DirectX Diagnostic Tool

As a laptop owner, it is only natural that we know in detail about the specifications of the laptop we use. By knowing the hardware specifications of this laptop, we will consider it when we want to upgrade the operating system or install application software.

For example, when we want to install a game, then we need to know whether the specifications of our laptop have met the minimum system required or not. If our laptop specifications are lower than the required hardware requirements, of course, if we force install the game, it won’t run normally.

There are several ways that we can use to find out the specifications of the laptop we are using. Starting from reading the specifications of the laptop through a website that sells or reviews a laptop, using the built-in Windows diagnostic tool, or by using other application software. In this article, we will explain how to find laptop specifications using the built-in Windows 7 utility and by using the help of the PC-Wizard 2013 software.

How to find the Laptop Specifications on Windows 7

Actually, this method can also be used on laptops with the Windows XP operating system. The tool we will use is the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.

To call this tool on Windows 7, click the Start button and type: dxdiagin the search programs and files box. Or it can also be called manually, namely in “C: \ Windows \ System32“, locate and double click the “dxdiag.exe” file.

DirectX Diagnostic Tool
In the DirectX Diagnostic Tool window, there are 4 main tabs, namely:

The system contains information about the installed operating system, motherboard type, BIOS, processor, memory, and DirectX version.

The display contains information about display devices, display drivers, and DirectX features.

Sound, information about the sound card installed and the drivers used

The input contains information about any input device installed on a laptop or computer.

We can save more complete information from the dxdiag tool in a .txt file by clicking the Save All Information button.

Knowing Laptop Specifications using the PC-Wizard 2013 program

The second way to find out the specifications of the laptop we use is to use hardware diagnostic tools, such as the PC-Wizard 2013 application. This application provides more detailed information about the specifications of the laptop hardware that is installed, used to monitor a number of hardware, and perform simple benchmarks.

The PC-Wizard 2013 tool is a freeware that we can download from the site directly, namely: http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/pc-wizard.html. This software is even available in a portable version, so we don’t need to install it. Download PC-Wizard in the form of .zip file, extract, and run the file “PC Wizard.exe”.

To see the hardware specifications we simply click on the hardware menu on the left side of the window. In this hardware menu, there are several icons such as a system summary (which contains brief information on all hardware) and other detailed hardware icons such as motherboard, processor, video card, hard drive, monitoring the amount of voltage (voltage) and temperature on the processor and hard drive.

That’s the way to find out the specifications of the laptop we use by using the dxdiag tool and the pc wizard application. We can use the information obtained with these two tools as a comparison, for example with the laptop specifications contained in the brochure, or as a material for consideration when upgrading the OS or installing software.

Get to know the Hyper-Threading Technology on the Processor

The performance of a processor is determined by several factors such as architecture, cache size, manufacturing process, and technology used. One of the technologies in Processor that Intel is still actively developing is Hyper-Threading technology. Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology) is a technology that aims to make processors work more efficiently. This technology allows the processor to execute two series, or threads, of instructions at the same time, thereby increasing system performance and responsiveness.

Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology) is a technology that aims to make the processor work more efficiently, with this technology allowing the processor to be able to execute multiple threads or instructions at the same time, thereby increasing system performance and response. By using this hyper-threading technology, it will duplicate the core (core) in a processor. So suppose a dual-core processor that uses this technology will be detected by the system as a quad-core (4 core) processor. The multiplication of the core (core) of this processor is of course only logical, because physically there are only two processor cores.

To be able to run Hyper-Threading technology, other supporting hardware is needed, such as the BIOS and Chipset on the motherboard, as well as support for the operating system used. For operating systems that already support Hyper-Threading technology starting from Windows XP, Windows 2000, and GNU / Linux version 2.4.18 and above. For OSs like Windows 7 and Windows 8, of course, they already support this technology.

Intel HT Technology is available on several previous generation Intel® Core ™ processors, 4th generation Intel® Core ™ processor family, and Intel® Xeon® processor family. A list of Intel processors that support this technology can be seen at http://ark.intel.com/search/advanced/?s=t&HyperThreading=true .

Then what are the advantages of being able to duplicate the processor core with this Intel HT technology? Simply put, with more cores, a number of threads can run on each of these cores so that the processor performance will be even faster. This Intel HT technology will be very useful on multimedia computers, especially for accelerating the process of encoding, decoding, and rendering multimedia files.

Hyper-Threading Technology offers several advantages, including:

Overall system performance improvement

An increase in the number of users the platform can support

Increased throughput, because tasks run on separate threads

Improved reaction time and response

An increase in the number of transactions that can be executed

Compatibility with existing IA – 32 software

That is a glimpse of this hyper-threading technology, where Intel continues to implement this technology in its processors, starting from server processors, desktop and mobile as well as on smartphone and tablet processors. Based on several experiments, an Intel Dual Core Processor with Hyper-Threading features can perform better than a Quad-Core Processor without Hyper-Threading.