How To Tell What CPU Is On Your PC (And How Fast It Is)


Every computer contains at least one processor, also known as a CPU or central processing unit. Your computer’s CPU is probably made by Intel or AMD. Here’s how to tell which CPU you have and how fast it is.

You do not need a system information utility to find this information. Windows shows it in several places.

To find this information in Windows 10’s Settings app, navigate to Settings > System > About. Look under ‘Device specifications’. Your computer’s processor name and speed are listed to the right of “Processor.”

You can press Windows+i to quickly open the Settings app. You can also press the Windows key, type “About” to locate this settings screen in your Start menu, and click the “About This PC” shortcut that appears.

Windows 10 Task Manager also shows detailed CPU information. Right click on your taskbar and select “Task Manager” or press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch it. Click the “Performance” tab and select “CPU”. Your computer’s CPU name and speed will appear here. (If you don’t see the Performance tab, click “More details.”)

You will also see real-time data on CPU usage and other details, including the number of cores of your computer’s CPU.

Windows 7 or Windows 10 users can find this information in the Control Panel. Specifically, it is located in the system window. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > System to open it. You can also press Windows+Pause on your keyboard to open this window immediately.

Your computer’s CPU model and speed are listed to the right of “Processor” under the System heading.

If Windows won’t boot on your system, you can still find this information in several other ways. Your computer’s documentation probably includes system specifications like this one. You may also find this information in your computer’s BIOS or UEFI firmware settings screen.

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