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System Temperature 88C

So, I was thinking about overclocking my CPU today, and so looked for software to look into the temperature of the Cores and System.

I downloaded a few, and opened them up, and :ouch:

http://i.minus.com/ibyQKg6wLzV1x8.png

My system temperature was as high as 88C. I do not know what System temperature means, I am pretty much a noob. But the value of 88C got me scared.
Okay, may be because I was playing Most Wanted 2012 just before, the temperature is high. Let me wait. It will cool... Err, it's 88C since the last half an hour.

Is this temperature normal?
(Okay, do not laugh at me. I think it's not normal). http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/158838-what-optimal-motherboard-system-temperature.htm

How come is it this high? What should I do to lower it down?

My System Specs:
Hardware
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93 Ghz
Motherboard: DG31PR
NVidia GeForce 550 Ti
4 GB DDR2 RAM
Software
Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate
Windows 8 Developer Preview
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  1. max load below 70c is normal ... 88C is hot ..replace new thermal paste or good cooler
  2. That program is hit and miss with temps. Try core temp and hwmonitor.

    Intel chips can do 88 degrees without damage, but that's high for a synthetic load test and very high for gaming.
  3. Speedfan I do not trust, it has never seemed to report correct temperatures for me, and many others.

    As Z1NONLY stated, try coretemp and hwmonitor aswell.
  4. Thanks for the replies.

    Quote:
    That program is hit and miss with temps. Try core temp and hwmonitor.

    Intel chips can do 88 degrees without damage, but that's high for a synthetic load test and very high for gaming.


    Core Temp doesn't show the "System Temperature (What is it by the way? How is it different from Core Temperatures?)".
    My Core temperatures are around 40C, which I think are normal.

    Here's a screen from CPU Z, which shows system temp as 81C, and 88C. These are the readings just after booting my PC up. Not on load state.



    And what is AUX? 127C? I will be able to boil rice on my CPU. :ouch:
    [http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/268756-28-what-temperature] (Here 37 and and 115C. Contrasting values, but my is 127C)

    Rick
  5. Best answer
    These results are simply bogus readings, they are software glitches.
    There is no cause of concern here, just simply ignore them because technically they dont actually exist!

    The Core readings are the proper, and accurate readings of your CPU temperature and are well within limits.
  6. azathoth said:
    These results are simply bogus readings, they are software glitches.
    There is no cause of concern here, just simply ignore them because technically they dont actually exist!

    The Core readings are the proper, and accurate readings of your CPU temperature and are well within limits.


    Yea. Perhaps you are correct. I read that people have complained that the temperature readings sometimes give values that are lower than the room temperature, which is obviously not possible. May be it's inaccurate reading of values from the sensors, or something similar.

    Thanks for helping me out. :)
    Rick
  7. Best answer selected by rickrishav.
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