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CPU Monitor

With the multitasking capabilities of Mac OS X, users might want to check just how much of their computer’s processor time is being used. In Mac OS X, each program has a small slice of time it can use to complete its task. As more and more programs use the system, there are fewer slices to give out.

CPU Monitor, found at /Applications/Utilities/CPU Monitor, can illustrate how busy your system is on a simple graph, showing a range from 0% to 100%. If you have multiple processors, a graph is displayed for each CPU in your machine. Three types of graphs can be displayed in a number of different ways (configurable through the Preferences panel and Processes menu). Figure 22.7 shows several available graph styles.


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