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Astra32 3.30

Get the low-down on every aspect of your PCs hardware and software with this in-depth system information tool

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License: Function Limited Demo
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Russian
Software Cost: $29.95 (Windows)
Date Updated: 29 April 2015
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Developer: Sysinfo Lab
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Astra32
An in-depth system information tool

Astra32 is a comprehensive system information tool that can produce detailed reports on every aspect of your PC.

It's an easy way to find out all about your motherboard, for instance, CPU, memory, drives, USB devices, printers, network adapters, graphics card, display and more.

And when we say "all", that's not an exaggeration. The CPU section alone lists more than 130 details on your processor: the number of cores, CPU, FSB and Bus clock speeds, details on which features it supports (Hyper-Threading?), power management features, and more.

This kind of detail comes in very useful when you want to confirm that a new PC is what you expected, for instance. Or when you want to know more about a particular component. If you're looking to add more RAM to your PC, say, Astra32 can report the type, speed, manufacturer and even part number of your current DIMMs, so you can be sure you buy something that's compatible.

And Astra32 even includes a couple of troubleshooting modules, which in theory should help you diagnose system problems: the Drivers Troubleshooter reports on devices that have driver issues, while the HDD Diagnostics tool provides a quick drive health check. Neither appeared to work for us - the Drivers Troubleshooter highlighted a device that seemed to be fine, the HDD Diagnostics tool complained "IDE drivers not found" - but this kind of tool can give very different results from one PC to another, and both options are still worth a look.

Version 3.30 (version history):
- Added calculation of SSD Remaining Life
- Added detection of SSD TRIM Command
- Added calculation of Total NAND Writes parameter on some SSD drives
- Added detection of Form Factor and Rotation Rate on some modern drives
- Added detection of current SATA speed
- Added reading of SPD information on Intel Sunrise Point-LP, Intel Lewisburg chipset
- Added support of SMBIOS 3.0.0 standard
- Added detection of Intel Xeon Phi (Knights Landing), Intel Core i7 Mobile (Broadwell-U), Intel Core i5 Mobile (Broadwell-U), Intel Core i3 Mobile (Broadwell-U), Intel Pentium Mobile (Broadwell-U), Intel Celeron Mobile (Broadwell-U), Intel Atom (Braswell), Intel Pentium Mobile (Braswell), Intel Celeron Mobile (Braswell) processors
- Added detection of Max TDP on Intel Atom (Avoton/Rangeley) processors
- Added preliminary support of Intel Xeon Phi (Knights Corner), Intel Xeon (Sky Lake), Intel Atom (SoFIA 3G-R), Intel Goldmon, Intel Cannonlake processors
- Some bugs fixed
- Updated program database

Verdict:

Astra32 is a capable system information tool, but its maybe not quite good enough to justify the price. Be sure to try free equivalents like HWINFO32 and SIW before you buy

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