HWMonitor, are the temps acceptable?

Discussion in 'Computer Cases, Power Supplies and Cooling' started by gamblingman, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. gamblingman

    gamblingman VIP Member

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    So I finally got a temperature monitor after some thought and checking on which would be the best; I went with HWMonitor. I am monitoring temps with only a few things running: FireFox and HWMonitor, and I only did start-up about 10 minutes ago.

    Here are my temps:

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    ACPI hardware monitor

    Temperature sensor 0 58°C (135°F)

    Secifies:
    Min: 45C Max 59C

    The reading in italics seems high since the min is specified as 45C and the max at 59C. I am only one degree from the max, seems bad.

    What do you think about that?

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    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T7500 hardware monitor

    Temperature sensor 0 59°C (138°F) [0x29] (Core #0)
    Temperature sensor 1 60°C (139°F) [0x28] (Core #1)

    HWMonitor Specifies:
    Min: 44C
    Max: 61C for Core 1 & Max: 60C for Core 2

    (CPU seems high at startup, but I have a lot of programs loading at startup, and they are absolutely necessary programs.)

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    GeForce 8600M GT hardware monitor

    Temperature sensor 0 47°C (116°F) [0x2F] (GPU Core)

    HWMonitor Specifies:
    Min: 43C Max: 49C

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    SAMSUNG HM250JI hardware monitor

    Temperature sensor 0 31°C (87°F) [0x1F] (HDD)

    HWMonitor Specifies:
    Min: 31C Max: 34

    There doesn't seem to be a lot of leeway on the HDD temps. I don't imagine that it fluctuates much, but still... What do you make of this?
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    BUT THATS NOT ALL!

    After the computer has been on for awhile, say 30 minutes idle the temps come down by several degrees.

    *ACPI drops from 58C to 47C

    *Core 0 from 59C to 47C
    Core 1 from 60C to 47C

    *nVIDIA from 47 to 44C

    HDD increases from 31C to 34C

    34C is the max HWMonitor shows that HDD should be. Should I be concerned, or is this normal?

    Feedback is appreciated. If I have made this a little hard to understand, sorry.
     
  2. The_Other_One

    The_Other_One VIP Member

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    For a laptop, that's pretty typical. Perhaps on the warm side, but still about what is to be expected. How's it under stress? Does anything exceed 60*C...or exceed by a large margin?
     
  3. Fatback

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    This is on a laptop correct if so then those temps are perfectly normal. Your CPU temps are pretty good for a laptop same with your GPU temps. HDD temps I would say is a little below average for laptop. Are you using some type of cooling pad?
     
  4. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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    The HDD is fine, I've seen drives running pretty hot and they still work.

    Do you know what the ACPI sensor is measuring?
     
  5. gamblingman

    gamblingman VIP Member

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    monitor

    I dont have the foggiest what ACPI measures! ha ha ha I was hoping someone here would know.

    I dont use a cooling pad, but I have my laptop on a wire rack. Its about 1.5" over the table, and the room I use my computer in is always cool, 70F or less.

    And yeahhh, sorry. I forgot to even say the computer type, DUH! Its a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop, and about a year and a half old. I also just cleaned it the other day.

    I havent tried it under stress yet. How would you recommend I do that? I was just going to play oblivion for awhile and see where I stand.
     
  6. Fatback

    Fatback VIP Member

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    Prime95 http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/ is perfect for putting a load on your CPU. Also good for checking if you computer is stable.

    A $10 cooling pad would probably lower temps by a few Celsius.
     
  7. gamblingman

    gamblingman VIP Member

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    it

    I would use the program you mention, but its the first time I've heard of it. Also their site is a mess, it could be a demonstration of how not to design a web page, and that makes me wary of their software.

    Besides I'm ultra picky about what I install. But hey, I appreciate the comment, I'll keep it in mind.
     
  8. Fatback

    Fatback VIP Member

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    You can ask anybody here about Prime95 an they will tell you it is a great program. It's mostly used to check the stability of a computer after being overclocked, but a lot of people use it to put there CPU under a load to check there load temps.

    BTW thats not there web site it was just the first link that came up when I googled "prime95".

    Edit: Here is a better link http://download.cnet.com/Prime95/3000-2053_4-192895.html?tag=mncol
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2009
  9. gamblingman

    gamblingman VIP Member

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    Average!

    Oh man do I feel dumb!

    I just realized that HWMonitor isnt showing the Min/Max as the lowest/highest that is acceptable.... Its showing the min/max at that moment and taking a rough average for the current temperature.

    I cant believe that I didn't notice that before!

    How can I find what the acceptable min/max temperatures are for my computer? I tried dell and googling it, no luck there.
     
  10. schw32m

    schw32m New Member

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    Not sure how up to date the chart is but you can look here. Click on the CPU temps section and it gives a maximum limit for most CPUs.

    http://www.heatsink-guide.com/
     

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