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13. Hardware > 117. Check Your PC’s Pulse and Tweak It for Better Performance

Check Your PC’s Pulse and Tweak It for Better Performance

Find out how well your PC performs, peer under the hood to get diagnostic information, and get advice on tuning it with Sandra.

Do you know how well your PC is really performing? How well do you think it does compared to other systems? And do you have any idea of nitty-gritty information like its memory bank layout, the current video refresh rate, which currently running process consumes the most memory, or which services you most likely can safely disable [Hack #4] ?

Better yet—how about using that information to get tips on how to get your PC to run faster?

My favorite hardware analysis and tune-up program, Sandra (http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/), will do all that and more. Sandra is shareware and free to try for 30 days, but if you use it beyond that you’ll have to buy Sandra Pro for $29. Sandra Pro also gives you access to about a half dozen analysis modules that Sandra doesn’t have, such as modules about your network or fonts.


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