How to make my Macbook Work Harder!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Ahheck01, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys, I have a 2.0Ghz Macbook (aluminum, 2gb RAM, 140gb HD). I notice there are a lot of apps that I use that are CPU-intensive that, even when it's plugged in, will only use 25% of the CPU's capacity.

    When I'm not using any other program, and it's only using 25%, wouldn't that program run 4 times faster if it would just use 100%? It seems pointless to have it sit there 75% idle while I wait that much longer for a function to finish?

    Is there a way to allow certain programs to use more power so they run faster?

    Thanks guys,

    -Evan
     
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    Hellhammer

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    Check that app's preferences if there's a setting that can limit the CPU usage. Check also your energy saving settings and make sure you're using best performance setting
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So those settings are within the app? I opened up Energy Saver in preferences (running 10.6.1) and there was nothing performance related - only when hard disks and screen dim or turn off. Am I missing something?

    -Evan
     
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    clyde2801

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't that only apply to power pc macs? I think they did away with that setting in the intels.
     
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    Hellhammer

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    I don't know.. I only have an iMac :p Maybe I remember wrong. Hopefully someone else can advice us
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Correct, that's been gone for awhile.
     
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    misterredman

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    Are you sure there is a bottleneck somewhere else? Like the app reading from the data from the hard drive before processing it?
    What kind of apps are you using?
     

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