How to use CPU-Z to Identify Processors

If you are like me, you probably follow a lot of the news in the Processor world with a fervour of a horseracing fanatic. The minute the latest Processor that comes out, you are all over its specs. But what under the hood of your machine? Is there a way to know without opening the cover and blowing past PC dust bunnies?

Turns out there are two (2) rather simple ways to determine the Processor you machine is running. The first method is fairly straightforward and might be familiar to you:

  • Right Click on My Computer icon on your Desktop and choose Properties
  • You should see your Processor type come up along with other information on your PC or Laptop
  • Alternately go to Start on the Desktop Toolbar and then choose Control Panel
  • Choose the System icon and you should see your Processor type come up along with other information on your PC or Laptop

This information, however, is rather sparse. Thus I introduce the second method: using a freeware program to identify your Processor.

The freeware program that comes to mind is CPU-Z, a Computer Repair Technician’s handy Processor and Motherboard identification friend. Easy to run, you just download the program and run the single file installation.

Hint: You can also host the program on yourThumb Drive, making this program a keeper for those argumentative days!

CPU-Z returns the following data:


  • Name and number.
  • Core stepping and process.
  • Package.
  • Core voltage.
  • Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
  • Supported instruction sets.
  • Cache information.


  • Vendor, model and revision.
  • BIOS model and date.
  • Chipset (northbridge andsouthbridge) and sensor.
  • Graphic interface.


  • Frequency and timings.
  • Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.


  • Windows and DirectX version.

Best of all, not only does it identify you Processor, it can also identify your motherboard as well.

Makes getting replacement hardware or firmware e.g. drivers a cinch if you are not too fond of dust bunnies! It also provides an interesting point of discussion the next time you meet up with your equally geeky friends and get into an argument over who’s gaming Rig has the best specs.

With Summer and London Olympics 2012 around the corner, such as Microsoft Flight as per my article Microsoft Flight Simulator goes Freemium – Phoenix takes Flight in the Spring of 2012 you may be looking to get your Laptop or PC in gear for the latest game titles that may be coming out, so this is a quick and easy way to do so. Here’s the Link for the program

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Lindsworth is a Radio Frequency and Generator Maintenance Technician who has a knack for writing about his work, which is in the Telecoms Engineering Field. An inspired writer on themes as diverse as Autonomous Ants simulations, Power from Lightning and the current Tablet Wars.