2012 MBP not taking advantage of CPU

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tommyp2401, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. tommyp2401 macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2012 MBP 13'' and while I was exporting a good sized imovie project. It took about a half hour. While waiting I checked my iStat Pro dashboard widget and it said that 70-80% of the CPU was idling. Is there any software I could use or something to take better advantage of my CPU?
     
  2. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Multi-threaded. 80% of software is single core use only thats why clock speed is still very important until everything gets multi-core support. This has been slowly getting better ever since PPC G4. It is taking a very long time because devs only think of themselves and their apps and not the environment in general. Handbrake, Compressor, Logic Pro, Final Cut X are some examples of fully multi core aware apps. Cinebench and geekbench can be used to test the CPU.
     
  3. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816

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    Try Final Cut Pro if you want to utilize all your processor power. It is a bit overkill, but easy to learn. 30 day trial here.
     
  4. tommyp2401 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So Final Cut Pro X would give me a faster export time? I've been contemplating whether or not it would be worth the money for what I do.
     
  5. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Well it is at least worth the free trial to find out.
     
  6. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    The export may also be limited by your HDD speed. If FCX doesn't improve your export speed, try an SSD upgrade.
     
  7. blahbrah macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, open up your Activity Monitor and choose Disk Activity and select the I/O radio button. If it's in the hundreds chances are your HDD can't keep up either.
     

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