If you have ever been interested in finding out more about the type of CPU, Motherboard, RAM or Graphics card you are running in your PC, you should check out this software. CPU-Z is distributed via download, from a website called CPUID.com.
The software comes in both 32 and 64-bit versions and is compatible with Windows 98 and up (no OSX or Linux support). You have an option to download either an installable version of the software, or a standalone version that can be run directly from a flash drive or other portable storage media.
Once the software starts, it will take anywhere from a few seconds, up to a couple of minutes for it to scan your system. Once the scan is complete, you will be provided with extremely detailed information about some of the following system information:
Processor (CPU): Name, Socket Package, Specification Name, Core Voltage, Family, Model, Stepping and revisions information, cache sizes, etc.
Mainboard (Motherboard): Manufacturer and model number, north and south bridge chipset information, and BIOS revision and version information.
Memory (RAM): RAM Type, Size (Capacity), Channel Type, DRAM frequency, latency timings and SPD information.
Graphics: Display device Name, Code Name, GPU Core, Memory and Shader frequencies and memory (RAM) capacity.
The software also has a feature that allows you to save this information into both text and html formats for later review. This software is very useful when attempting to determine BIOS revision versions for BIOS updates and RAM frequency and slot availability for RAM upgrades.