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PCThrust

Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

PCThrust simply boosts application priorities from their normal settings, but its lack of options will leave advanced users disappointed.

This program sits on your Start tray displaying a uselessly small graph of CPU usage. Double-clicking the icon brings up the program's simple interface. In addition to a larger version of the CPU graph, you can quickly open settings and see some simple program information. You easily can set an application's priority through Task Manager. This program makes such changes on the fly by simply setting the currently focused app's priority to "High" or "Realtime." As you switch focus from one program to another, PCThrust changes each app's priority and reverts other programs back to their normal priorities.

Setting whatever application you are currently viewing to a higher priority could lead to trouble, but we found few problems during our tests. We also found few benefits. Most programs are set to the priority they require and boosting the value gave little change except to starve CPU cycles from background apps. However, if youre multi-tasking with many open programs, this utility could help you make sure your current program gets priority.

Setting PCThrust to force your program's priority to Realtime could cause conflicts with Windows operating system needs. Novice users who are uncomfortable using Task Manager, and users with a need to automatically boost priority for selected apps will find PCThrust helpful. Advanced users will wish for app whitelists, blacklists and other options typical for this type utility.

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Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

PCThrust simply boosts application priorities from their normal settings, but its lack of options will leave advanced users disappointed.

This program sits on your Start tray displaying a uselessly small graph of CPU usage. Double-clicking the icon brings up the program's simple interface. In addition to a larger version of the CPU graph, you can quickly open settings and see some simple program information. You easily can set an application's priority through Task Manager. This program makes such changes on the fly by simply setting the currently focused app's priority to "High" or "Realtime." As you switch focus from one program to another, PCThrust changes each app's priority and reverts other programs back to their normal priorities.

Setting whatever application you are currently viewing to a higher priority could lead to trouble, but we found few problems during our tests. We also found few benefits. Most programs are set to the priority they require and boosting the value gave little change except to starve CPU cycles from background apps. However, if youre multi-tasking with many open programs, this utility could help you make sure your current program gets priority.

Setting PCThrust to force your program's priority to Realtime could cause conflicts with Windows operating system needs. Novice users who are uncomfortable using Task Manager, and users with a need to automatically boost priority for selected apps will find PCThrust helpful. Advanced users will wish for app whitelists, blacklists and other options typical for this type utility.

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Full Specifications

General

Publisher SwiftDog
Publisher web site http://www.swiftdog.com/
Release Date November 14, 2011
Date Added November 14, 2011
Version 1.9.28.2009

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 2.37MB
File Name pcthrust.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,697
Downloads Last Week 1

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 28-day trial
Price $12.99
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