How to Check How Many CPU Threads Do I Have?

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You can check the amount of threads you have on your CPU through using built in Windows services and tools like task manager, and system information. You can also check through manufacturer’s spec sheet, and by using some third party apps.

The amount of threads your CPU has depends upon its model, its core count, its generation and whether it has simultaneous multithreading (SMT) like hyper-threading enabled.

Newer generation processors have more threads compared to the previous gen CPUs primarily because they have more cores.

The higher the amount of threads you have, the better is the CPU performance since having more threads essentially means your CPU has more workers (resources) at its disposal.

For multitasking, games that are multi-threaded, and professional tasks like video rendering, a higher number of thread count is advisable.

In the text below we will explore different ways to check how many CPU threads you have.

How to Check How Many CPU Threads Do I Have?

The following are some of the ways to check how many CPU threads you have. Most of these are as easy as pie.

  1. Use the Task Manager in Windows
  2. Use System Information in Windows
  3. Use Manufacturer’s Information
  4. Use a Third Party Software

We will detail each method below:

1. Check Using the Task Manager in Windows

Using the Task Manager is by far the easiest method to check how many CPU threads you have. In addition to threads, you can also check out other information regarding your CPU such as its clock speed, cache memory, model etc.

Step 1: Open The Task Manager

There are many ways to open the task manager.

Method 1: Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE. On Windows 10, this will open a menu screen from which you can select “Task Manager”.

Method 2: Right click on the Taskbar on Windows and Select Task Manager.

task manager
Image: Right Clicking anywhere in the Taskbar will open up a menu. From there go ahead and select “Task Manager”.

Step 2: Head Over to the Performance Tab

With the Task Manager open, head over to the performance tab

Performance Tab

Step 3: Check the Amount of Logical Processors

Make sure that the “CPU” tab is selected from the systems shown on the left hand side.

The threads on the processor are also known as “Logical Processors”. Therefore, check out the amount of logical processor the Task Manager shows.

task manager logical processors
Image: You can see from Task Manager window above that this system has 8 threads.

Note, do not get confused by the field marked as “Threads” (which in this case is 3759). This basically shows the amount of program threads or codes running at the moment. It has nothing to do with the amount of threads on your CPU has!

Also Read: Is a Dual Core Processor Good for Gaming?

2. Check Using the System Information Tool

There is another handy tool in Windows that you can use to find out a lot about your PC. It is called the “System Information” tool.

Step 1: Type System Information in the Search Bar

Type “System Information” in the search bar and select the app.

system information

In the older Windows version, you can also go to “Run” and type “msinfo.32”.

Step 2: Look for the Processor Field

This tool will show you a whole lot of information in a single organized table.

What you want to look for is the “Processor” field.

In this field, look for the amount of “Logical Processors” it outlines. This is the amount of Threads you have in your CPU.

system-information-msinfo32-2 w2
Image: This system shown here has 8 logical processors, or in other words, 8 threads in the CPU.

3. Check Using Manufacturer Information

Chip manufacturers tend to have a listing of their CPU models as well as their specifications online.

This method can come in handy if your CPU isn’t yet installed in the motherboard or if you want to get information regarding the CPU that you yet have to buy.

However for this method to work, you will need to know the model and make of the processor in question.

A quick web search on Google for make and model of your CPU can land you on the manufacture’s website where you can search for the exact CPU model and get its information.

Intel Core i7-7700HQ thread count
Image: The image above shows an excerpt from the official specification sheet of Intel Core i7-7700HQ. You can view the complete information here.

4. Using Third Party Software

You an also use FREE third party software such as CPU-Z and HWInfo to learn microscopic details regarding your PC Hardware including the CPU.

You do need to download and install these, but if you want to learn every single and minute detail about your system, these are some of the most comprehensive free tools in the market.

Most of the third party software are dense with information and are generally used by experts.

cpu z intel core i7 7700HQ
Image: CPU-Z is one of the most popular software for finding out details regarding your system components. Here you can see the amount of Cores and Threads in Intel Core i7-7700HQ.

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What is a Thread in Simple Terms?

A thread is basically a series of code that you can think of as a conveyor belt that processes data. Since these aren’t actual cores, they are called “Logical Processors“.

Each Core in a processor has at least a single thread. However, on CPUs with simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) enabled, which most CPUs do these days, you can have two threads per core.

So if a CPU as 2 Cores/4 Threads, 4 Cores/8 Threads, 8 Cores/16 Threads and so on then in this case, the CPU has multi-threading capability.

If a CPU has 2 Cores/2 Threads or 4 Cores/4 Threads then in this case the CPU does not have multi-threading enabled.

The amount of threads you have is generally the defining feature of how good a CPU is at multitasking.

When looking at the multi-core performance of a CPU, the amount of the threads can make a significant difference in the benchmarks results.

The difference threads can make is profound when performing tasks such as rendering, encoding, simulation or data science that are designed to use a lot of simultaneous cores and threads.

Gaming can also indirectly benefit from a higher thread count particularly if you have software and services, like streaming services, running parallelly in the background.

Also Read: What Does Processor Count Mean?

What Is Multi-Threading?

As mentioned earlier multi-threading is when a CPU has more than one thread per core.

Many people also know this by the name of Hyper-Threading (which is Intel’s proprietary method of multi-threading for their CPUs.)

Not all tasks, however, benefit from a very high thread count.

Some tasks, mostly games and even professionals tasks like designing in CAD or sculpting in Blender are highly single core/thread oriented.

Also Read: How to Check How Many PCIe Slots Do I Have?

Conclusion

Having knowledge of the amount of cores and threads a CPU has is vital for understanding its capabilities as well as its price range.

It is quite common to ask how many CPU threads do I have and fortunately there are many ways to figure this out.

The best way to find out, in my opinion, is to use built-in Windows services and tools such as Task Manager and System Information.

You can also use the manufacturer’s website but you will need to know the exact model of your CPU for this. Whichever method a you prefer will depend on the density of information needed.

If you want every single little detail about your CPU, then a third-party software like CPU-Z is recommended.

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