Monitor system performane and system health

When doing overclocking, then it is very important to monitor CPU temperature, Chipset Temperature, GPU temperature and fan-speeds. By default these details are not displayed by the Windows operating system, though these numbers can be retrieved from the motherboard.

There are tools that can connect to the probes on the motherboard, and display these numbers, and give alerts if the values gets higher than a certain threshold.
  • SpeedFan - Can monitor almost everything (CPU/Chipset/GPU/Fans/Etc.). Can also display HDD SMART statistics. Sadly enough it conflicts with UAC.
  • CoreTemp - Can monitor CPU temperature. Also has a sidebar gadget that works with Vista/Win7. Sadly enough it conflicts with UAC.

Updated: 12 December 2012

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