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

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Does the 6502 put FF in the stack pointer register as soon as it gets power for the first time?

I'm reading about the 6502 processor's instruction set from the many links at 6502.org, and one tutorial states: The stack pointer (S) points to a byte on Page 1, that is, to a byte whose address ...
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How to decrease the CPU usage when running Virtual Box?

I am facing an issue with 100% CPU usage under my system when running VirtualBox. Here are some further details: My System Information: CPU 1 name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2310 @ ...
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Choosing Dual or Quad Core [closed]

I was reading the Jeff Atwood post on this topic and was wondering how much of that is still true today. His post is from Sept. 2007. This question stems from another question I asked recently which ...
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After Intel's admission, should Sandy Bridge processors be used?

I'm planning on getting a custom desktop PC assembled. I had planned on an Intel i5-2400 (Sandy bridge) processor in tandem with an Asus p8h67mle motherboard. After Intel's admission of a ...
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I have some kind of 4-core Intel CPU. How to I switch it back to dual core?

I have a laptop with Intel i5 M430 2.27GHz. The CPU has TWO REAL cores but it also has some kind of virtualization so Windows sees it as 4-core. In a REAL dual core CPU, a single threaded program ...
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Can someone clear up the terms Core Duo CPU, Quad Core, Dual CPU, etc.?

I'll be buying a new computer in the next couple months and want to understand the dual/duo/two CPU issue: Core Duo CPU (is this one "duo" CPU or two? Quad Core (four cpus?) Dual CPU (two cpus?) 2 ...
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What is more important for speed: Processor Speed or RAM? [closed]

I am about to buy a desktop, I narrowed it down to two choices, both are virtually identical (even in terms of price) but one has 4 GB of RAM and a 3.7 GHZ CPU the other has 8GB of RAM and a 2.7 GHZ ...
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CPU temp very hot in BIOS but okay in RealTemp/Speedfan

I just built myself a new i7 2600k system with an Intel DP67BA motherboard. Booted into BIOS and was alarmed to find Processor temp reported at 75 C, and steadily rising... sat there while it rose to ...
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What is the difference between CPU and Microprocessor?

What is the difference between CPU and Microprocessor?
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Thinkpad shuts down after 10 minutes of heavy use

Less than two years ago, I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad R500. When using the CPU heavily, it sometimes decides to reboot (with Ubuntu briefly showing "shutdown" message). A Linux widget shows me the CPU ...
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Why is SRAM faster than DRAM?

In modern multi-core processors, the processor caches (L1,L2 and L3) are made up of SRAM with decreasing speeds(L2 caches are higher speed SRAM than L3 caches which is a cost trade-off). The main ...
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How does the CPU write infomation to ram?

My question is, how does the CPU write data to ram? From what I understand, modern CPU's use different levels of cache to speed up ram access. The RAM gets a command for information and then sends a ...
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Suspend process according to CPU temperature in Windows 8

Is there is a software or a way to suspend a process according to the CPU temperature? Sometimes when I render video the CPU temperature increases a lot, so I have to suspend the process in resource ...
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What are the common causes of CPU failure?

What are the most common causes of CPU failure? Are there intermediate states between a perfectly functioning CPU and a dead one?
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What does the MHz of RAM really mean?

Countless of times I've heard and read that RAM-memory can have different speeds - denoted as MHz (e.g. 1066 MHz). However, what this frequency really is has never been explained to me and I'm having ...
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Why is my CPU usage broken in Process Explorer?

On my system (Windows 7), it seems that Process Explorer is reporting the wrong CPU usage: When Firefox is running, I constantly get 30%+ When I kill Firefox, I still get about the same CPU usage ...
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Wild CPU temperature fluctuations during stress test

I have upgraded my laptop CPU and gave it a stress test. The weird thing is that during the test the CPU temperature readings fluctuate wildly in a periodic manner. At idle, the CPU temperature is ~45 ...
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Latency of CPU instructions on x86 and x64 processors

I'm looking for some table or something similar that could help me to calculate efficiency of assembly code. As I know bit shifting takes 1 CPU clock, but I really looking how much takes addition ...
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How do general binaries take advantage from new instructionsets on new CPUs

With every release of a new processor, there are changes to the instructionset the processor supports. For example, Haswell has Advanced Vector Extensions. However, when I run a program on a PC with a ...
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How to have Microsoft Virtual PC use 2 CPUs

I have XP mode running on Windows 7. How can I setup multiple CPU usage (to boost performance)?
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Single Quadcore or Dual Dualcore?

If you have to choose (everything else being equal) between one processor with four cores, and two processors with dual core, what are the points in favour of each solution?
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What is the impact of running the CPU at 100% for long periods at a time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it ok to have 100% CPU usage constantly I recently upgraded computers and with this upgrade I decided to try Seti@Home to run in the background. I was watching the ...
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Setting CPU cores off-limits to all threads not specified (preferably in Windows 7)

I have a really specific machine configuration in the works that would really be helped out if there were any way to do this...basically what I'm looking for is the opposite of setting CPU Affinity ...
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Dropbox causes high CPU usage on Mac OS X 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion)

Dropbox will occasionally use around 100% of the CPU. Why is this happening and how do I fix it? From searching around, it seems like it's not an uncommon problem.
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Why would my CPU suddenly get much hotter than it used to? [closed]

I run an i7-2700K on a DZ68BC, which I've assembled about a year ago. I've used the stock Intel fan without additional thermal compound and it worked flawlessly ever since. I've had the Intel Desktop ...
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The meaning of thermal throttle counters and package power limit notifications in Linux

Whenever I do some performance testing on my Linux-installed MacBook Pro, I often see the following messages in dmesg: Aug 8 09:29:31 infinity kernel: [79791.789404] CPU1: Package power limit ...
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Can I increase the L2 cache memory of my CPU?

I noticed that my laptop seems to have 4x the amount of "L2 cache memory" than my desktop, is that normal? laptop: Intel Core Duo CPU T2450 @ 2.00GHz, L2 cache memory 2 MB, system bus 533 MHz ...
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What determines endianness

I was wondering if endianness only depends on CPU? Does it depends on other hardware, such as memory, secondary storage device? Does it depends on OS? Why in Wikipedia, does it seem to be true? ...
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What affects installation speed?

Super hardware noob here. My wife and I were installing a game on our laptops last night, from an installation file (not a disc). The game takes up about 7.6GB of HD space. My laptop installed the ...
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Mixing CPUs in a multi-CPU system

Mixing types of RAM is not always healthy, but I am curious as to what happens (if anything) when mixing CPU types in a system. Example: 8-Core 2.0Ghz Magny Cours CPU in socket 0 12-Core 2.0Ghz ...
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How can I determine whether my processor is 32-bit or 64-bit?

How can I determine whether my processor is 32-bit or 64-bit? My processor is AMD Phenom 8450 triple-core.
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AMD CPU Equivalents

Could someone clarify the following: Intel Core 2 Core 2 Duo Xeon Xeon Quad Core Core i7 What would the AMD equivalents be? I have no particular reason for asking, I'm just curious.
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Can keeping my CPU speed at “high performance/turbo” all the time decrease its lifespan?

Can keeping my CPU speed at “high performance/turbo” all the time decrease its lifespan? And if so, what would be its expected route of failure if it does happen?
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How to unglue microprocessor from heat sink?

I disassembled a Dell Precision 530 and replaced 5! bad capacitors. I tried to reassemble it but realized that I cannot succeed unless I can remove the microprocessor from the heat sink. The ZIF ...
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Upgrade motherboard and CPU without reinstall

I have a home server running Ubuntu 10.04. I want to replace the motherboard and CPU without reinstalling the OS. I read a long time ago that this would sort of work on Windows XP, but with stability ...
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Can I reduce the CPU speed of my MacBook when on battery?

I've got a MacBook with a Core 2 Duo CPU. I've got CoreDuoTemp installed which can show the current speed of the CPU. It appears to always show: Mini : 1.0 GHz Maxi : 2.0 GHz Current : 2.0 GHz I ...
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How is a byte(s) loaded from a secondary-storage device in to RAM upon bootup, if RAM supposedly already contains bits in capacitors?

This has been on my mind today. If RAM's ICs contain bits stored in capacitors sitting there, how can you pull bits from somewhere and put them where something already is? For example, on bootup, ...
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Intel Pentium D & Intel Core 2 Duo

Are the Intel Pentium D and Intel Core 2 Duo processors the same?
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What is the reason for CPUs being so small?

The more transistors a CPU has the faster it is right? We seem to keep trying to make the transistors smaller and smaller yet the size of the CPU remains the same, a few cm squared. Why isn't the ...
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How to slow down my CPU?

I have Vaio Z-690 laptop, and its processor speed is 2.66 GHz. I don't need too much speed, and I'm OK with 2 GHz or even less. Just for browsing websites it's enough. I want to slow down ...
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What is a processor cache?

I recently downloaded CPU-Z just to check things out, and saw a tab marked Cache on it. It shows what appears to be different memory sizes, and I have seen processors being advertised with an X sized ...
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Quad cores have lower processor speed, are they still better?

So, I am looking at building a new laptop. Two examples of the processors I am looking at are: Intel® Core™ i7-740QM Quad Core 1.73GHz 6MB Intel® Core™ i5-520M Dual Core 2.40GHz 3MB Now I realize ...
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How far do electrons physically move in a single clock cycle in a (theoretical) 4GHz processor?

I was musing last night about computers and processors and this video of a 6-bit digital adding machine, and I know that 4 GHz seems to be the practical limit of mass-produced CPUs of the current era. ...
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Are my CPU temperatures too high?

My CPU temperature revolves around 40 - 50 C while idle and it immediately shoots up to 90 C while starting a game as old as AOE II Conquerors. See below the screenshot which I captured using CPU ID ...
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How does Intel Turbo Boost Technology improve performance on the new Core i5, i7 series of chips?

I'm curious about the new innovations in Intel's Core i5 and i7 series of chips, in particular the Turbo Boost Technology. (Doesn't turbo boost remind you of Knight Rider?) What are the details on ...
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Is disabling graphics driver and falling back to CPU for graphics processing a good solution?

I bought a Sony Vaio VGN-FZ50B notebook in Japan about 5 years ago. About a year ago I updated my operating system to windows 7, but I couldn't find a version of drivers for my graphics card for my ...
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What does the numbers and figures listed on Processors stand for? [closed]

if you look into current Intel processors then you would notice number of things, few are as below. i3, i5 and i7. What does their name stands for. Sandy bridge and Ivy bridge Some figures ...
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Intel data bus of Intel 80486 and above CPUs

Why do Intel 80486 and above CPUs have a double 32-bit internal data bus? ALU is still 32 bits wide, so what is the extra 32-bit bus for?
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Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Settings - what exactly do they do?

Despite the fact that virtually all modern Dell laptops (and probably others) are supposed to have the Intel Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework Driver installed, I couldn't find any end-user ...
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Kernel and User mode distinguishing

Who is responsible for determining that the process is in the Kernel mode or User mode? I know kernel knows which process is belong to what space, but how the CPU determines that? I mean should CPU be ...