The processing power and speed of your computer aren’t attributable to just a single component. To determine your computer’s overall performance, it takes certain pieces of hardware working together. So, how can you determine what type of CPU your computer has and how can you know how fast it performs? Read on below to know more.

 

Determining your CPU

Every computer has at least one processor in it. One of the most important processors in a computer is the central processing unit or CPU. It manages the clock speed or the overall speed of your computer. Other than that, it will also allow you to determine how fast it can process data. When your computer is capable of executing more commands every second, then it will be much faster and more powerful.

To determine what type of CPU is on your computer, follow the steps below.

 1. Using the Windows Start menu

  • Go to the Windows Start menu and launch the Settings app.

  • Choose the System option on the Windows Settings menu.

  • Click the About option afterward and look under the option that says “Device Specifications”.

  • The speed of your computer’s processor and its name will be indicated on the right side of the Processor section.

 2. Using the Shortcut

  • If you want to use the shortcut. Just press Windows + I key on your keyboard to open the Windows Settings app.
  • Choose the System option on the Windows Settings menu.

  • Click the About option afterward. Another shortcut to get you easily to the About section is by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard and typing “about” in the search box. Click the About this PC shortcut that will appear on the search results.
  • Look under the option that says “Device Specifications”.

  • The speed of your computer’s processor and its name will be indicated on the right side of the Processor section.

 3. Using Windows Task Manager

  • Right-click your computer’s Taskbar.
  • Choose the Task Manager option on the pop-up menu. As a shortcut, you can simply press Ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard to access the Task Manager.

  • Then, choose the Performance tab. Click the More Details option if you can’t see the Performance tab on the window.

  • Select CPU on the options afterward.
  • The speed of your computer’s processor and its name will be indicated on the right side of the Processor section.

 4. Using the Control Panel

  • Go to the Windows Start menu and launch the Control Panel app. You can also search for it through the search box. Just type “control panel”.

  • Choose the System & Security option on the Control Panel menu. Then, go to the System.

  • The speed of your computer’s processor and its name will be indicated on the right side of the Processor section.

 

Determining CPU Speed

To know how fast your processor can perform different types of tasks, you have to determine your CPU speed. Determination of its speed is not as important as before because of the advent of multicore processors nowadays.

But, it’s still useful to determine your CPU speed, especially when you’re buying a new program to make you that your PC can handle it. When you’re overclocking for better performance, checking your CPU speed is also very useful.

 1. Checking Speed in Windows

  • Go to the Windows Start menu and launch the Settings app.

  • Choose the System option on the Windows Settings menu.
  • Look for the Processor entry.
  • Find the processor speed and take note. The speed and the model of your CPU will be displayed in it. Gigahertz (GHz) is the unit used to measure CPU speed. The value listed on it is the speed of a processor’s single-core only. Each core will be the speed listed if your processor has multiple cores.
  • Check the cores of your CPU. You will not see the number of cores on this window if you have a multiple-core processor. Multi-cores can boost the performance of programs designed for it. However, it does not mean that each program will run faster.

 2. Checking Speed in Overclocked CPU

Processors that have modified voltages in order to produce more power are called overclocked CPUs. This method is very popular nowadays, especially for computer enthusiasts because it will allow them to get more power and speed. However, it can potentially damage your computer and its components in the long run.

  • Download CPU-Z. It is a type of freeware utility that monitors your computer’s components. It reports the exact speed that your processor is operating at. Other than that, this utility is designed for overclockers. Once the download is done, install it on your computer.
  • Run the freeware utility. You just have to click the shortcut created on your desktop. Make sure that you’re logged in as an administrator. If not, you should log in or enter the password of the administrator if you have a copy.
  • Begin the CPU-intensive task. Take note that your processor will slow down automatically when it’s not in use. In other words, the speeds you see in CPU-Z app will not be shown, unless the processor on your computer works hard.
  • Determine the speed of your processor. Look for the Core Speed section. It is where your current CPU speed will be displayed.