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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kernel_task hundreds of % CPU yet cpu frequency is being lowered

I'm trying to solve the mystery of a crazy high cpu usage on kernel_task. MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7, Yosemite 10.10.2 I saw some advice to download the Intel Power Gadget....
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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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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 com.apple.finder....
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“powerd” process uses a lot of CPU

Oftentimes, after I wake my Mac from sleep, powerd (which is the power management daemon? Which in particular deals with sleeping the Mac and waking it?) uses high CPU, usually around 25% to 50% on my ...
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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 100%...
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Any way to have CPU temperature in the menu bar?

I tried SMC fan control and Temperature Monitor but it does not update the temperature and I do not wish to change the fan speed.
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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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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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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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How does my dual core i5 in my MacBook Pro have more than 400% CPU usage? [duplicate]

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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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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How do I identify which CPU a MacBook uses?

I'd like to identify which CPU this notebook is using, in terms of code names such as "Ivy Bridge" and "Haswell". The little Apple logo in the upper left shows some information, but not this.
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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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Is there a way to show each CPU's load separately?

I'm seeking an equivalent of a common Linux based process monitor, which shows a history graph for each CPU core. This can help identify programs that are effectively using all the cores (here, ...
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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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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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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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MBP early '11 kernel_task over 300% when unplugged [duplicate]

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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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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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 ...