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March 24, 2013 8:02:49 PM

My A10-5800K, cooled by a Corsair H60 2nd gen liquid cooler, is running at 4.1 Ghz for now as HWMonitor is reading around 60C at idle and around 80C when I'm playing a game.

I then tried other software and, well, I don't know which one of them is telling the truth.
http://i.imgur.com/Rw2SMoW.png (idle)

Not pictured is AIDA64. Which right now is reading 27C-32C. Another note is that I used Antec Formula 7 thermal paste/compund.

I want to know which one of these is the true temperature of my processor so that I could overclock it some more. Lots of people saying that HWMonitor's reading are a bit weird especially on the AMD APUs, iirc.

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a b K Overclocking
March 24, 2013 8:44:05 PM

None of the software based temps reader are 100% accurate, they all have different readings and you can't tell whos the good one (if one is)

i suggest that you pick some thermometer and try to read dirrectly on the cpu heatsink, it's the only way to get an approximation of the real temp of your cpu (if it's 60, add some as the heatsink is colder than your cpu for sure so your cpu is about 75-80 maybe, then you know this soft is accurate for your CPU and use this one...)

You could also, like me, use a dedicated temp sensor (comes with my fan controller) i put the sensor right on side of the heatsink base so it gives me a real temp about 5C lower than the real CPU temp but always in this margin so i know what my cpu temps are... i also monitor my ram and motherboard VRM temps with the other sensors...
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March 24, 2013 8:55:48 PM

spawnkiller said:
None of the software based temps reader are 100% accurate, they all have different readings and you can't tell whos the good one (if one is)

i suggest that you pick some thermometer and try to read dirrectly on the cpu heatsink, it's the only way to get an approximation of the real temp of your cpu (if it's 60, add some as the heatsink is colder than your cpu for sure so your cpu is about 75-80 maybe, then you know this soft is accurate for your CPU and use this one...)

You could also, like me, use a dedicated temp sensor (comes with my fan controller) i put the sensor right on side of the heatsink base so it gives me a real temp about 5C lower than the real CPU temp but always in this margin so i know what my cpu temps are... i also monitor my ram and motherboard VRM temps with the other sensors...


Thanks for the reply. Will try your suggestions. Where can I get a dedicated temp sensor though?
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a b K Overclocking
March 24, 2013 9:01:41 PM

they come with fan controller but you can get some infrared temp sensor for 20$ at home depot or any "construction" furniture store

You could also use an outside digital thermometer (you know the one with the interior screen and the outdoor sensor)
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March 24, 2013 10:02:21 PM

spawnkiller said:
they come with fan controller but you can get some infrared temp sensor for 20$ at home depot or any "construction" furniture store

You could also use an outside digital thermometer (you know the one with the interior screen and the outdoor sensor)


hmm... I'm not from the US so Home Depot's a no go. Will look around here if any store has those infrared temp sensors.
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