I have had a PC given to me. Looks quite old and it is running Win98.
How can I tell the speed of the processor.?
I have looked in START/CONTROL PANEL/SYSTEM but it only tells me what it is,
not the speed.
When you turn the PC `on, and it beeps at you (usually the keyboard
lights flash) you should have the chance to press DEL or F2 to go into
the BIOS setup - this will usually tell you in there.
it may tell you at the very start when it beeps too - you and press the
pause key usually to pause the boot here.
I can honestly say I've never had a need for any of that information - or
even cared particularly about the clock speed. Either the machine's quick
enough, or it isn't. If it isn't, it's rarely the CPU speed which is the
So what am I missing?
Yes, it clearly is. That's why I'm asking - because I would like to know
whether there's something I'm missing.
Unless you're producing some benchmarking, to produce quantifiable
performance stats for comparison purposes, I can think of no reason you
would need to know - other than purely for interest's sake.
Again - BUT WHY? What do you need to know all of that info for?
If you're replacing the CPU or graphics, then all you need is the socket/
slot spec, which a quick look will tell you. If you're increasing the
memory, then all you need is the brand/model of the machine or mobo - and
that can all be got from either the sticker on the front or (at the
outside) the BIOS.
If you're upgrading, it helps to know what's there, and that in turn can
tell you whether it's worth upgrading and how far the upgrade can go.
CPU-Z can also tell you this in a minute or so after booting from a CD
without opening the case, which can be an issue at times.
Saves having to go into the Bios.
It also tells you the Mobo Number and version/date/PCI Express or AGP of
Mobo etc. Also the Dram timings etc(in real time)...handy if you are
overclocking a computer.
In short, it gives all the info in one place, in seconds.
Why go to the effort of undoing everything, fighting your way through dust
and cobwebs, delving through wiring looms, when something like CPU-Z will
tell you everything you need to know? Socket alone does not tell you what
CPU you can use. That is up to the mobo/BIOS combination. Often, a quick
look isn't possible to check the socket, as the HSF will obscure the actual
It's also handy as a simple check that everything is running at the correct
speeds. Some old machines that I built defaulted to a lower bus speed. Yes
- the BIOS would tell me that on POST, but if already running, why reboot
when you can find out immediately? The BIOS generally doesn't give detailed
information regarding the CPU, such as the stepping etc.
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