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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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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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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kernal_task super high yosemite, cpu frequency super low

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 ...
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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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Application eating ~840,000,000% of my CPU

I noticed that sometime some application are using some impossibly high amount of my CPU according to the Activity Monitor, as the screenshots below illustrate. How comes Activity Monitor displays ...
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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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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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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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Ejecting SD card takes a long time and CPU usage goes up

I'm on Mavericks and after I eject most SD cards, it takes a minute or two and process UASysAgent is taking 80% of the CPU... quite annoying, does anyone else experience this? Something that can be ...
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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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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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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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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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launchd using 100% CPU for 20 seconds once per minute

I'm trying to track down a problem with launchd on OS X 10.9.5. Once every minute, launchd spikes to 100% cpu for about 20 second or so, then goes back to minimal cpu usage. So thats ~20 seconds at ...
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How to find Intel SKU for Mac CPUs

Seems like everywhere you can go to purchase a laptop they specify the Intel SKU for each CPU option - except Apple. If you have a Mac, you can apparently find this info using the following command: ...
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VTDecoderXPCService taking CPU

Sometimes I notice CPU load for no reason and I see in Activity Monitor that VTDecoderXPCService is using 15-30% of CPU. After I restart Safari it is ok for some time until it happens again. Any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Skype is using 60% to 80% CPU

I have a Mid-2014 15" MacBook Pro with an Nvidia graphics card. Skype uses around 60% - 80% CPU on my computer when I make a call (doesn't matter if it is video or voice call). I tried doing SMC and ...
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macbook air mid 13 overheating

My set up is macbook air mid 13 with i7 processor and 8GB of ram running OS X Yosemite. Which is plenty for my use, at least it has been. I usually have no more than 3 apps running as notes, reminders ...
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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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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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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 ...