Originally Posted by Dryadsoul
Ambient = existing or present on all sides. So an ambient temp would be the current temp of "whatever" ATM. Since your current room temp IS the ambient air intake source for your PC it will always effects your case temp.
The need to distinguish ambient room/case temps generally comes in handy when asking others for help with overheating problems.
Exactly right it wouldn't be a true ambient in your case unless you had one of the side panels kicked open...I alway's just add a couple of C's to someones ambient when they tell me what it is, that's most cases anyway, unless they have a lot of heat producing parts or a small case...Unless they have thermisters mounted in there case to give temp.'s, I don't trust software much to give accurate readings.....