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Old 05-27-2008, 08:33 PM
jase439 jase439 is offline
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Default Squirrely Temps and 45nm Quads

What's the scoop with temperature sensors on these Q96xx/X33xx CPU's? I have some tools telling my core temps are idling in the high 50's. I have others (real temp) telling me I'm idling in the low to mid 40's. The BIOS says I'm idling at around 30C. The BIOS temp seems strangely low to me (I'm guessing this is CPU surface temp and not core temp), yet, it's the only one that seems to be directly affected by voltage increases and FSB changes. Core Temp seems to "bottom out" in the low 40's regardless of cooler, thermal paste, fan speed, voltage changes. Under load, however, core temp seems to report the most believable values (55-60C). Ironically, my load temps as reported in Core Temp are equal to or just slightly higher than the Idle temps reported by other tools. Just wondering if there's any rhyme or reason to it or if people just "go with whatever temp makes them feel the best about their overclocking prowess"?
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