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

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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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How does Motherboard and CPU affect RAM choice?

I am seeking advice on which memory to use with my motherboard and CPU. Below are my components and some relevant information extracted from their official websites. NOTE: Although this is a very ...
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Is a higher core count or higher clock speed more beneficial to a computer's performance? [closed]

With lowering silicon costs and rising consumer needs, manufacturers seem to be pushing one of two things: clock speed and/or core count. With the way things are going, it doesn't seem that clock ...
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Hyper-Threading and Dual-Core, What's the Difference?

In a conversation with the network administator, I mentioned that my machine was a dual-core. He told me it was not. I brought up the task manager, went to the perfomance tab, and showed him that ...
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CPU Cores: The more the better?

I currently have a dual-core processor at work and a quad-core at home. I've noticed both PCs are pretty equal as far as launching applications/surfing the web. The difference I can see is that my ...
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Can a 32 bit OS run in a 64 bit processor?

What's the difference between 32 bit OS and 64 bit OS? Can a 32 bit OS run in a 64 bit processor?
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How to tell if a computer has a 64-bit CPU or OS

How you can check if your computer Has an x86 (32-bit) or x86-64 (64-bit) processor? Is running a 32 bit or 64 bit operating system?
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Is the performance of a CPU affected as it ages? [closed]

This is a hypothetical question about how a CPU operates. If I purchase two identical CPUs, and use one long term (say one year), will it be identical in speed to the unused CPU? Will the number of ...
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What are threads, and what do they do in the processor?

I was looking at the stats for the Intel Pentium e5700 CPU. It has two cores and two threads. What do the threads do for the processor? Is there any relation between the number of cores and the ...
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What is the difference between an Intel i7 and a Xeon quad core processor?

I know the Xeon processors have been around for a long time and are mostly used in servers, but I am curious, why do people not use the Xeons in a high performance desktop? As far as I know about ...
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Any way to tell apart a CPU defect from a mainboard defect?

I have a fairly modern desktop computer, an AMD Athlon II X2 based silent PC, that does not work. When turned on, it will start physically (all fans are rotating, disks start up...) but not give a ...
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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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How much memory can a 64bit machine address at a time?

If the memory is byte addressable, shouldn't it be 2^64 / (2^10 * 2^10 * 2^10) = 2^34 GB ? A general Google search says 8GB or 16GB max. How is that true? Also, how does it depend on the Operating ...
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What is hyper-threading and how does it work?

I've heard the term hyper-threading thrown around a bit recently, what exactly is hyper-threading and why is it important?
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What's the proper way to remove thermal paste from a CPU?

I'm replacing the heatsink on my CPU, and want to clear the current thermal paste. What should I do?
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How does windows “limit” the CPU (Power Options / Battery saving)

Can anyone explain how Windows effectively limits the CPU? Last time I tried some tricks to let my laptop not overheat, so I tried limiting the CPU to 70%. As for my suprise it stopped my laptop ...
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Can I upgrade my laptop CPU

I have Lenovo Ideapad Y510 with dual core 1.6 Ghz processor, 1GB ram, 160GB HDD. I want to upgrade my current cpu with any latest one like i3, i5 or i7 to get more speed but don't know if it is ...
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Can 64-bit software run on 32-bit OS?

I have a 64-bit machine that has Windows 7 32-bit and Ubuntu 32-bit installed as a dual boot setup. Can I run 64-bit software on top of these 32-bit OSes, or are they a "bottleneck" limiting the true ...
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Can a virus melt the CPU?

I was just wondering if a virus could melt a CPU by altering te voltage in the bios. :) (and no, I'm not planning on making that kind of a virus...)
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Is it OK to use toothpaste instead of thermal paste when fitting a CPU?

I was told many years ago to do this by someone who at the time knew more than I did. The CPU was a celeron in the Pentium 2 era. It ran cooler with the toothpaste between the chip and the heatsink ...
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Difference Between Cores and Processors

I am confused by the difference between "Cores" and "Processors". A lot of the computers are 2-cores, 4-cores. Does this mean that they have one processor with 2 or 4 cores on that single processor? ...
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Any way to disable specific CPU idle (Cx) states?

I just got a new Toshiba Tecra S11 notebook, which has a Core i5 520M CPU, and it appears to suffer from a well-known problem: a high pitched noise when the CPU is idle. Googling around revealed that ...
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CPU usage shoots to ~50% and stays there until suspended

This is the Windows Vista problem, seen, I think, mostly on dual processor laptops, where % CPU suddenly shoots to about 45% and stays there. Once this has happened, % CPU will never return to normal ...
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If 32-bit machines can only handle numbers up to 2^32, why can I write 1000000000000 (trillion) without my machine crashing?

32 bit computers can only store signed integers up to 232 - 1. This is why we have run out of ipv4 addresses and have entered the 64 bit era. However, the number 232 - 1 (2,147,483,647) is not as ...
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Why are we still using CPUs instead of GPUs?

It seems to me that these days lots of calculations are done on the GPU. Obviously graphics are done there, but using CUDA and the like, AI, hashing algorithms (think bitcoins) and others are also ...
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How does a CPU 'know' what commands and instructions actually mean?

How does a processor 'know' what the different commands mean? I'm thinking of assembly level commands like MOV, PUSH, CALL, etc...
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CPU Temperature sensor wrong?

Everest Ultimate is suddenly telling me that the CPU temperature (and core temps) for my E6850 Core 2 Duo is 72 degrees Celsius. When I stress-test the machine, the temp goes up to 91 degrees and the ...
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Why does my Intel i7-920 display 8 cores instead of 4 cores?

When I go to the task manager I see 8 processors but I know that I have 4. Why?
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How to share CPU or RAM?

In networking we share File(Disk Driver) or Databases. But how can we share CPU or RAM over the network.
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Setting a default CPU Frequency in Ubuntu?

How do I get Ubuntu to select a default cpufreq on boot? These are the frequencies my CPU has available: $ cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_available_frequencies 2300000 2200000 ...
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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 CPU ...
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What is the safe temperature range for a Core-i5 processor?

I have an HP laptop with with a Core-i5 450m processor and an ATI Radeon 5650 1GB graphics card. When I played crysis warhead on my system its temprature went up to 82° c. Is it safe to play games up ...
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Lightweight CPU usage monitor? [closed]

I'm looking for a lightweight CPU usage monitor, something that can sit in a corner of my screen telling me how much of my CPU is getting used. Anyone know of one?
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Upgrading laptop processor

I have a Dell Studio 17. It's a few years old, and I wanted to upgrade the processor. It currently has an Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 @ 2.00GHz My question is how can I find out which processors are ...
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How can I monitor the CPU temperature under linux?

How do I monitor and display the CPU temperature using Linux?
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How can I check the temperature of my CPU in Windows?

Does Windows provide a means to check my CPU temperature natively? If not, are there any software tools which can reveal this information?
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x86 vs x64 - Why is 32-bit called x86? [closed]

Presumably the x86 was called so because the machines used 80386 and 80486 processors. Is that correct? Is that the right way to refer to 32-bit and 64-bit machines?
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Has CPU speed already broken Moore's law?

I remember sometime around 1995 having a computer with CPU speed of 75 MHz. Then a couple of years later around 1997 having one that was 211 MHz. Then a few years later around 2000 having one that ...
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Is it dangerous to run a CPU in an extremely cold environment?

We are in a fish processing unit where the temperature is constantly at -10°C (+13F). If we use a machine in here, will it be at risk of damage from the cold? Is there any considerations we need to ...
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Why is my dual-core CPU recognized as a quad-core one?

My processor is an Intel Core i3-380m. As you can see, it's 2 cores and 4 threads. Although, both Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7 seem to think it's a quad-core CPU: Why is this? Is it because there ...
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What happens if I use RAM of a faster speed than the CPU supports?

Looking at the Intel E3-1230v2 CPU, under Memory types it says "DDR3-1333/1600". My question is, in what way does the CPU limit the RAM speed? What would happen if I put in a DDR3-2133 RAM chip ...
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Does the Intel i7 offer real improvement over its predecessors? [closed]

As the questions title asks, do the new processors from Intel offer real, as in noticeable, improvement over the previous quad core ones? What does the i7 actually offer that is new or is it simply a ...
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The difference between GPU and CPU

I know what a CPU is(I think). It's the thing who's speed is measured in GigaHertz(these days). However, you hear a lot about a GPU, and letting the GPU take over, not letting the CPU but the GPU do ...
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What's the main difference between Intel processor generations?

What are the main differences between each processor generation of Intel processors/chipsets? Is there a performance difference? I've already seen processors from first to sixth generation, however I ...
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Does anyone know the temperature ranges one can expect on a core2 duo

Some background. I'm having problems with my computer suddenly shutting down and then refusing to start unless I wait awhile. So I'm assuming it's a temperature problem. I installed SpedFan and it ...
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CPU overheating, the fan won't speed up, but it's not the fan

I have 2 identical PCs, with the only difference being the GPU. One of the CPUs is overheating without the fan going up in speed, but if I gently press the fan manually, it speeds up as it seems to ...
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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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What steps do you take when overclocking?

When overclocking your system? what steps do you take to get a maximum but stable overclock out of your system? I've personally just slammed up the FSB speed until my system can't run Prime95 for a ...
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Can I remove and put back the heatsink of my processor without reapplying thermal paste

If I remove the heatsink from my processor temporarily, then later put it back without changing the heatsink or CPU, do I need to reapply thermal paste?
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Core i3 and core i5 processors. What is the difference? What do I choose?

I'm in a dilemma to choose between Intel Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs. I'll be using Adobe CS5 applications along with some other multimedia tools and will be playing games with high end graphics. Will I ...