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

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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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Will I perceive speed improvement with more ram?

I have a Toshiba Satellite L855-S5240. The current specs are, Intel® Core™ i5-2450M Processor2.5 GHz, (3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology 2.0), 3MB L3 Cache Mobile Intel® HM76 Express ...
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Building a computer, no output from on board video after power up

My son and I assembled the whole computer including tower, motherboard, cpu + cooler, graphics card, memory, hard disk, monitor, keyboard and mouse. When we power it up, we saw nothing on the screen, ...
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Windows 8.1 x64 installation without PrefetchW Support?

I'm having Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz Processor with 2GB RAM. While trying to install Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit i gave me an error saying that the processor is not compatible with Windows 8.1 Pro ...
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CPU usage is 100% because of svchost.exe windows 7

It has been a while now since my laptop started being very slow and cpu usage is 100% almost all the time. I downloaded process monitor and below is the process details that is taking most of the ...
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Intel Atom D2500, 64-bit mode

I have an Intel Atom D2500 processor which the spec site claims it supports a 64-bit instruction set. However, cpuinfo shows this: # cat /proc/cpuinfo | egrep "(processor|flags|address)" processor ...
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Adaptive per-user CPU quota/priority in Windows 8.1

We have a workstation computer in the office running Win 8.1 where multiple users remotely run cpu-intensive processes at the same time. The problem is that one user can hog the cpu making all ...
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Why is CPU performance calculated in frequencies instead of Mbit/s? [on hold]

Why is CPU performance calculated as a frequency, instead of megabits per second? Frequencies are less common in computer terminology.
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How to undervolt a Core i3 laptop?

Using k10stat, I significantly undervolted all 3 p-states of my Athlon II P320 laptop, yielding a 10-20% longer battery run time. Are there similar tools for Intel's Clarkdale/Arrandale processors? ...
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What does the minimum spec mean in regards to CPU clock speed

Most software provide a minimum and/or recommended spec of hardware in order to the software. Within this list, we're usually informed of a clock speed for the CPU. For example, Visual Studio has, as ...
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Input not supported error in monitor after overclocking the processor

Hi please any help would be appreciated. Here is my PC specs AMD A4-4000, 4GB DDR-3 RAM, windows 8.1+ubuntu 14.04 My trouble started when i tried to overclock my processor by using the gigabyte ...
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Are there solutions that can limit the CPU usage of a process?

I am using an old laptop and doing heavy processing that needs high CPU usage for a long time (~30mins - 2hours). When the process puts heavy load on CPU for a long time, CPU overheats and computer ...
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Speed with multi-cpu motherboard

I'm looking at building a dual-cpu system, but I was wondering if there were any concerns with bottlenecks that I should be aware of since data is going to two different places now. I know that each ...
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CPU freezes during heavy processing : Asus Z97C in Linux Mint 17.1

I got a new rig with Asus Z97C, Intel-i5-4690k, Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, no GPU. I installed Linux Mint 17.1 (based on Ubuntu 14.04.1) on it. Now, when doing something processor ...
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Speccing out CPUs (more than just cores and clock) [duplicate]

This is not a production question, just something that I've been thinking about. When speccing out CPUs I know the general rule is a faster clock speed will make a core run faster and the greater ...
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My CPU claims it is 2.53 GHz but never reaches it. Why?

My CPU claims it is 2.53 GHz but never reaches it. I run CPU burner, and set c state limit to c0. All power savings are disabled and I set multiplier to 20T which is the only allowed turbo multiplier ...
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Why are newer generations of processors faster at the same clock speed?

Why, for example, would a 2.66 GHz dual-core Core i5 be faster than a 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, which is also dual-core? Is this because of newer instructions that can process information in fewer clock ...
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CPU fan turns on for a second and stops, PC does not start at all

I have checked my PSU and it works fine. When I turn on the MOBO, the CPU fan, case fans and the psu fan itself turn on for half a second and then turn off. The PC remains off. The Bios light turns ...
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What factors other than clock speed influence the performance of a CPU? [duplicate]

Having seen various people test powerful emulators on their computers, I have come to surprise hearing about how one CPU can have triple the clock speed but still have worse single-threaded ...
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How much faster can single-threaded performance get with CPUs? [closed]

I keep hearing people say that single-threaded performance will reach a physical limit one day, and from which there's no way it could get faster after a certain point is reached. How far are we ...
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What are the Physical differences between an AM2 and an AM3 CPU?

What are the physical difference/looks between an AM-2 and an AM-3 CPU/Processor. (Are the pins located differently, are they different sizes?)
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Random spikes to 100% CPU lasting several minutes, (intervals, duration, processes) W7 PRO Dell E6400

For the last month or so I'm plagued with often, yet unexplainable spikes to 100% CPU load. Usually then Task Manager shows one or two processes taking 50%+ of CPU (not always the same: svchost, ...
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CPU running at full capacity when boot to DOS?

Does the CPU is run at 100% or near full capacity when the computer is booted into MS-DOS? Will the CPU temperature become higher even though we are not running any program in DOS mode? In Windows, ...
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Can I safely replace a CRT monitor running at (1024x768) with a 21" TFT (1920x1080) HD monitor?

My archaic CRT monitor has a resolution of 1024x768. My GPU is an Intel 82945g chipset, CPU is P4, 1GB RAM running Windows XP. I want to replace the CRT with a TFT which comes with 1366x768 ...
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How to stop System Interrupts from eating up CPU

I have Windows 8.1 Pro N x64 on my Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 and there is a processes in Task Manager that is eating up my CPU. It's called System Interrupts and it takes up 1%-29% of CPU Power ...
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Computer Randomly Powers Off. What's The Cause?

I upgraded my computer a month or two ago now and now every so often, my computer will randomly shutdown (and then restart after about 5 seconds). To clarify, it usually shuts down when coming out of ...
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Toshiba Satellite L755 - CPU and GPU overheating

I'm at a little bit of a loss and wanted to try asking a question here :) I own a Satellite L755, the model which includes Blu ray player, Nvidia 525m, 6GB RAM and a few more bells and whistles. ...
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Can I upgrade the processor in my Toshiba Satellite L455?

I have a Toshiba Satellite L455-S5975 which is about three years old. The processor is currently an Intel Celeron 900. Does anyone know if it is possible to upgrade this to a newer one? I have heard ...
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Laptop shut down randomly when temperature is low

Basic info of my laptop: 3.5-year-old Samsung RF411, Win7, no hardware change since purchase, Windows disk & memory check all OK, passed memtest86+ test. Recently, it randomly shuts down/blue ...
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How to tell if it's either the CPU or the Motherboard that is bad?

I have an Acer 5536 laptop that won't boot. I've already tested the memory modules and the hard drive and both are ok. The problem is that I don't know how to tell which one is the problem: the CPU or ...
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Which of the following instructions can reference a memory location that is #1000 locations from the instruction? [migrated]

I am working on a question from a practice computer organization exam The Problem: Which of the following instructions can reference a memory location that is #1000 locations from the instruction? ...
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High CPU usage of “NT Kernel & System” process while Chrome playing YouTube video

I have a headache from searching for solution of my problem. Everytime when I open Google Chrome and any YouTube video (doesn't matter if Flash or HTML5), system process named "NT Kernel & ...
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TiWorker.exe - Very High CPU Usage

I have a laptop running Windows 8. Although it originally ran well, it started having very bad performance issues. I decided to perform some research into the topic. Opening up Task Manager, I ...
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Wrong architecture or manufacturer - conflicting information [duplicate]

This is what I get from the set processor(Environment variable) command in 64-bit Windows 7: PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE = AMD64 PROCESSOR_IDENTIFIER = Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9, ...
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What is this logic component?

This is from http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~milom/cse240-Fall05/handouts/Ch05.pdf , slide 9. From this diagram, I recognize 0001 as the opcode or ADD. I recognize 011, or 3, as the source register and ...
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Running a virtual machine on a dedicated processor or core

Our base system runs on Linux but unfortunately the UI has to be on Windows. Its a long story. But thats the requirement. So our idea was to run Windows in a virtual machine using VirtualBox or Xen. ...
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Which piece of hardware in my desktop is failing?

Almost 2 years ago I built a custom desktop. This week it seems to be becoming inoperable. It's a dual boot system capable of booting to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. When I sat down at it the other ...
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Why does my laptop's CPU intermittently run REALLY slow?

My laptop's CPU is an Intel P8400, rated for operation at 2.26GHz. However, sometimes it starts running really slow: the computer becomes nigh unusable, and utilities like CPU-Z show clock speeds in ...
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Chrome & Fan Speed

I'm on Windows 7 on my Mac via Bootcamp... I notice that the fan goes from 3000 RPM to 5000-6000 RPM when Chrome is running and most of the time it's doing nothing. The CPU in the task manager for ...
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i5-4960k 3.5GHz running at only 0.8GHz

I recently built a gaming PC (detailed specs listed below), however the CPU seems to be extremely limited. Specs: MSI z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard Intel i5-4960k 3.5GHz CPU MSI GTX 970 Graphics Card 8GB ...
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Flash stream makes my internet slow and cpu rush

When I try to watch a live Flash stream, my CPU usage goes up to 75% and my Internet speed goes down. If I run a test before the video-stream, my speed is ~40/10Mbps and during the stream it drops to ...
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Mac OS X Server 10.6.6 “disables” CPU in VMware Fusion

I installed Mac OS X Server 10.6.0 in VMWare Fusion the other night and it worked perfectly, until I ran Software Update. I upgraded to 10.6.6 through the combo updater, and now when I start the VM it ...
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xfx750i support for intel pentium G3240

I have a XFX750i Motherboard and want to upgrade my CPU to Intel Pentium G3240, or Intel Pentium G3580. So my question is whether my Motherboard will support either of these CPUS??
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Differences between Intel i7 “M” and “U” series

What are differences between 4th-gen i7 M and U processors? I know about: core voltage TDP socket price But is there something more? Some differences like slower cache, reduced instruction set?
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Should I clean and re-apply thermal paste to my CPU every time I remove the heatsink?

Should I clean and re-apply thermal paste to my CPU every time I remove the heatsink? It's a bother to remove and re-apply it, plus I wonder if having fresh paste is worth the risk of handling the ...
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How can manufacturers put the specs of overclocking speeds when the whole point of overclocking is it's not known? [closed]

Some retailers really play up the overclocking capabilities of CPUs. For example, in the advertisement for this Intel Core i7-5820K processor, it says it can be overclocked to 3.6 GHz. How is that ...
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stopping windows from undoing overclock settings

I have managed to overclock my CPU from 2.5 to 3.0 GHz, my BIOS says so at the top. But when I load coretemp after windows boots, it says my CPU is only at the original 2.5GHz. Is this just coretemp ...
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How to reduce Google Chrome's CPU usage?

I have started using Google Chrome (up to date) on Windows 7 (everything up to date) on a clean install I did a few days ago and compared to Firefox I am seeing huge CPU spikes (up to 100% CPU ...
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Does MotherBoard limit RAM?

http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/hewlett-packard-09e0h-mainboard-specifications/ ^^ That page lists the specs of my motherboard. It says that it can support 4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM slots Supports DDR2 ...
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What hardware is needed to support ECC UDIMM / ECC RDIMM

There are 2 types of server RAM's UDIMM unbuffered (or unregistered) ECC (Error correction) RDIMM registered (buffered) ECC memories. The main difference between them is that UDIMM are using CPU's ...