Get Detailed Information About Your PC

Today's Best Tech Deals

Picked by PCWorld's Editors

Top Deals On Great Products

Picked by Techconnect's Editors

Want to know the make and model of your motherboard? CPU-Z reveals that and a whole lot more.
So I'm trying to troubleshoot this ongoing, maddening problem with my iPhone, which refuses to sync properly with my recently-upgraded-to-Windows-7 PC. (Truth be told, I though the compatibility-mode feature I mentioned a few days ago had done the trick, but, alas, no.)

I've read here and there that there's a known issue with Windows 7, Gigabyte motherboards, certain Intel chipsets, and iTunes. Maybe that's the cuplrit? Just one problem: I have no idea what kind of motherboard or chipset are inside my PC.

Enter CPU-Z, a free utility that reveals all kinds of information about your hardware: processor model, RAM size and speed, BIOS brand and version, and so on--just the kind of information you might need when trying to troubleshoot a sticky problem like this one.

Of course, CPU-Z can come in handy for more mundane tasks as well, like figuring out what kind of memory to buy when upgrading your system.

A quick check of the Memory tab, for instance, reveals that I have 400MHz, dual-channel, DDR2 RAM. And the SPD tab shows me what's in each memory slot. On my system, slots 1 and 2 each have a "1024 MByte" (a.k.a. 1GB) Samsung PC2-6400 module. Perfect: Now I know to buy two more just like that to bring my system total to 4GB.

If you ever need detailed information about your PC's inner hardware, CPU-Z can't be beat. And it's a freebie to boot.

Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details.
  
Shop Tech Products at Amazon