Piriform Speccy

Brought to you by the same people who made Defraggler, CCleaner, and Recuva, Speccy tells you everything you wanted to know about you hardware and quite a bit you didn’t really need to know.

Pros:
Tells you –in great detail – about your OS, CPU, RAM, Motherboard, Graphics, Hard Drives, Optical Drives, and Audio.  For instance, it turns out my hard drive’s model is WD1600BEVT-00ZCTO

Cons:
Tells you more than you needed?

Rating:  9   9/10

Get this great program here, and have fun.

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Speccy

About the ratings: 
I copied Wired Magazine’s rating system because I like and I think it works well.  Here’s the key:
1 = A complete failure in every way
2 = Barely functional – don’t get it
3 = Serious flaws, proceed with caution
4 = Downsides outweigh upsides
5 = Recommended with reservations
6 = A solid product with some issues
7 = Very good, but not great
8 = Excellent, with room to kvetch
9 = Nearly flawless – get it now
10 = Metaphysical product perfection

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    • winphreak
    • February 21st, 2010

    Just found this on StumbleUpon, and have to admit, it’s a very nice product. It even told me the temp of my processor. I know that’s nothing new, but it’s impressive it had that sort of functionality for a beta product.

    (Psst, when it hits a release version, does it get updated to 10/10?)

    • Yeah, it’s a pretty impressive beta. I’m not sure if I’ll update it to 10/10 when it hits release — it depends on what (if any) extra features get included.

      So, have you checked out the rest of my blog yet? If not, I recommend it. (‘course, I’m a little biased…)

    • james
    • August 18th, 2010

    Speccy is a very useful lightweight timple tool… however I have found that for certain graphics cards, speccy reports back as being something too generic like ‘ATI 512m Display’ or something like that.

    This is a pain for me, because I mostly use Speccy to find out what graphics card my clients are actually running to be able to download drivers.

    Other than that its mostly accurate on everything.

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