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Old Sep 21, 2013, 12:54 AM   #1
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Not all of my CPU is being used! (Lots of idle CPU)

My applications will run at 100% cpu but it says my cpu is at 25% user and 70% idle can anyone give me a solution where it uses more of my idle cpu?

Here's a screenshot of my Activity Monitor: http://gyazo.com/8b8e1f28e321bed4a1c016e81b07be50

Also I've got a 2010 Macbook Pro, 4gb RAM, 2.4 GHz, Intel Core i5.

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Old Sep 21, 2013, 01:37 AM   #2
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The "% CPU" column in the table refers to percent of a single CPU core.

The listing at the bottom refers to TOTAL CPU usage, among all CPU cores. The graphs to the right of that show each core individually.

In your case, you have a quad-core (four cores) CPU. Thus, one CPU at 100% equals 25% of your total.

On my older, dual-core iMac, Minecraft often takes up over 100% CPU, which means it uses one CPU core completely, plus a decent amount of the second core. (In a test just now, I got it to hit 154% for a moment.)
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Old Sep 21, 2013, 04:06 AM   #3
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In your case, you have a quad-core (four cores) CPU.
Or in this case, 2 cores w/ HT.
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Old Sep 22, 2013, 05:19 PM   #4
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The "% CPU" column in the table refers to percent of a single CPU core.

The listing at the bottom refers to TOTAL CPU usage, among all CPU cores. The graphs to the right of that show each core individually.

In your case, you have a quad-core (four cores) CPU. Thus, one CPU at 100% equals 25% of your total.

On my older, dual-core iMac, Minecraft often takes up over 100% CPU, which means it uses one CPU core completely, plus a decent amount of the second core. (In a test just now, I got it to hit 154% for a moment.)
Cheers man I thought I was overworking the cpu's, guess I'm underusing them.
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can anyone give me a solution where it uses more of my idle cpu?.
FYI, you can't make an application "use more CPU" than it needs. An application is sequence of instructions for the CPU. The CPU will execute them as fast as it can.
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