Accurate Temperature for Q9450

Hi All,

I am trying to find the best utility to get an accurate temperature of the Q9450. Is it Coretemp, Realtemp, Prime95, Speedfan or something else?

Once I get it, will I need to configure the utility to get the most accurate reading? Or just an install will do it?

I have tried Speedfan, but I don't think I am getting accurate readings or have adjusted it properly.

Once I know my accurate temperatures I hope to start overclocking with lots of help. Since I have never overclocked before.

By the way I have a Gigabyte GA-ex38-ds4 with a Q9450 and GSKill 4 GB(2x2b) DDR2 1066 and a Xigmatek HDT s1283 Heatsink.

Thank you
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  1. Allan,

    Some software puts TJmax at 105, some puts it at 95. This will show you a 10 degree difference if you are comparing different programs.

    I've got a Q9450 @3.4Ghz 1.2v. I use realtemp 2.5 and my temps read right at 60 at max load (P95 small ffts). Temps don't get over 55 on any other game or stress test I've used.

    My temps are a little high, I've got some airflow issues in my case, and my zalman 9500 isn't the best hsf out there.

    I'm still a noob, but I hope that info can be helpful.
  2. HEY COMP! So I never did get an answer from you... how come intel doesnt publish that information?
  3. I am on water, and my Q @3.4 idles at 36-40ish, and hits 52-55 c under orthos small stuff.

    Using Real temp, Speedfan, Everest, and CPU-Z for my mains, with nVidia monitor as the backup.

    RealTemp is the closest to what my thermocouple thermometer registers, right at the die, the others seem to be 5-10 degrees too hot.

    My previous e6750 never crested 40 c on load, though, using the same packages.
  4. I have a Q9450 at 3.4 GHZ air-cooled. When I look under Core Temp, the hottest core peaks at 70, but under SpeedFan it's 65, and under RealTemp it's 60. Which one is the most accurate?
  5. im on water as well, i think i get about 45-50 at 3.6
  6. Thanks Compu, I was gonna say there is no way my processor was going that hot with a Xigamatek cooler and an Antec 900 with all fans installed.
  7. Thanks for the assist. I am going to try Real Temp. It's frustrating because in the Bios my CPU shows at around 24 C and Speed fan indicated one of the cores idles at around 52C while the others are around 47C in Windows. I am thinking part of that may be due to the fact that my room is warm at this time of the year.

    By the way, what is considered a mild to medium overclock for the Q9450? For my first time, I don't plan to push it too hard.


  8. Mild OC? 3.4GHz-3.8GHz would be considered "mild" OC for the cpu, but at 3.6-3.8GHz, the OC for the motherboard is definitely not mild.
  9. Evilonigiri said:
    Mild OC? 3.4GHz-3.8GHz would be considered "mild" OC for the cpu, but at 3.6-3.8GHz, the OC for the motherboard is definitely not mild.

    So based on the motherboard I have then, would you recommend not overclocking? If you do recommend overclocking, should I then aim for around 3.4GHZ? Is the performance boost worth it for that amount? Will I run into any major heat issues at that point, assuming that according to Real Temp, my temperatures seem to hover in the 45C to 48C at stock?


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