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

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Choosing PC components for high performance calculations [closed]

What is the best practice to choose the components of the PC targeted at some "heavy" calculations? In particular, one might expect some compilers to be optimized for some CPUs better than anothers; ...
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The motherboard “GA-945GM-S2” is compatible with processor “Dual Core E2200”? [on hold]

I have a Intel® Pentium® Processor E2200 processor. I have discovered that my motherboard is faulty. I found the GA-945GM-S2, but I do not know if it supports my processor. I need to know if it is ...
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Cores and threads - Performance

I wonder if a 4 core/8 thread cpu will perform better than a 4 core/4 thread cpu. If the answer is yes; How much better will a 4/8 perform? EDIT: What if its for running 4 single threaded apps? And ...
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Video Games all run 60fps and above but randomly drop 20fps

So when I play video games on my PC, they all run at 60fps or higher but randomly throughout all my games it will drop to 25fps and lower. I know it can't be the game because it happens in all my ...
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Can RAM with significantly lowered temperature still be accessed normally?

If I significantly lower the temperature of RAM using those dust cleaners (I'm following the method outlined in this paper: ...
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Switching between integrated and discrete graphics on alienware 14?

I recently received a new alienware 14 in the mail and was having some issues switching between integrated and discrete graphics. When I used the inbuilt benchmark tests in Just Cause 2 i pulled in a ...
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How is the burned BIOS/firmware code executed from the CPU? [closed]

Let's use simple Intel and "generic PC" memory-mapping/engineered boards to get the gist of this. BIOS/firmware is hardwired to a certain address; an address from which is immediately ...
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How to control cpu speed through windows?

Linux has some awesome apps, one of them is the app which allows you to control speed (mHz) at which your cpu is able to operate. Is there something similar for windows 8.1?
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PC randomly freezes with weird patterns / artifacts on screen

I just got a new PC (which I assembled myself) having a Core i5 4670K and a Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 motherboard. I use the Intel HD graphic 4600 as the GPU. I am experiencing weird PC freezes which ...
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How to correlate CPU benchmarks to overall computer performance? [closed]

I am in the market for a new PC, and I know I can look up the CPU model name to see which one performs better in a benchmark test. However, how do I translate this into PC performance? What sort of ...
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Process tree CPU history usage, process tree memory usage (aggregated) on Windows 8.1

This question is general for Windows OS, but I would like to see a software for Windows 8.1, since this is what I use. I'm looking for software, that will take a process tree (e.g. Chrome.exe ...
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Processor wrong using Memtest86

I am running MemTest86 4.2 on a Mac Pro that has ubuntu installed on it. The /proc/cpuinfo file tells me it has two Intel Xeon X5550 installed as I expected. MemTest86 has Intel Core i7 2660Mhz in the ...
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Picking the right ram [duplicate]

I informed myself of picking the right ram, but there are still questions. I am currently running a AMD Phenom II x4 965 (Black Edition) on an ASUS M4A87TD EVO. I'm planning to switch my core as soon ...
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CPU is busy after installation of Geforce graphic driver 340.52 (NvNetworkService.exe= 12 % of cpu)

CPU is busy after installation of nvidia Geforce graphic driver 340.52 (NvNetworkService.exe= 12 % of cpu) Any body knows why? I have Dell XPS L502x laptop. This problem occurred just after ...
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Clock vs Cache in Gaming

I'm curious, I have two processors laying around that I won't name due to the rules of this site, however, one of them is Quad-Core, with a 12MB L2 cache and a clock speed of 2.67GHz. The other is ...
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Want to buy Asus H81M-PLUS motherboard and i3-4150 CPU; how to make sure it'll work?

I want to buy an ASUS H81M-PLUS mainboard and an Intel i3-4150. The CPU is an Haswell Refresh CPU, but the mainboard needs a newer BIOS version to support the CPU. I expect it won't be shipped with ...
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Best factor for determining the bettering of CPU [duplicate]

First of all, if my English is not good please pardon me. Now the problem; when comparing many CPUs with each other, which factor is the best one? For example, there are many various types, like, ...
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CPU power more than motherboard support wattage

I have a hardware question. I'm trying to build a shuttle computer . The power specs on page 4 says it can handle only max 65 watt processor. Every processor I'm looking at is over that wattage. ...
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Computer doesn't start after installing new Corsair DDR2 RAM

I have a new memory stick (CORSAIR 2 GB of RAM) and I have an older set of 2 sticks of RAM that are 512MB and 256 MB. (I bought it 1GB actually but the Computer tells that it has 256MB of RAM only). ...
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DELL Inspiron lapton has CPU failure. What can I do?

My DELL Inspiron isn't starting at all. When I power on it beeps 7 times and I know this means CPU failure. What can cause CPU failure? Is necessary to buy another CPU? Can CPU failure cause high ...
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Laptop “thinks” it's overheating, shuts down itself

Short version: When I turn on the laptop fans go full speed even though the the laptop is ice cold. After about 20 seconds it shuts down itself which I guess it's "thinking" CPU is overheating. Long ...
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crond regularly maxes out CPU

I'm running Arch Linux ARM and I've having a few issues with crond. I have a conky that displays the top 5 processes (in terms of CPU usage) and every few minutes, crond will appear at the top of the ...
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Does intel heat sink have film over compound?

I just installed my new cpu and heat sink but did not check the bottom of the cooler to see if there was a film covering the thermal compound. Does anyone know if there is any?
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Computer not booting properly

I just recently bought new computer parts for my little brother (specs below). So he could play some games. however, the computer doesn't want to boot properly. It does boot, where all the fans spins ...
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Using Windows Server 2012 like a regular operating system

I am in the process of designing a custom computer for work. I've been leaning towards building a system with 4 physical processors in it, However no windows versions except for the server releases ...
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How to change ffmpeg -threads settings

Working on a tube site. I'm running videos through ffmpeg on a linux dedicated server to convert to mp4. The server specs: Architecture: x86_64 CPU op-mode(s): 32-bit, 64-bit Byte ...
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Does 2 Single core = 1 Dual Core?

Recently I attempted to suggest to a group that we should have our hardware upgraded on one of our rendering servers. The server has 2 single core CPUs, and I suggested that we really should have more ...
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Iostat and top show static resource usage on first value

For one of my projects, I need to obtain resource (CPU, I/O and disk-space) usage programatically. Currently I'm running shell commands (iostat) and parsing the results which works relatively well ...
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Haswell 4770k 1866 or 1600 ram difference?

Hi all i am getting this proccessor and am still not decided on the ram. I was told haswell works best with 1600 and that all 1866 is 1333mhz overcloked to 1866 so its best to get the 1600? I will ...
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Windows task scheduler - CPU temperature trigger

Is possible to run a task on the Windows task scheduler when the cpu reaches a certain temperature? If it's not possible what are the alternatives?
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CPU keeps reporting overheating after reinstalling fan

I'm going to try and make this concise: I remove the side plate of my father's computer, who reported it to spontaneously turn itself off after minutes of work (or sooner) and see the CPU heatsink ...
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VirtualBox uses too much CPU on Windows 7

I was reading about http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/22630/is-google-chrome-killing-my-laptop-battery and stumbled across the ClockRes App If I run this code: @echo off :AGAIN call ...
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laptop motherboard processor upgrade

i have a Toshiba satellite pro LAPTOP with 80 GB hod 512 MB ram and 1.8 GHz celeron processor and manufactured in 2007. i was wondering is it possible to upgrade the processor along with the ...
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Reinstalling a stock Intel LGA775 heatsink

Just bought a new ASUS P5E motherboard from eBay to upgrade my 10 year old PC. It came with RAM and CPU already installed as it was taken straight out of a working system. The only problem is the ...
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“Computer guy” upgraded my processor, now screen had flickering color lines

After paying to have my 3.4 single core cpu upgraded to a pentium D 945. Computer is dell Optiplex gx620 and OS is windows XP. Has 4gb ram and the graphics card is geforce gt 430. I know it's not the ...
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How to determine if it's a motherboard or CPU issue? [closed]

Note that I read the main suggested question and my situation is different, so that's why I'm asking again. I'll explain everything in detail (this will be a little long, but I'll make it as short ...
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How to enable lower CPU idle frequencies

Working with a a10-7850K, it just kicks off heat. In order to reduce power use and fan noise, how would I go about configuring a lower idle for the CPU? I know the host OS has a role in configuring ...
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The more I use my computer the less it lasts?

I would like to know your opition about the relation between the following 2 variables and 2 outcome measures. The variables are: Time a computer/laptop is on, carrying normal tasks/processes (word ...
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Can I overclock my Intel I7 CPU? [duplicate]

My notebook specs: HP DV6-6177EE Core I7 2630QM HD 6770M swicthable graphics 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz Can do I overclock that Intel CPU? What software to use? I've searched but no results. It's actually ...
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Desktop remains on, display quits working, loud “skipping” noise follows

For the past 2-3 days, strange things have been going on with my desktop and its interaction with the monitor. While playing a game, my monitor went black as if my computer had been shut off. However, ...
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Why are videos rendered by the cpu instead of the gpu?

Well I know this might sound like a pretty stupid question, but I couldn't find an answer using google, so yeah ... So, I know there are techniques like OpenCL and CUDA, but why is, by default, the ...
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PC not consistantly working after upgrading CPU

I have a PC with Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard, E6700 CPU (Core 2 duo) and 8 GB of ram (ddr2 800) I wanted to upgrade my CPU, and so I went to the motherboard's website: ...
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Desktop is restarting when CPU load more than 60%

My desktop is restarting frequently when CPU load is 60% or more for few seconds. i cleaned CPU fan dusts but still it is happening. so what could be the problem?
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Windows 7 suddenly high CPU increase

I'm having problem with my Windows 7 and it is driving me crazy. In the past few days I get suddenly CPU increase. When I checked CPU usage by processes it looks like every open chrome tab has 5-15 %, ...
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What is this chip on my motherboard?

I have a question that is really driving me crazy! I have a dell xps M1210 laptop. The other day I opened it to apply thermal paste. There are 2 chips connected to the heatsink, one raised, and one ...
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Show all running tasks in Assembly

Is it possible to show/log everything what the CPU does? The CPU knows what it executes, so it could print the running threads/tasks on the screen or in a file.
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What is the meaning of CPU core?

My system processor is Intel Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz. My processor speed is 2.6 GHz as mentioned in process name. The processor name tells this is dual core. My doubt is: ...
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Why does my computer run slow if it is not using most of its CPU or RAM? [closed]

I have two machines - a relatively cheap laptop and a high end desktop. My laptop sometimes runs slowly doing various tasks that would be quick on my desktop. My first guess is that I'm using most of ...
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Loud Noisy (CPU Watercooler?) Fans

I have an issue with my computer lately, I built my computer 3 months ago and I assume my CPU watercooler fan is getting louder. I have a Corsair H100i Watercooler, Intel Core i5-3570k CPU, ASRock Z77 ...
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Does my Memory (RAM) socket type need to match my CPU (RAM) socket type?

I am currently trying to build a PC and Have found the hard drive that I want, but now as I look into the memory ((DDR3)) none of the memory I want matches the CPU memory slot type of 1150; all of ...