Software developers have begun updating their software to add support for Windows 8. The developers of CPU-Z utility recently released CPU-Z version 1.59 with support for latest Windows 8 operating system. With this release, CPU-Z software now officially supports the latest iteration of Windows OS.
For those who are not familiar with CPU-Z, it’s a free utility which gathers your PC’s hardware information and displays in an easy-to-understand interface. With CPU-Z, you can get detailed information on processor, motherboard, memory, SPD, caches, and graphic cards.
The simple user interface displays information in separate tabs. Under CPU tab you can find information about CPU name and model, code name, package, technology, core voltage, core speed, bus speed, number of cores, and threads.
The Mainboard tab shows motherboard manufacturer name, model number, chipset manufacturer and chipset name, BIOS brand, BIOS date, graphic interface version and max supported and some other useful information related to the motherboard.
Under Memory tab you can find information about memory type, size, number of channels, DRAM frequency, and latency information.
Information on graphics card(s) can be found under Graphics tab. Here you can find GPU name, code name, technology, revision, clock speed, and memory size information. To know more about installed memory switch to SPD tab. Here, select a memory slot (if you have installed more than one memory stick) to view detailed information such as memory type, module size, max bandwidth, manufacturer, part number, etc.
Another good thing about this freeware is that it doesn’t require any installation. Simply download the zip file, extract it to desktop and then run CPU ID CPU-Z.exe file. An installer is also available for those users who would like to install CPU-Z on their PCs. Apart from all the above mentioned hardware information, it also displays some software information including Windows version, build number, and DirectX version.
Options are available to save report in TXT and HTML formats. To save the generated hardware and software report, switch to About tab and click Save Report button.
CPU-Z supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 operating systems.