Open Hardware Monitor is a free to use desktop utility for computers that are running Windows. The function of this nifty application is to detect your system hardware and then provide you with a lot of informative details on it. The most significant of these details is hardware temperature readings – something that will quickly indicate whether your laptop (or desktop) is in some dire need of better cooling.
You begin by downloading the app’s setup archive which is sized at nearly 0.5 MB. When you uncompress the archive, you can open the app’s executable and run it – installation is not required.
The app will include information on your CPU, RAM, graphics card, and hard drive. More specifically, you are shown clock speeds (for each core in case of CPU), temperatures, capacities, power consumption, and available amount of resources.
The CPU section, for example, includes the following sections: Clocks, Temperatures, Load, and Powers. The Clocks section includes information on bus speed and clock speeds of each core of your processor; the Temperatures section displays temperature readings for each CPU core, along with the collective temperature readings (current and maximum). The current and maximum load percentages are shown for each core, along with the total package readings. The power consumption stats are available in the Power section; stats are available for overall CPU package, CPU cores, CPU graphics, and CPU DRAM.
You can also get a gadget to constantly display these stats on your system desktop. To enable the gadget, select the relevant option from the View option.
Afterwards, in the app’s main window, right click on an element and select the ‘Show in Gadget’ option.
The desktop gadget will then be displayed and include all items that you have added. The stats that appear in the app’s main window and the desktop gadget are all real time values.
In addition to the above features, the app include a graph plotting feature. To enable graph plotting, find and click on the relevant option in the View menu. Then, mark checkboxes alongside each hardware element in the app’s main window. Each selected element readings will be plotted in a separate graph window. The graph trends can be quick indicators that display rapid changes in a particular reading.
The readings that appear in the app’s main window can be easily exported to a plain text file.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a tool that monitors your hardware and lets you provide various readings about the hardware’s state, then this application will serve excellently.
You can download Open Hardware Monitor’s setup archive from this link.