Well, for starters, put two and two together. You said you can only run 3 of 4 instances of Prime95, thus causing one core to idle. Doesn't suffer from the bug obviously. Anyway, if it were me, I would trust RealTemp. To be safe, I wouldn't OC anymore than what you currently are at until someone releases an updated version of the applications.
On a side note, I didn't know the Q8xxx series was already out; It was kind of a quiet introduction, eh?
trust me the xp is better.vista got too much background service will eat up resources specially HDD will be pretty much constantly reading and write because of windows prefetch. and 64bit will just have loads of incompatibility depend on what software you use. for instance Rivatuner dont work with Vista 64bit so no OC for your graphics card.
The reason why you are getting different temps....
is the Tjunction max. So the programers use what they think the Tjmax value is.
Intel will not publish the Tjmax. Sooooo:
RealTemp is set to 95 by default.
Hardware Monitor is using a 105C Tjmax.
That is the main reason why you have different readings. Depending on the software, it maybe programed for different Tjmax defaults for certain CPU's on the Intel side, for example the different steppings (G0/B3).
Heh... either could actually be wrong, since the tjmax is only based on an assumption, by the guys who wrote the program, aka CoreTemp/RealTemp/Speedfan/HWMonitor. The program itself cannot detect what it is. So that is why there is a calibration section from where you got RealTemp:
What a load of bulls**t about Vista X64. I have it running since beta versions. And almost all software works on it. There was a driver issues with 64 bit when Vista first came out. But now You can pretty much get drivers for everything if it is not ancient. As for background services- You can turn off what You don't need. And it is not accesing HDD all the time if You have enough memory. And Rivatuner certainly works. Go for Vista X64 and get 4GB RAM or more.
i think he is obsess with 64bit Vista and prolly angry about when i said stay away from Vista 64bit.
Windows prefetch is what accessing the HDD most of the time btw if you dont know. and do you really expect people spend whole day figure out what does what and what they dont need?ainarssems i think you should know what people go for a 64bit windows because they want to use enough ram to disable the virtual memory. not because 64bit have massive improvement above 32bit. for now at least.