The German print magazine C't (issue 24, 2009) recently published a good overview article of hardware analysis tools. In this post, I listed all tools that that have an English user interface and added a short description. Note that not all of the tools are free; I made a note if it is commercial program.

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ASTRA32 - System information tool with support for driver trouble shooting and HDD health status checking. Prices start at $29.95

HWiNFO32 - System information tool. I reviewed the tool a few days ago.

SIW (System Information for Windows) - Is able to run in batch mode and can be used as simple inventory solution. Only free for private use; freeware version doesn't support reports

SIV (System Information Viewer) - Portable tool that gives a good overview of hardware components. I also reviewed this tool.

Sisoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) - lite version is free for private use. Pro edition supports push install and Windows domains

HWMonitor - Reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed. I tried the tool a few days ago.

SpeedFan - Monitor the temperature of various hardware components and take measures if certain limits are reached; I reviewed the tool a while back.

CPUBurn - Allows you to heavily load CPU chips; this can be useful if you want to test if CPU cooling works reliably. Also check out CPUKiller which I reviewed some time ago.

RightMark CPU Clock utility: Real-time CPU frequency, throttling and load level monitoring and on-the-fly adjustment of the CPU performance level. Only free for private use.

CINEBENCH - Measures the performance of the main processor and the graphics card

CPU-Z - Gathers detailed information on CPU, mainboard, and memory

GPU-Z - Gathers detailed information on video card and GPU

Rivatuner - Tweaking environment to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters

Atitool - Overclocking utility for ATI and NVIDIA video cards

RightMark Memory Analyzer - Measures real RAM bandwidth, average/minimal latency of different cache levels

HDD Health - Monitors hard disks using Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) and alerts you to impending failure

HD Tune - HD benchmark utility; free version doesn't support write benchmarks

IOMeter - Another free HD benchmark utility; I reviewed it a while back.

BlueScreenView - Scans minidump files created during "blue screen of death" crashes; useful to analyze crashes caused by device drivers

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  1. Jean-Philippe 13 years ago

    And the new product by Piriform: Speccy .

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