Am I wrong ?
Yes, you are wrong. The clock in your CPU more or less ticks at the advertised rate. The "more or less" is important for a number of reasons. Suppose you have two supposedly identical laptops. If you disconnect them from the internet so they cannot get Network Time Protocol (NTP) clock updates, you'll inevitably find that the clocks on the two laptops inevitably get out of sync. The "more or less" does not mean "exactly". The technical term is "within spec". I more or less tend to use "more or less" instead.
All clocks, including atomic clocks, inevitably have a number of things that contribute to clock error. Some clocks run faster or slower than an ideal clock. (Note well: Humans have yet to create an ideal clock.) This is a clock's drift rate, which oftentimes varies with temperature. Crystal clocks tend to have a lot more drift than do atomic clocks. Even with a perfectly synchronized clocks, the time difference between one clock tick and the next on clock A versus clock B will vary. This is clock jitter. Crystal clocks have a lot more jitter than do atomic clocks.
Drift and jitter are only two of the many "features" (aka bugs) that infect real clocks.
Where this comes into play with regard to space exploration is that most computer systems used for flight software tend to have a very low jitter and very low drift clock that emits one pulse per second. This is so common that it has its own acronym, 1PPS.