How fitting that I should close out the A to Z series while I close out the year. We’ve finally arrived at letter Z and that stands for the CPU-Z utility. Yes, technically that isn’t a part of SQL Server, but if you hadn’t already noticed by Monday’s ‘Y’ post, it’s slim pickins’ at this end of the alphabet.
What is CPU-Z?
CPU-Z is a utility that provides information on your system. A *lot* of information. We’re talking everything from your processors to memory to your motherboard, even your graphics card. It’s simple to use, and the best part? It’s freeware.
Why should I use it?
How does it work?
To download CPU-Z, go to the CPUID site and click the link for the latest release. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the utility, fire it up and you’re ready to go.
The first screen you’ll see is your processor information.
As you can see, I’m running an Intel Mobil Core 2 Duo SU7300. It’s rated at 1.3GHz, but it’s only running at 1.066GHz, due to the fact that there’s no load on it currently. From the number of cores and threads we know that this is a dual core machine without hyperthreading. We also see some information on our L1 and L2 cache, which is reiterated on the next tab.
The third tab provides some information on our motherboard and BIOS.
The memory tab provides data on the amount and speed of our memory. And if we click over to the SPD tab, we see more detailed information on the individual memory modules.
The last tab is the graphics tab which doesn’t mean a whole lot on a database server, but here it is anyway.
There are some shortcut keys you might find useful
I hope you’ve enjoyed the SQL Server A to Z series. See ya next year!