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CPU Temperature Discrepancy Between BIOS and Programs

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July 19, 2009 9:06:55 AM

I just finished building a new system, and I noticed something odd about temperature reporting. I am using an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, not overclocked, and a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P mobo. In BIOS, it shows the CPU hovering at around 50C, but in Easy-Tune, Gigabyte's program, it almost always reads 10-15 degrees less, averaging about 35 idle. I downloaded another program, CPUID, and the temperatures were the exact same as the ones in Easy-Tune. I'm wondering what the reason is for this discrepancy, and more importantly, which source should I trust more if one is incorrect.
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July 19, 2009 9:29:32 AM

The software.

Sounds like 35 degrees at idle?

What is the ambient temp in the room?
July 19, 2009 9:44:33 AM

Reynod said:
The software.

Sounds like 35 degrees at idle?

What is the ambient temp in the room?

The room temperature is 26.5C. It's a bit hot, but I manage to keep it reasonably cool.
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July 19, 2009 10:06:39 AM

There is a light load in the BIOS, so it's not really idle.
July 19, 2009 10:14:47 AM

randomizer said:
There is a light load in the BIOS, so it's not really idle.
Though it still seems like that's a pretty big temperature difference, unless that's normal and I've never noticed it before.
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July 19, 2009 10:40:27 AM

It's not really an issue. The BIOS calibrates the output temp, not the program, so all programs should report the same temp. The BIOS reading itself isn't much use though because you can't load up some intensive program while watching the temp rise ;) 
July 19, 2009 11:42:25 AM

randomizer said:
It's not really an issue. The BIOS calibrates the output temp, not the program, so all programs should report the same temp. The BIOS reading itself isn't much use though because you can't load up some intensive program while watching the temp rise ;) 

That makes sense. Thanks :) 
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July 19, 2009 3:30:31 PM

Try CoreTemp or HWMonitor ... freebee small monitoring apps that are on the net.

What is important is the temp under a heavy load.

Should be about 15 degrees over ambient at idle with the stock cooler or better - so less than 38ish.

That would mean something like 50 to 58 under load I guess - av across the cores.

always keep an eye on the tempos for a couple of days on a new build.

The retention clips on the Intel boxed coolers are bad news - check all 4 are locked down nicely - if one isn't the temp will rise a bit.

Wish they had a cooler like the cam-lock job on the AMD's ... much easier.

The 9550 will run like a champ at stock voltage with a moderate overclock - easy as pie to get to 3Ghz (Q9650 Territory ... for free).






July 28, 2009 6:21:58 PM

I also just got a EP45-UDP3 to update an EP35-DS3R and noticed the temps as reported by SpeedFan 4.38 are extremely high. I did a 100% move of equipment(Q6600, 8 GB G.Skill 1000(note not 1066) and 6 HDDs. That is, I swapped out the mobo, all else, including the case(Antec Sonata III), are the same.

The temps of the EP45-UD3P are 20C higher than the EP35-DS3R. It sits at about 140F semi idle and goes(went) to 190F-200F under heavy load. Both situations used the stock retail Intel fan I got with the Q6600.

I was worried, so I used the PC little until the next morning I went to the local Fry's (NE Indy) and picked up two extra fans. I also installed another fan for improved intake per Antec's instructions.

With the extra cooling, Speedfan reports about 130F core temps at little use, and goes to 170F high use.

This is still too high, but an improvement.

Any suggestions are welcomed.
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