System Monitor II is a free desktop gadget for your windows which checks memory usage and core CPU usage in real-time and lets you monitor system performance. It can display the system's overall memory usage and CPU usage of each core in a multi-core processing environment. It has the ability to show the percentage usage and temperature of each of the core associated with the processor, which makes it better than the windows default Task Manager. So whether you have a single core, dual core, quad-core, 10-core, or even higher core processor, you can monitor the percentage usage and temperature of each independent core through this powerful application.
System Monitor II displays the memory and CPU usage in percentage, graphical representation, and bar form to better analyze the CPU and Memory performance of your system. It shows the overall memory usage, PageFile usage, and RAM usage in bar form as well as in percentage form. It also shows the overall CPU usage and core CPU usage of each of the associated core in bar and percentage form. You can see the temperature of each of the core by changing the Core Temperature settings from the settings menu.
Although the interface is very simple and each single information is being displayed in proper manner, I am going to list out some important parameters to give you a brief idea about each part of the gadget.
You can see various parts of System Monitor II in the above image showing important information regarding CPU and memory usage to monitor system performance in detail. You can also go through various settings available in this gadget to customize it like the way you want.
System Monitor II has a separate "Settings" menu which you can open to make changes in your gadget. To open this menu, you need to move the mouse cursor to the top left corner of the gadget's interface. Once you open the settings menu, you will see twelve different sections containing different setting options. Lets see what all you can do with these settings:
Change Size: If you find the interface quite small, you can change its size and make it large. The size is displayed in percentage form by default.
Core Temperature Settings: By default, the core temperature is not displayed by the gadget. To enable System Monitor II to display core temperature for each of the core, you need to download and run the CoreTemp application in background. If you set the "Display core temperature" setting without running the CoreTemp application, It will display that the CoreTemp is not running.
Graph: You can change the graph settings by changing the graph line width or graph drawing style for memory and CPU.
Hide: This setting lets you hide any information related to CPU or memory like memory/CPU clock string, usage string, bars, etc.
Colors: You can have options to change the colors of title, background, memory legend, CPU core, etc.
Language: System Monitor II is available in many different languages including Russian, Ukrainian, Portuguese (BR), Dutch, Spanish, German, Turkish, Romanian, Chinese Simplified & Traditional, Macedonian, French, Italian, Catalonian, Indonesian, Hindi, Slovak, Polish, Czech, Japanese and of course English.
Restore Settings: You can restore all your default settings through the "Restore factory default settings" option.
Besides giving lot of options to change the settings, System Monitor II also gives a facility that displays windows task manger if you double-click anywhere on the interface. You need not press "CTRL+ALT+DEL" to open it separately. System Monitor II will open it for you just by a double-click of your mouse.Migration:
The default Windows Task Manager is doing a decent job when is about tracking information about CPU and memory usage. However, there is always place for better than that. System Monitor II is a small but powerful application that can track down every useful data about CPU and memory usage. The Windows Task Manager can show plenty of information but there are some features (extremely important) that are not available. For example, Windows Task Manager cannot display the core CPU usage for each core in particular. If you have a dual core, triple core, quad core (and so on) processor, the Windows Task Manager is going to show you only the overall value of core usage. In exchange, System Monitor II can display the exact value for each individual core. That can be extremely useful in more than one single way.
Besides core usage display, System Monitor II can also display the memory usage: Total of used RAM, Total of free RAM, Total of RAM, Total of used all memory, Total of free all memory and Total of all memory. These are also extremely useful information and System Monitor II can show you these data using percentage, raw numbers and graphical view.
System Monitor II is more accurate than the default Windows Task Manager. Let's take the example of a Dual core processor. If the first CPU usage is 20% and the second CPU usage is 11%, Windows Task Manager is going to show you an overall value of 16% CPU usage. That is not bad but is not accurate either. With System Monitor II you can see each value in detail so you can receive a better view over what is happening in your computer.
Why is System Monitor II famous?
System Monitor II is famous because it is a powerful application that can show you (in an accurate mode) the CPU and RAM usage. System Monitor II comes with more features and options than the default Windows Task Manager and it can provide you a better view of what is happening with your CPU and RAM.
Usage of physical memory explanation
This is the amount of total memory in use, also known as committed memory, against the total amount of RAM memory available on the system. The total memory in use is both what is in RAM and what is in swap, also known as the pagefile.sys paging file. The total amount of RAM on the system can either be the physical RAM memory installed on a physical machine or the total memory allocated to a virtual guest host machine of the physical machine hosting many virtual machines.
This percentage of total memory in use, committed memory, against the total available RAM memory is important to performance because once the commit memory level exceeds the total RAM memory level, overall performance is greatly impacted because the operating system must swap RAM memory back and forth to the slower swap pagefile.sys paging file. In this display mode, if the total memory exceeds 100% often, then this is an indication that more RAM memory should be purchased, installed (or allocated if a virtual machine). If the machine has the maximum amount of RAM memory capable of being installed and total memory percentage is exceeding 100% often, then this would indicate that it's time to get a new machine to suite your needs as being used.