What CPU is inside my Mac?

22 July 2016, 05:24

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Ever wanted to know exactly what CPU you have inside your Mac? Just follow these instructions:

  1. Open a Terminal command-prompt window, which you’ll find in the Utilities folder of the Applications list within Finder.

  2. Paste in the following:
    sysctl -n machdep.cpu.brand_string
    The result will look something like this:
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4980HQ CPU @ 2.80GHz

  3. To learn more details about the chip, copy and paste what you see into Google. When I did this in my tests, the first result was Intel’s site showing full spec details, and the second result was NotebookCheck, which provided a more readable description of the chip’s capabilities and history.
  4. Another useful command, which reports basic details about the CPU such as its number of cores and architecture codename (i.e. Haswell), is the following:


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    Another alternative method that doesn’t require a terminal command would be the highly recommended free iOS & Mac app called Mactracker by Ian Page. It’s available from both the iOS & Mac AppStore or directly from the developers website. If you find Mactracker useful please consider a donation.
    Mactracker by Ian Page

    — unclemacosx · Jul 22, 08:05 AM · #