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Windows 7: Hardware temperature monitors

05 Apr 2011   #1
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 
Hardware temperature monitors

Hey all,

So this is something I have searched far and wide for, and have yet to find any really good products.
I am looking for a way to monitor various component temperatures through a physical temperature probe placed on (or near) the component.
The reason for this is that software monitors tend to be inaccurate, the CPU temperature sensors get stuck, and there are just other random issues.

I would really like to get a front mounted LCD panel (1 or 2 CD trays thick) that I can output the temperatures too (yes, I know this will require some hardware/coding), as well as a bunch of physical temperature probes that I can place throughout the case and components (such as on the CPU heatsink, back of CPU, water pump, GPU, radiator, etc) that I can then output to the LCD screen.

Not sure if this is easily possible, or if there are already products out there for this.
I was also curious to hear how everyone else monitors temperatures, because I have decided that software like RealTemp, SpeedFan, etc just are not accurate enough (nor would they look as cool as a front LCD panel with updated temps).

~Lordbob
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05 Apr 2011   #2
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Found this at Tom's Hardware: Front Mounted Ports: Take a Joy Ride On The Fan Bus : Get On The Fan Bus
#'s 4 through 9 may be of interest. Scroll down a bit on some of the reviews, and it will show the kit parts.
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05 Apr 2011   #3
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Found this at Tom's Hardware: Front Mounted Ports: Take a Joy Ride On The Fan Bus : Get On The Fan Bus
#'s 4 through 9 may be of interest. Scroll down a bit on some of the reviews, and it will show the kit parts.
Great link, though I was hoping to get a dedicated temperature monitor. I have speed controllers (custom made) for now, though I am contemplating buying a premade one for ease of use.

~Lordbob
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05 Apr 2011   #4
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

You can install extremely accurate temperature sensors, or make and calibrate your own. This is a great deal cheaper. Any standard transistor can be used as a temperature sensor, and if you calibrate properly, will be very accurate.

http://www.micro-examples.com/public...re-sensor.html

http://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/sh...ad.php?t=14720

http://www.sensorsmag.com/sensors/te...nd-tricks-1439

You can also buy dedicated temperature sensors and set them up as monitors;

http://projectsworld.wordpress.com/2...rature-sensor/

DIY Temperature Sensor + Arduino - TBCS Community Forums

Some other info;

microcontroller - Good board for DIY temperature control/readout - Electronics Design - Stack Exchange

Dorkboard | DorkbotPDX

QKits Electronic Kits: QK145, Serial Temperature Sensor Kit

http://www.uchobby.com/index.php/200...rolled-pc-fan/

http://www.oocities.org/kiwi_36_nz/tlog/tlog.htm

http://www.cytron.com.my/attachment/...on/PR11_DD.pdf

there are very many options and possibilities. If you search around the net, you will find lots.

Regards....Mike Connor
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05 Apr 2011   #5
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 



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05 Apr 2011   #6
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

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05 Apr 2011   #7
jebuchanan

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

That is a sweet little project, TVeblen.
Cool.
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05 Apr 2011   #8
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Wow, thanks for all the links guys.

This right here is EXACTLY what I want to make
lukemiller.org» Blog Archive » A thermocouple datalogger based on the Arduino platform

Now I just need to figure out what it would cost to make (hell, I would pay $150 for this).

~Lordbob
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