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CPU-Z

CNET Editors' review

CPU-Z yields an impressive data sheet of a computer system's functions and operations. By cutting out a lot of technical and manual searching, this handy freeware generates a list of information that computer lovers will find very helpful.

We had no trouble operating the program's interface since it had practically no command icons. The program is basically like reading a report, though one rich in information. Casual computer users probably won't get much from CPU-Z, since the information it presents is heavily data oriented. However, technophiles will love its attention to detail. The interface features seven tabs that catalog everything from your motherboard's chipset and manufacturer to your clock's technical details. In between, we were able to quickly find information about our PC's memory, cache, graphics, and SPD. CPU-Z lays everything out in easy-to-read tables full of highly technical terms and numbers. Seeking this information out through traditional methods would have taken much longer. The program, unfortunately, doesn't have any special features, though some accompanying charts and graphs would have been nice. Overall, this tool yields an impressive collection of raw data in an easy-to-ready format that makes it easy to use, too.

CPU-Z is freeware. Though those not well versed in technology may be turned off by all that data, computer lovers will discover a lot about their PCs. For them, CPU-Z is a must.

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nothing much"

    February 24, 2014  |   By JAMNeptune

    Version: CPU-Z 1.68

    Pros

    It works like it's supposed to be. There really isn't anything else to say. It has a small footprint I suppose.

    Cons

    Very minimalistic. You'll usually understand it more if you're really educated.

    Summary

    There's nothing to it. It's a no-frills program showing your system and hardware information. It does not install any virus or malware. You have the option to disable installing the Conduit search in the CNET Installer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This software will silently add conduit virus"

    January 18, 2014  |   By jianzhan

    Version: CPU-Z 1.68

    Pros

    It works and shows PC information

    Cons

    It is very bad software to silently install www.conduit.search.com into your browsers. When clicking new tab in browser, it re-routes your window to www.conduit.search.com. Please be careful and don't download it, otherwise you will get trouble.

    Summary

    This software includes virus - to install www.conduit.search.com into your browser's settings.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Program! Will recomend to friends."

    December 25, 2013  |   By boxturtle4

    Version: CPU-Z 1.66

    Pros

    Small program that provides a lot of good information about your system. I wanted to see information about my system memory and it showe me that and much more.

    Cons

    None. Works as advertised.

    Summary

    Reviewers are complaining about malware and programs when you download this program. Just about every free program tries to add something at installation. You have to be proactive and carefully watch your installations for these programs. Pick "CUSTOM" install and not "RECOMENDED INSTALL" when prompted and you can opt out of the crapware. Hope this helps.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't download this!"

    December 17, 2013  |   By miken198555

    Version: CPU-Z 1.62

    Pros

    None the program cpu z was never even installed.

    Cons

    Instead 3 malware programs were installed.

    Summary

    I downloaded or tried to download, cpu z and instead of receiving the program, 3 malware programs were installed onto my computer.I went the official site for cpu z and this is what happened.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Avoid this app because the webpage is rigged with junk"

    December 12, 2013  |   By BDan2000

    Version: CPU-Z 1.66

    Pros

    The app itself is very informative

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the creator has now seen fit to try to sneak in as much junk software during the install as possible. You have to be very careful. I was trying to minimize my browser when I accidentally clicked on one of the ads on the page--my browser was immediately hijacked. Home page was changed, search engine changed, it added an extension. This is ridiculous.

    Summary

    This is what I call a truly dishonest company. Avoid the app.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's great!"

    October 13, 2013  |   By Vince53

    Version: CPU-Z 1.66

    Pros

    It is a simple program that does exactly what it is supposed to do: analyze my CPU. I have installed it successfully on two computers.

    Cons

    It does not actually DO anything. It just provides information.

    Summary

    It has not harmed either one of my computers. It has given me accurate information that I was able to research.

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  • 4.0 stars

    ""Does what it says on the box""

    September 11, 2013  |   By gropinginthedark

    Version: CPU-Z 1.66

    Pros

    no unneccesary clutter, just does the job

    Cons

    Interpreting the results is your problem, it could usefully link fields to online explanation/documentation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs adware & malware"

    August 7, 2013  |   By victius

    Version: CPU-Z 1.65

    Pros

    None - didn't run it

    Cons

    Installs malicious programs

    Summary

    This download is not the program itself, which is how it passed the virus checking system. What it does is download and install another program that installs the product and also adware into all your browsers and malware on your pc. I had to go through a long and tortuous process to remove it from my browsers and hard disk.

    I discovered this when Avast threw up an alert that two malicious programs were detected, by which time it had already installed. Obviously this is designed to bypass the blocking mechanism of anti-virus systems.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what it says on the tin"

    July 3, 2013  |   By Skaas

    Version: CPU-Z 1.65

    Pros

    Simple GUI
    Easy to install
    NO malware
    Does what it says

    Cons

    No execution tools, benchmarking etc

    Summary

    Simple yet intuitive diagnostic tool, provides a plethora of cumulated data and that is ALL it does.

    I don't understand why there are reviews stating there are "Viruses" and "Malware" etc within the installation, there are not.

    There are many many legitimate "programs" that are flagged as viruses by more common avs, after all "viruses" are mereley programs and scripts themselves and often they are not "viruses" at all, this is a common misconception.

    Try installing for example AVG while running an instance of Norton 360 and watch while Symantec tells you that AVG is a Virus!!

    Clearly you have installed a third party "Toolbar" using the CNET DLr instead of the "Direct Download" link under the big green Download Now button.

    If you are not technologically savvy enough to understand the reasonings for stating such, then you have NO use for this particular tool!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Product download contains malware/crapware"

    June 12, 2013  |   By a_guy_3

    Version: CPU-Z 1.64

    Pros

    CPU-Z works great

    Cons

    Installing this exe will result in installing "mypcbackup" and some ASPCA shopping extension without your permission.

    Summary

    Find CPU-Z from a clean site, don't allow any odd/unauthorized software to be installed.

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