Speccy

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 156 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.24.632
  • Total Downloads:
    373,863
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 19, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.89MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,366
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Piriform's Speccy is a nifty little system information utility. Its mission is to collect and display more-detailed information about your hardware and its performance than is offered by Windows, even the latest versions. It shows the brand, model, version, driver, file, location, capacity, operating condition, and other data about your system's CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics card, disk drives, optical drives, audio, peripherals, network, and operating system. It even displays the temperature of compatible hardware.

Speccy's sleek dialog, gray tones, and small but crisp and colorful icons give a modern look to the familiar Windows interface. The left-hand navigation window lists Summary, which gives a handy system overview, as well as CPU, RAM, and so on. Clicking anything calls up a more detailed view of the component's operating conditions and statistics. Speccy has few settings beyond language and temperature (Fahrenheit or Celsius). The Help file links to a product Web page, but it's more than adequate, and Speccy's about as easy to use as any program out there; it just shows you what's going on with your PC. Our favorite function by far is the temperature display. It accurately displayed sensor data from the CPU and two hard drives, offering reassuring proof that our disks and CPU were all operating well within their rated temperature range; the dual-core Pentium 4 in our testbed ran at a frosty 37 degrees C. It also displayed S.M.A.R.T. data from our hard disks. We also like the ability to save and reload system "Snapshots" as XML or text files, or even optional INI files.

Piriform's freeware has impressed us with its value, and Speccy fits the form. Though we've seen lots of system information utilities and even find the Windows feature useful, Speccy looks like a keeper.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Very Extensive Depth of Data"

January 22, 2014  |  By Ira33629

 |  Version: Speccy 1.24.632

Pros

Speccy goes far beyond the typical system information tools' hardware granularity, drilling deep down to display accurate detail of hardware sub(sub)-components, detail that often surpasses what can bed found in a vendor's own service manuals (e.g. manufacturer, size, type, quantity, and speed of the chips on each RAM board inserted into each RAM slot).

Cons

On most systems, Speecy causes a noticeable sustained high CPU utilization even after obtaining and displaying the detailed component information. This appears due to its monitoring hardware for changes, which is evident when you the numerous temperature sensors changing.

Summary

Reliable, accurate detail on hardware, OS, and software in modern Windows-based computers. Unbeatable in free utilities.

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1 stars

"Seriously crashed my PC every time I ran it."

January 12, 2014  |  By RadioMikeB

 |  Version: Speccy 1.24.632

Pros

None. Waste of time.

Cons

Speccy crashed my PC each time on opening, resulting in BSOD with Bad Pool Header Data message. Scary! It's a good few years since I suffered anything like that! Tried to uninstall but was initially thwarted due to it not appearing in the installed programs list either in Windows or in CCleaner! (Acerpower F5 running Win XP SP3).

Fortunately there was an uninstall.exe in the relevant program files folder which removed it successfully. Phew! Won't be trying that again.

Summary

Dodgy software. Very disappointed with Piriform, who have (had) a good reputation based on the excellent CCleaner.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.24.632
  • Added USB storage device detection.
  • Improved CPU and motherboard temperature reading accuracy.
  • Added option to skip User Account Control warning.
  • Added ability to refresh Speccy data.
  • Added option to start Speccy with Windows.
  • Enhanced hard drive information to include sector and track data.
  • Added scriptable parameters for XML and TXT data export (professional edition only).
  • Improved network adaptor detection.
  • Improved debug mode notification.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date November 14, 2013
Date Added December 19, 2013
Version 1.24.632
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.89MB
File Name spsetup128.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 373,863
Downloads Last Week 1,366
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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