How To Undervolt A CPU To Increase PC Performance

All microprocessors, or Central Processing Units (CPUs) operate at a very specific voltage. However, given the colossal assembly line at which these processors roll out, some processor models are tested at voltages higher than they really need. There is a process called Dynamic Voltage Scaling, a power management technique where voltages of individual components inside a computer can be increased/decreased. You save power when the CPU consumes less of it. This also leads to your system not heating up as much meaning the fans will no have to work as hard. Here's how to undervolt a CPU Read More

How To Limit CPU Usage Of A Process In Windows

Computers are getting more and more powerful as time passes and because they can do so much more than their early predecessors, we find that programs are now more resource hungry than they used to be. It's to be expected since a powerful computer is wasted if you don't have programs that can take advantage of its capabilities. That said, sometimes a program or process consumes too much of the system's resources and there isn't much you can do to dictate how much resources are allocated to a particular process. BES, Battle Encoder Shirase is a free Windows utility that you can use to limit and monitor the CPU usage of any process. Read More

CPU-M: Benchmark CPU, Save Test Scores, Check RAM & Processor Details

CPU benchmarking tools are designed to measure the computing and stress handling ability of processor, enabling users to not only check CPU performance, but also share benchmark scores with others. Although Windows 7 lets you calculate Windows Experience Index to check ability of all major system components including CPU, RAM, Disk etc., it doesn’t provide in-depth information on each system component. For this reason, most proficient users rely on third-party benchmarking tools, like Phronix, in order to test each system component ability to withstand extreme stress. CPU-M is built to benchmark processor cores. It also maintains an offline benchmark score history to let you easily evaluate the performance of processors over the period of time. Despite being a simple CPU benchmark tool, it also shows current memory usage and other important information on CPU and main memory. You can choose to conduct benchmark test for each CPU core or put entire CPU through a thread test. Read More

Benchmark PC Hardware To Diagnose System Issues With Ubuntu Live Disk [Guide]

There are certainly sheer number of benchmarking utilities available for PC, which put primary system components, including CPU, Main Memory, GPU etc., through a diverse range of tests to measure their health, ability and performance. The benchmarking apps are generally built to diagnose PC problems and check the actual ability of a component and its performance in presence of other installed system devices. For instance, a high-end GPU may not be able to perform at its peak ability with one or more incompatible system components. Similarly, main memory requires compatible motherboard and CPU to give its best performance. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple way to benchmark all the system components, and therefore, one needs to manually check each component’s performance while using the installed OS. Read More

Something is Ready Alerts You When CPU Intensive Application Stops

It can be often hard to determine which application may be resource intensive and when the CPU may be relieved of heavy load. For example, a browser open with a single tab may not consume a lot of resources, however, if there were to be say 12 tabs open, then the system resources, including the CPU will be under strain. This is because most of the main stream browsers now come with hardware acceleration. If you require running resource intensive applications and would like to monitor when such an application stops, then try Something is Ready (SIR). It is a portable app, which monitors the CPU load according to user-defined threshold and displays a system tray alert at the end of a resource intensive application. SIR has been developed by the same developer who previously brought us Boray POWer. Read More

AllOff: Auto Shutdown PC When Idle For A Specified Time

Usually we leave our PCs ON twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Albeit computers are designed to stay always on, with the growing prices of electricity and energy crisis, they can give a serious blow to our wallet. To counter this problem, automatic shutdown applications are a great way to save up on your hefty energy bills. You can set particular shutdown timers so the computer shouldn't remain up long when you're at work, school or vacations - or when a particular task has been completed. Previously, we covered DownOff that initiates automatic shutdown if the download rate drops and stays below a pre-specified limit for a predefined time. A great tool indeed, backed by an innovative idea. But what if you have to leave your PC on for something other than a download? Maybe hard disk defragmentation? Maybe a virus or malware scan? Maybe a game or application installation? For this you'd probably need an alternative solution, and one such solution we have for you is called AllOff Lite. It is a Windows activity monitor and automatic shutdown utility that monitors the idle state and turns off your PC. For instance, if there is no mouse, keyboard or CPU activity for a specified number of seconds. The application initiates automatic shutdown if the keyboard or mouse remain inactive for 900 seconds, or the average CPU load remains below 15%. Read More

Average CPU Cycles: Check Average CPU Usage For Any Windows Process

The average CPU utilization of an application may be different from the current CPU usage. This is so because an application can increase or reduce CPU utilization depending upon its peak usage time. For example, browsers increase resource consumption as new tabs are opened. While the current CPU usage can be assessed from the Task Manager, monitoring the Average CPU usage of a process can be difficult. Read More

OsTrack: Monitor Mac OS X System Resource Usage With Complete Overview

Unlike Windows, where one can easily find out CPU, Memory and Network bandwidth usage of installed applications, Mac OS X users often struggle to get such information out of their systems. Although, the built-in Mac OS X Activity Monitor displays all the currently running applications and other system and user processes along with their CPU and Memory usage, it doesn’t include an option to easily sift through the list or to filter the details. OsTrack is a freshly baked, advance system monitoring full-screen application for Mac OS X which lets you inspect CPU, memory, and network bandwidth usage for all the currently active applications and analyze the extracted information for 4 major time intervals; 7 days, 15 days, 30 days, and 60 days. OsTrack keeps a track of applications which consume much of your CPU and RAM while allowing you to find out all those programs and services which surreptitiously utilize network bandwidth. Read More

StressMyPC Tests PC Performance Under Extreme Conditions

Gaming enthusiasts and IT professionals are known for spending a large amount of money on computer hardware. But sometimes system from the most well known brands contain faulty parts which do not provided optimum performance. If you have spent a good amount of money on your new system or would simply like to test the stress capability of your PC, then you should try StressMyPC. It is a portable application which is designed to test your hard disk, graphic card and CPU under stress conditions to help you determine if your system components will do well under stressful conditions, e.g. during gameplay or when a resource hogging applications are being used. This app is from the same developer who has brought us IsMyLcdOK and the quad pane file explorer Q-Dir. Read More

Monitor Temperature Of System Components In Ubuntu With Psensor

A number of problems can be caused due to system heat up which can lead to damage to computer components. Overheating can be caused due to several reasons, including a faulty or non-functional fan (system supply), wiring issues and blockage of system ventilation ducts. We have covered some system temperature monitoring tools for Windows like HDD Guardian and Speccy. Psensor is a graphical system temperature monitor for Ubuntu which displays the temperature of the motherboard, CPU sensors, hard drive and the speed of the fan. Read More

Keep Track Of Your CPU Frequeny With CPU Spy For Android

Overclocking your device to push it to it’s limit is something every true technology enthusiast does and it is a common practice when it comes to Android devices. After overclocking the device though, one would often want to know what is going on with the CPU in the background. Now with free Android app CPU Spy,  you can keep track of  the CPU's state at various frequencies. More on it after the jump. Read More

Change Intel Core 2 & Core i3, i5, i7 Default CPU Throttling Scheme With ThrottleStop

You might have heard about CPU overclocking which is, generally, referred to as using full CPU speed and resources to boost CPU processing time up to the highest level attainable. Overclocking is something which has been both lauded and discouraged. The reason being that it increases CPU processing time but consumes more power than normal, which means your system can quickly heat up, causing some serious damage to CPU, Motherboard, and other hardware components. CPU throttling is opposite of overclocking. It makes CPU conserve power and can be applied on laptops. CPU manufacturers apply some throttling schemes in CPUs which are to be used in laptop PCs, so they can consume less battery power. ThrottleStop is developed to modify and monitor performance of Intel Core 2, Core i3, i5, and i7 processing units. It allows you to tweak with default CPU throttle scheme, so you can make use of CPU resources according to your requirements. Read More

QwikMark – Test CPU Speed & FLOPS, RAM And Disk Transfer Rate

Benchmarking tools help user in testing several internal and external peripherals of computer system. Finding one complete benchmark tool which can test all the hardware and software specific capacities is a bit difficult, as many benchmark tools come with a different set of tests and configurations. As far as system testing is concerned, you must not be worried about more than 3 computing abilities, which are, CPU speed, memory, and data transfer rate. QwikMark is developed to test these basic computer abilities. It enables you to check CPU speed, CPU Flops, Memory bandwidth and Disk transfer rate while showing information on CPU, Main memory, and GPU memory under one window. Read More

Monitor Health Of Upto 10 Servers In Network With Windows Health Monitor

Windows Health Monitor is a powerful monitoring utility which is developed by ManageEngine - famous for developing Enterprise IT Management Software. The free application is designed for large-scale network models, where system administrators are dealing with more than 100 nodes with around 10 servers working simultaneously. While it is compatible with both commonly used Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, it can be used in a small LAN as well, where systems are running Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.  As far as inspection is concerned, it is designed to monitor bandwidth and disks utilization, including disc space, read & write functions, and network traffic with an option to define a threshold in order to consistently observe CPU and memory utilization of running servers. The application monitors all the elements in real-time, however, you can specify refresh time according to your requirements. Read More

Create CPU Usage Rules And Keep Application Usage In Defined Range With Process Tamer

It happens quite so often that system bogs down while using an encoder to convert one hefty media file format, this is because of some threads start utilizing all the available resources of CPU, causing user to wait until the completion of process. You might have encountered such problems with an application which is buggy in terms of consuming too much of memory or CPU resources. Apparently there isn’t anything you can do with the application or program's instance which is bogging down your system but to close it down for restoring CPU to normal state. Process Tamer is a small application which is designed to address such CPU-resource utilization problems. It claims to be efficient in taming down the specified application’s CPU usage to let you carry on with your work without any disruption. Read More

Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool Verifies Your Processor Functions And Performs Stress Test

Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool is a diagnostic utility from Intel Corp which has been designed to verify functionality of Intel microprocessor. It supports a wide range of Intel microprocessors ranging from Intel Atom, Celeron, i3,i5,i7, Core 2 Solo/Duo/Quad, Pentium 4 to Pentium Extreme, and other versions of processors launched under Pentium brand. The application is highly configurable, since it verifies processing capabilities upon different scales, you can specify measuring limits and enable/disable default options. Read More

TopWinPrio Gives High Priority To Active Application To Boost Performance

TopWinPrio is free program to boost the performance of applications that are active. According to the developer, it has an ability to change active application priority to high while keeping all the other applications instances on low priority to steer CPU usage for application which needs faster and high CPU response time. You will observe its real usage while playing games or using other heavy applications such as Adobe Photoshop Suite, Adobe Flash, 3-D Studio Max, etc. Read More

ManagePC – Administer And Manage System Information & Windows Functions

ManagePC is system diagnostic utility which has been built to provide users with details of all major system components, including BIOS, CPU, Multimedia, Network, Local Drives, and lot more. Even though every Windows OS comes with a build-in System Information tool which gives you elaborated system insight, this application offers enormous information on every PC’s element along with options to remotely view and manipulate different Windows functions, services and processes. According to the developer, it has an ability to retrieve important WMI data from machine, offers Remote Desktop, Remote VNC, and remote machine management via MMC. It is further possible to remotely edit Windows registry, start/stop services, and perform uninstallation of applications. For power users, it brings WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) query builder to create queries for performing required set of actions. Read More

CPU-Z Displays CPU, Motherboard, Memory, And Graphics Related Information

Earlier, we have covered many tools which are written to provide complete information on various system elements such as, SIV (System Information Viewer), Speccy, and SIW (System Information for Windows). These tools generally cater to almost all important system elements including physical memory, network-related information, USB ports, VGA/GPU, and other connected peripherals. CPU-Z is another informational & diagnostic tool which is designed to give users a detailed CPU insight. Despite being able to provide details on CPU, you can also know about  L1 & L2 Cache information, Motherboard model, Chipset, BIOS-specific details, Memory clocks timings, and installed graphics card. Read More