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Windows 7: CPUID HWMonitor accuracy?

11 Mar 2011   #1
pokeefe0001

Windows 7 x64 Pro
 
 
CPUID HWMonitor accuracy?

A couple days ago I installed CPUID HWMonitor to check my hard drive temperatures. Is it a dependable tool for this? I noticed that the voltages it reports are unrealistic, and have found many reports of this on the web (often with comments like "Your PC wouldn't boot with those voltages".) Are the temperatures it reports more accurate? If not, is there a better tool?


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11 Mar 2011   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Personally, I like AIDA64 (formerly Everest) to monitor my hardware.
SpeedFan will also show hard drive temperatures.
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12 Mar 2011   #3
pokeefe0001

Windows 7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Personally, I like AIDA64 (formerly Everest) to monitor my hardware.
SpeedFan will also show hard drive temperatures.
Looks like I'd be paying for more than I need with AIDA64, but $40 isn't going to drive me into bankruptcy.

Any other suggested products?

Any suggestions for making the CPUID HWMonitor work correctly, or should I just give up on it? I can't help but think its bad voltage reporting is a configuration problem but I don't see any configuration knobs to tweak.

Edit:
I've tried a few of the monitors since my original post. I notice that HWInfo32 doesn't even report the +12V and +5V VCCH sensors. All other monitors I've tested except one (and I don't remember which one) report garbage numbers for those sensors. That makes me think those 2 sensors don't report anything meaningful in my config. (Except for that one monitor that reported reasonable values. I wonder what it found that the others couldn't.)
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13 Mar 2011   #4
flyingpig

Win 7 64, Vista64
 
 

Those numbers are meant to be used as a guide only, they are not accurate never have been and can vary from 10-15 degrees up or down and the same with voltage.

The only way your going to get a semi accurate reading is by using external sensors or a thermal gun of sorts.
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13 Mar 2011   #5
pokeefe0001

Windows 7 x64 Pro
 
 

I'm not interested in great accuracy - approximate numbers are fine.

HWMonitor reports my +12V monitor as between +1.26 and +1.34. The +5V VCCH monitor reads consistently at +3.63V. These aren't off just a little bit. Reports in various forums for various monitors have many complaints about +12V values (including negative numbers). I don't know what boards were used but I've seen reports from users of the GIGABYTE X58A-UD3R giving numbers like mine so I'm going to assume that some of the voltage sensors on that board at fault. I'll stop worrying. (Maybe.)
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13 Mar 2011   #6
flyingpig

Win 7 64, Vista64
 
 

Have you updated your Bios? Sometimes these issues are fixed in bios updates if it's a known issue with that board.
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13 Mar 2011   #7
pokeefe0001

Windows 7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flyingpig View Post
Have you updated your Bios? Sometimes these issues are fixed in bios updates if it's a known issue with that board.
If this is the only problem I have I don't think I want to touch the BIOS. Unless I hear that the X58A-UD3R BIOS version FA has other problems I'll live with it.
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