How to see your CPU core count


The number of cores in your processor is one element that determines the performance of your processor. In the past, each processor had only one core. Modern processors have two to eighteen and more. Here’s how to check your processor’s core count.

What do the processor core numbers mean?

The number of cores in your processor is one of many factors that determines the overall performance of your processor. Basically, a kernel is a processing unit that performs certain actions. Every action you perform on your computer is processed by your processor, regardless of the size of the task.

Each core can only perform one task at a time. Naturally, the more cores your processor has, the more tasks it can perform, the more efficient it becomes. The fewer cores, the fewer tasks it can perform, the less efficient your processor is.

That’s not to say that the more cores your CPU has, the better. As mentioned, this is just one of the many components that make up CPU performance. You also need to consider things like processor type, multi-threading or hyper-threading, clock speed, and more. Generally, the newer the processor, the better. Just know it’s not still the case.

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How many cores does my CPU have?

Checking your CPU core count is simple, but the process is a bit different between Mac and Windows operating systems.

the Windows

To find out how many cores your CPU has in Windows, open Task Manager by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Once open, click on the “Performance” tab.

Open Task Manager and go to the Performance tab.

To note: If you don’t see the Performance tab, click “More details”.

On the next screen, you will see many details about your CPU, including how many cores it has.

The processor core number.


To check your process’ core count on Mac, click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the desktop, then select “About This Mac” at the top of the drop-down menu.

Open the About This Mac window.

Then click on “System Report”.

Open your computer's system information.

You will then see the hardware overview of your device. This overview includes the total number of cores.

The total number of cores on Mac.

So this is it. Checking the core count of your CPU is pretty straightforward, but again, the more cores you have doesn’t necessarily mean better performance. The best way to see if your computer is up to the task at hand is to benchmark it.

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