How Many Cores Do I Have?

If you’re trying to find out how many cores are inside on your computer’s processor, it’s actually a fairly easy task! You can do this quite easy if you’re running Windows 10, as that information is displayed right in the Task Manager. Follow along with us below, and we’ll show you how you can find out how many cores you have. Here’s how.

How to find how many cores you have

To check how many cores you have, press Control, Shift, and Escape simultaneously to open the task manager. Or, you can search in the Windows 10 Search bar for Task Manager. You can also access it by right-clicking on the taskbar. 

Once you’re in Task Manager, go to More Details and select the Performance tab. Select CPU from the left panel and see the Cores entry. This should show you how many cores you have in your CPU, signifying whether it’s a dual-core, quad-core, octa-core, or higher. Cores are usually labelled in increments of two. 

Why is this important?

When it comes down to it, knowing how many cores in your CPU isn’t super important unless you’re trying to meet some technical specification of a piece of software or are looking at upgrading for faster and better performance. If you’re looking to get some really good quality, performance, and responsiveness out of a program like Photoshop, then you’ll want to make sure that your CPU meets the requirements of the program — not having the right amount of cores can be a huge sign that your computer isn’t ready to handle a program like that.

That said, you might be looking to upgrade to a faster processor than what you have. Maybe you’re having trouble with slowness, programs not responding as fast as they should, or maybe you’re even using up all of your CPU power. So you need to upgrade, but you want to make sure you’re getting something better, possibly even the fastest out there. That said, just follow those steps to see how many cores you have, and when you upgrade, get something with more!


As you can see, finding the amount of cores that you have in your CPU is rather easily. In just a couple of seconds, you can pull up Task Manager, and under the Performance tab, find out how many cores you have. Keep in mind that these days, anything lower than a quad-core is considered slow and won’t handle most applications very well.

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