The optimal operation of Archdesk depends not only on the parameters of the computer but also on the current RAM and CPU usage. In some cases, the user is able to speed up the operation of the system himself by reducing the number of operations that the device performs at the same time.
The following How-To will show you how to reduce your CPU usage to a bare minimum.
Some of the most common signs of high CPU usage:
- Your screen is lagging/jumping especially when you scroll on a page.
- Your screen freezes.
- Your computer starts to get hot and your fans start to get noisy.
It's usually a combination of things, so make sure you take the steps below in order to help your system out.
Activity Monitor (Mac)
Activity Monitor is Mac’s equivalent of the Chrome Task Manager. It works the same except it shows the usage of all the apps installed on your computer — including Chrome.
The fastest way to open Activity Monitor is to hit up your spotlight search: CMD + SPACEBAR and start typing “activity..” — it should automatically pop up in the search results. Click on it to open it.
Windows Task Manager
Hit Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open up your Windows Task Manager (yes it has the same name as Chrome’s Task Manager).
Depending on which version of Windows you’re running, your Task Manager will look a bit different.
If CPU / RAM consumption is as high as 80-90%, it may mean that limiting the operation of certain applications is necessary to improve system performance.
What to look for
Regardless of your Operating System, we’re looking for the same thing. Anything with high CPU usage under your Task Manager’s/Activity Monitor’s Processes tab.
To order your individual app’s CPU usage from highest to lowest, click on the CPU label. If you see any native (non-browser) apps using a lot of CPU, but you’re not actively using them, shut them down. They might have gone rogue, or perhaps they’re outdated. If you do need them make sure they’re updated, not just to improve performance, but security as well.