A ship's CPU is the computer that controls the modules (such as weapons, repair systems, and so on) that you have fitted to your ship. The CPU has limits, and this page explains how to make the most of your ship's CPU.
Overview of CPU
Your ship has fitting slots that you can use to install modules on your ship. When a module is online (i.e. turned on) it uses some of your ship's CPU power. Because of your ship CPU's limits, you might not be able to have all of your modules online at the same time.
Train Electronics to increase your CPU output
You can increase your CPU output by training the Electronics skill. It will boost your CPU output by 5% for each level of Electronics that you train.
Fit a co-processor to your ship to boost CPU output
You can also add co-processors to your ship to increase CPU output. There are a number of different co-processors available in the market. For example, Co-Processor II boosts CPU output by 10%.
Train skills to reduce the CPU usage of modules
There are also skills that allow you to make more efficient use of your ship's CPU, reducing the amount of CPU required by different types of modules that you can fit to your ship. They are summarized below:
- Electronics Upgrades - Reduces the CPU of modules that are in the Electronics and Sensor Upgrades category
- Energy Grid Upgrades - Reduces the CPU of modules that require the Energy Grid Upgrades skill to use
- Mining Upgrades - Reduces the CPU of mining upgrade modules
- Weapon Upgrades - Reduces the CPU needs of all types of weapons.
Use an Implant to reduce CPU usage of specific modules
Your character can install neural implants to further increase your CPU efficiency. Implants such as the Zainou 'Gnome' and the Inherent Implants 'Highwall' reduce CPU usage of specific module types.
Use rigs on your ship to reduce CPU usage of specific module types
Just as there are implants for your grey matter "CPU", there exist a number of rigs that you can use on your ship to reduce CPU usage of modules. For example, the Liquid Cooled Electronics rig will reduce CPU needs of Electronics Upgrades modules.