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# 134050 13-Nov-2013 01:37
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Just built myself a new system, running windows 8.1 pro 64bit.

Motherboard is an Asus Z87-C, CPU Intel i5 (Haswell).

I have been using Speedfan for years to monitor my computers without any issues of compatibility with the OS or hardware.

Unfortunately, Speedfan is not compatible with Windows 8.1 pro 64bit, I get a message saying so when I try to have Speedfan start when booting, however it starts without the compatibility message once Windows has started.

When Speedfan is running however, it does not show any information about the system fans' voltage or speed. Apparently it's due to recent Asus motherboards fan sensors being 'different' to all other motherboard designs (according to the Speedfan website) 

The other problem is Speedfan is reporting incorrect CPU and motherboard temperatures.

The CPU and motherboard temperatures are showing as 5 - 10 degrees C BELOW the ambient room temperature. for example, Room teperature is 19C, Speedfan says the CPU temperature is 12C....  

I have been trying various other system monitoring software all day, and most of them are not completely compatible with Windows 8.1 64bit, and/or have the same problem as Speed fan by reporting incorrect temperatures.

Anyone have any suggestions on their favourite system monitoring software? Preferably something that can run with a notifications icon, like Speedfan does.

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  # 931834 13-Nov-2013 08:27
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I'm interested in this, I never had any luck getting automatic fans working. I just bought a fan controller, I turn things up to full when I'm doing anything processor intensive.

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  # 931845 13-Nov-2013 08:53
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I use Core Temp on my i2600K Win7 64 bit system, the thing I love about it most (apart from being accurate) is that it has an applet for my Logitech keyboard display. Then MSI Afterburner does the same for my graphics cards, I can easily flick between them.

Don't think Core Temp monitors system fans though. Not in front of my PC right now but I just use it to monitor load and temperature


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  # 931852 13-Nov-2013 08:58
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i use Aida64 which works for windows 8.1 , there is a free 30 day trial and it will tell you everything you want to know.

Common sense is not as common as you think.

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  # 931883 13-Nov-2013 09:37
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I've been using 'HWMonitor' for years. Always reports the correct temps for me, unless it was an AMD system...
Free software too :)

HW Monitor reports virtually all the temps in your pc, including fan speeds if they are running straight from your motherboard.
Although you can't control the fans with the software... 



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  # 931932 13-Nov-2013 10:16
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Prob not exactly what you want but there is an app you can get for iPhone called PC Monitor. You install agent on your pc and then it gives you all the sensor information plus a lot more. Very cool and free for 5 systems I think

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  # 933199 13-Nov-2013 15:10
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Thanks for the replies...

I have downloaded and are using Open Hardware Monitor.

t's similar to Hardware Monitor in 'look and feel'.

Tried Aida64, but it's a bit of an 'overkill' for what I want, and the price to get a fully working version at $50+ is a bit steep IMO.

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