The 10 best tools to monitor system resources on Windows 10

By: Milan Stanojevic
9 minute read

Keeping track on your system resources is relatively simple in Windows 10. However, some users prefer using third-party applications for this purpose because those applications offer better and simpler user interface. If you’re looking for a dedicated tool to monitor your system resources, today we have couple of tools that you need to check out.

What are the best tools to monitor system resources on Windows 10?

AIDA64 Extreme (recommended)

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AIDA64 Extreme is a comprehensive system analyzer and benchmark tool which including some powerful features as CPU, RAM, GPU and system functionalities monitoring. It can also offer benchmarks and can provide a detailed audit of your system resources.

Its interface is very intuitive and similar to Microsoft Console Management. You can consult a large number of activity indicators.
This software also allows you to stress test all your components in a large variety of combinations. You will also have a great support from AIDA’s team at your disposal. Download and give it a try.


Wise System Monitor

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Wise System Monitor is another useful tool that can help you monitor system resources. The main tool allows you to see all your running processes and see how much of computer resources they use. There’s also a Hardware monitor included that allows you to see all hardware related information. You can see the detailed information about your motherboard, CPU, graphics card, memory, etc. If you want, you can also see relevant information about your operating system.

As for resource monitor, it is located in the bottom right corner just above your Taskbar. The tool will display information such as download and upload speed, RAM and CPU usage, as well as CPU temperature. If you want to see detailed information, you just need to click a certain field and you’ll see which applications are using most of that resource.

Wise System Monitor is a decent tool for monitoring your system resources. The tool keeps all information easily accessible, so it’s perfect for basic users. Wise System Monitor also allows you to see your system information which can be rather useful for some users. This is a free and simple application, and the only flaw might be the lack of any customization. If you’re looking for a straightforward application to monitor system resources, be sure to check Wise System Monitor.


 Rainmeter

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Rainmeter is a simple open source tool that lets you monitor your system resources. The tool will display small gadgets on your desktop so you can easily monitor your CPU and RAM usage. In addition, you can monitor your hard drive space as well as upload and download speed.

You can easily choose which gadgets you want to display, and you can easily move the gadgets anywhere on your screen. Although Rainmeter is simple to use, it offers an extensive support for customization. By customizing this tool you can add new skins and new feature to the application. If you’re not a developer, there’s an active community that is constantly developing new skins and features.

This is a simple and free tool for monitoring system resources. Rainmaker is available in portable version, so there’s no need to install it on your PC in order to run it. The tool offers all the basic features that you need, but if you want to use the full potential of Rainmaker, we strongly suggest that you try using different skins for Rainmeter. This is a great tool for system monitoring, but basic users might be turned away by extensive customization.


SysTrayMeter

If you’re looking a for small and lightweight tool to monitor system resources, we suggest that you try SysTrayMeter. This tool will position itself in your Taskbar and it will show you your CPU and RAM usage.

The icon will show you CPU usage and amount of free RAM, and it will change the color as CPU and RAM usage increases. If you want to see additional information, you just need to hover your mouse over the SysTrayMeter icon. The tool doesn’t offer any advanced features or customization, and it will only show you CPU usage and available RAM.

If you want a free and minimalistic application that will monitor your system resources, SysTrayMeter might be perfect for you. You can customize this tool a bit simply by changing its .ini file. For example, you can show used RAM instead of available RAM and change a few colors. Overall, if you want lightweight and portable tool to monitor your system resources, SysTrayMeter might be just what you need.

Taskbar Meters

Taskbar Meters is a set of applications that allows you to monitor your system resources. There are three applications available and they all work the same way. Each application will position itself in your Taskbar and it will show you the usage of your resources. Every application is designed to change its color in the Taskbar, so you’ll easily notice if you’re using too much of your resources.

Using these tools you can monitor your CPU, RAM and disk usage which is more than enough for basic users. If you want, you can adjust the colors or update frequency of each tool. We have to mention that these applications use a simple method to display the usage of your system resources. Unfortunately, by using this method you can’t see the exact numbers which can be a flaw for some users.

Taskbar Meters is a simple and portable bundle of applications for monitoring system resources. Only flaw of these tools is the lack of ability to show detailed information about CPU, RAM or disk usage, which can turn away some users.

TinyResMeter

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Another simple tool that allows you to monitor system resources is TinyResMeter. This is a portable and lightweight application, so it can run on almost any PC. The application doesn’t have a visually appealing user interface, but it will show you all the necessary information.

System information can be displayed in horizontal or vertical menu. If you want, you can customize font and colors, but you can also customize available fields. You can also enter your own labels for the fields. As for available fields, you can display RAM, CPU speed, CPU usage, network speed, etc.

TinyResMeter comes with a bit outdated interface, but it can still be useful. The tool allows you to right click each field and see detailed information about it. For example, by right clicking your hard drive you can see the total amount of space, label, system type, and all other necessary information. As for the flaws, the tool feels a bit sluggish at times and there’s also one visual bug that we noticed. Every time you hover your mouse over the TinyResMeter it will turn to black and after a second it will turn back to normal. This is a small bug, but it can be irritating at times.

TinyResMeter is a simple and portable application that lets you monitor system resources. Despite its simplicity, the application feels a bit outdated and it has a few minor bugs.

Performance Monitor

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If you’re looking for a portable and free tool to monitor your system resources, Performance Monitor might be what you need. The tool allows you to monitor disk, CPU, RAM and network usage using four graphs.

Each of four graphs can be positioned anywhere on the screen and you can customize its color, size and style. If you want to see more information about your system resources, simply hover over a certain graph and all necessary information will be revealed. We also have to mention that you can lock the panels so you won’t accidentally click them on your Desktop.

If you want, you can also show panels on your Desktop or in the Taskbar. Unfortunately, the panels in the Taskbar aren’t grouped, so they can sometimes take a lot of space, especially if you enable all of them.

Performance Monitor is a simple and portable application that will allow you to monitor your system resources. If you’re a basic user and you want to keep track of your resources, Performance Monitor might be just what you need.

CPUID HWMonitor

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If you want to see detailed information regarding your system, HWMonitor is the perfect tool for you. This system monitor tool is free and it will allow you to monitor your hardware and see all the relevant information.

The application comes with a hardware tree that you can expand in order to see the necessary information. Using this tool you can see important information such as temperature, fan speed and utilization. Although you can see the information about your motherboard, CPU, graphic card and hard drive, it seems that you can’t see information regarding your RAM or network connection.

Unlike other tools on our list, HWMonitor doesn’t offer a real-time graph and in order to check your system resources you’ll need to keep the HWMonitor window open. This tool offers a lot of information about your hardware and it can be useful if you want to know more about your components. As for resource monitoring, the tool offers almost all necessary information, but some users might have issues finding the desired information.

HWMonitor is a decent tool, it’s free and portable, but it doesn’t show any information regarding your network connection or RAM which is its biggest flaw in our opinion.

Moo0 System Monitor

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Moo0 System Monitor is a free and portable tool for monitoring system resources. This tool consists of several graphs that show you all the necessary system information. Using this tool you can see CPU usage and temperature, GPU usage and temperature, amount of free memory, HDD temperature, network speed, etc. If you want, you can also add additional fields to show more information.

The tool supports some customization and you can change the size of the tool or its transparency. You can also auto-hide this tool after certain period of inactivity. The tool also supports many different color schemes, and you can even set the color scheme to change automatically.

Moo0 System Monitor is a great tool, it’s simple and portable, so it will be perfect for both basic and advanced users. We have to mention that this tool can sometimes take a lot of space on your screen depending on the number of fields that you have, so keep that in mind. Overall, Moo0 System Monitor is a great tool and you should definitely check it out.

Process Explorer

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Process Explorer is designed as a Task Manager alternative, and this tool will list all your active processes. Using this tool you can easily end a certain process or change its priority. In addition, you can also monitor system resources by using Process Explorer.

There are four graphs available in Process Explorer, and each graph represents a single resource. If you want detailed information, simply click one of the graphs and a new window will appear. From there you can see the summary or check the CPU, memory, I/O and GPU usage individually. This tool also comes with a small graph that will appear in your Taskbar so you can always monitor your system resources.

Process Explorer is a great Task Manager alternative, but it can also be used to monitor system resources. This application is free and portable, so be sure to give it a try.

Systmetrix

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Systmetrix is another tool for monitoring system resources. This tool comes with several available skins so you can easily change the default look if you don’t like it. The tool will show you CPU, memory, hard drive and network usage at all times. If you want to view detailed information, simply hover over a specific section and you’ll see more information. The tool also comes with a small Taskbar graph that allows you to quickly see CPU and RAM usage.

This is a simple tool, but we have to say that it feels a bit outdated. Judging by the developer’s website, the tool hasn’t been updated for some time, and we doubt that we’ll see a new version any time soon. Overall, this is a free and simple tool for monitoring system resources, so you might want to check it out.

If you want to monitor system resources feel free to use any of these tools. If you want the best tool for resource monitoring, we have to recommend Rainmeter. This tool has an incredibly active community, and with little customization and time you can create a perfect resource monitor. If you want something more simpler that doesn’t require any configuration, perhaps Wise System Monitor is the tool for you.

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