High CPU Load

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Bioshox, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Bioshox macrumors newbie


    Jan 13, 2012
    Manchester, UK.
    Hey all

    Just wondering, when using Handbrake my CPU load goes up to around 80-90% I have a 2011 iMac...

    Is it bad for a Mac to have a high CPU load? Will it damage it or reduce it's lifespan?

    I have some heavy CPU load-activities I want to carry out, but don't want to run the risk of damaging the hardware.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, it won't harm it, as that's what they're designed to do. It's unlikely you'll be running with that level of demand most of the time, anyway.
  3. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Periods of heavy use are more likely to help diagnose a problem than create one, so if you start experiencing crashes or anything like that, take it in while it's still under warranty.
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    It's a dual core processor (or possibly a quad core processor). It is designed to run both cores (or all four cores) at full tilt for unlimited amount of time.

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