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

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Does CPU temperature affect CPU lifespan?

As long as a CPU's temperature stays below the manufacture-specified maximum, does a CPU's average temperature affect its lifespan? For example, my laptop's maximum CPU temperature as specified by ...
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Laptop performance much slower after blowing out fans

I have an HP G60 Laptop. It's an old laptop that I got around 2010. It has a Pentium dual-core cpu (2.00 GHz), and 3 GB of memory. It was Windows 7 I resurrected this laptop mid-last year after my ...
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What good is onboard processor graphics in a Xeon?

When I put together my FreeNAS box. I bought a CPU without on-chip graphics because I’m not using any display at all. But I was surprised to learn that the motherboard integrated graphics would work ...
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Is it possible to use GPU to boost performance of computer automatically? [duplicate]

As we all know GPU is a sleeping beast. And we are also familiar with Intel's Turbo Boost technology which is really great. But, Intel's Turbo Boost technology works only on CPU by overclocking CPU ...
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Windows 8.1 Periodic lag in all games, e.g: 3-4s @90fps then 4-5s @30fps, cyclic [on hold]

Very periodic, very predictable, always the same, tested with portal 2, monaco, shadow puppeteer, hammerwatch. Same regardless if I set the cpu at various min/max clock rates, always low cpu load ...
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CPU spike when watching video or gaming

I recently built my new pc over christmas and it has run flawlessly since then. But now i am noticing that i get a cpu spike (only lasts less than a second) that will freeze the video im watching or ...
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Computer case is too hot. Is this normal? [on hold]

I just bought a computer. And played few games for hours. With highest options! And warm to hot air comes out from the computer. And only part of the case is 'kind of hot' (warm to hot) The hot ...
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Strange CPU Usage History

My CPU history graph on the task manager is acting strangely. The fan also seems to be "revving". Here is an image of what is happening. This is my laptop and the processor is Intel core i5. ...
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Do I need ECC support on motherboard in order to use ECC RAM? (even without ECC functionality)

I have this board: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2960 I want to buy 16GB ram modules, but I found that ECC fully buffered modules are MORE CHEAP than non-ECC modules ECC: ...
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Intel turbo boost falls back to default 2.4GHz just when it's needed most. How can this be resolved?

Intel Turbo Boost has my laptop running at 3300 MHz most of the time. My power settings are maxed out, so it stays there most of the time while I'm browsing the Internet and stuff, but once I run a ...
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RAM and CPU relationship [on hold]

What is the relationship between the amount of RAM added to a system and the CPU power? Can there be a situation where there is too much RAM which overloads the CPU. How does it all work? For ...
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Is it possible to upgrade my Dell Inspiron 3421 processor? [on hold]

I have Dell Inspiron 3421 Touch laptop. I'm planning to upgrade my PC for performance. (because it is performing poorly with heavy development softwares) I'm planning to buy this i7 processor. Will ...
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How can a computer actually compare two numbers? [closed]

This is a strange question, but I was trying to think deep about the comparing instruction. For example, the "equal" instruction outputs a 0 or 1, depending whether the two inputs are equal or not. ...
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Hi10P support for Intel Bay Trail Z3735F

I want to know if the Intel Bay Trail Z3735F is capable for playing 1080p 10-bit videos, does anyone has experience with this processor?
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How to find the source of a burning smell in my computer?

Recently I find small unpleasant smell (like burning smell) from my desktop computer, not always, but from time to time. I don't know where it is from, but as I turn off the computer and sniff closely ...
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Does Intel QX6700 work asus p5g41-m motherboard? [on hold]

Does Intel QX6700 work Asus p5g41-m motherboard?
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My Brand new cpu hanges [closed]

here is the detail of my pc which I have purchased around 10 days before asus 2gb ddr5 RADEOn R9 270X COOLER MASTER SEIDON 120V PLUS COOLER FAN AMD FX 9590 PROCESSOR CPU CORSAIR VENGEANCE DDR 3 ...
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What is CPU bottlenecks and how does it affect me?

First some facts: I have an MSI GT70 gaming laptop equipped with a GeForce GTX 780M 4GB graphics card. I am considering upgrading to an MSI GT72 equipped with a GTX 980M 8GB graphics card. I play all ...
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High CPU using while dragging with brush tool in photoshop cc [closed]

This problem is happening while i am using my brush tool in photoshop cc. So you will be clear, please see the video i captured on youtube ...
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How to read CPU load with Java on AIX

I checked /proc FS on AIX 6.1 in order to get some values for CPU load but unfortunately I could not find anything useful. Is there any text file in AIX which I can use to get these values similar ...
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why in Linux VM like vmware and XenServer, physical id > the number of cores in /proc/cpuinfo

This was only observed in Linux virtual machines. In /proc/cpuinfo, the physical id could be very large, exceeding the number of cpus. For below example, 4 core systems but the physical id is 13. ...
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Incorrect CPU temp on AMD A10-7850 APU (Kaveri) on Ubuntu Linux 3.16 kernel

My machine has an AMD A10-7850K APU which runs very nicely. I installed Ubuntu 14.04 when it was released, however it launched with the 3.13 kernel which did not have official support for Kaveri ...
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What do CPU speeds mean in modern processors? [duplicate]

In the past (late 90's I guess), a processors clock speed was the speed at which it operated Currently however, a processor scales its speed up and down depending on various factors. Example: I have ...
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x86 live image on a x64 processor

I have a live image of ubuntu, and I will be using it for programming. It came with a book, and the book mentions that it has to be used on a x86 based-processor. I have an AMD64 processor, so my ...
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How do I know if my CPU is bottlenecking my GPU? [closed]

I have a FX-6120 processor, and a 750 ti graphics card. How do I tell if my CPU is bottlenecking my GPU? And more importantly, how can I know what bottlenecks what in the future when I'm shopping for ...
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does IO Port address belong to RAM?

I have been using linux(ubuntu). To communicate with IO devices, IO ports Address are used ex. 0x378 for parallel port. Is IO port address are actual RAM address ? If its not then where it reside ? ...
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Identifying CPU from lscpu command?

Does anyone have a clue what this CPU is? Here is the output from lscpu:
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How can I determine if my Intel CPU does throttle?

I have a Dell M6600 Laptop with an Intel Core-i7 CPU, and it is becoming pretty loud and hot recently, and slows down. I suspect that the CPU gets very hot, and would like to see if the thermal ...
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Can high tempretures damage my laptop CPU or fan? [duplicate]

I just had my laptop serviced. Before it was 80 degrees Celsius when i watched YouTube videos and up to 100 degrees Celsius. In the store they cleaned my CPU fan and it's now maximum 50 degrees ...
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Get max resolution from my i7 2600k

I have an Intel i7 2600k in my z77 Extreme 4 mobo. I know it's "last generation" but I love it ;) it runs smooth and without problems but I have a new need now: I want to put a high res monitor on ...
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Does “Asrock G31M-S R2.0” supports “Core 2 Extreme QX9650” processor or FSB1600 MHz CPUs?

My motherboard is "Asrock G31M-S R2.0" which supports CPU Socket type LGA 775. http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/G31M-S%20R2.0/ If you open an official web page of "Asrock G31M-S R2.0" then you can see ...
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Running a process without triggering CPU frequency scaling

I would like to know if it is possible to not allow a process to trigger my CPU's dynamic frequency scaling feature. I'm running Linux Mint 17.1. My specific case is that I would like to run BOINC in ...
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How many VM's I can create and share CPU cores on 24 core CPU?

I have a server that has 2 (CPU) - 24 cores. Is there a limit how many VM's I can create and assign CPU's? Ex: Is there a limit that, I can only create 6 VM's that have 4 CPUs each? or 12 VM's with 2 ...
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I can't find the reason of High CPU usage (15%-30% when doing nothing)? [on hold]

From a past few days I have high cpu usage issue, even when I am doing nothing task manager shows 15-20% cpu usage and sometime it will go upto 99% usage for a brief period of time. Usually my CPU ...
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Why is Windows 7 rating on my ram less?

I just upgraded my motherboard and ram. My new motherboard is Esonic G41CMBL with Transcend 4GB DDR3 1333 Ram. My processor is Intel Core 2 Quad q9950. My friend's system has the same configuration ...
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Nature of load on a Microsoft Exchange 2013 server [migrated]

I was wondering if someone has experience with the nature of the load that is generated on a Exchange 2013 server. The background of my question is that I'm currently considering options concerning ...
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What factors determine the maximum amount of ram a device can address?

I recently bought a new ultrabook that came with 4GB of ram. I have seen people talk about how it can be upgraded to 8GB with no trouble. However when I look up the CPU that is inside of the machine ...
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Dell 490 BIOS / Win 7 Pro x64 will not recognize second matching Xeon 5160 CPU

Upgraded to Win7 Pro x64 from Home Premium x64 (Anytime Upgrade online), specifically to add second identical physical dual-core Xeon processor. BIOS only shows one CPU in socket 0. Win 7 Pro only ...
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High CPU core usage from System Interrupts [duplicate]

The CPU usage on my AMD Phenom II X4 820 hasn't gone below 25% in days, and I realized that it’s because my 4th core is constantly at 100% load. I have spent quite a while trying to figure out why, ...
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AMD Processor Model Unknown

I just updated my processor on http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394 GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD from a AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor Dual-Core 2.8GHz ...
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Are there benchmarks that measure code execution with various CPUs? Nodejs server building [migrated]

I have experience building PCs with gaming in mind. But where do I start when it comes to building a server (running specifically NodeJS programs)? I know the most significant factor would be the ...
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Are CPU clock ticks strictly periodic?

Is the frequency of a CPU a mean value of about how many clock ticks there are in a second or does it have a more strong, physical stability? In my opinion, it must be not stable nor unstable. So ...
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Reduce CPU consumtion of Avira Antivirus on Windows?

I'm using Avira AntiVirus on an old Windows XP (home edition) PC. Since they launched the new version last year it consumes a lot of CPU. Are there any settings to reduce that consumtion? There are ...
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Machine Reports Incorrect Number of CPU Cores

I have a Windows® machine running an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor E7200 with two cores. Not long ago, the machine reported it as having a CPU with two (2) cores. Now it reports as having a CPU with ...
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How many bytes a 64 bit processor processes?

This is from an interview question - http://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/Yelp-Software-Engineering-Intern-Interview-Questions-EI_IE43314.0,4_KO5,32_IP4.htm "there is not more than one way to answer ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 Overheating

I got pissed off at Windows. I replaced him with Ubuntu 12.04. I downloaded an Ubuntu 12.04(amd64).iso and made it bootable by USB stick. I removed W7 and installed Ubuntu. Though, I was feeling my ...
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Clock speed vs. number of cores for parallelized computer simulation [duplicate]

My question is similar to some "speed vs. cores"-questions that have already been asked on this website. However, I am interested in some very specific and technical points. So I hope that my question ...
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Laptop getting very hot

I have a friends laptop, a Compaq CQ62, that I feel is getting to hot. The average temperature when it is sitting there doing nothing is 75 degrees celsius, and that is with the fan on high speed. ...
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Why is the Core i5 5300u rated better than the i7 5600u?

I just purchased a new x1 Carbon with all the bells and whistles. I got a Core i7-5600u which I really thought would be the better chipset to get. But now I'm looking at some benchmarks and the ...
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What does “Intel Pentium 4” in system requirements mean?

I'm planing to buy a new notebook to do some animation with Adobe Flash CS 6 on it. Adobe claims a Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor is required to run the program. I don't know much about ...