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.
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.
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.
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