How do you get an accurate temperature reading?

boogaloo

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Hi all

I'm sniffing around at the moment considering trying to overclock my Core Duo E6750. I've got a couple of (embarassing!) questions...

1) At the moment I'm using the stock fan. Air intake in my case is fairly good, but I'm guessing I'll need to upgrade the fan. I don't want to spend a fortune and I'm not intending to max out my CPU, just to nudge it up 10-20% or so. What do I need to spend, or is the stock one ok if I'm not pushing too hard?

2) How do you guys measure the temperature of your CPU and GFX card? I've done a quick search for freeware software - how reliable are these? What's the best, simple way to measure my temps?

Any info much much appreciated!

 

jeanluclariviere

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Ok

I would certainly upgrade your stock fan, even If you werent planning on OC - though this doesnt mean you need something hugely expensive, or over the top. Arctic cooling offers a a variety of 755 socket fans which are great stock replacements.

http://www.arctic-cooling.com/cpu1.php?p=4&disc=

If you take a look at the above link, you'l see a few coolers ranging from $12.00 to $44.00 USD - These are mid-range coolers and will do just the thing.

Note that, I've heard rave reviews about the Alpine 7 pro, wich is a big improvement on your stock fan, aswell as being being very very affordable. I myself am using the Freezer 7 pro.

As far as CPU Fans are concerned, I usually like to give myself a bit of room incase I'd like to push my CPU a little further.

Secondly, there are a few programs you can use to monitor your temps - but the two I would recomend are Speedfan & real temp.

Good luck and have fun overclocking.
 

boogaloo

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A fantastic answer. Thank you very much! When I'm looking at the relative merits of CPU fans is there something specific I should consider - I'm assuming that wattage isn't an indication of quality, just of how much juice it needs!
 

boogaloo

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Thanks for your help with this. Installed both last night. I still need to do a bit of digging round to find out what the different temperature readings are for my mobo, but holy moley a 9800 gx2 card runs hot!
 

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As far as an accurate temperature reading, get RealTemp:

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

It correctly sets the TJ max fore Core 2 Duo CPUs to 85 instead of 100, resulting in a more accurate reading, and cooler temperatures! :D

As far as any other temperature readings besides the CPU, I like HWMonitor:

http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php