Originally Posted by ebduncan
I haven't had any trouble with monitoring temps.
Like Khaotic said, Open Hardware Monitor works best.
tmpin 0- System temp
tmpin-1- Cpu Socket temp (not core temp)
tmpin-2-Northbridge (per gigabyte) I question this reading, because from my results it scales with cpu vcore, which would point to VRM temp instead rather than the north bridge.
Core temps listed via hardware monitor are accurate under load. Not so much if your using cool and quiet, will commonly report number below ambient, again this is under idle conditions. Seems like once your actual core temp is around 40c it reports fine.
as far the the motherboard selection goes the UD3 vs the UD5/UD7. The UD3 offers plenty of features support crossfire, has esata, usb 3.0, plenty of drive options. Only real reason to get the ud5 or ud7 over the ud3 is if you plan for Trifire/quadfire. Their feature sets are nearly identical otherwise. Considering we are talking about AMD systems here most folks go Amd for budget reasons, so the higher priced boards are not as common.
When I purchased my Ud3 (about a month Bulldozer was released) I researched boards, and narrowed my options down to the Crosshair V, or one of the Gigabyte boards. I went with the UD3, because it supported all the features i wanted and was good bit cheaper than the other boards. Gigabyte really dropped the ball on their Amd motherboards this go around, it took months before I considered them to be past the beta stages. Bios was a major issue with these models out of the gate, and was really complected by releasing new revisions of the board which supported LLC. Left a lot of users with a sour taste in their mouth. Bios has come a long way since then, and the new revision boards do pretty well, but don't let that fool you into thinking they are perfect. After using my UD3 for Two years, if you looking for a AMD motherboard there is only two solutions. Crosshair V Formula Z, or the Sabertooth, Both are from ASUS. Quite simply, the UD3 rev 1.0 board was the most problematic board i've come across since like 2001. I've used well over 100 boards since then if that's telling you something. Granted if my experience had started 6 months ago, it would have been a pretty solid board. Still 1.5 years of ownership before you consider the product to be past beta is a long time to shaft people.
I will have to download that temp tool. There was another concern I had with the ud3 board that showed up after I installed the 8350 and I cannot remember what that was. I had a 4 core phenom 2 before and it was flawless.
I used to hack bios updates (10+ years ago) and liked the dual bios of gigabyte boards... Bought one Asus board in 2006 (my last build lasted me 6.5 years before I replaced it) and even though it was a good board I missed some features I had with gigabyte. Now I feel like I miss the features I see on the crosshair board I skipped out on to get back to gigabyte. Adding to what you said, I think gigabyte is not as good as they were with their high end boards years ago. I do feel cheated but at the same time I would not trade up and I did have the chance when I returned the ud3. I think it may have something to do with the color scheme of my system... :-) it was really planned but worked out perfect. I really like having dual bios BUT I do not like the current implementation of it. Back in the day I could choose what bios to boot off of. Now the system chooses.
I think once I start to OC I will see first had if I picked the right board or not.
I really do like OHM
I have 3 screens and while playing games was keeping AMD OD and MSI Afterburner open on one screen at all times.
The big thing I still do see is when I am not doing anything, 4 cores are stuck in turbo mode and cpu volts are at 1.408v. At idle when in Win 7 all cores would run at 1400mhz and one or two cores when pop up to 4ghz with all at very little usage. It really does look like all the cores are either at 1400mhz or 4200mhz, without any steps in between. It's like the power saving features are not working properly.
Well that's what it does on idle. Will post full load details later after I play with it for a bit.Edited by EyeCU247 - 2/1/13 at 8:31pm