Open Hardware Monitor 0.8 is out

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 16, 2016
Updated • Nov 8, 2016

Open Hardware Monitor 0.8 is the newest version of the popular computer hardware program for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows devices.

A jump to version 0.8 is usually not something that we write about unless new features or changed are introduced that make the news interesting to the majority of readers here on this site.

What makes the release of Open Hardware Monitor 0.8 interesting is the fact that it is the first release in over two years.

The program was well received before but many users probably thought that the project was dead due to the lack of updates.  The new release changes that and gives hope that releases will be published more frequently again.

Open Hardware Monitor 0.8

open hardware monitor 0.8

You can download the program from the developer site. It is a portable application which means that you just need to extract it and may run it from any location right away without installation.

The interface of Open Hardware Monitor has not changed, and that is a good thing. The program displays the hardware of the PC on launch. Groups like the processor, memory, hard drives or the video card are listed each with one or multiple items or subgroups underneath them.

There is clocks, temperatures, load and powers for the processor alone for instance. Open Hardware Monitor keeps track of minimum, maximum and current values of items. This makes it easy to find out how hot a hard drive, the video card, or the processor really get, or the percentage of memory used when you ran some taxing programs.

Some advanced options, the saving of reports, the logging interval, or logging can be configured on top of that.

Open Hardware Monitor 0.8 Changes

The new version of Open Hardware Monitor is all about support improvements. The program supports the following devices, device families or sensors in the new version:

  • Intel Skylake, Kaby Lake and Airmont CPUs
  • Intel Xeon E5-26xx v4 and Xeon D-15xx CPUs.
  • Intel Intel i5, i7 5xxC (14nm) CPUs.
  • AMD family 15h model 30h APUs.
  • ITE IT8620E and IT8628E super I/O chips.
  • Nuvoton NCT6102D/NCT6106D super I/O chips.
  • Better Nvidia RAM sensors (free, used and total) support.
  • More sensors for Samsung and Plextor SSDs.

A couple of issues were corrected on top of that. The new version fixes wrong Nvidia GPU clock min and plotting values, issues with Nuvoton NCT6791D super I/O chips after wake from S3 sleep state, and incorrect OS version showing up in reports on Windows 10 and 8.1 PCs.

Closing Words

Support for new Intel and AMD processors, and other hardware devices and sensors improves the program's usability as it detects these cpus and devices correctly now. So, better support without any unnecessary interface changes or experiments.

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  1. Frank said on April 11, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    How can “Open Hardware Monitor” (Michael Moller) be uninstalled.
    Do not see removal info on site.
    Many programs which supposedly remove OHM are blocked by Malwarebytes.
    Thanks in advance.

  2. Osy004C said on April 26, 2017 at 11:32 pm


    I use the Open Hardware Monitor, for me the keyword is opensource :)
    I used to use gadgets but it was not an option during games.
    Now I use an old android phone to visualize the data from Open Hardware Monitor. There is an app called OSysMon in the playtstore. It’s highly customizable can handle more than one PCs, has charts, gauges text.

  3. Moloch said on November 16, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I really like the gadget option so i dont have to have the big window open to monitor things. Glad they finally released an update.

  4. CHEF-KOCH said on November 16, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Sorry but I not understand why we need just another tool, we have Aida, HWMonitor and others which doing the job very well. This looks exactly copied from HWMonitor (btw there exist a non pro version), and this will the developer really fast pissed off because this fantastic tools doesn’t costs much but now people switching to this open solution and he maybe loses money and this overall means for paid users that he may cut down support because time/money reasons.

    As much as I like open source you should not forgot that people are behind such project and they need to pay the bills. I would love to see that the both developers of HWMonitor and Open Monitor get in contact and finding a deal with each other, sadly this is more or less to late now. A compromise had been that they contacted each other first and maybe working together on a Trial or Free version, now we have two similar tools but no one has really a benefit from that (except maybe the user [for a short time]).

    Sr, I stay with the original HWMonitor Pro.

    1. funduk said on November 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks for good news! I’m using Open Hardware Monitor within AnVir Task Manager which is free in my region. Manually substituting newer version worked so far.

    2. Yuliya said on November 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      HWMonitor sends to website which downloads berderline malware:
      imgur com/LJs17js
      I didn’t know BIOS update will speed up my pc, and make it more secure. Silly me, thinking that I should only update it if I encounter hardware compatibility issues. I’ve got to do this, right now! /sarcasm

      On a more serious note, I used it before they included this cr.p in it, and that menu actually had something useful under it. Now they moved those options somewhere else so they can pull some cash from.. I assume somebody who uses a PC for the first time..? But such users wouldn’t need this program anyway.. Nasty. If I wanted deceptive software on my PC I’d be running Windows 10 already..

    3. Tom Hawack said on November 16, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      “This looks exactly copied from HWMonitor” … you’re the expert, not me, but when two applications deal with the same aims on the same object (hardware here) aren’t they likely to present similarities? I’d be sure that “copy” is the word once a dll, a routine, lines of code are clearly copy/pasted!

      As an expert I guess you mention a reference — HWMonitor — which may appear to non-experts as too feature-rich when a more friendly presentation such as that of ‘Open Hardware Monitor’ may be more pleasant, more incentive as well to those who wish to discover the inside of their machines.

      Also, I don’t understand the argument consisting in criticizing a new application on the basis that other similar applications already exist. Plagiarism, true copy is another problem and a lousy one indeed but what is plagiarism?

      1. CHEF-KOCH said on November 17, 2016 at 4:59 am

        That’s incorrect copy also applies to logos, designs and other copyright objects. To use same GUI is always suspect because why someone chose exactly the same look? Mostly because he knows another project uses it, since I not believe in ‘coincidence’.

        Well basically my ‘fear’ is that I as paid user now get less support as an reaction to this tool. Because as mentioned the developer of the ‘real’ app may lose now some users (or in the future).

        Well I not wanted to attack one alternative but I suggest that both of them would stay in contact. people also asked me why this looks similar and if that is from the same developer (which is not the case).

        I hope one of the developer read this here.

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