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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-12-2019, 01:19 PM - Thread Starter
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Which Outdoor Thermometer to Use and How?

I saw the Airflow guide and in particular the tip on using an outdoor thermometer to monitor temperatures (https://www.overclock.net/forum/246-...l#post22319171). I am now interested in doing something like this as this means I can have a nice but cheap way of having a temperature monitoring screen at the front of my PC (read: no need to set up a tiny screen as the second/third screen within Windows just for temperature monitoring)


But I have a few questions:
1. What keywords should I use when finding such thermometers? So far all I see in Amazon are either those for "smart" homes or those with max temperatures that are too low
2. What should I look out for when it comes to such thermometers?
3. How can they be set such that they are on par or better than temperature monitoring software like Ryzen Master and HWiNFO64?


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uhh... idk about all that...

I'd say get one of the cheep digital fish tank thermos over an outdoor.

though I guess having a classic mercury to look at would be cool? everyone uses enough LEDs now where visibility wouldn't be an issue.

not to mention genuine PC temp probes are like $10 per 10 pack, and accepted by most motherboards.

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Quote: Originally Posted by darkarn View Post
I saw the Airflow guide and in particular the tip on using an outdoor thermometer to monitor temperatures (https://www.overclock.net/forum/246-...l#post22319171). I am now interested in doing something like this as this means I can have a nice but cheap way of having a temperature monitoring screen at the front of my PC (read: no need to set up a tiny screen as the second/third screen within Windows just for temperature monitoring)

But I have a few questions:
1. What keywords should I use when finding such thermometers? So far all I see in Amazon are either those for "smart" homes or those with max temperatures that are too low
2. What should I look out for when it comes to such thermometers?
3. How can they be set such that they are on par or better than temperature monitoring software like Ryzen Master and HWiNFO64?

Thanks!
Try searching for:
. . "wired wired indoor/outdoor thermometer"
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1313.TR1.T RC0.A0.H0.TRS0&_nkw=wired+wired+indoor%2Foutdoor+t hermometer&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw =digital+indoor+%2F+outdoor+thermometer


on ebay and/or Amazon.

If you only want single temp remote sensor themometer to monitor temp in case search for:
. . "fridge thermometer"
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1313.TR3.T RC0.A0.H0.TRS1&_nkw=fridge+thermometer&_sacat=0&LH _TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=wired+wired+indoor%2F outdoor+thermometer
or
. . "LCD fridge thermometer"
https://www.ebay.com/itm/5X-Digital-...a273ded8068ab1

or
. . "aquarium / terreriam thermometer"
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=aquarium+ %2F+terreriam+thermometer&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0& _osacat=0&_odkw=fridge+thermometer

Look for something small and compact.

I like having both room and cooler intakes monitored beause then it's easy to see the difference.

The little LCD fridge / freezer / aquarium models have temp range of -50c to 110c and are 48x28x1.5mm. Small and thin enough to mount onto case with double stick tape or bluetack.

I don't think Ryzen Master and HWiNFO64 and HWiNFO64 can monitor air temp into cooler .. because they have no provision for remote sensors.

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Just curious, but why did you use one iyou linked to instead of one of the much lower priced digital ones?

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Quote: Originally Posted by doyll View Post
Just curious, but why did you use one iyou linked to instead of one of the much lower priced digital ones?
It was the one in my purchase history - It was a few years back already so I'm a little fuzzy on why I went with that particular one but I had to make it work with an old fan controller/temp readout and I know that the way it was cabled, it would work better than others.

Just meant to be an example.

What's your suggestion?
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It was the one in my purchase history - It was a few years back already so I'm a little fuzzy on why I went with that particular one but I had to make it work with an old fan controller/temp readout and I know that the way it was cabled, it would work better than others.

Just meant to be an example.

What's your suggestion?
I don't connect sensor to internal monitor so use self-contained units. Mine are basic digital indoor / outdoor with wired probe that cost less than a fiver on eBay.

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Quote: Originally Posted by doyll View Post
I don't connect sensor to internal monitor so use self-contained units. Mine are basic digital indoor / outdoor with wired probe that cost less than a fiver on eBay.
Certainly a good option - amazing that such a thing can be produced/sold so economically.

Kinda weird, when I wrote my reply , your previous post was not there . Trying a new browser , maybe that had something to do with it.
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Any cheap thermostat will do but no need to spend money on that, temp probes that plug into you MB are just as good if not more accurate.
Only reason to buy a LCD one is if you want to read the temps away from the PC, otherwise just buy some probes and plug them into the MB

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Any cheap thermostat will do but no need to spend money on that, temp probes that plug into you MB are just as good if not more accurate.
Only reason to buy a LCD one is if you want to read the temps away from the PC, otherwise just buy some probes and plug them into the MB
Assuming motherboard user has is capable of using probes and probes cost less than cheap indoor/outdoor digital thermometers.

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