Who or what can you trust these days? Possibly not SpeedFan 4.40’s CPU core temperature readings at least in the case of Intel i7-920s. But, I could be wrong. However, it is interesting, however, that there is a posting on MajorGeek.com alluding to the same suspicions that I harbor.
I actually emailed the creator of SpeedFan, Alfredo Milani Comparetti, this morning, using the built-in contact facility within the utility — which provides with all of the configuration data he requires.
I applaud Mr. Comparetti. I think it is a great utility and it is wonderful that he provides to the world free of charge.
I am, however, beginning to suspect that SpeedFan rather than being an unobtrusive monitor is actually responsible for SOME of the CPU core utilization and temperature increases that it is reporting!
In other words, in my opinion, it is violating the ‘first, do no harm,‘ Hippocratic Oath when it comes to PC utilities.
It is not malicious. Just unintentional.
I had SpeedFan 3.39. That actually worked better. But, when I run 3.39 on my old XP rig, it KILLS that system.
Neither 3.39 nor 4.4 causes any stability issues on Windows 7, as far as I can tell.
Thinking about it today, I am NOT EVEN SURE why the heck I had SpeedFan installed on my system anyway.
I have a top-of-the-range ASUS motherboard and ASUS does provide its own PC Probe.
Getting the LATEST ASUS PC Probe wasn’t easy and you can’t get it directly from ASUS. But that is another story. Lets just say that the ASUS Web site is far from ideal. But, making good hardware is their forte.
The ASUS Probe, as shown here, can be configured to look rather cute. [The SpeedFan ‘Exotics’ display BOX is also shown — and for those that are interested in DUAL MONITORS, this is on my LEFT HAND monitor (without the Task Bar).] I don’t, actually, use it in that, i.e., ‘expanded,’ mode. That was just to give you folks a thrill.
The ASUS Probe does NOT try to show me individual core temperatures. That kind of makes sense to me. I am actually NOT SURE how SpeedFan can genuinely claim to measure separate discrete temperatures for each of the 8 cores on an i7, when 4 of those cores are kind of ‘virtual’ (or surrogate).
Anyway, I will be uninstalling SpeedFan shortly. The last thing I want on my system is a utility that gives me wrong data. Like Lewis Carroll famously said “It is better to have a watch that doesn’t work rather than one that is one minute late. At least the one that doesn’t work will show the right time twice a day while the one that is one minute late will never show the right time.”
Just goes to show. You just don’t know what you can believe.
Hope this helped.
P.S. In case you forgot, Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. That is him. << Yes, yes. I know he had issues. But, like me he was a Brit. So that counts for something. (( smile, smile )) >>