A FREE Utility to Analyze and Benchmark your PC

I have reviewed system information utilities in the past (e.g. SIW – System Information for Windows); however, there is always room in your tech toolbox for another. During a past review of System Information for Windows,   a fellow blogger [ Rarst.net ] commented on and pointed out another system information utility, called PCWizard, that is very hard to match.

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PCWizard is a system information, benchmarking and diagnostic tool wrapped up in one. PCWizard can analyze and test many types of hardware such as CPU, Cache, RAM, Hard Disk, CD / DVD-ROM, Removable / FLASH Media, Video, MP3 compression. The program is easy to navigate, well designed and will easily fit on your flash drive (approx. 6.5 MBs). This tool is periodically updated (usually once per month) to keep in line with the industries latest hardware and software standards. PCWizard can tell you just about anything and everything about your PC and its’ performance; AND, best of all it  is FREE.

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Two options to Install:

ZIP package : PC Wizard 2009 can be run directly from removable support (CD/DVD, USB Key, …) Options are not saved.
Don’t forget to check “Use Folder Names” into your UNZIP application to create PC Wizard folders.

Self-installing EXE package : To install PC Wizard 2009 directly on your hard drive.

FEATURES:

Hardware Information

Mainboard / Bios (Connectors, ID String, MP Support …)

Chipset (FSB Frequency, Norhtbridge, Hub, Direct Media Interface, XMB, NSI, …)

Main Memory (FPM, EDO, SDRAM, DDR SDRAM, DDR-2 SDRAM, DDR-3 SDRAM, RDRAM, FB_DIMM, Timings …)

Memory Profiles : EPP (SLi Ready), Intel XMP.

Cache Memory (L1, L2, L3, Size, Frequency …)

Processors (Type, Speed, Multiplier coeff., Features, Model Number, Vanderpool Technology …)

Coprocessor

APM & ACPI

Busses : ISA, PCI, AGP (2x, 4x,8x), SMBus/ i2c, CardBus, Firewire, Hyper-Transport … )

DMI / SMBIOS

Mainboard Sensors, Processor, Hard Disk & Battery (Voltage, Temperature, Fans)

Video (Monitor, Card, Bios, Capabilities, Memory, Integrated Memory, Frequencies …)

OpenGL & 3Dfx

DirectX (DirectDraw, Direct3D, DirectSound (3D), DirectMusic, DirectPlay, DirectInput, DirectX Media)

Keyboard, Mouse & Joystick

Drives (Hard Disk, Removable, CD-ROM, CDRW, DVD …)

SCSI (Card, Controller, Adapter, Devices …)

ATA/ATAPI & S-ATA (Devices, Type, Capabilities, S.M.A.R.T. Features, RAID)

Ports (Serial, Parallel, USB, IEEE-1394)

IDE & SCSI Devices

Twain & WIA Devices

PCMCIA (PC Card) Devices

Bluetooth Devices

Sound Card (wave, midi, aux, mix, AC’97 codec, High Definition Audio)

Printers (Local & Network)

Modem (Features, Speed …)

Network (Server, Connexion, Firewall …)

Security (Scan Ports …)

PocketPC & SmartPhone Devices

System Information

MCI Devices (mpeg, avi, seq, vcr, video-disc, wave) & ACM

SAPI

Passwords (Outlook, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, Dialup …)

DOS Memory (base, HMA, UMB, XMS, EMS, DPMI, VCPI)

Windows Memory

Windows (Version, Product Key, Environment, Desktop, XP Themes …)

Windows UpTime (Boot, Shutdown, BlueScreen, System Restore Points …)

TrueType & OpenType Fonts

WinSock (Internet), Telephony et Remote Access

OLE (Objects, Servers …)

Microsoft® Applications

Activity (Process, Tasks, Threads)

Modules (DLL, DRV, 32 & 16-bits) & NT Services

Internet Navigator (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla, FireFox)

.NET Global Assembly Cache (GAC)

ODBC

CMOS/RTC

Resources (IRQ, DMA, E/S, Memory)

System files (.ini, .log, .bat, .nt, .dos …)

System Benchmarks

Processor (Dhrystone (MIPS), Whetstone (MFLOPS), Mandelbrot fractal …)

L1, L2, L3 Cache, RAM (Bandwidth, Latency …)

Main Memory (Bandwidth, Latency …)

Hard Drives

CD/DVD Rom

DirectX 3D

Video

Removable/Flash Support

MP3 Compression

VISTA Experience Index

Tools

Can save, print, e-mail a report

Can save a TXT, RTF, HTML, PDF or CSV report

Can export any graphics as BMP file

Can export text and graphic with the clipboard

Web update Wizard

Communicate with Motherboard Monitor

Dump (Hardware registers, System BIOS, video BIOS …)

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