Something's causing my Mac to bottleneck on startup and on wake. I'm curious if I can isolate this by leaving a monitor program running so I can see what's eating up the CPU.
How can I check CPU usage like Task Manager on Windows allows?
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The OS X equivalent of Windows Task Manager is Activity Monitor, located in /Applications/Utilities/, or type Activity Monitor in Spotlight.
See Activity Monitor's internal Help: Activity Monitor > Help > Activity Monitor Help
For more information see Apple's Support Document: Use Activity Monitor on your Mac
Also, as mentioned by klanomath, for more specialized scenarios there is Instruments in Xcode. (Xcode > Developer Tools > Instruments)
Help for the Command Line version of Instruments, in a Terminal type:
Or see Apple's Instruments User Guide.