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post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Hi guys, I hope, this would be the right thread for my question. I posted into cooling experiment, but my thread obviously chilled, because there were no response whole day. So I hope, some professionals or enthusiasts here can help me out! :-)


I am new for overclocking, still I suppose, that monitoring of CPU and "in chassis" temperature is one of the most important things, isn´t it?
However... there is monitoring software, but, I cannot imagine, that I will still roll up and roll down CPU temperature monitoring window, when I am (for example) gaming...

So I am seriously thinking about purchase of some "on chassis" display to 5.25 or 3.5 slot, which would show me instantly any time I would like to know, what´s CPU temperature; and allow me to do a "quick check".

And now 3 questions...

- is it meaningful to invest money in such "monitoring hardware"?

- if yes, what would you recommend me to buy?

- and finally - I´ve noticed, there are some "temperature sensors" on 5.25 on chassis panels, which are supposed to be placed in proper places. Still:

a) I think, it could be quite inaccurate (I plan to buy Noctua 14NH-D14 and I have no idea, where would I place such sensor to proper monitoring CPU temperature)...?

b) it is obvious, that motherboards have such temperature monitors! So why there is no hardware to be simply connected to PCI (or somewhere) on motherboard, which would gather these accurate information right from the source? Or is there any?

If you would have any opinions or recommendations for me, I would be very grateful! Thank you very much :-)
post #2 of 4
Why not just use the software that is available. If you 'really' need to know the temperature you could alt tab from your game. If you are worried about it getting to hot or something you can have a fan controller (which also measures temps) and have the fans start up at certain temperatures. You could probably find a guide on where to place the heat strobes (or whatever they are called) online, or just have one on the cpu,gpu and some other places. My old fan controller had this but it wasn't all that accurate I don't think.

To me it seems like a waste of money.

http://www.million-dollar-pc.com/systems-2009/murderbox/008/murderbox.htm

This guy has some sort of led display read out temperatures but he already spend a great deal of money so it probably didn't matter.
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I've got one of these

361-Akasa_AK-FC-03.jpg

As well as controlling the fans, it monitors temps... accurately.

Another alternative (so you don't have to alt+tab to see your temps) is a second monitor. They don't have to be expensive (17", 2nd hand, LCDs are pretty reasonable).

The other benefit there is that using your PC will never be the same again. 2 screens is one of the best upgrades you can ever make!
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post #4 of 4
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Thank you for a tip. I am considering purchase of Kaze Server 5,25 (SL) Fan Controller (http://www.scythe-eu.com/en/products/pc-accessory/kaze-server-525.html). It´s quite similar with the Akasa, but has monitoring of 4 temperatures simultaneously. Still I don´t know, how it exactly works (I mean in automatic mode) and I wasn´t able to find any manual to look in :-(
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