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.
You may, or may not, have heard of creating vRAM disks and making your system faster. A Virtual RAM disk can be created using the internal hard disk memory, or you can just buy one. For those of you that know what RAM is meant to do, understand that a vRAM disk is a virtual disk that can can read and write to files faster than to your hard disk. The simplest reason (and there are many other complex ones) to the added speed is that a virtual drive isn't a separate machine component that requires actual moving parts to read and write information. For the truly tech savvy who know the ins and outs of creating RAM disks, there is an entirely different world of information out there. For simpler users, more specifically, Mac users, there is iRamDisk
, an app worth $1.99 in the Mac App Store which allows you to create virtual RAM disks and mount them as regular drives.
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.
RAM CPU Taskbar for Windows 7
is a new lightweight portable application that displays both CPU and RAM usage on Windows 7 Taskbar without disturbing anything on it, making it a better solution than previously recommended Windows 7 Taskbar Monitor
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.
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.
Ever increasing dependency on technology and the internet is making it more and more difficult to keep track of things in an organized manner. If you’re an active internet and social networking community member, chances are that you’ll be jumping from one platform to another all the time, checking emails, Facebook, Twitter, and what not. Won’t it be nice to have everything delivered to you in one place, without the hassle?
Many applications these days are adopting this very approach. Microsoft in their Office 2010 suite of applications have also tried to incorporate this in some manner. Then there are dedicated programs that serve only this process: email and social network integration. From this class stands out Inbox2
, a ‘premium connected lifestyle application’ as per its developer, that combines all (and I mean literally all) your email in one beautiful interface as well as displaying live streams from Facebook, Twitter, Yammer etc.
is a portable application to monitor hard disk(s), physical memory, virtual memory, and CPU activity. Primarily it is out to facilitate users who access system on remote locations where the systems are not tangibly available, so they can keep an eye on all the local drives read/write activities. Another usage scenario is that when the computer is hidden under the table and you can’t see the hard drive activity indicator. In such situations, DriveGLEAM offers an system tray indicator to let you monitor each local drive activity along with RAM and CPU usage.
If you are a Windows user, you would be familiar with it’s memory management & usage. But have you ever tried to learn how Windows is assigning the main physical memory and how much file data is cached in RAM, or how much memory is consumed by the kernel and various drivers running on your system?
System slowness is a normally faced issue for most PC users, often caused by lesser amount of system memory. RAM optimization applications, while not adding anything to physical memory, tend to give a speed boost by cleaning up junk from RAM, hence making its usage more efficient.
Random Access Memory(RAM) is one of the most vital components which plays an important role in the performance of your computer. Mem Watcher
is a small application which adds a movable panel to your desktop, hence allowing you to keep an eye on your RAM and swap usage.
There are various 3rd party tools for Windows that lets you clean up your system memory but they take their time. Sometimes a user needs to free up his memory quickly before the computer freezes or hangs up.
MaxMem is a free tool for Windows that lets you clean up the system memory both quickly and efficiently. It silently sits and monitors the memory from the System tray. To clean up the memory, right-click the MaxMem icon in the system tray, select Free, and now further select from the list of 3 options: Normal, Periodic, and Aggressive. Read More