How do you know how many physical and logical cores your processor has? Need to check your processor core before buying a new laptop? In this tutorial, we are going to show you 4 easy ways to find the number of physical and logical cores in your processor in Windows 10.
Physical core VS. Logical core
The physical core is the actual core of the physical processor in your processor. Each physical core has its own circuitry, and its own L1 (and usually L2) cache can read and execute instructions separately (for the most part) from other physical cores in the chip. A processor with two physical cores is called a dual-core processor, and a processor with four physical cores is called a quad-core processor.
A logical core (also known as logical processors) is more of a software abstraction than an actual physical object. Logical cores are the ability of a single physical core to simultaneously execute multiple tasks or threads. For example, if you have a quad-core processor and each of its physical cores can run two threads at the same time, then you have 8 logical cores.
Method 1: Check the number of CPU cores using the task manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc at the same time to open Task Manager Go to the Performance tab and select CPU in the left column. You will see the number of physical cores and logical processors at the bottom right.
Method 2: Check the number of CPU cores using the msinfo32 command
Press Windows Key + R to open the Run command window, then type msinfo32 and press Enter.
This should open the System Information app. Select Summary and scroll down until you find the processor. The details will tell you how many cores and logical processors your processor has.
Method 3: Check the number of CPU cores using the command line or PowerShell
Open Command Prompt or PowerShell. Type the following command and hit Enter:
WMIC CPU Get DeviceID, NumberOfCores, NumberOfLogicalProcessors
The output from the command tells you how many cores and how many logical processors are found in each processor on your computer.
Method 4: Check the number of CPU cores using third-party software
If you want to know more details about your processor, try the third-party free version of CPU-Z. After starting the application, you will see the number of physical cores and threads (logical cores) at the bottom.