so you are shopping for a new CPU and
you wanted to have six, eight, ten, twelve cores! But, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, hold
on! The first thing to figure out is how many CPU cores you use now for your most
intense video games or video editing apps. In this way, the multi-core CPU you
get is not just for bragging rights, but rather, is the exact CPU you need. All
right! As we know, we get straight to the point. The main way to do this is by
using the Task Manager. To open it, you’re going to right-click an empty
spot from a taskbar and then select Task Manager. Now click the
performance tab and then click the CPU section. By default, you should see this
view with the name of your current processor on top. Now this current view
shows you the overall usage of your CPU as a whole but it does not tell you how
each individual core is being used. To do that,
you’re going to right-click anywhere in this area and then you’re going to hover
the cursor to where it says Change graph to and then select Logical processors. And Bam! Look
what we have here! Okay, so, what do all of these boxes mean? Well, they represent
your CPU cores. If you go to the bottom, it gives you more info. As you can see in
my case, for the Intel Core i7 4790, it has a total of 4 CPU cores and 8 logical
processors. Now logical processors, as discussed in the last video, have to do with
the concept of hyper threading, where one CPU core behaves like two CPU cores.
So, this is why in my case, instead of showing four boxes for four CPU cores,
it shows a total of eight. If you don’t have hyper threading, but have a four
core CPU you’d see exactly four boxes. If you have a six core CPU, you would see exactly
the six boxes. but if you have hyper threading, you’d see
twice the amount of boxes as your CPU cores. All right! Now for
the fun part! let’s start testing and let’s see how each app uses these CPU core
differently. The first app I’m going to use is Adobe Illustrator, and I’m going
to open a very, very, very big vector file. I’m going to convert that file into
a regular image. I’m going to rasterize it and this is going to use quite a bit
of resources, because it has a resolution of 15360 by eight 8640! Now let’s rasterize it and see how
it will show up in each individual CPU core from the task manager. When you
are using the task manager to monitor how many CPU cores an app is using, pay
attention to the last part or the end of the graphs. After about five seconds, you
will start seeing the differences in usage. So after about 20 to 30 seconds, you
should have a pretty good idea of how many CPU cores that app uses. S,o as you
can see, in my case here, Adobe Illustrator primarily uses the
second CPU core. With this information, now we can make more reasonable buying
choices. Let’s say for example you primarily use your computer for Adobe
Illustrator and then you end up buying a computer with even more CPU cores, will
that necessarily help your performance? Maybe, but not by much. For example if you
have a standard mechanical hard drive or not enough RAM, perhaps getting an SSD or
even more RAM would really help you. All right now! let’s take things even further!
let’s render a video using Adobe After Effects. Okay, now let me add it to the
Adobe Media encoder queue. Now let me start encoding. All right! Here
are the results! As you can see, for the most part, Adobe After Effects is using
pretty much all of the processor cores. That makes sense because encoding
and rendering really, really depends on the CPU. So what can we learn from all of
this? Clearly, it’s not all about the CPU cores. It depends on what you’re doing.
But, of course, you cannot go wrong if you get a decent high-end processor. If you
have any ideas or any suggestions when buying a new CPU, please post them on the
comments below. Definitely, for more easy simple
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Check How Many CPU Cores Your Game or App is Using on Windows 10
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One thought on “Check How Many CPU Cores Your Game or App is Using on Windows 10

  • October 16, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    Cool video.

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