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[Review] SysResources Manager

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Fotis Software’s SysResources Manager [1]

Version reviewed:


System Requirements:

Windows XP and higher

Download size:

5 MB


$21.90 (USD)

Software description:

SysResources Manager is a system utility for watching the current state of the system such as CPU usage, RAM and Virtual RAM availability, Disks, Processes, Network Monitoring (Processes accessing Internet, Network Traffic/Speed), Services, StartUp Programs.

SysResources Manager can optimize system performance by defraging physical system memory.

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  • Straightforward and easy to use.
  • Allows users to monitor many aspects of one’s computer including but not limited to CPU usage, RAM usage, hard drive usage, network usage, running processes, etc.
  • Can free RAM by defragging it.
  • Has the ability to export data into TXT files.
  • Allows users to easily search (Google, Altavista, Yahoo, and ProcessLibary) for information.
  • Provides quick access to native Windows tools/settings.
  • Has a floating widget/window showing CPU usage, RAM usage, hard drive activity, and network usage.

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  • Cannot monitor/show computer temperatures.
  • Floating widget/window cannot be locked into place.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”8″}Point and click for the most part; however do note some element of computer knowledge is needed to understand the program.
{for=”Performance” value=”10″}Works well for what it does.
{for=”Usefulness” value=”4″}The usefulness is fairly polarizing. Many “regular” users probably have no need for such a program, while I am sure some “advanced” users would appreciate it.
{for=”Price” value=”7″}$21.90 USD is fairly reasonable in my opinion.
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SysResources Manager is a program who’s primary focus is to allow you to monitor different aspects of your computer:


SRM (SysResources Manager) monitors the following on you computer:

Really the only one thing I can think of that SRM is missing is the ability to monitor computer temperatures, which, depending on if you are on a laptop or desktop, may make or break this program for you.

In addition to being able to monitor all that is mentioned above, the program also does/has the following:

For all the drivers, addons, processes, services, etc. SRM provides two handy features:

  1. The ability to search for information on drivers, addons, processes, etc. on Google, Yahoo, Altavista, or ProcessLibrary
  2. The ability to export lists (of drivers, addons, processes, etc.) into a text file.

Although all the features of SRM perform as expected, the one feature I would like to particularly comment on is the RAM defrag feature. Typically I am an opponent of RAM defraging as a method of freeing up RAM because the method involves using 100% (or near 100%) CPU and a whole lot of RAM during the process of defragmentation and the results aren’t very stellar. SRM also uses up similar amount of CPU/RAM while performing the defrag (so make sure you aren’t doing anything important/resource intensive when running the defrag in case your computer freezes); however SRM’s RAM defrag results are unusual – in a good way. When I first reviewed SRM almost two years ago, using the RAM defrag feature would result in very minimal RAM recovery, such as 10 or 15 MB. This time, though, I found that SRM was able to free up almost 200 MB of RAM. Considering that I was only using about half of my 3 GB of RAM at the time, this is fairly impressive. Now, of course, results will vary and you won’t free up 200 MB of RAM every time you run the defragger, but I have never before seem a RAM defragger that works so well. (In the past only programs like CleanMem [3] have impressed me in regards to freeing up RAM.) I still dislike the process of freeing the RAM, but I like the results.

Anyway, often developers bundle many features in their programs but drop the ball when it comes to user interface and usability.  Fortunately, SRM does not. Now, SRM is not the most aesthetically pleasing program out there but it is fairly point-and-click in terms of usage; there aren’t too many (if any) tricks required to use SRM, although some technical knowledge is needed to comprehend the information SRM gives you. The following is a breakdown of the different sections of SRM:










Options 1


Options 2



Along with all that I mentioned above, if you right click on the SysResources Manager system tray icon (or click on the “Extra” drop down menu in SRM’s main program window), you will get a menu where you can do things like change desktop resolution, run the RAM defrag, access your “Program Launcher” list, etc.:


Out of the “Extra” list of features, the one feature I would like to point out is “Monitor”. “Monitor” is a floating widget/window that displays CPU usage, RAM usage, hard drive activity, and network activity:


While you can make the widget/window always appear on top of other windows, you cannot lock it into place (which can get annoying). Also, note that if you have dual core, the “CPU Usage” shown here is the average of the usage for both cores. If you have quad core, I am sure it works the same way.

Lastly, I would like to point out SRM is not too bad on computer resources it uses (with the only exception being when it is defragging your RAM). On average SRM uses 0-2% CPU and 5-8 MB of RAM, which is not bad, not bad at all.

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.


AnVir Task Manager [18]

AnVir Task Manager gives full information about process, services, TCP/UPD connections, drivers, DLLs. It has descriptions for 70 000+ startup programs and services. It detects new and unknown Trojans using security analysis and alerts on new startups. It can speed up boot time (Delayed Startup), balance CPU usage, optimize memory. Tray icons shows status of disk, network, memory, CPU. Tray menu keeps last launched programs and folders. Also users can hide windows to system tray, set windows ‘always on top’, and change windows transparency.


Rainmeter [19]

Rainmeter is an excellent resources monitor. It is actually a very old project which has only recently been resurrected.

Samurize [20]

Samurize is an advanced system monitoring and desktop enhancement engine for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista. IT professionals, overclockers, gamers and desktop modders alike use Samurize for system information, weather reports, news headlines and much much more. And best of all, Samurize is 100% free!


CleanMem [21]

CleanMem is the best RAM/memory management/freeing tool you will find.

HWMonitor [22]

A standalone program that monitors your computer temperatures.

Windows Process Manager (thx Lee)

“Right click desktop, create short cut input ‘C:/Windows/System32/perfmon.msc’ without quotes into ‘type the location of this item’, then hit next and name it ‘Performance Monitor’ without quotes and hit finish.

Nice icon appears on your desktop and if you want information then double click it.” -Lee

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{rw_verdict2}SysResources Manager is a good tool. Sure it can improve in terms of aesthetics, and many people probably won’t find much use for it, but for people who have a need to monitor activity/resource use on their computer, this program performs the job fairly well. However, while SysResources Manager is good, other programs are better. Programs like AnVir Task Manager and Rainmeter simply dwarf SysResources Manager; if I were in the market for a computer monitoring software, I would definitely go with AnVir Task Manager or Rainmeter over SysResources Manager.
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