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Best utility to monitor temps, fans, SDRAM usage, etc?

By macx
Mar 7, 2010
  1. This is for my HP laptop with XP.

    I'd like one similar to the Asus Probe that I've got on my desktop.

    I looked in downloads but there are so many similar ones that it's
    impossible to pick one of the better ones without knowing anything
    about them

    Thanks for your experiences good and bad.
     
  2. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 482

    SpeedFan....Free
     
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 712

    OK, installed it, opened it.

    Lists Temps 1, 2, 3 etc.

    Couldn't find what those temps referred to - i.e.
    RAM, HD, CPU, etc

    Is there a way to do that?
    If not, the info helps but would not pinpoint problem areas

    Also, are there recommended temp max's for common components,
    such as are shown on my Asus Probe? I'm not that well versed in
    these things. Or could I just use the recommended values in
    Asus Probe?

    Did a search, all I could find was that there is a max operating
    temp of 95F, and the cooling fan will increase speed as necessary
    to keep it from exceeding that temp.

    If I can't find out what Temp 1, Temp 2, etc, relate to, are there
    others, maybe simpler ones - I don't need to change fan speeds etc -
    that would show that? Or maybe the computer isn't set up to
    identify different areas or components specifically?

    (HP / Compaq nc 8230)


    Thx!!
     
  4. username123

    username123 TS Rookie Posts: 24

    This might help

    I'm not sure what you're trying to see, but I use SpeedFan and CoreTemp:

    "Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint program to monitor CPU temperature.
    Now Windows Vista and Windows 7 ready! (x86 and x64)

    The uniqueness of it is that it shows the temperature of each individual core in each processor in your system! You can see in real time how the CPU temperature varies when you load your CPU. It's also completely motherboard independent."
     
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