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What does your 125w X4 say for wattage in HWMonitor?

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I recently unlocked the cores on my PII X2 555 BE and my CPU wattage in HWMonitor went from the usual 85W Max to 170W Max! That sounds like a little much, so i just want to know what all you native X4 125W owners are getting... as i know my motherboard only supports up to 125W Quads.

Thank you !
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My old 955 read @ 140, with a small overclock to 3.5Ghz
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As far as I know HWMonitor is good for things like temps of all your components but I wouldn't trust what it says about wattages. In fact HWMonitor is telling me that my CPU is only drawing 130w on the money for minimum and maximum wattage, which I know cannot be true.
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Hmmm any programs you guys would recommend for accurate readings about wattages?
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sorry to derail, but I have a motherboard that can support a 125w cpu, and I was wondering if unlocking a phenom II X2 to a quad would be safe.
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Originally Posted by HeartOfAHydra View Post
Hmmm any programs you guys would recommend for accurate readings about wattages?
To the best of my knowledge there is no software that can accurately report watt usage of the CPU.

Maybe get a Kill-A-Watt.

But that can only tell you total system draw and not just CPU. Best I can think of. Sorry mate.
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sorry to derail, but I have a motherboard that can support a 125w cpu, and I was wondering if unlocking a phenom II X2 to a quad would be safe.
Funny, that's what the OP is wondering, too

That being said, I had a junk MSI 785GM-E65 mATX mobo that handled an overclocked and unlocked C2 P2 550BE OC'd to 3.2 GHz stably for some 7 months before I sold it. (MSI has a wee bit of a bad rep for leading the pack in Thuban-related mobo deaths in the power section...)
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ablearcher: 3.2Ghz doesn't seem too bad depending on what voltage you used actually. Then again, the E65 is a 4+1 phase I think.
selfsurf: M4A875-M is a quality-bound power phase, I have a friend that owns one and can take an Athlon II x4 to ~1.5V without even mosfet cooling (though it is only 95W TDP stock). I do recommend adding mosfet heatsinks for moderate-heavy overclocking as well as the unlocking though.
HeartofaHydra: My x6 reads just over 140W in HWMonitor, though I wouldn't trust it completely for such readings. My mosfets load the same as "CPU" temp value, at about 62C while CPU temps are at 58C and core temps even lower at around 50. This is an 8+2 heatsinked (or more properly termed a "4+1 split" but I don't want to make things complicated for y'all here)
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ablearcher: 3.2Ghz doesn't seem too bad depending on what voltage you used actually. Then again, the E65 is a 4+1 phase I think.
selfsurf: M4A875-M is a quality-bound power phase, I have a friend that owns one and can take an Athlon II x4 to ~1.5V without even mosfet cooling (though it is only 95W TDP stock). I do recommend adding mosfet heatsinks for moderate-heavy overclocking as well as the unlocking though.
HeartofaHydra: My x6 reads just over 140W in HWMonitor, though I wouldn't trust it completely for such readings. My mosfets load the same as "CPU" temp value, at about 62C while CPU temps are at 58C and core temps even lower at around 50. This is an 8+2 heatsinked (or more properly termed a "4+1 split" but I don't want to make things complicated for y'all here)
what do you mean by the m4a785-m as 95tdp stock? on the website it says:
Support CPU up to 125W.

i was also thinking about getting copper heatsinks for the mosfets to bring an unlocked phenom II quad to 3.5ghz
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post #10 of 24
HWmonitor says my unlocked B55 @ 3.8ghz is at 161w

doubt thats true though since software monitoring is pretty damn inaccurate.
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