How to check CPU usage?

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  1. P90Xfit macrumors regular

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    I was googling the question at hand, but all I keep getting is Mac Apps to do this. is there a way to do this just from OS X? If not, what would be the best app for it?
     
  2. fleshman03 macrumors 68000

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    Two options.

    Activity Monitor: hit command + Spacebar and type activity monitor. Press enter. You'll get something like in the first picture.

    iStat Pro. I use Dashboard widget flavor. Download Here. A screen shot of that is the second picture.

    I used both. Activity Monitor can kill process and is good for seeing which program is using what. iStat is a really good fast way to see what resources you have open.
     

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  3. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    If you want a dashboard widget, check out iStat Pro or iStat nano.

    If you want something in your dock, just run the Activity Monitor program (in Applications > Utilities) then click on View > Dock Icon > Show CPU History. You can close the main window, and the dock will still update with CPU usage.

    Gives you something like this:
     

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  4. fleshman03 macrumors 68000

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    That's funny. Same suggestions, few second apart. I guess he knows what to do! :D
     
  5. JKitterman macrumors member

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    Open Terminal and use 'top' command
    Hitting Q will exit from TOP
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    great minds think alike?! :D
     
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    That's the best way, I think. It doesn't use up much in terms of resources, which is what you're after when you open up things like Activity Monitor. ;)


    And just for shiggles, in Terminal, type in "uptime" to see how long you've used your laptop without shutting down or restarting. :)
     

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