Why is Salad not fully using my CPU?

If you're chopping with your CPU, it's likely you might not see Salad using 100% of your CPU. Salad utilizes your CPU for Container workloads, which use significantly fewer CPU resources than crypto-mining used in the past. It is not uncommon to see less than 10% CPU utilization while chopping CPU containers. 

Despite using relatively low system resources, CPU Container workloads have a few requirements. One of the more important ones being CPU Cache. Different CPU models have different amounts of cache, and some do not meet the required amounts of cache per CPU core (2MB). This happens most commonly on Intel CPUs, as they usually have quite low amounts of CPU cache, as well as many laptop CPUs. 

If your CPU has 8MB of cache, we'll be able to use 4 (if available) cores on your PC. If you have 3MB, we'll only be able to use 1 available core in your CPU (as we require 2MB per core).

Unfortunately there is no way to work around this, as it's a hard requirement for chopping. Don't worry though, we're using your system to the best of our abilities, and with new workloads always being added.

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