A CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the chip responsible for actually "doing" most the instructions given to a computer.

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Google Play Music lags when CPU usage is high

For some time, I've been testing with Google Play Music All Access. It works perfectly on my phone, but I have a very annoying issue on my laptop. It seems that when I'm just browsing or developing ...
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Can I install an AMD Turion X2 64 RM-70 on a Toshiba Satellite L505D-SP6983R?

The original processor was an AMD Turion X2 64 RM-74 (dead) The board is named V000185220 Rev 1.10 This board accepts S1G2 processors, and should accept the RM-70. But I am not so confident when ...
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Computer is Shutting off Randomly Throughout the Day - Need to Tilt Case to Restart

Throughout the day, my Windows 7 desktop system is shutting down without warning every 2-6 hours or so. The frequency seems to be getting greater, but I'm not yet completely sure of that fact. This is ...
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Which motherboards/CPUs will work with 4+ GPUs? [on hold]

I'd like to build a GPGPU machine with four (or as many as practicable) GPUs. Which motherboard/CPU combinations can support four or more GPUs? Is there some fundamental limitation of 40 PCIe lanes ...
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Socket vs Surface CPU temperature for AMD

I looked through 5-10 different suggested questions here and they all dealt with Intel CPUs, and I happen to have an AMD FX 8100 series 8 core CPU. I have also looked through several google results ...
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i3-2350M at 2.30 GHz vs i7-3517U at 3 GHz [on hold]

I am a video editor and render lots of videos. My current processor is an i3-2350M with 2 cores and 4 threads running at 2.30 GHz. It takes absolutely forever to render videos. I'm looking to get an ...
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What proccessing architecture do I have?

I am trying to install Debian on my desktop computer which uses an "Intel Pentium E2200" : http://ark.intel.com/products/33925/Intel-Pentium-Processor-E2200-1M-Cache-2_20-GHz-800-MHz-FSB I need to ...
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4 cpu Xeon E7-4830 - vs - 2 cpu E5 2697 [closed]

As this page shows: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Xeon-E7-4830-v2-vs-Intel-Xeon-E5-2697-v2 There are difference in performance between these two CPUs. But my question is how can I benchmark 4 CPUs of ...
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Gaming: Intel Core i5 “S” VS Core i5 non “S” CPU. Will I lose performance due to the base clock?

I would like to know if the Core i5 "S" processors are slower for games, mainly for the fact that their base clocks is lower than the non S processors. For example, the Core i5 2300 has a base clock ...
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Multiple Ffmpeg instances choking up the CPU to 100%

I have a task to record timelapse videos from multiple IP-cameras (e.g. camera1.mp4, camera2.mp4, camera#.mp4,etc.). Currently i am running separate ffmpeg.exe instances simultaneously on an MS Azure ...
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Failing CPU, PSU or Motherboard?

So i have a HP desktop and when I press the power button all sounds well (fans, hard drive) but then it turns right back off within 7 seconds. There are No beep Codes, or noises. So I am trying to ...
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How to fetch memory and cpu usage for a process - linux

I wants to fetch all the information about a process ( amount of memory consume, cpu utilization, dump information ) like as displayed in $vmstat I have write down a script but that is not displaying ...
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Constant beeping with new PSU, no video output

So, my friends computer is not producing video output. The monitor works, I've tried the CPU and RAM inside of my computer, so I know they work. On the initial build we forgot standoffs and the ...
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Is isopropyl alcohol 90+% safe for cleaning copper heatsinks and processors?

I'm preparing to replace my laptop's CPU and I'm curious about using isopropyl alcohol on both the copper heatsink and CPU. Will I be better off purchasing some special surface purifier? Also, if I ...
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How do I use linux processor affinity to dedicate 2 cores to user1 and 2 cores to user2?

at first I wanted to dedicate 2 cores(4 threads) to one java PID, and 2 cores(4 threads) to the other. However the volatility of these programs makes me think that they will end up crashing and ...
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Compare Intel Processors - Quad Core vs Dual Core [closed]

I have customized hp notebook and I am a bit confused about processors. I prefer quad core since I will have lots of things running simultaneously, web browser, visual studio, ms-sql... But Dual ...
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What direction should the heatsink fan face?

My current setup looks like the following: Rear fan <----- Heatsink Fan <----- Heatsink Case: Arc Midi R2 Heatsink: Scythe Ashura with stock fan I've placed the Fan so it sucks the air out ...
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I7-3630QM Processor clock ratings

I'm researching a laptop for college, and have a loose set of system specs. I found a laptop that meets most of the requirements with little or no modifications, except the processor isn't what I'm ...
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CPU speed scaling between clock speed, generations

So, how does CPU speed work? Is 1GHz 1000x as fast as 1MHz? If not, how does it scale? Is the i5 different from the i7 or the i3 in a substantial way...what ways?
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MemTest86+ bad adresses constant despite swapping sticks, processor/MOBO to blame?

(Sorry for the wall of text, but people seem equally critical of missing details) After about 2 years without trouble, I've been having issues recently with system instability, BSODs, random ...
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Laptop cooling slacking off

Recently i've ran into the problem that my laptop had collected too much dust inside and starts overheating in difficult tasks (i.e. games), this happens every half a year or so, as always i opened ...
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Will overclocking my chipset increase the performance of integrated graphics?

My AMD Radeon HD 5830 recently broke (overheated because the fan stopped working), and I am currently attempting to run games on integrated graphics, on my chipset. Many games are responding slowly, ...
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x86 i386 i686 amd64 i5 i7 archtecture processor confusion

I noticed those items x86, i386, i686, amd64, i5, i7, archtecture, processor from the web, from my own notebook, from book readings. But I am really confused by those terminologies. I try my best ...
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mITX Intel dh77df MB and i3 3556 setup not booting, fan comes on for 2 secs

So I was installing a new SSD into the machine. Worked fine then I booted again and it just stopped. ( I did see the mb spark up a little when i booted it ) I got a constant beep (manual says thermal ...
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How much memory is being used on the gpu by each PID?

How do I know how much memory on the GPU is being used by each process, CUDA compiled code using 1 processor, accessing 1 of 2 M2090 Tesla cards available on a 16 core node on an HPC? ...
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CPU usage 99% constantly

My computer is running windows 8, and suddenly started running slowly. When I open the task manager, it tells me that the CPU is using 99% - sometimes the disk usages jumps up as well. The strange ...
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Where can I look up the yet highest used cpu speed on my computer?

Is there a log where I can look up the yet highest performed speed of my cpu on windows 8.1? For example if I wanted to know if the cpu was overclocked at some point.
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How to detect a bottleneck in the system?

I run a Mathematica code which takes one hour to be finished. During this one hour the CPU never reaches the 100%. It reaches to 50% or around that. The CPU is Xeon e5-1650. Could it be that there is ...
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Slow Harddrive is Dragging the System

I have an HP Pro 3000 SFF running Window 8.1 Update 1 & Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. It uses an Intel G45s Chipset, a Hitachi HDS721050CLA362 500 GB harddrive, an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor, and has 4 ...
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Is it possible for a computer to be too cold?

My computer runs about 25-27 °C, which is okay during Winter, because I keep the house at about 20 °C. I am a bit concerned that it might be too cold during the summer months and that condensation may ...
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Are there two seperated schedulers in major operating systems, one for processes and one for their threads?

Let's assume a process is given the CPU on a single-core CPU system by the scheduler and let's assume this process has 10 threads. Who decides which of the ten threads gets the CPU? In other words, ...
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Is it possible to replace the CPU on my Asus X200MA?

Ok so I have an Asus X200MA and I was wondering if it is capable of getting it's CPU replaced or if it's current CPU is permanent
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In Virtualbox, is it possible to change the emulated CPU name?

I have a Virtualbox VM running Windows 7. When I open Start -> Right click "Computer" -> Properties, I get the real CPU name and plausible CPU speed (not sure if it's exactly the same). Now I want ...
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Best practices for thermal paste for CPUs during maintenance

I built my PC my self with a Core i3 4130 recently. It turned out that I forgotten to apply thermal paste after a time so I "unbuilt" it and removed the CPU fan. There was a big round thing on my CPU. ...
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Why do I get better performance on VMWare when I enable all cpus along with adding cpulimit?

I'm curious but at the same time also would like to share my findings of the increased gaming performance in VMWare by enabling all virtual cpus and limiting the VMWare process with cpulimit ...
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Which CPU is expected to have a better battery life?

I'm considering the following two cpu models for my next laptop: Intel® Core™ i7-4700mq, i7-4500U processors I understand that the 4700 mq will give me much more computing power, and that the 4500u ...
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Replacing processor on a motherboard. Any restrictions? [closed]

When I replace the processor module to a compatable one with a motherboard, are there any restrictions that I should follow? I will clean install the os and don't need any of the data I have ...
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What is the difference between Pentium(number) and just Pentium?

I noticed some older CPUs are branded as Pentium(n) (Pentium followed by a number), but there's some relatively new computers on shelves that just say Pentium with no number. Are those processors ...
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Segmentation fault while installing any linux distro (or windows)

I'm need of a little help from you. I'm having troubles while installing any distribution of Linux (or even Windows) in a computer .. I never had troubles installing an operating system in this ...
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Is there a way to identify the busy (CPU-consuming) tab in Firefox?

Sometimes there's a nasty, guilty, CPU-hogging tab in Firefox that's maxing one of my CPU cores and making the whole browser sluggish. I'd like to find it and close it. Sometimes I get lucky, but ...
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HP EliteBook 8470p running extremely hot

(tl;dr; see my bold text) I've been using this HP EliteBook 8470p for well over a year - it has an I7 proc with 8gb of RAM and before ever turning it on, I swapped out the HD with a 512gb SSD. I was ...
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Can a hot PCI adapter slow down the computer?

Using the "watch sensors" command in Fedora, I see that while the temperature of the CPU's are normal (70 degrees at most), the PCI easily exceeds 90 degrees (celcius, of course.) Once the PCI gets ...
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Both cores run constantly at 100%

I run a dualboot Fedora/Windows 7 computer. It will work fine for the first ten minutes or so after booting, after which it is rendered completely useless and slow. CoreTemp gives that both cores ...
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Diagnosing Motherboard/CPU/ (most likely) GPU

OK, so I am trying to salvage my Mum's old PC for which she had bought a new power supply. After that it worked for a long time. After that time, it wouldn't boot (fans would come on very loud, power ...
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Difference between different hardware of computer of recent times [closed]

While searching for good desktop for software development I came across many configuration.I become confuse over different thing as I don't have detail knowledge of Hardware. Difference between Core ...
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CPU Clock, Hirens BootCD, Windows XP

I have an older laptop I am thinking of multiple uses for it. The laptop ran windows xp terribly slow so I did a fresh install of windows xp and it still runs terribly slow(yes i installed the correct ...
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How are CPUs so freakin fast

I am going through a book on C and it said "Write a program that counts from 1 to 300 million, printing the number only if it is a multiple of 100 million. Use a stopwatch for fun to time the ...
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RAM and CPU compared to mobo clock [closed]

I have a general question concerning RAM and CPU speeds compared to a motherboard speed. Motherboards have e.g. 100-133MHz clock. CPUs have some frequency multipliers and memories I suppose have some ...
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i7 (first-gen) running memory on 1066Mhz vs 1600Mhz - any performance loss?

I tried to read about this, like what is the actual difference, but I could not find any benchmarks or helpful posts. Most of them are simple placebo effects, like "oh my god the 1600mhz module made ...
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motor-like whine from CPU area

I have an odd sound coming from the area of my CPU. If i was to describe the sound I would say it sounds something between like a air filtration system for a fish tank when it has no water to pump ...