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#1 kilgorecemetery

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 11:14 AM

I've been using CPUID to check computer temperatures and today, after gaming for a while, I noticed that my Motherboard is showing temps between 408 to 413 degrees fahrenheit. It isn't the first time I saw high temps for the mainboard, but I had always just assumed that the 400+ numbers were just default when no sensor was present for that portion of the computer. Today I noticed that they updated in real time and that maybe it is reading a real temp.

So my question is how can I tell if that is an actual reading or just a glitch?

computer specs:
MSI P6N SLI
intel core 2 quad q6600

also, instead of the stock heatsink i'm using a Zalman CNPS9700LED and the case itself has 3 stock 80mm fans. All the fans are spinning and appear to be working as they should.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 01:12 PM

Use alternative programs (Core Temp, SpeedFan come to mind) to check the temp readings...that's what I would do, anyway.

I don't trust generic utilities that are not provided by manufacturers of the equipment (like hard drive diagnostics are), so I tend to cross-check results of one against another.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:46 PM

Since water boils at 212 Fahrenheit that would be really hot. I would expect that if it were running anywhere near that hot it would have shut down.

Have you checked the MSI site for a utility to monitor temperatures? http://www.msi.com/service/download/

Evidently there are two or more version of this motherboard. You'll need to know which one possibly.
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/P6N-SLI-V2.html for V2
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/P6N-SLI.html
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/P6N-SLI-Platinum.html

For example:
NVIDIA nTune
Description
The NVIDIA® nTune™ is the easiest, fastest, and safest performance optimization and monitoring application available for your PC.
• Improved dynamic overclocking / GPU overclocking
• Benchmarking wizard / Saved system profiles
• System troubleshooting / Improved system monitoring
• Voltage and bus speed monitoring / Temperature and fan speed monitoring
• Dynamically adjustable voltages and fan speeds / Dynamically adjustable memory timings


MSI Dual Core Center
Description
• Key components status hardware monitor
• Monitor the CPU status
• D.O.T. Technology up to 12% improvement
• Optimize System status define
• Adjustable & monitor with "Dual CoreCenter" on windows system
• Auto speed up with system loading change
• 5 environment mode and 3 user define mode
• Combine with VGA CoreCell 3D, totally called "Dual CoreCell"
• If you are using an ATI graphic card, you must install ver. 8.41 driver and its additional applications to make Dual CoreCenter works normally. It is better to use recommended installation while installing an ATI VGA driver.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:48 PM

must be decimal missing , at those temps your motherboard would melt and catch fire.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:58 PM

Thanks for the help guys. The nvidia monitor shows the same value as cpuid, but i did try PCWizard and MSI's DualCoreCenter programs and their readings are a lot closer to what i would expect. Also, all of SpeedFan's temps were about normal, but i'm not sure if the Temp1 and Temp2 readings are for the motherboard or what.

Basically I have to agree with the above posts. I think if the board was really hitting 400+ degrees that there would be some sort of physical sign

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 08:52 AM

Glad it is sorted.

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