The Intel processor that serves as the traffic cop and brains inside every new Mac is a hard-working piece of silicon that does its job without complaint. Its computational and multitasking abilities run circles around the PowerPC chip that powered the earlier generation of Macs. In fact, the Intel chip is so powerful that it can even process instructions greater than 100% of its capacity. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at the following animation of the Activity Monitor that was running when I used Parallels Compressor to shrink the size of my Windows virtual machine (Command-R will refresh animation using Safari).