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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm a bit new to this area of delving into PC systems.  I've recently downloaded the AIDA64 Extreme trial, but I thought I'd ask you guys your opinion as far as system info tools go.  Of course I'd prefer freeware, but I'll pay if I find it handy.  You can list any other awesome tools in your swiss army knife too if you like.

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3 minutes ago, AngryBeaver said:

HwInfo is a good tool.

Nah,  More like Aida64

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Depends what you are after. HWiNFO is for checking every spec possible. But if you need to do stress testing, test drive speeds or view drive usage in more detail, you need other tools. HWiNFO is the one to be used for temps, voltages, usage % etc.

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20 minutes ago, Ryman5511 said:

LogicalDRM, I would be interested in those other tools if you could list them.  Thanks.

Be sure to press the 'quote' button when replying to users so they get a notification of your reply :) :



Tools for testing would include

CPU: Aida64 (as you mentioned) for a stresstest, Cinebench for a benchmark

GPU: Furmark if you absolutely need to know the max temp for a GPU or want to see if it is stable.. But I don't recommend it anymore, I would much rather recommend any of the 3DMark benchmarks (Steam's demo version does all you need for basic testing - it's a GPU and CPU gaming benchmark)

HDD/SSD: CrystalDiskMark. Nothing really special to say about it, other than it tests your drive.


Userbenchmark is actually quite decent in packing all these sorts of benchmarks together, but take the results compared to other similar systems with a grain of salt.

I have just kind of seen that some of the results in the Userbenchmark database are kinda wacky. As in sometimes the numbers are just way too low, which may be indicative of the user running other software while doing the test, which of course lowers the score..


Stresstest vs. Benchmark:

A stresstest is there to.. Stress the PC and see if it is stable in the 'worst conditions', while a benchmark more closely evaluates performance in more realistic scenarios. They both have a place in troubleshooting, depending on what you need to test.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, Minibois said:

Be sure to press the 'quote' button when replying to users so they get a notification of your reply :) :


You know, I thought I recognized that symbol as the standard for the reply option, yet the hovering info said "quote" which I felt not completely necessary and didn't realize it meant "reply with quote from this message and notify user of your reply".  A little extra brain power on my part might have guessed that.  Yet as interface developers are we to expect our customers to guess, possess powers of intuition, and wade through endless menu layers all because we possess a disdain for those so challenged?  /Rant end.  Thank you for helping me become a better user.

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