Everest Main Features
Now we've had a look at what is new within this latest update it's time to cover the many elements of Everest that new users will be unaware of and maybe highlight a few features that regular users have yet to discover. Naturally as this is a look at the new support for the very latest round of hardware then the following will be more of an overview. Luckily Everest is so simple to use and almost bomb-proof that even the neophyte could see what everything did without fear of getting lost or crashing the program.
So starting from the top of the menu and working downwards, we have the Computer menu. This contains general details about your hardware, power settings and, if any, the overclock. It also contains one of the two pages you'll probably look at most, second only to the Benchmark results, and that's the Sensor information. Temperatures, fan speeds and voltages all available both 'at a glance', automatically refreshed, and built in to a single package that can also benchmark. No longer do you need a screen full of applications when one covers nearly all you could need.
The Motherboard subsection provides full information about the various components in the main part of your system. CPU information covers specific hardware information, whilst CPUID lists the instruction sets, security features and power management features supported by each CPU. Also within this menu are details about the memory installed and it's current timings, along with timings also supported by your kit.
Moving down we find the Operating System menu. This is a surprisingly handy collation of a multitude of information regarding your OS. The current processes running, including their home directory, the services running, with a much more useful explanation of what exactly those 20 svchosts actually are, the various DLLs installed and system drivers. Most of this information is available within the OS itself but by no means is it as simple to acquire and contained within a single application. For those of us who are hardcore users of their computer the UpTime log is particularly fascinating. My PC has been "up" for 85 days and 13 hours in six months. As a testament to the bulletproof nature of Windows 7 I've had 0 blue screens in that time. I'd love to see the figures for my old Vista system that seemed to BSOD every other day.
Move on to page 3 to take a look at Everests benchmarking suite.