Every power user has a set of go-to programs and utilities that he or she carries around on a USB thumb drive. One that should be included is GPU-Z, a lightweight utility that takes up all of 1.3MB or 1.4MB of space (depending on whether you want the standard version or the one with an Asus ROG skin). Even though it has a teeny-tiny footprint, it can tell an awful lot about your graphics card, which can come in handy when troubleshooting. The newest update -- version 0.7.5 -- released today adds support for 12 more discrete GPUs and an additional integrated GPU.
One of our favorite utilities, GPU-Z, has yet to reach 1.0 status. We're not sure what the holdup is, but in the meantime, incremental updates keep rolling in, the latest one bringing the utility up to version 0.6.3 and adding support for nearly two dozen additional videocards in the process, along with improved Kepler boost clock detection, a handful of fixes, and other changes.
For the third time in less than a month, Beepa has released an update to its Fraps utility for real-time video capture and benchmarking. Beepa's been unusually active in updating its popular program, whereas prior to version 3.5.0, which was released on April 26, 2012, updates would typically roll out only every 6 months or so. Since then, Beepa has released builds 3.5.1 on May 18 and 3.5.2 earlier this week.
There's a new version of TechPowerUp's GPU-Z utility available to download, v0.5.9. The newest build has no trouble recognizing AMD Radeon HD 7750 and 7770 graphics cards, and support has also been added for GF108-based Nvidia GeForce GT 520, GTX 555 (non-mobile), GeForce 305M, and 610M GPUs. Some long overdue love was finally given to Packard Bell, which is recognized as a PCI vendor in the latest version of GPU-Z.
AIDA64, the benchmarking, system monitoring, and diagnostic software formerly known as Everest, has been updated to version 2.20 by FinalWire with new features and support for current and upcoming processors and GPUs. One of the new features is an OpenCL GPGPU stress test that's been added to the System Stability Test module, which also now includes optimized 64-bit benchmarks for Intel Atom "Cedarview" CPUs and upcoming Ivy Bridge processors.
EVGA this week rolled out a new version of its Precision "Advanced Graphics Tuning" software, a utility used to monitor your graphics card(s) and overclock. Four sliders let you adjust the core clockspeed, shader clockspeed, memory clockspeed, and fan speed on up to four GPUs, while temps and speeds are displayed in a real-time monitor on the left-hand side of the UI.
There's a new GPU-Z build available -- version 0.5.8 -- that adds improved support for Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards, including the ability to monitor voltages, improved real-time clock monitoring, and improved default clock reading (which also applies to Fusion). In addition to better handling of Radeon HD 7970 GPUs, support for which was added in version 0.5.7, the latest GPU-Z build includes a number of other tweaks that improve the overall program.
GPU-Z is one of our favorite tell-all utilities to carry around on a USB stick. It doesn't require any installation, it has a small footprint (around 900KB), and it reveals just about everything you could want to know about your videocard, from the BIOS version to the number of ROPs. TechPowerUp is pretty good about keeping GPU-Z updated, and the latest build adds support for AMD's Radeon HD 7970 and 7350 graphics, as well as a few other enhancements.
Are you rocking a preview build of Windows 8? If so, you don't need to go without CPU-Z. There's a new update available, the first one in about five months, that brings CPU-Z up to version 1.59. Among the short list of changes is official support for Windows 8. The new build also recognizes Intel's Core i7 2960X, 3930K, and 3820 Sandy Bride-E processors.
FinalWire just put the finishing touches on version 2.00 of its AIDA64 application, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool that now supports LGA2011 Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors. Looking ahead to future platforms, the latest build also adds preliminary support for AMD Krishna and Wichita APUs, Intel Atom Cedarview processors, and Ivy Bridge and 7-Series chipsets.