Useful Programs

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Useful programs
We have assembled a list of the most useful programs
If you contact the tech support you might be asked to run some of them and send us the results.
This list is not completed and we might change some links in the future, it is simply meant to give you some programs that we in the PC Specialist Tech Support use and trust.

They are all free to use! :shifty:

1.png Benchmarks & Stresstests
An open source software by Asus to judge the real performance of your system. Can be used as a Benchmark and/or a Stresstest.
FurMark is a lightweight but very intensive graphics card / GPU stress test on Windows platform. It's a quick OpenGL benchmark as well. FurMark is simple to use and is free.
Extreme performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system. Check your rig in stock and overclocking modes with real-life load!
Prime95 has been a popular choice for stress/torture testing a DESKTOP CPU (do not use on a laptop) since its introduction, especially with overclockers and system builders. Since the software makes heavy use of the processor's integer and floating point instructions, it feeds the processor a consistent and verifiable workload to test the stability of the CPU and the L1/L2/L3 processor cache.

2.png Memory RAM
MemTest86 is the original, free, stand alone memory testing software for x86 computers. MemTest86 boots from a USB flash drive or CD and tests the RAM in your computer for faults using a series of comprehensive algorithms and test patterns.

119.png Overview & Monitoring
GPU-Z is a lightweight system utility designed to provide vital information about your video card and graphics processor.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system:
  • Processor name and number, codename, process, package, cache levels.
  • Mainboard and chipset.
  • Memory type, size, timings, and module specifications (SPD).
  • Real time measurement of each core's internal frequency, memory frequency.
Real Temp is a temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors. Pentium 4 processors are not supported. Keeps track of Minimum and Maximum temperatures with full logging features.
Exhausting information about hardware components displayed in hierarchy unfolding into deep details.
Useful for obtaining a detailed hardware inventory report or checking of various hardware-related parameters.

5.png Hard Disk
The quick diagnostic tool that checks the health of your Seagate drive.
CrystalDiskMark is a harddrive benchmark software.
HD Tune Pro is a hard disk / SSD utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive's performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more.
This is a Windows version of the Data LifeGuard Diagnostics. It will test WESTERN DIGITAL internal and external drives. In additional, it can provide you with the model and serial of WD drives attached to the system.

11.png Graphics Card & Display
Download Display Driver Uninstaller DDU- Display Driver Uninstaller is a driver removal utility that can help you completely uninstall AMD/NVIDIA graphics card drivers and packages from your system, without leaving leftovers behind (including registry keys, folders and files, driver store).
A stuck pixel is a bright dot of colour that fails to update when neighbouring pixels change.
Stuck pixels are most noticeable when the rest of the screen is black.
JScreenFix can repair many stuck pixels in less than 10 minutes.

Library for Manuals, not only Computer components, basically everything, database consists of more than 3003075 pdf files and 65111 brands.

Blue Screens
BlueScreenView scans all your minidump files created during 'blue screen of death' crashes, and displays the information about all crashes in one table. For each crash, BlueScreenView displays the minidump filename, the date/time of the crash, the basic crash information displayed in the blue screen and the details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash.
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Good list :)

Which tests would PCS recommend running / not running? Also worth mentioning AVX instructions, as otherwise people will have CPUs hit 100 degrees instantly and wonder what happened. performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system. Check your rig in stock and overclocking modes with real-life load!
Ungine Valley and Unigine Heaven are older benchmarks by the same people. Valley is, however, still sometimes used by GPU reviewers. It's also quite a pleasant benchmark :)

3dMark Firestrike and Timespy are (conspiciously?) absent here.

HWinfo is great, and can also be combined with rivatuner statistics server to create on-screen displays (overlaid onto your games) of hardware usage.

Worth mentioning MSI Afterburner, which includes RTSS, and can display much of the same info as HWinfo including per-thread CPU load - and very importantly to gamers it also allows for a frame-time graph. Very useful for troubleshooting performance issues, especially in games that don't play nice with vsync.
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