looking for a program that shows cpu usage in the background

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Merkyworks, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Merkyworks macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    So I got the new MB and this is my first mac and im loving it. one thing that im missing from my old laptop was a program that I had for windows that put a little gauge of the cpu usage in the toolbar. Is there a program similar to this, one that auto starts and always run in the background?
  2. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    can you not simply use activity monitor and show cpu useage in the dock? That's what I do. You could add it to your login items too.
  3. wh!plash macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Sarasota, Fl
    I just dont see what the point of those apps are, except for in an instance where you're troubleshooting a rogue process.

    If you're so worried about getting maximum performance, then just eliminate as many unnecessary tasks/processes as you can. And a CPU monitor is a huge one. Its constantly having to poll the hardware for status updates. It's like an app with an unquenchable thirst for attention.

    Besides, CPU usage isn't really the same as like a tach on a car. There are much bigger bottlenecks in your system (disk I/O, etc) than your CPU.

    //developer's $.02
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    iStat Pro is a great tool for monitoring many things on a Mac, including CPU, Memory, Disks, Network, Battery, Load & Uptime, Temperatures, Fans, Processes, etc. It's not just for troubleshooting.
    Not true at all. iStat Pro's CPU usage is so negligible as to be almost non-existant.

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  5. NicP macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2005
    As already mentioned your mac already has this built in, open "Activity Monitor" and then right (control) click it and change "dock icon" to cpu usage
  6. durija macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    A nice thing about iStat is you can put it in your menu bar at the top. It's out of the way, but you have quick access to information: temperatures, fan speeds, network, memory, cpu, hard drive usage...all at a glance, or more detail with a drop down. Its use of resources is minimal.
  7. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030


    Sep 13, 2001
    Portland, OR

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