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Keeping a close eye on the performance level and the health status of your computer components is very important, as it may help you perform secure overclocking operations or prevent crashes and other unwanted situations. While there are quite a lot of tools that deal with monitoring your CPU and your hard drives, the situation is different with GPU monitoring tools. A reliable GPU monitoring tool is harder to find, especially since most of them can be used only with specific hardware. Considering that it's actually only a simple little gadget, many users won't expect much of GPU Monitor either. But in fact, GPU Monitor is most likely the best tool of its kind, as it's lightweight, yet very feature-rich, customizable, and comprehensive. It will provide a lot of information about the monitored GPU, including real-time data about the clock speed, usage load, temperature, fan speed, shader clock speed, memory-related parameters, PCB temperature, and so on. Every bit of information is neatly presented using easy to understand graphs. The colors of the graphs can be customized, as well as many other aspects, including the window size, the refresh rate, or the temperature units.
Anyway, it's not only the wide array of customization options provided by this tool that impresses, but also the fact that it sports handy additional functions without getting over-complicated. For example, it features support for logging or for setting alarms that will be triggered by predefined temperature thresholds.
Furthermore, it supports a large variety of graphic cards, including NVIDIA desktop cards (Generation: 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600), ATI cards (Generation HD 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000), and several NVIDIA Mobile cards. It can monitor multiple GPU cards simultaneously. Switching among them can be done easily, just by using the mouse wheel.
Last but not least, it's still only a Windows sidebar gadget, therefore it's also very simple, neat, lightweight and easy to use.
In conclusion, GPU Monitor is a great utility that makes graphic cards monitoring a simple and accurate job. Since it's also completely free, I can only recommend it with all my heart.
- Lightweight and neat
- Allows setting temperature alarms
- Supports logging
- Highly customizable
- Very feature-rich and comprehensive
- It might require installing additional software on certain operating systems, like Sidebar on Windows 8.1