Apart from other technical specifications, the number of CPU cores in your MacBook represents the summary of the product. Determining any information related to it can come in handy in many situations, especially when you are looking to upgrade your hardware. So, if you are wondering how to get started, use this guide.
Find the number of CPU cores in MacBook?
The number of CPU cores determines your CPU performance. So, the more the merrier but if you do not know how to find the number of CPU cores in MacBook, things might appear difficult. Not anymore! Read along to find how many cores in a CPU your MacBook supports.
- Go to your Desktop screen
- Click the Apple icon on the menu bar.
- Choose About this Mac option.
- Hit the System Report button in the window that appears.
- Read the number next to the Total Number of Cores entry.
The digit there represents the number of cores your MacBook has.
What is a core in CPU?
A core in CPU means an independent processing unit that can read and execute program instructions. It is this component that directly determines the type of software you can run and how many programs your Mac can handle simultaneously.
Having said that, different computing tasks take different resources. So, for someone who likes multi-tasking, its CPU will need at least two cores to get the job done properly. Modern Macs may have two cores (Dual-Core), four cores (Quad-core), or even, lately, 8 cores (4× high-performance + 4× high-efficiency).
How Can I Check the Number of CPU Cores on a Mac
On your Desktop screen, click the Apple icon on the Menu bar, and from the list of options displayed therein, select About this Mac.
Next in the window that opens, hit the System Report button.
Then, under the Hardware Overview screen that shows up, look out for the Total Number of Cores heading.
Just next to this entry, you should find the number of CPUs supported in your MacBook.
How do I check how many cores I have in Terminal?
Just like System Report, you can use Mac Terminal to find the cores in a CPU. For this,
Launch the Terminal Application from your MacBook dock.
Type the following command and then hit the Return key.
sysctl -n hw.ncpu
The resulting output will indicate the number of cores.
Hope that makes sense!