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.
Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem.
Some of the basic information can be found by right-clicking My Computer and then clicking Properties. The General tab lists some statistics, and the Device Manager on the Hardware tab lists all of the hardware you've got installed. But it misses out lots of information that you need.
September 03, 2015
Version: Speccy 1.28.709
Not sure if there is any reason for it over Windows own system information and its possibly unreliable
When I got this at first I thought it was working fine but after upgrading my memory its still reporting the speed at around 650mhz when the bios and windows system information reports it at being 1333 which it is. It at least has the amount of ram correct at 8mb. I don't know if this is reliable unless someone can explain otherwise.
No pros I can even think of other than finding out the temperature of your unit.
Incorrect data given in a few areas. Does not generate a report of everything on your system such as software and updates installed.
I received incorrect hardware type on a few things. On being RAM told me pc 2300 when I actually had PC 3200. Said there was 3GB RAM when I only have only 2.5GB
told me dvd/cd rom was Samsung when was liteOn. I put the hardware in myself with all accompanied software so I know how incorrect Speccy is. Piriform dropped the ball with this one
get all the relevant information about your computer, make it easy to upgrade or know what drivers or capabilities your system have. i Have some other programs, but this one is the most complete and accurate.
None to mention..
Highly recommended program if you need to know what is inside your PC.
January 22, 2014
Version: Speccy 1.24.632
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).
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.
Reliable, accurate detail on hardware, OS, and software in modern Windows-based computers. Unbeatable in free utilities.