for the Mac's CPU. Since they are logged, the information is very easy to find. In Mountain Lion you can do this the following ...
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There is a process called SH using 100% of my CPU

I checked the Activity Monitor and noticed 2 processes called sh that were eating my CPU. What apps are related to these processes and how can I stop them from eating all CPU?
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Why does SystemUIServer cause high CPU usage?

The SystemUIServer process is taking 30% of my CPU. Searching around reveals a Snow Leopard daylight savings bug which is solved by removing the clock from the menubar. I am on Lion and I have tried ...
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Dashboard or iCal hang with 100% CPU usage

Running on Mac OS X 10.7.4, issues list this seem to be riddled in Google searches but nothing like my issue, which persists even when I take all the steps. My story... Brought up Dashboard today ...
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How many cores does a Mid 2012 Macbook Air have?

I checked the specs, and the i5-3427U CPU has 2 cores. But the Activity Monitor shows 4 little charts for the CPU, so it looks like 4 cores. Which is correct? Why does the Activity Monitor have 4 ...
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Does any OS X hardware contain on chip h.264 encoding/decoding?

I know that iOS devices have the h.264 instruction set on chip, which helps to dramatically reduce processing (and thus, power, battery drain, etc.) when watching native video. Has this been added to ...
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How to make MacOS X ignore nice load when scaling CPU frequencies (“ignore_nice_load” on Linux)?

Is it possible to control/configure the CPU frequency governor on MacOS X? I would like it to ignore load/work from "niced" processes and not spin up the CPU frequency? On Linux this can be ...
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MacBook Pro CPU temperature is over 90 degrees while playing video

I have MacBook Pro: 13-inch, Late 2011 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Intel HD Graphics 3000 384MB OS X Lion 10.7.4 When it plays a video, the CPU temperature goes over 90 ...
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Should I be worried about 98°C CPU temperature on MacbookAir?

I'm a developer and often times I need to compile some packages or maybe even run some codes for couple of hours. Recently I have noticed that whenever I use Homebrew to install something, it ...
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com.apple.dock.extra - maxing CPU

I've recently installed Mountain Lion and the com.apple.dock.extra process is suddenly constantly active - and is maxing my CPU usage. Activity monitor is showing usage running from as low as 45% to ...
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What's the difference between real memory and CPU, and what are there effects on the performance of my computer?

In Activity Monitor, there are a couple fields: "PID", "Process Name", "User", "%CPU", "Threads", "Real Mem", and "Kind". I'm not familiar with the inner workings of computers and the related ...
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GPU temperature is above 70 C, and CPU fan is above 2400 rpm

I've had my iMac for two years now. I play a lot of games and watch a lot of HD videos. In the past week, the computer has gotten a lot hotter than usual and it stutters a lot, and I feel like the two ...
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Limit processor speed like in Windows

In Windows (Linux too), you have the very useful "Power saver" mode that limits the maximum frequency at which your CPU runs. Is there something similar in OS X?
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Why does Apple Activity Monitor report that my Mac with a dual-core Intel i5 Ivy Bridge CPU has 4 cores?

I just got a new Apple MacBook Pro 13", mid-2012, which has a dual-core Intel i5 Ivy Bridge CPU. When I run Activity Monitor and turn on the Floating CPU Window, it shows a 4-bar graph (indicating 4 ...
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What are safe CPU temperatures ranges under heavy load in the unibody Macbook Pro?

I noticed that under heavy CPU load, the temperature differences between the CPU and CPU heatsink are very high: picture from iStatPro; 2.0 GHz quad-core i7 (2635QM) Sandy Bridge; Macbook Pro 8.2 ...
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Emulating lower speed CPUs on Mac mini

I would like to ask whether it is possible to develop OS X application (especially for Lion) on a Mac mini, being able to test how the performance would be on a lower speed CPU. For example: ...
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Dock on MBP Retina is using 80% CPU

The Dock on my MBP Retina is constantly using 70 - 80% of CPU. This happens on the two account on the machine, both of which were migrated from my previous Lion MBP. I don't have Parallels ...
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What is the new turbo boost in the MacBook line?

The new MacBook line has a new turbo boost added to the processor: What exactly does this mean? From what I've heard, the processor can runs above the clocked speed for a short period of time. ...
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Why is Mail.app using so much CPU with gmail and Exchange?

My Mail.app is configured for Gmail and Exchange. For some time now the program has been running out of control. It's pretty much constantly burning 100% of CPU (but only 100%). It's got an ...
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Process “ubd” high CPU usage

I noticed my MBP got really slow, which must be strange with SSD and 8GB of RAM. So I opened the Activity Monitor to discover a process called ubd keeps its CPU usage very high, about 120% most of ...
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High Load, but low CPU usage on Unibody Macbook

I have a high system load (> 1.5ish), but a low CPU load (> 80% idle), with the fan running on what sounds like overdrive. The problem is that I can't figure out what is causing the computer to be ...
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Troubleshooting high CPU activity in the WindowServer process

As far as I know WindowServer process is used by all apps to draw windows that we see. And a lot of people are reporting a problem when their WindowServer is using a lot of CPU. Is there any way to ...
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What is the Mac equivalent of Windows' Power Plans' Maximum Processor State?

One of my favorite features in Windows is the built-in Power Plans. I can change how much energy my computer uses - whether I want it to drain power like there's no tomorrow and get incredible ...
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How can I simulate having a slow CPU?

I am almost done coding my webapp-game. It runs on all modern browsers. However, I want to establish some minimum requirements for it. Thus, I need a slow Mac. However, I don't have access to a slow ...
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Make Spotlight indexing use less CPU?

Whenever spotlight begins indexing my files, my computer's fan starts spinning like crazy. Is there any way to essentially tell spotlight that it doesn't need to finish as quickly as possible, and ...
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What is the InterCheck process that occasionally uses 96% CPU on my Mac?

I heard my computer's fan spinning fast, so I checked Activity Monitor and saw that a process called InterCheck was using close to 96% CPU. What is this process and why's it using so much CPU? In the ...