Free PC health checker app
HWMonitor is a free hardware monitoring program that enables you to easily read your PC’s state of health. Developed by CPUID, this system software lets you know how your computer is faring with its voltages, temperatures, and fan speed. It’s compatible with most of the common sensor chips and modern CPUs. However, this is just for checking your PC stats—it can’t solve any problems, like if a component is overheating.
Keep an eye on your hardware
Internal issues aren’t the only problems you will face when owning and using a computer. Your hardware can fail, as well, and not all errors should be solved with just replacing the parts. It would be far too expensive if the issue you found is just something simple. This is where PC health monitors come in, as they allow you to keep an eye on your hardware’s performance and see if you need to adjust anything before your system gets worse.
HWMonitor is similar to other hardware monitoring software, like CORSAIR’s iCUE. It will display the various readouts of your components, such as temperature, voltage, fan speed, and power. It is able to show information on parts with built-in sensors like the CPU, battery, hard drive, monitor, and even the video card. Take note that only certain brands and models—such as the ITE® IT87 series and Winbond® ICs—can be read by the program. It can also work with on-die core thermal sensors and S.M.A.R.T.
Simple in design
This handy utility is pretty easy to use, as it only displays a small window that will immediately display its findings. The interface can look pretty bland and outdated. However, it’s not difficult to navigate and understand since it only entails drop-down menus. The recorded data includes the recommended minimum and maximum thresholds for each category, so you have a frame of reference when checking your PC’s status. However, some of the readings shown can be pretty useless to you—like the temperature of your graphics card.
It doesn’t help that HWMonitor doesn’t really have any tutorial or crash course for beginners when first using the program. The data shown can be quite overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re supposed to be looking at. You also don’t get notifications on alarming data, and you can’t set any up. Additionally, unlike iCUE, this program won’t adjust your hardware settings to ease them up. It can only show you stats. The PRO version is the same but has more information-generating features for more accuracy.
Lacks more polish
All in all, HWMonitor is quite convenient for staying on top of your PC’s health. It’s easy to use and straightforward with the data it provides you. However, it could still use some polishing on its interface and allow users to filter out which information would be useful to their current level of experience. It would also be nice if the program automatically alerts you if there’s trouble. However, this free software and its premium version can only monitor your system.