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.
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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