Software & Apps Backup & Utilities System Control A1 Gadget By Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated March 19, 2020 Backup & Utilities Design Cryptocurrency MS Office Windows Linux Google Drive Apps File Types Backup & Utilities View More Tweet Share Email The System Control A1 gadget is a fantastic system utility gadget for Windows that's used to track CPU and memory usage. The best thing about System Control A1 is that it supports up to 8 CPU cores! Most Windows gadgets that track CPU load only support 1, 2, or 4 cores making this Windows gadget uniquely able to track CPU use for the latest processors. There aren't a lot of options with System Control A1 but it's well designed and very attractive. The System Control A1 gadget is available for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Download System Control A1 What We Like Displays CPU usage for up to 8 cores Supports five levels of opacity Simple to use and understand More responsive than some other CPU and RAM load trackers What We Don't Like No configurable options or skin choices Uptime display tracks gadget uptime, not necessarily system uptime System Control A1 Description The System Control A1 gadget provides a constantly updated view of up to 8 CPU cores.Well designed and attractive interface.System uptime (by way of gadget uptime) is displayed alongside other stats in System Control A1.Full range of opacity options are available.The System Control A1 gadget shows CPU history in a histogram display.Gadget displays currently available memory as a progress bar and in MB. Review of System Control A1 The System Control A1 gadget is a very good CPU/RAM usage Windows gadget. Lots of Windows gadgets track these resources but if you're looking for one that focuses on CPU and memory, System Control A1 is the best choice. The best thing about System Control A1 is its ability to individually track up to 8 CPU cores! Most Windows gadgets that track CPU usage only track, at most, 4 CPU cores. This is a big plus for System Control A1. One thing you might not like about System Control A1 is its lack of options. It does support five different opacities so it's sure to fit with your desktop scheme in some way, but the addition of skin support would be a welcome change. I also find the large current time display a bit distracting and unnecessary, but it wasn't distracting enough to stop using the gadget. The System Control A1 gadget is available for free from Xyberdyn. See How to Install a Windows Gadget if you need help. Download System Control A1 Many CPU and RAM usage gadgets are available for Windows 7 and Windows Vista, many of which are in our Windows gadgets list, but System Control A1 is one of the best choices.