How to Learn All About Basic Hardware on Your PC


Need to know some information about your CPU, motherboard, or memory? Try the nifty little utility CPU-Z. It's free and provides a host of properties and specifications in one simple package.  You have a choice of 32- or 64-bit versions. An example of the information displayed is shown below. In the figure, the CPU tab has been chosen but there are six other tabs that will provide a variety of additonal information.

CPU-Z utility

More information about the program and download links are at the developer's site as well as at this Softpedia site.  The utility comes in both an installable and a portable version. I only use the portable version, which is a 824 KB download. Next time you need details about your hardware, give this one a try.

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