Originally Posted by Scotty Mac
Got a question guys (Ikr, shocking lol). I have the 3.0.0 beta 15 of AB. It had all the CPU temps, core usage, and GPU temps and everything monitoring wise. I had AB, Real Temp, and GPU-Z all open at once. They all registered the same as far as usage as temps and whatnot. Since AB has all this info already, do I really have to have all 3 running at the same time? I heard that these programs may cause some discrepancies in readings when using at the same time. And will having only 1 program open improve my benchmarks? When I benched, I had all 3 open, as well as Firefox with couple tabs open.
i had terible experiences with FireFox running while trying to get the highest Vally score i could. But maybe it was just my PC. So i started never running FF when trying to Max OC my Vid Card.
And i actually had so much trouble with GPU-Z i stopped using it when my PC starts. i only open it occasionally. But it too, could have been just my PC.
As far as multiple Monitoring utilities, i stay away from running any app that doesn't need to be running. But i started with Windows 3.1 and 95/98, and it's old habit.
For Vid Card and CPU monitoring, u want to basically always know the Max Temps reached after starting the PC; if ur like me and u only let ur PC sleep/ wake and rarely restart; u also want to know Max Temps for the entire day. If u do restart everyday, u want to know the max temps for the current session.Plus, u should always know wat the Max Temps while running a single App one time (like for example, Vally).
So wat i do is, Start automatically with Windows: GPU Shark, HW Monitor, and AB. (I detach the AB Monitor and make GPU Tempertature show at the top and re-size it to a very small window so that only the GPU Temperature shows.)
Then, with GPU Shark, HWMonitor and AB monitor always running, i can easily right click on the AB Monitor at anytime and select "Clear History". That resets Max GPU Temp reading. But, the Max Temp in GPU Shark and HWMonitor remain the same. Then if i want to reset the Max in GPU Shark only, I'll still have the two Max Temps in AB Monitor and HWMonitor.
Basically, HWMonitor is my never re-set monitor. And HWMonitor gives me Max Temps for GPU and CPU for the entire time since the last time i restarted my PC. And GPU Shark and AB Monitor are used to register Max temps temporarily or for individual running(s) of applications or a series of running one or more application. That way i can tel Max temps for any time period and still know Max for the day.