Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip
You should use core temps unless they are lower than your CPU temp. If you core temps are lower, the CPU almost definitely has bad sensors.
If you CPU temps are higher than your Core temp you're either liquid cooling, have a high end air cooler or your case has poor airflow around the socket.
My loaded core temp is 45*C with the typical 11*C addition for Thuban CPUs while my CPU (socket) temp gets to 57*C under the same load. Before I went liquid I had a Megahalems on this same chip at the same clocks that had a loaded core temp of 61*C and CPU/socket temp of 55*C. The additional 2*C to the CPU temp is because there isn't two 120x38 fans blasting air over the socket anymore.
Pay attention to core temp with Phenom II X2, X3 and X4 CPUs and make good judgement when adding to core temp reading for Phenom II X6 CPUs to get a close to accurate reading.
Temp sensors are not that inaccurate on non X6 Phenom II chips, follow core temp.Edited by Trogdor - 5/19/11 at 1:38am