How to Monitor System Performance in a Chromebook

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INTRO: Chromebook are popular for its dead-simple user interface and bloat-free operating system. Unlike Windows, here you won’t find system tools such as Device Manager, Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, and so on. Google believes that you don’t need such tools to check system performance since Chrome OS is not a resource hog.

However, that seems to be changing as Google has added a new Chrome URL called System Internals that allows you to monitor system performance in a Chromebook. You can view system metrics such as CPU usage, RAM allocation, and more. So if you want to learn how to access system performance in a Chromebook, follow along.

Monitor System Performance in a Chromebook

1. Open Chrome and paste the below path in the address bar and hit enter.

chrome://sys-internals/

Monitor System Performance in a Chromebook

2. A System Internals window will open up. Here, you’ll monitor your Chromebook’s system performance like CPU usage, memory allocation, and ZRAM information.

Monitor System Performance in a Chromebook

3. For more information on CPU cores, click on the hamburger menu located at the top-left corner and click on on “CPU”.

Monitor System Performance in a Chromebook

4. Here, you’ll find the CPU performance on your Chromebook with a real-time graph of each core. You can click on the core to display or remove performance data of that specific core from the graph. You can also right-click on the graph and save it as an image for future reference.

5. Similarly, to know RAM usage, move to the hamburger menu and open “RAM”. Here too, you’ll monitor RAM performance on your Chromebook in real-time. Just like the CPU cores, you’ll click on the sort of memory to point out or hide the usage within the composite graph.

6. Finally, you’ll view ZRAM’s performance during a Chromebook from an equivalent sidebar. ZRAM is kind of swap memory but it’s allocated within the RAM.

Display System Performance in a Chromebook
So that is how you’ll monitor system performance during a Chromebook and understand how well your machine is running. On Windows 10, there’s a full-fledged Task Manager where you’ll view all the running tasks and also monitor system performance. Here, you don’t have such a detailed view but System Internals is starting to offer some much-needed information.

As for the Task Manager, you would like to execute a special Chromebook keyboard shortcut. Just press Search + Esc to look at all the background processes and you’ll even kill the tasks a bit like Windows 10. Anyway, that is all from us. If you would like to find out more such Chrome OS tips and tricks then follow our linked guide.

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