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How do I find accurate temps?


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#1 ExitiumMachina

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 12:22 PM

My motherboard (Zotac 9300) shows temps at about 55 in the bios, but realtemp shows me hitting in the low 40's. Is it possible that the 9300 motherboard is showing the wrong temps for my Q9550 @2.83? I'm just trying to sort this to make sure I'm not hitting in the mid-50's with my temps.

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 12:41 PM

You can try speedFan at this link http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php


Or try HWMonitor at this link http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php

A third one is Speccy from piriform http://www.piriform.com/speccy

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 01:03 PM

Motherboard temps are suspect at best. Other software programs may be better but are still not as acurate as a direct measurement. If you have a desktop pop the case open and use a IR themometer.They are not really expensive and they are just fun to play with too!!!.
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Posted 15 April 2010 - 01:39 PM

You can try speedFan at this link http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php


Or try HWMonitor at this link http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php

A third one is Speccy from piriform http://www.piriform.com/speccy



SpeedFan is a pretty heavy tool, I like it...thanks for the link, mate!

I'll also try the IR thermometer as well, thanks for the tips guys!

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 01:48 PM

Motherboard temps are suspect at best. Other software programs may be better but are still not as acurate as a direct measurement. If you have a desktop pop the case open and use a IR themometer.They are not really expensive and they are just fun to play with too!!!.


I really like your suggestion a lot!!!! :flowers:

Truthfully never thought of it.

Thank you for sharing your idea with us!!!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 03:03 PM

http://www.techpowerup.com/realtemp/docs.php

This is the best guide to setting up Realtemp to give semi-accurate (not a Charlie plug) readings.

IR thermometers are fun to play with, but not that great for detecting CPU/GPU temps. First you have to have a straight shot to the CPU, which you don't have, and if the IR thermometer isn't calibrated to the specific surface/reflectance it is measuring, it is fairly useless. All you get from an IR thermometer is the temp of the heatsink. It is fun to play with though.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 02:33 PM

http://www.techpowerup.com/realtemp/docs.php

This is the best guide to setting up Realtemp to give semi-accurate (not a Charlie plug) readings.

IR thermometers are fun to play with, but not that great for detecting CPU/GPU temps. First you have to have a straight shot to the CPU, which you don't have, and if the IR thermometer isn't calibrated to the specific surface/reflectance it is measuring, it is fairly useless. All you get from an IR thermometer is the temp of the heatsink. It is fun to play with though.


Thanks for sharing that very informative and useful info dpunisher!

I do agree with you though that the IR thermometer will not accurately display the processor cores actual internal temperature, but it does seem to have some usefulness in this field.

Like checking the temperatures emitted by the voltage regulators and such. IMO

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