A free PC health checker tool
HWMonitor is a free hardware monitoring program that allows you to easily read your PC’s state of health. Developed by CPUID, this system utility software lets you know how your computer is faring with its voltages, temperatures, and fan speed. It is compatible with most of the common sensor chips and modern CPUs available in the market. However, this tool is just for checking PC stats and it can’t solve any issues—such as if a component is overheating.
Take care of your hardware
Internal issues aren’t the only problems you will face when owning and using a PC. Your hardware can fail over time and not all errors can be solved by simply replacing the parts. It’d be far too expensive if the issue you found is just something that’s easy to fix. This is where PC health monitor tools come in. 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 can also show information on parts with built-in sensors like the CPU, battery, hard drive, monitor, and even the video card. However, only certain brands and models—such as the ITE® IT87 series and Winbond® ICs—can be read by the program so it’s best to check out what hardware it supports first.
Simple but powerful
This handy utility program is pretty easy to use, as it only displays a small window with your PC components’ findings. While the interface can look pretty bland and outdated, it’s not difficult to navigate and understand since it only entails drop-down menus.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—such as the temperature of your graphics card.
The app doesn’t have any tutorial or crash course for beginners when they first use the program. The data shown can be quite overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re supposed to be looking at. You don’t get notifications on alarming data either, and you can’t set any alerts. 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.
Needs some more polish
Overall, HWMonitor is quite convenient to use to stay on top of your PC’s health. It’s user-friendly 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. Plus, it should automatically alert you if there’s trouble.