If for some reason you have doubts about the number of CPU cores or just won’t be curious, this guide will detail how to find out how many processor cores are on your computer in several ways.
I note in advance that the number of cores and threads or logical processors should not be confused: some modern processors have two threads (a kind of “virtual cores”) per physical core, and as a result, looking at the task manager you can see a diagram with 8 threads for a 4-core processor, a similar picture will be in the device manager in the "Processors" section. See also: How to find out the socket of the processor and motherboard .
Ways to find out the number of processor cores
You can see how many physical cores and how many threads your processor has in various ways, they are all quite simple:
- In the Windows System Information “System Information”
- Using the Windows 10, 8.1, and Windows 7 Command Prompt
- In the Windows 10 task manager (in previous versions, in the task manager you can see only the number of "logical processors", ie threads)
- On the official website of the processor manufacturer
- Using third-party programs
I think that this is not a complete list of opportunities, but most likely they will be enough. And now in order.
In recent Windows there is a built-in utility for viewing basic information about the system. You can start it by pressing the Win + R keys on the keyboard and entering msinfo32 (then press Enter).
In the "Processor" section, you will see the model of your processor, the number of cores (physical) and logical processors (threads).
Find out how many cores the computer's CPU has on the command line
Not everyone knows, but you can also view information about the number of cores and threads using the command line: run it (not necessarily on behalf of the Administrator) and enter the command
WMIC CPU Get DeviceID, NumberOfCores, NumberOfLogicalProcessors
As a result, you will get a list of processors on the computer (usually one), the number of physical cores (NumberOfCores) and the number of threads (NumberOfLogicalProcessors).
In the task manager
Windows 10 Task Manager displays information about the number of cores and processor threads of your computer:
- Launch the task manager (it is possible through the menu, which opens by right-clicking on the "Start" button).
- Click the Performance tab.
On the specified tab in the "CPU" (central processor) section, you will see information about the cores and logical processors of your CPU.
On the official website of the processor manufacturer
If you know the model of your processor that can be seen in the system information or by opening the properties of the “My Computer” icon on the desktop, you can find out its characteristics on the manufacturer’s official website.
Usually it’s enough to simply enter the processor model into any search engine and the very first result (if you skip the advertising) will lead to the official Intel or AMD website, where you can get the technical specifications of your CPU.
Technical specifications include information on the number of cores and processor threads.
Information about the processor in third-party programs
Most third-party programs for viewing the computer's hardware characteristics show, among other things, how many cores the processor has. For example, in the free CPU-Z program, such information is located on the CPU tab (in the Cores field - the number of cores, in Threads - threads).
In AIDA64, the CPU section also provides information on the number of cores and logical processors.
More information about such programs and where to download them in a separate review How to find out the characteristics of a computer or laptop .