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Temp Monitoring - Core Temp / CPU-Z / ELEET / HWMonitor etc. - How Accurate Are They?

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Hi everyone,

Not a benchmark question exactly but something every benchmarker needs to watch eventually - temperatures.

Now I figured to ask a simple question. How accurate are most software temp gauges? Even though I would like to believe they are somewhat accurate, I've also heard they're utter crap. What do you guys think?

Would a reading from the BIOS be any better? Is the only really good way to get a voltage / temp probe and read it from the board's contact points or surface areas in question?

I have been running Intel's Burn Test to test for stability with my OC so far and using CPU-Z, HWMonitor, and EVGA ELEET to all read different aspects and temps at the same time - while they all seem to do a fairly good job in unison, I've still noticed at times that their temp display can be anywhere from 5 to 10 degrees C off from each other at times.

Are there any temperature monitors in software that are generally taken as gospel? Are they simply all crap? Thoughts? At least compared to what IBT says it is stressing my CPUs to (generally 5-12 C hotter than a typical 100% load), the good news is even with other programs the temps are staying lower so I can be a little more relaxed.

Sorry if there is already a thread on this.
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core temp and realtemp tend to be most accepted ones.

No one can guarantee that they are accurate, however when we say " you dont want your cpu go over 60C (or whatever)" it is referenced by those programs. And it has worked out well in past.
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