You may know a multi-meter as a device used to measure the power coming out of a live wire or an outlet in your house. If that’s true, you’re not wrong, but the term has also been used to describe programs that help diagnose your computer and tell you the power stats coming out of your CPU. Of all of those programs, these are five you may want to install today to optimize performance and make life easier.
5 – Drive Meter
The drive Meter gadget is made to specifically examine your drives. You can see anything you want about your hard drive, floppy drive, or even CD-ROM drive. It is very helpful in reading the speeds at which your drive is reading and writing data, as well as used to find a weakness in one of your drives that may be aging and need replacement.
4 – Battery Meter
Just like the top right corner of your phone screen, this little gadget gives you a real-time look at your battery and its performance. You can see which hardware and software applications may be hurting your battery’s life as well as find ways to cut down on usage or extend it out further than previously possible.
3 – GPU Meter
Are you that guy that constantly tries to push the limits of your graphics card? Do you overclock just for fun? If so, you need to have a GPU meter. It’s the best way to see any glitches in your gameplay and monitor your risky overclock tests. You can also check the temperature and fan speed, making sure you are in tip top shape. Nerd.
2 – Network Meter
Quite a step beyond visiting Speedtest.net, the Network Meter measures your connection in more ways than you may have thought possible. You can get all of your network addresses and information you may want or need as well as see your download and upload speeds in real time on a continuous scale, also including a nicely calculated average on the same screen.
1 – The Giant CPU Meter
More broad, but somehow more specific, this little guy helps you monitor your overall performance and regulate anything that may need to be checked to optimize the CPU for the best overall performance. On top of basic info, you will get every detail about your processor and operating system, including cache sizes, clock speeds, and much more. You can also monitor and control your RAM usage in real time, giving you a much clearer view of what’s happening inside your machine than any task manager is going to be able to do.
Once you have these tools in place, you will be able to see exactly what your CPU is doing and what it is capable of. These tools will help make your digital life run better and be less frustrating. In the end, however, you may learn that you just need a new computer, but that’s the risk we all must take when dealing with technology.