Our Top Recommended Tools To Monitor System Resources
Most common types of system resources are the CPU (Central Processing Unit), Video Card, Hard Drive, RAM (Random Access Memory) and other resources. Technically, every device connected to a computer system is a resource, even some font can be called a resource if it is a part of some installed software. There is a built-in tool in Windows called Task Manager which can be used for monitoring system resources, however, there are many other third-party tools out there that can allow users to monitor system resources and we are going to describe some of them.
Third-party system resources monitoring tools usually provide the same basic information about the usage of your computer's system resources as the Task Manager does. However, third-party tools can provide more detailed information and more information in general. As a rule, these third-party tools have an easier to handle and nicer user interface, some of them even allow users to customize the looks of the software, some of them can work as gadgets and display information at all times when your computer is turned on. Third-party system monitoring tools are worth trying out even if you are only looking for more user friendly system monitoring tool.
Read out article below and check out our described system resources monitoring tools and see if any of them catches your eye. We are going to provide screenshots so it would be easier for you to decide which one to pick and you will find download links so you would not need to spend your time looking for a particular tool online.
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FreeMeter is a simple and free program which monitors CPU (Central Processing Unit) and RAM (Random Access Memory) usage in real time. It allows you to choose whether you want to start monitoring your system at Windows startup or when you manually start the program. When launched, it displays three graphs with the CPU usage, network usage and your current disk usage. It also displays the amount or Random Access Memory (RAM) is in use, how much is left and how much is available in total. You can customize the size of the program window and make the program to display just the information you are interested in. FreeMeter was released in 2017 and it works on Windows 7, 8 and 10. We recommend it for users who need to keep an eye on the system resources usage while working with several programs at once. You can download FreeMeter by clicking this link.
Wise System Monitor
Wise System Monitor is another free tool which offers users a simple way to monitor CPU usage, memory usage, monitor all the processes running in the background. It has a process monitor that provides a list of all running processes and shows how much system resources they are consuming and you can also end those processes through the Wise System Monitor app. It also displays the real-time temperature of your CPU, graphic card and hard drive and allows you to know if any of these components are overheating. Information can be displayed in a floating small window above the time and date or you can enable a bigger window for more information about system and its usage of system resources. Wise System Monitor is a small program that consumes little system resources which allows you to keep it running all the time. This program works on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8 and 10. You can download Wise System Monitor by clicking this link.
SysTrayMeter is a small and free application which is adds a small icon to your system tray when installed. It displays CPU and RAM usage and free space in your hard disk drive. It is truly small application which allows you to check your system usage in one click. It does not show much, however, it takes so little space on your background so you could not even notice it. If CPU and RAM usage information is enough for you and you want a small program that uses very little of you system resources, then SysTrayMeter is a program that you are looking for. We found information on the Internet that it works only on Windows 2000 and Windows XP, however, we installed it on our Windows 10 and it works just perfect. You can download SysTrauMeter from here.
Taskbar Meters contains three executable files that appear on your taskbar when launched. The three Taskbar Meters are the Taskbar CPU Meter, Taskbar Memory Meter and Taskbar IO Meter. These are the thee monitoring tools that allows you to keep an eye on CPU, memory or disk IO operations consumption. You can launch all of them at once or launch only the one you need. If you click on one of the meter's icon on the taskbar, then it will allow you to update its frequency and configure the colours that are shown at the certain percentage of usage. The display icon uses green, yellow and red colours to represent the usage. If you need a lightweight and portable set of resource monitors which display usage through coloured taskbar icons, then the Taskbar Meters is the tool you are looking for. You can download Taskbar Meters from here.
Rainmeter is a free tool which displays information about memory, CPU, disk and other usages anywhere on your desktop. You can move selected tabs on your desktop and place them anywhere you want. It is different from other previously mentioned resource monitoring tools because it is more customizable. You can choose different skins (looks) for it and add more informational widgets. However, it is more difficult to set it up, but it should take about 10 minutes to find out how it works. If you are looking for more powerful resource monitoring tool, then Rainmeter is the one you are looking for. It will help you keep track of your system status, RSS feeds and bunch of other stuff. You can download Beta or Final release, or both of them and check which one fits you the best. During the installation you can choose whether you want to install a standard or portable version and if you want to Rainmeter to be launched on Windows startup. To download Rainmeter, click this link.
That's it, these were our top 5 picks and hopefully one of them catched your eye. If you know any other cool tools to monitor system resources - do not hesitate to share them with us and with the others by leaving a comment in our comment section below.