Have you ever felt the heat emitted from your PC when subjected to high-end games that demand high system resources? Now, you can easily manage both your CPU and GPU temperature levels and set rules of action for situations where a violation occurs. By viewing the CPU and GPU performance from various aspects with emphasis on core-by-core or overall temperature readings, you can become fully aware of the heat building up inside your computer. With TThrottle,
an application for Windows, you can easily define, monitor and react to temperature changes in the processor and GPU in multiple modes, which enable performance throttling for the greater good. In addition, programs running in Virtualization software like VMware or VirtualBox are also monitored for an effective operation optimization experience.
With the advent of high definition video content, it became quite difficult for the CPUs to encode HD videos while at the same time perform other user tasks. DXVA (DirectX Video Acceleration) by Microsoft, made this job a tad easier on the CPU side, by offloading certain CPU-intensive tasks such as iDCT, motion compensation and video deinterlacing, to the GPU. The GPU is not only a more efficient component to handle such load, but also performs better in terms of the video rendering and color reproduction. For this reason, companies like AMD and Nvidia have incorporated DXVA to their own video decoding technologies (AMD’s UVD and Nvidia’s Pure Video), used in their computer graphics card series. DXVA by default, can be used if you’re watching a video on Blu-ray etc., but now, a wide array of media players, including Media Player Classic and KMplayer support DXVA, so that you can use your graphics card to enjoy your favorite HD movies in different video container formats, for instance MKV. If you want to check whether your graphics card supports DXVA or not, then give DXVA Checker
a try. It’s a small tool, designed to conduct some GPU tests to check support for DXVA. Details after the jump.
Developed by Windows Sysinternals, Process Explorer
is probably the most feature-rich Windows process explorer that gives in-depth information on each process running in the background. It also allows you to investigate that which application is accessing which files and system/user locations. Back in 2009, we covered
numerous aspects of Process Explorer. Since then, it has been updated with quite a lot of new options and features, including svchost’s service host category display, option to restart service, mapping of service names to threads, ability to generate full and minidump process crash dump file, comprehensive network and disk monitoring, detailed memory statistics, separate column to check aggregate CPU usage, summary
tab in System Information
dialog to view CPU, Memory, I/O
usage graphs and more. Apart from significant feature improvements, the application has also been deeply debugged to give most accurate system information including CPU, Memory and Network usage, and overall system performance.
If your Mac has both internal GPU and external graphic card installed on expansion slot, then you often have to check that which GPU is in use. Since it’s quite tiring to keep track of which graphic card your Mac is using, you may need an application that can show the currently used GPU. gfxCardStatus
is an application for MacBook Pro, which not only shows the current graphic card, but also lets you switch between internal and discrete graphic cards with a click. The utility operates from system menu bar, and keeps a check on available graphic units. The 'i' icon in menu bar signifies that Intel graphic cars is being used, whereas the 'n' represents NVIDIA GeForce GPU.
Since GPU plays a vital role in giving best gaming experience on PCs, gamers show their utmost concern about the type and strength of GPU installed in their systems. If you’re looking for the best GPU available in the market, do check out for best GPU benchmark score before buying. GPU benchmarking tools come particularly useful, when you need to put your GPU through different kind of tests to check a diverse range of abilities, such as, glass shadowing, pixel shading, 3D object models clarity and so on. Out of many attributes which users look for in their GPUs, the ability to display object shadows is considered to be the most suitable yardstick to check GPU strength.
Soft Shadows Banchmark
is a GPU benchmarking tool which tests your installed graphic unit for displaying quality shadow effects in 3D environment. While it can be, generally, used to quickly test installed GPU in any system, its main focus is on pixel processing unit (pixel pipelines). It creates a 3D environment, rendering 5 objects with 3 dynamic light effects while calculating animation FPS, so users can compare the results with other high-end GPUs available.
is a tiny application to monitor and display GPU information. Primarily, it was developed to monitor two widely used GPUs - Geforce and Radeon. Since these high-end GPU units are built to provide better video performance, you may want to inspect yours GPU temperature, RAM type, currently using cores, and so on. Jerome Guinot – the developer behind this and previously reviewed GPU Caps Viewer
states that GPU Shark differs from Caps Viewer in inspecting and monitoring installed GPUs whilst it also has an ability to visualize all of them in a single window. Unlike GPU Caps Viewer which mainly focuses on graphics card capable of running OpenGL and Direct 3D applications, GPU Shark capitalizes on showing less yet useful information regarding the memory usage, fan speed, and graphics card temperature to prevent exorbitant usage.
GPU Caps Viewer
is an application which displays all the information regarding installed graphics card/GPU. The information is based on OpenGL/OpenCL/CUDA API level support. It serves the need of knowing everything which is related in some way or the other with graphics card, OpenGL, video rendering strength, Pixel shading capability, etc.
GPU-Z is a free, lightweight, and standalone tool designed to give you detailed information on your graphic card GPU. It supports both Nvidia and ATI Graphic GPUs.
Just run it(no installation required) and it will detect your GPU instantly. The information for your GPU will be shown in a simple-to-use window. It displays some basic information such as GPU technology, size, release date, shaders, DirectX support, pixel fill rate, memory size, bus width, bandwidth, GPU clock, etc. Read More
FurMark is a free OpenGL benchmark that uses fur rendering algorithms to measure the performance of the graphics card. Fur rendering usually heats up the GPU, which can be helpful during the stability test. This tool requires OpenGL 2.0 complaint graphic cards with latest up-to-date drivers. Read More