ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Check the Cpu Speed

Updated on March 5, 2021
Patkay profile image

Patrick, a computer technician, is a dedicated writer who wishes to make the world better by informing individuals who seek more knowledge.

How to Determine the Speed of your Microprocessor

There are a few things that you need to check when buying a computer. This is because you want to get the best deal.

If you are to buy a computer whether new or old, it is important to check the following factors:

  1. Processor (CPU) speed.
  2. Amount of memory (RAM).
  3. Hard disk size.
  4. Graphics Card.
  5. Computer Software.
  6. Anti-Virus Software

The other things you can consider are; warranty, brand, size, peripherals, price, and usability.

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor

An Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
An Intel Core 2 Duo Processor | Source

Microprocessor Speed

The processor speed is one of the most important features you should check. This is because it determines the rate at which your computer will execute program instructions.

The faster the processor speed the faster your computer will be. Slower computers will always tend to hang constantly while faster ones will work smoothly.

Slow computers also take much time to respond to a command. Most often you might find yourself waiting for it to finish processing even simple operations.

The best processor is gauged by the number of cores it has and the speed of these cores.

Older processors used to have single cores as opposed to multiple cores of modern processors.

The cores act as multipliers hence the more cores a processor has, the faster it will be. The multiple cores are used for multitasking purpose when you have several programs running at the same time.

So to determine the processor speed there are numerous ways you can use to check the speed of your computer’s processor.

These are just some of the ways you can use:

How to Determine the Speed of Microprocessor

1. When your computer is booting (starting), if it is a clone most of them will indicate the processor speed and memory size plus other details.

The boot process is usually very fast; therefore, you may have little or no time to read all that is on the screen during the boot process.

Press the pause key on your keyboard so that you can be able to pause the boot process screen allowing you to read all the text.

Also, many motherboard and computer manufacturers will have a BIOS screen as the computer boots up showing the company or motherboard logo. At this time, press the ESC key to display the text behind the logo.

CMOS Setup Program

For branded computers, you have to go to the CMOS setup program.

To go to CMOS settings, power on your computer and observe the screen keenly, you will be told which key to press to enter CMOS settings e.g. F1, F2, DEL, F10, ESC.

Once you are there, you should be able to see the processor speed. There is also a lot of information about your computer and its devices that you will see in the CMOS setup program.

Most of this information is detailed.

The CMOS Setup Program

The Setup Program Where You Can Check CPU Speed
The Setup Program Where You Can Check CPU Speed | Source

View System Information

2. You can allow your computer to boot then right click on my computer icon and select properties. You will be able to see your processor speed.

Alternatively, you can click on start, click on my computer and then on the top left-hand corner of the window that will open, select “view system information”.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP - Right-click on Computer/My Computer in the Start menu and select "Properties". In Windows XP, you may need to click the "General" tab after selecting "Properties".
  • Windows 8 - Right-click on the Start button and select "System".
  • All Versions - Press ⊞ Win+Pause.

System Properties

Another way of checking processor speed using the system properties
Another way of checking processor speed using the system properties | Source

Using the Dxdiag Command

3. Another way is that while your computer is on, you can also go to Start, click on Run and then type this command DXDIAG.

This will bring up the direct x diagnostic tool which will allow you to determine your processor speed.

DirectX Diagnostic Tool

Using the DXDIAG tool
Using the DXDIAG tool | Source

Software for Checking CPU Speed

4. You can also download software that will enable you to check your processor speed.

You can try programs like;

  • CPU-Z

  • CPU UserBenchmark

Physical check

5. Lastly, you can also remove your processor and check on top of the chip physically, you will be able to see the processor ratings; however, care should be taken not to destroy your computer processor.

So if you are a newbie, you should not go for this method.

For Linux Users

In a Linux OS, you can use one of the following commands to view information about the processor in the computer.

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo

$ less /proc/cpuinfo

$ more /proc/cpuinfo

Processor speed for today’s processors is measured in GHz. So expect to see something like this 2.8 GHz, 3.0 GHz among others.

How to Check The Processor Speed

Have you managed to check your microprocessor speed?

See results

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Patrick Kamau


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Patkay profile imageAUTHOR

      Patrick Kamau 

      10 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Peter for taking your time. Be sure to get more information from my hubs.

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      that's good information


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)