10 System Info Tools to Look under Your PC's Hood
Article by George Norman
On 17 Nov 2016
How many cores does your processor have? How much RAM can your motherboard handle? What’s your hard drive’s storage capacity?

To get answers to all these questions, you need to take a look under your PC’s hood. And to do that, you need to use a system information tool that can provide detailed information about your PC’s hardware. Such as...

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1. System Information



All the other system info tools on this list come from various 3rd party developers. This one doesn’t! System Information, a tool that offers a comprehensive view of your hardware, system components, and software environment, is part of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

You can access it by typing System Information into the Start Menu or by launching msinfo32 from the command shell or from the Run dialog.


2. Hardware Identify



Tweaking.com’s Hardware Identify works with any Windows edition from Windows XP all the way up to Windows 10. On top of bringing up a wealth of information about your hardware components, it can look up drivers in a device database and online.

Hardware Identify is available as an installer right here on FindMySoft and as a portable version that you can get directly from Tweaking.com.


3. CPU-Z



On its tabbed interface, CPU-Z presents information about your processor (CPU), caches, mainboard and chipset, and memory type, size, timings, and module specifications (SPD). On top of that, it can benchmark and stress test the CPU.

CPU-Z is available for Microsoft’s Windows (installer & portable) and for Google’s Android mobile operating system.


4. GFXplorer



GFXplorer presents useful information about the Windows version your PC is running as well as useful information about your PC’s hardware (CPU, RAM, motherboard, graphics card, monitor, audio adapter, drives, partitions and storage devices).

From GFXplorer’s interface you can easily launch some handy system tools and system utilities, like the Registry Editor, the Task Manager, the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), the Disk Management utility, the Device Manager, the Screen Color Calibration tool, and more.

GFXplorer is available as an installer and as a portable version for Windows.


5. System Information Viewer (SIV)



Who cares about the hardware info? All the tools presented so far can present said info. But can they turn your mouse cursor into a wizard? No they can’t! Only SIV turns your cursor into a wizard.

Get the SIV installer right here on FindMySoft, get the SIV zip from developer Ray Hinchliffe.


6. MvPCinfo



That’s a V, not an Y. This application’s name is MvPCinfo because it’s made by a developer called MVsoft. MvPCinfo presents information about your hardware components (processor, disks, peripherals, etc) as well as information about the software that’s installed on your PC. You can customize the way MvPCinfo works by using the accompanying MvPCinfo Config Builder.

MvPCinfo isn’t free, it’s only free to try (30-day trial).


7. SIW Home



SIW Stands for System Information for Windows. It is a tool that gathers detailed information about your system’s software and hardware: operating system, installed programs, processes, CPU, memory, network traffic, and more.

While the free SIW Home Edition has been discontinued, the paid SIW Home (Pro) edition lives on. Before you buy anything, put this trial version to the test.


8. ASTRA32



The one thing that hasn’t come up so far is the Windows product key. I’m bringing it up now, because I want to mention that ASTRA32 will find and display the 25-characters long code. That’s on top of all the hardware information it digs up and conveniently displays on its interface.

ASTRA32 is available as an installer and as a portable version for Windows.


9. System Information Tool



System Information Tool gathers information about your system and stores it in a TXT file. You get to choose what information will be collected and you get to pick if you want the info to be gathered at a basic, moderate, or advanced level.

System Information Tool is free and available for download right here on FindMySoft.


10. Speccy



Did you read your way or did you skip down to the last entry on the list? If you read your way down here, forget everything you’ve read so far. The best and only system information tool you’ll ever need is Piriform’s Speccy. It’s free, it has a user friendly interface, it is incredibly easy to use, it gathers detailed information about your hardware, it presents useful information about your operating system (including the Windows product key), and it can even display the CPU temperature in the system tray.

Download Speccy for Windows right here on FindMySoft.




Tags: Microsoft, Windows, hardware, software, System Information, Hardware Identify, CPU-Z, GFXplorer, System Information Viewer SIV, MvPCinfo, SIW Home, ASTRA32, System Information Tool, Speccy, Piriform
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