Softpedia Editor's Review for HWiNFO32
An application designed to give you information about your hardware
Written by Bogdan Popa on December 6th, 2012
Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for HWiNFO32
If you want to get to know your PC in detail, the specification papers included in the package by the hardware manufacturer won't help you that much, that's for sure. Instead you can use one of the many dedicated software solutions out there, and HWiNFO is one of the best picks.
As its name suggests (an abbreviation for "hardware info"), HWiNFO is capable of getting in touch with all pieces of hardware in order to provide detailed information about each one.
One of the niftiest features we've discovered while testing the application was the summary report displayed every time HWiNFO is opened, thus immediately making available the most important details regarding our machine.
Of course, for a deeper investigation there's the main window that enables you to browse through all the possible of details regarding the CPU, motherboard, RAM, video adapters, monitors, drives, audio and network devices, ports and pretty much every other single piece of hardware bundled in the system.
Another interesting feature is the sensor reading tool that provides you with information on the temperature of your components in a single clean window. A benchmark function is also present in the feature set, but keep in mind that all the tests are going to take a while to complete.
All in all, it's safe to say that HWiNFO is the kind of tool that has pretty good chances to come in handy on every computer out there, especially since it can be used by beginners and power users alike.
Here are some key features of "HWiNFO32":
· Comprehensive hardware information
· System health monitoring
· Basic benchmarks
· Text, CSV, XML, HTML, MHTML report formats
· Periodical updates
· Shows all hardware components hierarchically in a tree
· Displays status from hardware monitors
· Does benchmarks
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Fixed reporting of GPU Power/Current on certain CHL controllers.
· Added support of CHL8203, CHL8212 and CHL8213 on GPU.
· Added preliminary support ITE IT8732.
· Separated reporting of GPU codename.
· Improved Intel Haswell support.
· Improved AMD Kabini support.
· Added AMD Radeon HD 7990 (Malta).
· Added reporting of GPU Serial Number for later ATI/AMD GPUs.
· Enhanced sensor monitoring on Apple machines.
· Added AMD Radeon HD 7730.
· Added support of NCT6683D hardware monitor.
· Avoid polling of nVidia GPUs disabled by Optimus.
· Added monitoring of some ACPI values.
· Added monitoring of CPU Core/NB currents and powers on AMD Trinity, Richland and Kabini.
· Added nVidia GeForce GTX 770 and GeForce GTX 780