Motherboard Monitor is an old software application designed to show system information and monitor various sensors to prevent the computer from reaching the maximum temperature, among others. It still works on older operating systems, such as Windows XP.
Tricky setup and accessibility via the system tray
The installation procedure is a rather complication process for users unafamiliarized with such applications. It required a bit of attention in regard to the computer's configuration and requires a reboot.
It creates an icon in the system tray area at startup which shows the live CPU reading, and also provides quick access to the program configuration panel.
Schedule tasks and configure a wide array of program settings
It is possible to specify the maximum high and low temperatures to take into account for the alarm, schedule an application to immediately launch when the alarm goes off, establish the tolerance of the voltage line, enable fan alarms, alter OSD settings for the system tray indicator, as well as schedule email notifications and FTP uploads, among many other aspects. Reports can be generated to examine information at a later time.
Evaluation and conclusion
The tool did not put a strain on computer performance in our tests, since it used low CPU and memory. We have not come across any issues, since Motherboard Monitor did not hang, crash or pop up error messages. It has a good response time, shows accurate data, and features some pretty advanced options for power PC users.
However, this is a very old program that seems abandoned for quite some time, so its hardware database does not contain the latest components. Users should resort to more reliable, up-to-date system information and monitoring utilities.