How To See CPU Utilization Of All Cores (Logical Processors) In Windows 8

All latest processors come with physical and logical core to support multi-threading and boost up parallel computing operations. I have recently written about the difference between a physical socket, physical core and a logical processor . Windows 8 is the newest Operating System from Microsoft.

Microsoft has introduced a lot of visual changes in Windows 8. One of the major change is the task manager. The new task manager is ideal for normal users as well as techie geeks. It provides a very simplistic view with a list of opened programs and applications when opened.

Windows 8 task manager

You can simply select an app from the list and click on the End task button in order to terminate the application. If you want to go advanced, you will need to click the More details link.

This will open a Pandora box of detailed information about what’s happening in the computer. To have an overview of the system hardware, we need to click on the Performance tab. The performance tab gives an overview of resource utilization of CPU, memory, disk, network, Wi-Fi etc..

Windows 8 task manager performance tab

The Windows 7 task manager also used to show similar stats about the system but there was one difference. If you remember, Windows 7 task manager used to show the processor usage of each core while Windows 7 task manager is showing the overall CPU utilization.

If you want to see the CPU utilization of all cores, you simply have to right click on the CPU utilization graph and change graph to logical processors.

CPU utilization of logical processors

Now your task manager will start showing the CPU utilization of all the logical processors in the CPU.

logical processors performance tab

Since my processor has one physical socket, two physical cores and 4 logical processors, the task manager will show four graphs at the same time. Can you identify these in your computer? Please share your stats with us in the comments.

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