PC Wizard 2014 v2.13

A Full Review of PC Wizard 2014, a Free System Information Tool

Screenshot of PC Wizard 2014 v2.13 in Windows 7
PC Wizard 2014 v2.13. © CPUID

PC Wizard 2014 is a very detailed free system information tool with tons of information on various hardware and software components.

Out of every system information tool I've ever used, PC Wizard 2014 gives out the highest number of details on the widest variety of computer hardware.

Download PC Wizard 2014 v2.13

Important: Many of the advertisements on PC Wizard's site look a lot like download links.

To download PC Wizard 2014, choose the setup or zip link on the left on their site, under the Download heading.

Note: This review is of PC Wizard 2014 version 2.13, which was released on August 15, 2014. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

PC Wizard 2014 Basics

PC Wizard 2014 does everything a regular system information tool does - it gathers information about various parts of your computer, such as the graphics card, motherboard, CPU, operating system, external devices, hard drives, RAM, and network.

PC Wizard 2014 can be installed on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

Note: See the What PC Wizard 2014 Identifies section at the bottom of this review for all the details on the hardware and operating system information you can expect to learn about your computer using PC Wizard 2014.

PC Wizard 2014 Pros & Cons

PC Wizard 2014 has all the basic benefits you'd expect in this type of software.

Pros:

  • Very comprehensive
  • Export a report of any or all components to an XML or HTML file
  • Can copy out text without exporting anything
  • View a one-page summary about every section
  • A portable version is available

Cons:

  • Can be slow when scanning the system
  • Navigation buttons aren't labeled
  • May be overwhelming because of all the detail
  • Tries to install another program during setup
  • Doesn't work with Windows 10

My Thoughts on PC Wizard 2014

It's hard to dislike a program that's as thorough as PC Wizard 2014. This is the most detailed software I could find that explains as much as one could possibly want to know about all the hardware components of a computer.

However, because PC Wizard 2014 is so specific, it can get a bit annoying and maybe even overwhelming to see such a huge list of detail on the battery of a laptop, for instance, when you're really just wondering what the serial number is. For advanced users, though, PC Wizard 2014 is absolutely perfect.

I don't like that another program tries to install with PC Wizard 2014 during the initial program setup. If you don't want that additional program, you have to deselect it during installation.

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What PC Wizard 2014 Identifies

  • Motherboard's manufacturer, version number, serial number, unique ID number, SKU, family, OEM support information, onboard device information, and internal and external slots information. Also shows whether or not the motherboard supports LPC, PCI, PCI-e, USB, I2C, HyperTransport, QPI, CardBus, and FireWire
  • BIOS information, such as if it can be flashed, if you can change the boot order, whether virtualization, network boot, UEFI, ATAPI ZIP boot, and 1394 boot are supported, as well as whether it includes functions such as APM, ACPI, PCI, and smart battery
  • Memory information, such as the manufacturer and part number, serial number, type, supported frequencies, format (like SO-DIMM), voltage, prefetch buffer, maximum module size, memory benchmark, CAS latency, RAS to CAS, RAS precharge, cycle time, minimum TRC, if it's module SLi reader, and if it supports error correction, a thermal sensor, and a heat spreader
  • Operating system information, such as the Windows product key, serial number, and version number
  • Processor information, like a benchmark, the type of processor (such as Intel Core i5), model number, codename, revision number, current frequency and voltage, driver version and date, maximum supported voltage and speed, CPU ID and IDEx, microcode, architecture, number of physical processors, whether or not a graphical chip is embedded, and the maximum physical and linear addressing (such as 36-bit and 48-bit)
  • More processor information is available, like whether or not it supports things like IA-65 technology, AVX, virtualization, SSE4/4.2/4a, machine check exception, AES, 3DNow! Pro technology, debugging extension, BMI, FFXSR, virtual mode extension, ALTIMOVCR8, ABM, physical address extension, hyperthreading, turbo boost, and dynamic acceleration
  • Shows the monitor's manufacturer and product ID, maximum horizontal and vertical size, aspect ratio, gamma factor, monitor size, refresh rate, ICM information, EDID version number, maximum and current resolution, color depth, and whether DPMS standby/suspend/active-off and touch is supported
  • Graphics card information, such as the manufacturer and model, bus type (like PCI), texture memory, minimum and maximum refresh rate, GPU frequency, DirectX and Pixel Shader version support, and raster/curves/lines/polygonal/text/color management capabilities
  • Also included is the video card's driver information and the ability to run a benchmark
  • Supported input and output ports, complete with the manufacturer, revision number, USB version, number of ports, maximum packet size that can move through the port, maximum power, if it supports LowSpeed, and the number of open pipes and ports
  • View a disk controller's mode (like SATA), number of input and output ports, AHCI version number, bandwidth, its port number, and whether or not AHCI, IDE legacy, NCQ, port multiplier, and eSATA are supported
  • Version dates for Control Panel applets
  • See hard disk information, such as the manufacturer and model, serial number, temperature, revision number, size, form factor, speed, cache, ECC size, and the number of multiple sectors. Can also run a benchmark, check if it's a SATA drive, see if it supports IORDY, S.M.A.R.T., and various modes, like LBA, DMA, and NCQ. Can also view the number of cylinders, heads, and sectors per track of the drive. If S.M.A.R.T. is supported, these details can be shown as well, like the seek error rate and the number of power on hours
  • Details on CD-ROM drives, like the manufacturer and serial number, as well as whether or not it supports things like DVD-R/CD-R/BD reading and CD-R/DVD+R writing
  • Whether or not a joystick, HID device, webcam, UPnP, Bluetooth, or biometric device is installed
  • Details on installed printers, such as the driver and pixels per inch
  • Lists audio playback devices and whether audio and video compression is supported
  • List of every network connection and network card installed, details of shared resources, current RDP connections, the number of computers on the network, the network card's speed and MAC address, the computer name and private IP address, and the router's information, such as its name, IP address, model number, and manufacturer URL
  • Shows whether or not a battery is being used and the current charge, manufacturer, chemistry type (like lithium-ion), serial number, charge capacity, and voltage
  • Details the current power scheme, such as balanced. Shows the fan throttle tolerance, what happens when the power button is pressed, video timeout, and idle sensitivity, among other things

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