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The Crucial.com memory analyzer joins the other four programs we’ve used so far in quest for comprehensive hardware information. Here’s what you can discover:

Finding Hardware Information with System Properties

Information available: memory size, CPU type and speed, installed video card, installed drivers, physical drive information.

All versions of System properties show the installed memory size, CPU type, and CPU speed when you open System properties. To see installed video card, driver, physical drive information, and BIOS version information, open Device Manager.

Windows XP

To open Device Manager from System properties, click the Hardware tab, then click the Device Manager button.

Windows Vista, Windows 7

To open Device Manager from System properties, click the Device Manager link in the left pane.

  • Installed video (graphics) card—To see the installed video card, click the Display Adapters category. To see the drivers used by the video card, double-click the listing and click the Drivers tab.
  • Drivers—To see the drivers used by any other device, open the appropriate category in Device Manager, double-click the specific device listed, and click the Drivers tab.
  • Physical drive information—To see physical drive information, open the Disk Drives category. You can see the model name or number of each drive.

Finding Hardware Information with Sysinfo32

Information available: Memory size, CPU type and speed, installed video card, installed drivers, motherboard (system) maker and model number, physical drive information, logical drive information, BIOS version information.

  • CPU type and speed, memory size, BIOS version/date, and system (motherboard) manufacturer/model number are displayed in the System Summary.
  • The installed video card chipset and memory size are displayed by clicking the Hardware Resources category, Components subcategory, Display.
  • To view installed drivers for each device, click the Hardware Resources category, Components subcategory, expand subcategories as needed and click each device listed.
  • To view physical drive information, click the Hardware Resources category, Components subcategory, Storage, and Disks.
  • To view logical drive information, click the Hardware Resources category, Components subcategory, and click Drives.

Finding Hardware Information with Belarc Advisor

Information available: Memory size, installed memory modules, CPU type and speed, installed video card, motherboard (system) maker and model number, physical drive information, logical drive information, BIOS version information.

  • To see memory size and installed memory module (size and slot location), see the Memory Modules section of the report.
  • The Processor section of the report lists processor model number, clock speed, and processor cache sizes.
  • To see the system model number, see the System Model section of the report.
  • To see motherboard model number and BIOS version/date, see the Main Circuit Board section of the report.
  • To see installed video cards, see the Display section of the report.
  • To see physical drive information, see Drives.
  • To view logical hard disk volumes, see Local Drive Volumes; for other local drives, see Other Devices.

Finding Hardware Information with SiSoftware Sandra

  • To find memory size, installed memory modules, CPU type and speed, motherboard (system) maker and model number, physical and logical drive information, video adapter, and BIOS version with SiSoftware Sandra Lite, click Hardware, Computer Overview.
  • For information about types of expansion slots (PCI, PCI Express/PCIe x1, x16), click Hardware, Mainboard.

Finding Memory Modules and Upgrade Information with Crucial.com

Crucial.com’s System Scanner tool (click Scan My System to start it) enables you to discover not only the memory currently installed in your computer but also the best upgrade options. The 220K scan program downloads and installs in seconds, and displays a visual map of your current memory installation along with a price list and tech stats of compatible memory.

Best Choice for Hardware Information

SiSoftware Sandra Lite, thanks to its ability to display specific memory module information, is the top choice for overall hardware information, with Belarc Advisor providing a strong runner-up position. However, Sysinfo32 and Device Manager are the best options if you need driver information about specific devices.

Conclusion

While you can learn a lot about your system by using MSInfo32, System properties, and Device Manager, you can learn a lot more about your hardware with SiSoftware Sandra Lite, and almost as much about your hardware as well as much more about Windows with Belarc Advisor. Use these programs to help you plan upgrades and discover what’s “under the hood.”

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