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HWMonitor

CNET Editors' review

Keeping track of your system's temperature and operating conditions just makes good sense, especially since today's hardware makes it so easy, with a little help from programs like HWMonitor from CPUID. It's a handy, free tool for monitoring the built-in temperature sensors in your CPU, motherboard, video card, and other devices, as well as your hard drives' S.M.A.R.T. data, system fan speeds, and critical operating data like voltages. It can access most sensor chips and onboard thermal sensors, and it's even compatible with special hardware sensors in some components, including mainboard and power supply monitoring technology from Abit, Gigabyte, and others.

When you install HWMonitor, you can choose to install the Ask search toolbar; deselecting its EULA notification in the installer doesn't affect HWMonitor's installation. We chose not to install the Ask toolbar. HWMonitor opened with all compatible sensor data in our PC displayed in a tabbed tree view in the software's dialog interface, including voltages, temperatures, and fan speeds for our Asus motherboard's onboard Winbond sensor and core temperatures for our Intel CPU. There's a file menu with some basic entries, including a Help file that only offers access to an upgraded, for-pay version, but HWMonitor's mission is simple, and so are its options. It won't alert you to under- or over-voltages or excessive temperatures; you'll have to keep an eye on things. But it does help you do that!

There are several hardware monitoring utilities available online, some of them free, like HWMonitor, and some offering more or less the same level of capabilities. We've used HWMonitor before, though, and always found it a simple but accurate monitoring tool that we can recommend without reservation.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "GREAT PROGRAM"

    January 12, 2014  |   By boxturtle4

    Version: HWMonitor 1.22

    Pros

    Does what it says. Shows temperatures, fans, cpu, etc.

    Cons

    None, works with no problems.

    Summary

    Love this program. Also have their other one CPU-Z which is equally great.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good software"

    August 12, 2013  |   By kbarhorse

    Version: HWMonitor 1.22

    Pros

    functional and easy to understand

    Cons

    none that come to mind

    Summary

    three stars + solid, practical use software

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good, but doesn't correctly read everything"

    June 1, 2013  |   By anotherwinuser

    Version: HWMonitor 1.22

    Pros

    Free, nice layout.

    Cons

    Watch out! Mis-reports some voltages for certain motherboards, and doesn't warn you that they may be wrong! (Says that my PC's 12V line is at 8.096V, but my DMM says it is 12.02V!)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not too bad"

    May 25, 2013  |   By WookieeMonster

    Version: HWMonitor 1.22

    Pros

    Simple GUI. Monitored my internal HDD and video card.

    Cons

    Does NOT monitor external HDD.

    Summary

    I'll keep looking.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "its good ."

    May 7, 2013  |   By fixeverything

    Version: HWMonitor 1.22

    Pros

    monitors all temps

    Cons

    i just wish it monitored RAM and CPU use

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Very simple, very limited"

    April 13, 2013  |   By SiliconDreams

    Version: HWMonitor 1.21

    Pros

    Great support!
    Extremely simple interface

    Cons

    Very limited (4 sensors of each type)
    Extremely simple interface
    No context menus
    No flyover help

    Summary

    I had many difficulties installing this app, and the developer was most diligent in sorting out the troubles. That warrants 4 stars at least!

    But... There are only 4 of each type of sensor available onscreen. If you have 7 thermal sensors, as I do, which ones do I want displayed and monitored?

    If you have 6 fans, as I do, which fans must be unmonitored?

    That's -1 star.

    The user interface (UI) has grown out of a Win95 base, and that's not a bad thing, but it limits the developer, and it looks pretty dated and clunky. -1 star.

    But it's a rock-solid app... So it's worth trying, and if you like a cramped, 90's UI, then this is the HW monitor for you!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does the job done."

    February 24, 2013  |   By duci0167

    Version: HWMonitor 1.21

    Pros

    Don't have to guess what is temp1... like in speedfan. This is better. Simple softver for simple job and done it great.

    Cons

    have no problem

    Summary

    Like Herk said,it's free!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works, but wish it was more detailed."

    November 29, 2012  |   By skaizun

    Version: HWMonitor 1.21

    Pros

    Works on my laptop.

    Cons

    Could give more/better details.

    Summary

    I use "SpeedFan" on my desktop computer. I love its detailed info, which, recently, saved my computer, as it showed that the CPU fan wasn't cooling properly (immediately after opening my computer (FWIW, I'm a computer programmer with over 30 years of experience, including a sideline job of fixing home and business computers), the fan started making a grinding noise and slowed down, considerably!)).

    But, for some reason, it wouldn't run at all on my laptop computer, which was virtually identical to my desktop, so I needed a substitute, and chose HWMonitor.

    The program runs quickly and well, but I wish the display was more detailed, similar to SpeedFan, which is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple and compact...."

    November 21, 2012  |   By Herk11

    Version: HWMonitor 1.21

    Pros

    Small program that does what it says, you don't really have to install as its stand-alone...fast, simple interface....by the makers of CPUZ, a program that gives good info about your processor, memory, etc...

    Cons

    There is a problem with AUXTINT, which gives crazy readings- I assume for a fan that is not installed... no documentation, but not really needed... visit the website for additional info...

    Summary

    Hey = its free... what more do you want?...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "provides the info that I need"

    May 24, 2012  |   By itwoman

    Version: HWMonitor 1.19

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    dont know of any

    Summary

    Helped me identify aroblem as hardware caused when there were no other tests that indicated that problem

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