Computer Hardware Monitor And Information Tool HWM BlackBox - gHacks Tech News

Computer Hardware Monitor And Information Tool HWM BlackBox

It is usually a good idea to start an analysis of a PC system by running a hardware monitor to get an overview of the installed hardware and runtime values. PC users have a lot of free tools at hand to get that overview, from Speccy and System Information to Open Hardware Monitor and PC Wizard.

HWM BlackBox is another system information tool for Windows that displays relevant information in a clean interface.

The program makes use of a tabbed interface to display information about the PC's processor, memory configuration, graphics and additional hardware.

hwm blackbox
hwm blackbox
  • Processor: Displays the cpu model, codename, technology, socket, revision, instruction sets, L1-L3 cache settings, speed, multiplier, bus speed and voltage. The same screen offers realtime values of each cpu core, including temperature, usage and speed values.
  • Memory: The memory tab lists everything there is to know about the installed RAM, from the total size and memory type to its frequency and speed. Each memory module can be analyzed separately on the left side. The program displays information like the manufacturer, supported frequencies, CL and voltage levels or bandwidth. Great for users who plan to add another memory module but cannot remember the type and manufacturer they have in their PC.
  • Graphics: Displays information about the graphics adapter. This includes basic information like the manufacturer, series and model to advanced information like gpu, shader and memory speeds, transistors, the temperature and the pixel fill rate. The tab comes with an option to switch to other graphics adapters of the system to display their values.
  • System: Combines information about several hardware devices. This includes the motherboard, hard drives, optical drives and network adapters.
system information
system information

The last tab offers to run Windows Performance tests, a feature only available on Vista and Windows 7.

A tiny button in the tabbar contains options to export hardware information into a text or XML file, change the hardware refresh speed rate, and to open an Overclocking Panel which provides an overview of overclocked components of the PC.

overlcocking panel
overlcocking panel

The hardware monitor displays lots of relevant information about a computer's hardware. The realtime values that are automatically updated add a lot to the value of the software. It may not offer as many detailed information about the PC system than other programs, but the information gathered and displayed should be enough for most purposes.

HWM Blackbox is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit edition for Windows operating systems. The program requires the Microsoft .net Framework 2.0 or higher. (via Web Trickz)

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  1. Google Apps Reno said on June 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Keeping records on piece of paper is a thing of past. Now be it our home or office all the important records are maintained and saved on a computer as it is easy to process them and transfer them. It is also important to keep periodic backup of the data on your computer. In case your machines crashes do not panic and just call a professional computer repair services company to recover it.

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