Temperature Monitoring Recommendation Please

By dforrest ยท 10 replies
Jun 14, 2005
  1. I have a Dell XPS system which I find out after purchasing it, has no temperature sensors installed.

    I am looking to add temperature sensors to it for at least the processor and video card, and possibly fan control. If possible, I would prefer these to me monitored and controlled by software and not a separate unit in a drive bay.

    Is such a setup available and, if so, can someone please advise me on this? This would have to be a relatively easy installation!
  2. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    The sensors are fitted to the motherboard by the manufacturer. It s just a case of reading them. I don't know about Dell.
    You can try either:
    Motherboard Monitor
    Everest Home
  3. dforrest

    dforrest TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This is a Dell manufactured motherboard and, as far as I can understand, no sensors are attached.
  4. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Can't say that that surprises me. Hopefully somebody else will have some suggetsions for you.
  5. RamenNoodles

    RamenNoodles TS Rookie Posts: 83

    I have never seen a dell with them installed. I do know that the HDs that are with most dells do have sensors in them. As far as adding them on, i have never seen them on the market. Maybe someone else has.
  6. tdeg

    tdeg TS Rookie Posts: 119

  7. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    A really dumb idea - but it'll do the job. :)
    Except for the crucial CPU.
  8. tdeg

    tdeg TS Rookie Posts: 119

    If there is no sensor built onto the motherboard to monitor the CPU temperature, I don't see how an aftermark will be able to.

    The only way I can see an aftermarket do that is to integrate it with the heatsink. At that point, what is the difference between that and sticking the outdoor part of the thermometer to your heatsink?

    (coolness factor not included).
  9. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    I agree with this. I was pointing out the CPU wasn't monitored, but not expecting a solution.
  10. tdeg

    tdeg TS Rookie Posts: 119


    Yea... Dell are cheap systems and guess what? You get what you pay for!!
  11. dforrest

    dforrest TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Unfortunately after purchasing my new system which was to be "top of the line" I agree with you. I am very disappointed. No temperature monitoring/fan control, no advanced BIOS setup, a NIS CD which is a pre-release version and will not LiveUpdate ...........
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