How to See What CPU Is In Your PC (and How Fast It Is)

Intel Pentium processor on the motherboard of the computer.Robson90 / Shutterstock

Each computer contains at least one processor, also called CPU or central unit. The processor of your computer is probably manufactured by Intel or AMD. Here's how to see your CPU and how fast.

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

To find this information in the Windows 10 Settings application, go to Settings> System> About. See the "Device Specifications" section. The processor name of your computer and its speed are displayed to the right of "Processor".

You can press Windows + I to quickly open the Settings application. You can also press the Windows key, type "About" to search your Start menu in this settings screen, and then click the "About This PC" shortcut that appears.

Processor model name in the Windows 10 Settings application

The Windows 10 Task Manager also displays detailed information about the CPU. Right-click on your taskbar and select "Task Manager"Or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch it. Click on the "Performance" tab and select "CPU". The name and speed of your computer's CPU appear here. (If you do not see the Performance tab, click "More Details".)

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

Name and speed of the CPU in the Windows 10 Task Manager.

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

The model and processor speed of your computer are displayed to the right of "Processor" under System.

Processor name specified in Windows 10 Control Panel

If Windows does not start on your system, you can still find this information in several ways. Your computer's documentation probably contains the details of the system specification. You can also find this information displayed in the directory of your computer. BIOS firmware configuration screen or UEFI.

RELATED: What does the BIOS of a PC do and when should I use it?

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