Speccy

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 153 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.26.698
File Size:
4.62MB
Date Added:
April 29, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
329,970
Downloads Last Week:
1,510
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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    4.2

    out of 153 votes

    • 5 star: 82
    • 4 star: 50
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent utility"

    March 22, 2014   |   By canada-dry

    Version: Speccy 1.25.674

    Pros

    Works super-fast on my Windows 8.1 laptop.
    Great looking interface, very user-friendly and easy to use.
    Tells you everything you want to know about your system hardware and OS. Plus its free!

    Cons

    None. This company makes great software. I use CCLeaner all the time.

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  • 4 stars

    "Rather useful for admins"

    March 20, 2014   |   By lucas8598

    Version: Speccy 1.25.674

    Pros

    Good number of stuff onboard. Did well on my desktops.

    Cons

    It frozed on my Dell laptop (win7).

    Summary

    Good for monitoring.

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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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  • 1 stars

    "Latest version crashes every time"

    October 30, 2013   |   By MisterNeutron

    Version: Speccy 1.22.537

    Pros

    None. Version 1.23.569 just keeps crashing.

    Cons

    On a Dell XPS 8300, Win7/64 (fully patched), Speccy 1.23.569 crashes pretty much every time it runs.

    Summary

    Download 1.22.537. That one seems to run properly. Ignore any offers to update it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very useful!"

    May 17, 2013   |   By jandsm5321

    Version: Speccy 1.21.491

    Pros

    Lots of info in one window. Especially glad for the temperatures.

    Cons

    I'd love to see some history graphs so I can use it to monitor temperature or gpu and cpu usage.

    Summary

    Useful, almost has everything I need.

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  • 1 stars

    "Not to good"

    May 07, 2013   |   By anothergamer

    Version: Speccy 1.21.491

    Pros

    Small download,its free

    Cons

    Downloaded and installed this yesterday , it imediately started scanning, 5 minutes later it gave info. on my optical and sound drives. I let it scan for 3 hours wich turned up no further information. Today I placed speccy under exceptions in my firewall and gave it another chance with the same results. Speccy used 100 percent of my cpu both times. Closeing speccy closed the window butt continued to run speccy .exe at you guessed it 100 percent cpu. Had to terminate process both times.

    Summary

    Had high hopes for this one only to be let down. I use cccleaner from Pritform and since I found no negative reviews for this program I gave it a try. No I wont be recommending speccy to anyone. I will now uninstall this piece of .... sotware.

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  • 5 stars

    "Highly informative"

    April 20, 2013   |   By eladsit

    Version: Speccy 1.21.491

    Pros

    With this program I can see the health of my system temperature wise

    Cons

    When the temperatures of different components start to rise too high I immediately look for reason, fan failure, dust or dirt especially on the CPU or even a blockage of vents.

    Summary

    This program is a lifesaver of my system, not like my car which has a automatic program that tells me where and if there is a problem low tire pressure, burnt out light, low brake fluid or oil pressure or amount in pan.

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  • 5 stars

    "A very good program to give you the info you need."

    April 20, 2013   |   By bmumper

    Version: Speccy 1.21.491

    Pros

    Small footprint, easy to use and understand.

    Cons

    None at this time.

    Summary

    This is a good tool for your tool box. Why pay more for less. Give this one a chance. You will not be disappointed.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great for monitoring temperatures"

    April 17, 2013   |   By jacoby75

    Version: Speccy 1.21.491

    Pros

    Stupidly easy to use.
    Just open it and it does everything you need.
    Easy to read layout.
    Does exactly what I wanted it to do.

    Cons

    None that I can find.

    Summary

    My computer kept unexpectedly shutting off when I was in the middle of doing stuff. I thought it might be overheating. I was looking for an easy program to monitor the temperature. This totally does the trick. Easy to read display shows you the temp of your processor, motherboard, and hard drive, and the color goes from yellow to darker yellow to red as it gets hotter. It very clearly showed that my cpu and motherboard were both overheating, and I was able to correct the issue. Couldn't have asked for more. I still run it in the background from time to time and see what effect different processes have on the overall temp. It's very handy.

    Near as I can tell, it doesn't let you change anything, only monitors performance and temperatures and displays it. If you're looking for something that lets you control stuff and make changes to your system settings, I don't think this is it. But if you're just looking for something to show you the status of your system, this does the trick.

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