If you've been around the PC block a time or two, then you've probably heard of System Mechanic, an all-in-one system tune-up utility that comes with a bunch of different tools to keep your computer running at tip-top shape. A single-year license runs $50, though for the next 24 hours, developer Iolo is offering new users a free 6-month license. Think of it as an extended trial, if you will.
The code monkeys at Beepa have been going bananas with updates to the company's Fraps real-time video capture and benchmarking utility, having rolled out four new versions of the popular app in the past month. Prior to this recent flurry of activity, it wasn't unusual for six months or more to pass without an update, the last of which was released on October 22, 2011 before kicking off a string of updates starting on April 26, 2012.
If those spiffy new Kepler-based GTX 680 graphics cards do in fact end up hitting the streets tomorrow, as has been widely rumored, enterprising overclockers will no doubt be looking to tweak their new hardware to even higher levels of performance. Boosting core frequencies should be a cinch for owners of MSI-brand GTX 680s; the company joined forces with Guru3D to release a new Beta version of its Afterburner overclocking utility, complete with support for Kepler GPUs.
Want to know all the deep, dirty and highly technical details about your graphics card that the Windows Experience Index refuses to share with you? Hardcore system tweakers have been turning to TechPowerUp's GPU-Z for just that kind of info for a while now, and today the application got a fresh new coat of paint. GPU-Z v0.6.0 adds, amongst other things, support for many of the new Radeon 7000 hitting the streets -- and support for GTX 600 cards that will supposedly be hitting the streets soon. (Maybe even this week?)
It’s rare to see a browser extension aspire to be more than just a one trick pony. It’s an even greater rarity to find one that can handle so many essential tasks, you find yourself unsure of how you could have ever lived without it. Nonetheless, that’s what we have on our hands when it comes to Click&Clean, our Browser Extension of the Week.
A month or two back, we posted our list of 30 amazing apps under 2MB. We thought it was a pretty fun concept, and apparently you guys agreed, because we got some great feedback, and some excellent suggestions. Our first list was far from complete, of course, so we decided to do some more investigating, and found 20 more great apps. They're all free, all easy to download, and all great at what they do. Read on, and hit the comments if we've still missed any of your favorites.
From Windows 95 right on through to Windows 7, the Start Menu has always been just a wee bit short of perfection when it comes to increasing your productivity. Fortunately, Launchy has been helping Windows users get back up to speed since 2007. For those of you not familiar with this fabulous, free utility, Launchy is a Start Menu alternative that provides you with wicked fast access to every file, bookmark and program on your PC using nothing more than a few keystrokes. Once you’ve installed it and bent Launchy to your will, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.
When it comes to computing, our general philosophy at Maximum PC is that bigger is better. More, speed, more memory, more power--as far as hardware goes, there's no such things as excess. Software, though... Software's a little different. Big, feature-packed utilities and applications are great, but we prefer apps that show a little restraint.
That's why we've put together a list of 30 apps that kick ass without taking up a lot of space. Every program in this list can be downloaded for free, and takes up less than 2 megabytes of space. Read on for more!
Unless you follow the benchmarking scene with a close eye, you probably never heard of FinalWire. And even then you might have missed them. But you probably have heard of Lavalys, makers of the popular Everest utility, which hasn't been updated in several months and might never be. Why? We're not sure exactly what happened, but here's what FinalWire had to say last month when it unveiled its AIDA64 benchmarking software.
"After the splitting up of Lavalys, we at FinalWire are happy to continue our efforts of delivering a dependable monitoring software to our faithful users" said Tamas Miklos, managing director of FinalWire. "Since the introduction of our first diagnostic utility ASMDEMO in 1995, we have built a passionate community of hobby users, hardware enthusiasts, and professional overclockers. Using the valuable feedback we have collected from them in the past few years, we have created a software for the new decade of 64-bit multi-core systems."
Basically, AIDA64 is the continuation of Everest, and there's a new version available, version 1.20. This latest release adds preliminary support for Intel Sandy Bridge chips, GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 6800 series and GeForce GTX 580 videocards, support for USB 3.0 controllers and devices, and Windows 7 style icons.
Like Everest before it, AIDA64 isn't a free utility, though you can give it a test run for 30 days by downloading either the Extreme Edition or Business Edition right here.
There are few tools more useful for the common desktop or laptop system than apps that automate some kind of system or user process that’s otherwise too tedious to do yourself. I mean, isn’t that the entire point of a computer, anyway—to take care of the things in life that might otherwise prove impossible, extremely difficult, or super-time-consuming? Isn’t it time you gave a little back to your poor PC?
Anyway, I’m taking a look at five different applications this week—all freeware or open-source, as always—that automate different elements of your operating system. That’s a pretty generic statement, though, so allow me to be a bit more specific. First up, I’ll show you how you can set up certain processes to run (including system shutdowns and restarts, amongst other activities) whenever a particular element of your PC reaches a set, measurable state (like CPU idle percentage, the exact time, or mouse and keyboard activity).
As well, I’ll throw a Web app your way that assists your browsing habits by automatically creating site mirrors to replace the normal URL of a site that’s been overloaded by Web traffic. You’ll discover a neat little application for mass-deleting specific kinds of files out of a whole range of folders at once, as well as a background utility that can automatically run programs whenever new files are detected in any folders you specify.
But let’s not spoil the whole show up-front. Click the jump—free software awaits!