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Hardware Monitoring Tools

Say you’ve purchased and set up a brand new PC! Great, congratulations! However, you notice that you can’t seem to find that second hard drive you swore you plugged in, and you don’t want to to open your computer back up until you know for sure that it isn’t being recognized by the computer instead of just being user error.

That’s where these hardware monitoring apps come in. From HWInfo to Open Hardware Monitor, these apps will ensure that you know what your computer has plugged in and is actively supplying power to. They will also usually inform you of the temperature of your computer parts, which is especially great for enthusiast users that love to overclock!

  1. CPU-Z is a freeware system profiler (system monitor) application for Microsoft Windows (for all versions from 95 on) that detects the central processing unit, RAM, motherboard chipset, and other hardware features of a modern personal computer, and presents the information in one...
  2. Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.


  3. The Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source software that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer.
  4. HWiNFO are professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards.
  5. Open-source HDD/SSD utility for monitoring S.M.A.R.T. values, disk temperature and other information.
  6. Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC, available as installer version and as portable version in 24 languages. It does a quick scan of your machine and gives you a complete rundown of every piece of gear that's in your computer.

    Discontinued

    The latest version is from May 2018 https://www.ccleaner.com/speccy/version-history

    Bundleware

    The installer propose you to install additional third party software like Google Chrome

  7. GPU-Z is a lightweight system utility designed to provide vital information about your video card and graphics processor.
  8. SidebarDiagnostics - A simple sidebar for Windows desktop that displays hardware diagnostic information.
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    AIDA64 is a system information, diagnostics, and auditing application developed by FinalWire Ltd., that runs on Windows, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Tizen operating systems. It displays detailed information on the components of a computer.
  9. Grafana provides a powerful and elegant way to create, explore, and share dashboards and data with your team and the world.
  10. Gather and analyze accurate statistics and performance metrics, visualize it, get notified about current and potential issues without delay, and take advantage of our time-tested professional development and support.
  11. A powerful overclocking tool for your graphics card, which also includes screen capture and video capture tools, plus overlays. Has a lower FPS hit than Fraps, and offers the same functionality. The beta versions include audio streams alongside the video capture.
  12. SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures. SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too.

    Discontinued

    The developer promised new versions, but the program seems to be no longer updated. Latest version, 4.52, released in June 2016, can be still downloaded from the official website.

  13. PC hardware sensor monitoring utility that displays voltages, temperatures, and fan speeds.
  14. Glances is a cross-platform monitoring tool which aims to present a large amount of monitoring information through a curses or Web based interface. The information dynamically adapts depending on the size of the user interface.