Benchmarking

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
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(338 votes)
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CPU-Z is a free program that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. If offers useful information about processor name and number, codename, process, package, cache levels, mainboard and chipset, memory type, size, timings, and module specifications (SPD), real time measurement of each core's internal frequency, memory frequency, and more.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
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(86 votes)
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Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor checks your computer's hardware and software to see if it is able to run Windows 7, and lets you know which devices and programs should be changed or upgraded to meet the requirements. All you have to do is to download and install the software and then let it scan your computer.

EVEREST Ultimate Edition
EVEREST Ultimate Edition
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(492 votes)
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Lavalys EVEREST Ultimate Edition is the best software for viewing system information. Its secret is a hardware information database for over 68000 devices! Yet, the program is very small, about 12MB. It includes "Monitor Diagnostics Test", which is a complete tool for tweaking your CRT and LCD monitor.

AMD System Monitor
AMD System Monitor
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(32 votes)
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AMD System Monitor is specifically designed to display hardware activity. Its design is very simple, you basically see the live activity displayed by your CPU, RAM, and video card if it has an AMD chipset. It is useful for those looking to get a better understanding of the memory consumption as well as what percentage of the CPU is used in some applications.

XFastUsb
XFastUsb
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(15 votes)
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ASRock XFast USB Technology redefines the new standard in high performance computing. ASRock dedicated hundreds of hard working engineers to make immediate boosts possible – XFast USB Technology instantly accelerates performance for the best possible gain profiles.

HWiNFO64
HWiNFO64
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(8 votes)
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HWiNFO64 is the 64-bit version of REALiX’s comprehensive and professional system diagnostic tool. It provides you with accurate information of any single component installed on your computer, from the processors to the graphics chip, and from the motherboard to the battery. It produces useful reports that you can save as a text, CSV, XML, or HTML file.

PC Probe II
PC Probe II
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(91 votes)
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PC Probe II is a utility that helps you to closely monitor vital components of the computer. It monitors fan speeds, voltages & alerts you if any problem with these components is found. It is a must have utility for any who want his computer to be in a healthy state everytime.

HWiNFO
HWiNFO
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(31 votes)
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From a quick overview unfolding into the depth of all hardware components. Always up-to date supporting latest technologies and standards. Comprehensive hardware analysis, monitoring and reporting for Windows and DOS. Accurate monitoring of all system components for actual status and failure prediction.

PerformanceTest
PerformanceTest
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(16 votes)
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As its name suggests, PerformanceTest is a benchmarking application. It includes several tests to gauge performance and compare it against statistical data gathered about other PCs at world level. The tool has a very nice and intuitive interface, which makes it very easy to access each of the tests or run them altogether. However, it should be made more responsive to window resizing.

GPU Monitor
GPU Monitor
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(18 votes)
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Considering that it's actually only a simple little gadget, many users won't expect much of GPU Monitor either. But in fact, GPU Monitor is most likely the best tool of its kind, as it's lightweight, yet very feature-rich, customizable, and comprehensive. It will provide a lot of information about the monitored GPU, including real-time data about the clock speed, usage load, temperature, etc.

WD Diagnostics
WD Diagnostics
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(25 votes)
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WD Diagnostics is a diagnostics tool for Western Digital Hard Disks having SMART capability. Even if it is made by Western Digital and distributed as a free tool for checking their hardware, it can be used on any hard disk having SMART capability. This s actually not necessary as SMART monitoring is enabled in almost all new motherboards.

RamBooster
RamBooster
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(28 votes)
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RamBooster 2.0.0.0 is a program that monitors and frees RAM if necessary. RamBooster does it automatically, without modifying your system in any way. The main windows of RamBooster show you by default the target level of free RAM (by default, 1 Mb.), your Free RAM at this moment, and the percent of Free RAM and CPU usage.

FreshDiagnose
FreshDiagnose
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(21 votes)
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Fresh Diagnose is a utility designed to analyze and benchmark your computer system. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, hard disk performance, video system information, mainboard / motherboard information, and much more...

NovaBench
NovaBench
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(13 votes)
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NovaBench 2.0 is a free benchmark program for Microsoft Windows. This program lets you perform extensive CPU speed tests, multi-threaded tests for multiple cores/processors, hardware accelerated graphics tests, hard drive write speed test and CPU temperature monitor. NovaBench has a tabbed interface for benchmark results.

OCCT
OCCT
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(33 votes)
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OCCT is intended to assess your system’s stability by conducting a series of tests. A program like this is essential when you need to optimize your computer’s hardware resources. It has a rather intuitive interface; however, certain technical knowledge is required to correctly interpret the data provided.

Heaven Benchmark
Heaven Benchmark
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(3 votes)
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Heaven Benchmark is an intensive GPU benchmark that hammers graphics cards to the limits. It provides completely unbiased results and generates true in-game rendering workloads across all platforms. This powerful tool can be effectively used to determine the stability of a GPU under extremely stressful conditions, as well as check the cooling system potential under maximum heat output.

Unigine Valley Benchmark
Unigine Valley Benchmark
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(4 votes)
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Unigine Valley Benchmark is a GPU stress-testing tool that showcases a comprehensive set of cutting-edge graphics technologies with a dynamic environment and fully interactive modes available to the end user. Valley Benchmark allows you to encounter a morning high up in the mountains when the snow-capped peaks are just barely glittering in the rising sun.

RivaTuner
RivaTuner
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(64 votes)
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RivaTuner 2.2 is the best & the foremost tweaking utilty available. It provides you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters. Advanced tuning features such as driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis etc. are included.

Everest
Everest
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(23 votes)
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EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings

3DMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage
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(40 votes)
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3DMark Vantage is the industry standard performance benchmark for DirectX 10 gaming PCs. It includes two graphics tests, two CPU tests and six feature tests. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark Vantage is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 10 under game-like loads.

SiSoftware Sandra Lite
SiSoftware Sandra Lite
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(33 votes)
Freeware

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.

ZOTAC FireStorm
ZOTAC FireStorm
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(18 votes)
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ZOTAC FireStorm is a program that allows you to extract every ounce of performance from your ZOTAC GeForce series graphics card. Tweaking and tuning ZOTAC GeForce series graphics cards with FireStorm is quick with an easy to use user-interface that presents users with clock speed adjustments, fan control and GPU monitoring functions.

AIDA64 Business Edition
AIDA64 Business Edition
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(2 votes)
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AIDA64 Business Edition is a program that can collect a very detailed hardware and software inventory from Windows client computers connected to the corporate network. As it supports command-line switches, creating inventories can be fully automated, while reports collected from the PCs can be saved to open formats ready for further processing, as well as to an SQL database.

EVGA OC Scanner X
EVGA OC Scanner X
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(3 votes)
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EVGA OC Scanner X is a free program designed for any EVGA GeForce card. This application allows you to take your card to the limit with exclusive built-in artifact scanning, benchmarking tools, GPU vitals information, CPU burn in utility and built-in log functionality.

3DMark05
3DMark05
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(23 votes)
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3DMark05 offers full support for Microsoft DirectX9.0c and features the latest three 3D game tests, a couple of new CPU tests along with a suite of new feature tests. It has new and improvised image quality tools as well as online services, and consequently the user can submit the results and compare them to 3DMark05 results from anywhere across the world.