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Old 02-23-2012, 07:00 AM   #1
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Best app to monitor CPU/GPU temps?

Recently I noticed that after playing Skyrim for a while, my frame rate would suddenly take a major hit. I don't have actual FPS numbers, but lets just say that it would go from running very smoothly (no lag) to the performance level I was getting when I had a 256MB card trying to run the game. I also noticed that the dip would happen after an autosave (not for every autosave, but it would happen.) I disabled autosave and that seemed to work, but now I've noticed that other games seem to have FPS issues after playing for a while (between 30 and 60 minutes.)

Now my computer case is "made" for gaming (it's a gutted Alienware case) but it is 6 years old, so it may well be that overheating is an issue that is degrading performance. I try and monitor to make sure that my vents are not blocked by dust, but even that may not be enough. I would like to monitor my CPU and GPU temps to make sure they're not being fried, but there's about a million of these tools out there. What (if any) programs do people use or recommend for monitoring temperature?
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:08 AM   #2
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I use RealTemp GT for my CPU and EVGA Precision for my GPU.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:13 AM   #3
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Core Temp is the best for CPU temperature.

Shows you the temps of all the cores on your CPU while recording the min and max temps all on one small screen. It is downloadable in a small stand alone .exe - no instilation required.

http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

For GPU temp I use my graphics card drivers or;

Case/System temps I use SpeedFan, this will show you the temps for Your GPU, CPU, Case temps (depending on mobo/etc) as well as your Hard Drive temps. It will also show you the RPM of your fans and will let you control their speed (if you have the ability to do so).

http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

I stack these two programs next to eachother on my second monitor while playing games or doing 3D rendering to ensure everything is ok with my machine temp wise.

Hope this helps!
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:21 AM   #4
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Open Hardware Monitor

http://openhardwaremonitor.org/
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:25 AM   #5
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Core Temp is the best for CPU temperature.

Shows you the temps of all the cores on your CPU while recording the min and max temps all on one small screen. It is downloadable in a small stand alone .exe - no instilation required.

http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

For GPU temp I use my graphics card drivers or;

Case/System temps I use SpeedFan, this will show you the temps for Your GPU, CPU, Case temps (depending on mobo/etc) as well as your Hard Drive temps. It will also show you the RPM of your fans and will let you control their speed (if you have the ability to do so).

http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

I stack these two programs next to eachother on my second monitor while playing games or doing 3D rendering to ensure everything is ok with my machine temp wise.

Hope this helps!
Yes all good. I too have a second monitor. It's a 7" USB, it's nice to just glance over when some problem develops. By the way EVGA Precision is exclusive to Nvidia cards but has tools to over clock the core, shader, and memory clocks.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:27 AM   #6
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CPUID: Hardware Monitor

It will tell you everything you need to know.
  • CPU Temperatures
  • GPU Temperatures
  • Chipset Temperatures
  • HDD Temperatures
  • Voltages (Motherboard / CPU / GPU)
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:59 AM   #7
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Core Temp for CPU

Nvidia inspector (for nvidia cards obviously)

AMD I don't know, haven't had one in a while.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:30 AM   #8
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MSI Afterburner is okay for Nvidia cards. It's what I use to OC/monitor my GTX460.

As others have said, CoreTemp is great for CPUs.

Both of those apps have Logitech G15 LCD displays, for those interested.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:44 AM   #9
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i use the same as Legacy-ZA HWMonitor, then use MSI afterburner for GPU temp/usage
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:46 AM   #10
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MSI Afterburner is okay for Nvidia cards. It's what I use to OC/monitor my GTX460.

As others have said, CoreTemp is great for CPUs.

Both of those apps have Logitech G15 LCD displays, for those interested.
Stupid question: Do I need an MSI MB to use Afterburner? Mine is a Gigabyte.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:49 AM   #11
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MSI Afterburner I believe will work on any NVidia card. Motherboard shouldn't matter. The nice thing about Afterburner is it has an overlay option that can show your temperature and FPS at the top of your screen while you're in the game. I toggle mine on or off with Scroll Lock.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:50 AM   #12
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CPUID: Hardware Monitor

It will tell you everything you need to know.
  • CPU Temperatures
  • GPU Temperatures
  • Chipset Temperatures
  • HDD Temperatures
  • Voltages (Motherboard / CPU / GPU)
I use this and it works really well. I use FRAPS to measure FPS performance.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:38 AM   #13
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MSI Afterburner I believe will work on any NVidia card.
correct.

I personally use DIFFERENT programs (for overclocking)and get them more or less in the same place http://downloads.guru3d.com/

for FPS is 'MSI Afterburner'
for selecting Nvidia gaming profiles 'Nvidia Inspector'
for CPU... as stated before CPUZ (cpuid)

there are others but these are the basic ones i tend to use alot
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:40 PM   #14
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Try the 30 day evaluation of Argus Monitor. This app monitors the CPU, GPU, HDD and fans.

http://www.argotronic.com
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:42 PM   #15
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EVGA Precision and real temp
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