A full review of Speccy, a free system information tool
Speccy is a free system information tool from Piriform. With a simple design, portable support, and a detailed list of hardware and software components, it’s the best system information utility available.
Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there’s a problem.
Some of the basic information can be found by right-clicking My Computer and then clicking Properties. The General tab lists some statistics, and the Device Manager on the Hardware tab lists all of the hardware you’ve got installed. But it misses out lots of information that you need.
Features and Highlights
See what’s inside your PC
The program is the place to start if you need to know what’s inside your PC. See a quick summary, or dive deeper into every aspect of your PCs hardware so you can make informed upgrade and purchasing decisions.
It gives you detailed information on every piece of hardware in your computer. Save time trawling through your computer for stats like CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics cards, and more. See everything laid out for you in one clean interface. Download Speccy Offline Installer Setup today!
Proactive problem solving
See real-time temperatures of critical components so you can easily spot problems before they occur.
Speccy allows you to save your scan results directly as a snapshot, XML, or text file for easy sharing. Handy for making sure your new computer has the right specs, or if tech support needs to diagnose an issue with your computer.
- Quick download and installation.
- Shows very detailed information for a wide variety of components.
- Includes a summary page.
- Can publish results to the web to get a public URL for sharing.
- Results can be copied, printed, or saved.
- Can be downloaded as a portable program.
- Unable to create a report of particular sections only.
- Updates infrequently.
This review is of Speccy version 1.32.740, released on May 21, 2018. Please let us know if there’s a newer version we need to review.
If Piriform sounds familiar, you may have heard of some of the company’s other popular freeware, like CCleaner (a system/registry cleaner), Defraggler (a defrag software tool), and Recuva (a free data recovery program).
Speccy, like all system information tools, lists information it gathers from your computer regarding your CPU, RAM, network, motherboard, graphics card, audio devices, operating system, peripherals, optical drives, and hard drives.
Piriform’s tool works with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. A 64-bit version is included in the download.
See the What Speccy Identifies section at the bottom of this review for all the details on the hardware and operating system information you can expect to learn about your computer using this program.
Thoughts on Speccy
Like all software from Piriform, this one looks, feels, and performs better than its competitors, which is why it tops our list of free system information tools.
We’ve used many programs that report on the hardware and software components of a computer, and none of them have been as easy to use and read as Speccy. It’s easy to create and share reports as well as read every section of the program.
Some hardware details are normally only understood if you open the computer and read the information directly off of the component. It’s fantastic that this software includes so many details so you don’t have to open a computer just to see the number of available motherboard slots or a device’s model number.
We also like that there is a portable option available. This makes Speccy ideal for carrying on a flash drive, helpful for troubleshooting or diagnosing computer issues for your friends and family.
Without a doubt, this is the program we would recommend to someone who wants a good look at their computer’s information, but not such an overwhelming look that it’s hard to use.
What Speccy Identifies
Here’s all the great stuff about your computer’s setup that Speccy will tell you about:
- The number of cores and threads for a CPU, as well as the name, package, code name, specification, model, stepping number, revision number, current fan speed, stock bus, current bus speed, and the data cache size
- Total number of memory slots on the motherboard with the RAM type, size channels (like dual), DRAM frequency, CAS latency, RAS to CAS delay, RAS percentage, cycle time, bank cycle time, command rate, current memory usage, as well as the total and available physical and virtual memory
- Network settings like DNS servers, the adapter that’s being used, the public and private IP address, live network speed, computer name, subnet mask, remote desktop settings, gateway server, Wi-Fi information, DHCP information, sharing and discovery settings, network shares, and a list of all the currently active TCP connections
- Motherboard’s manufacturer, model, chipset & southbridge vender/model/revision number, BIOS brand and date, open PCI slots, PCI bus width and data lanes, and live voltage information for the CPU core/DDR/+12V/+5V/+3.3V/CMOS battery
- Graphics information like the monitor name, resolution, width, height, frequency, and color depth. Also shows video card information, such as the manufacturer, model, device ID, shaders clock speed, revision number, die size, release date, live temperature, bus interface, memory, GPU, driver version and clock speed, noise level, BIOS version, and memory clock speed
- Brief audio details like the name of playback devices, the sound card, and recording devices, as well as the type of speaker configuration (e.g., stereo)
- Operating system information, such as the Windows version, installation date, serial number, computer type (laptop or desktop), security center and antivirus software information, group policy security settings, Windows Update’s auto-update status, Internet Explorer/JRE/.NET Framework/PowerShell version number, currently running services and processes, active Task Scheduler tasks, user and machine environment variables, last boot time, current uptime, and a list of system folders
- Information on peripherals with the device’s name, kind (portable device, mouse, etc.), vendor, and the driver’s location, date, and version number
- Information on optical drives, such as the media type (e.g., DVD writer), device name, capabilities (supports writing/removable media etc.), drive letter, port number, if media is currently loaded, and read/write capabilities (CD-R, DVD-ROM, DVD+RW, etc.)
- Storage details, which include a hard drive’s manufacturer, form factor, brand, number of heads/cylinders/tracks/sectors, serial number, LBA size, power on count/time, features (such as S.M.A.R.T., AAM, NCQ), maximum transfer speed, capacity, RAID type, and S.M.A.R.T details (if supported), such as the current temperature, spin-up time, read error rate, power-on hours, seek error rate, and more