What monitoring software are yuo all using these days

DWD1961

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Sorry, been 7 years for me :(

I use to use Open hardware Monitor, CPUZ, and several others, including SpeedFan.

I'm looking for a hardware monitor so I can see temps, voltages, and specs. Is speed fan still around?
 

DrLobotomy

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If you can remote into the system then just use the user as the hardware monitor since they will alert you when something doesn't work, then you can just log in and fix it.
 

DWD1961

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HWMonitor is pretty thorough. What's your use case?
Just want to make sure everythin is running correctly when I finally get to using my old OCing CMOS settings. And, to check things currently. I have that damn X58 RAM not showing problem AGAIN, the someone that plagued my REV 1board, and then I bought the REV 2 board after RMAing the Rev 1 board back. I still have the Rev 1 board I got back and never installed it (8 years ago) lol.
 

DWD1961

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So, is speed fan now end of life and not being developed? I hope modern MBs actually have a way to set up temperatures and speeds in BIOS, without having to rely on 3rds party software like speed fan? . I ahd my old rig, the one I am working on now, fully controlled by Speed Fan, after hours of finding risers that correspond to SF's output. And, sure enough, one of my old board's only speed controlled 4 pin fan risers went bad--lol. It still works, just no fan speed control. I was always annoyed that all fan risers didn't come as controllable. I hope that has changed! (At least the X58 MB's came with two 4 pin fan risers. One was the CPU though, so only one for sys fans.
 
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AFAIK, SpeedFan is still maintained, but it's basically one guy doing it as a hobby. That said, most modern enthusiast-level motherboards do come with some basic fan curve functionality baked into the BIOS.

There are third party fan controllers as an option as well. I'm fond of the Aquacomputer ones. Their flagship Aquaero will be overkill for an air-cooled system, but one of the smaller Quadros gives you four 2.5a PWM/DC headers that are fully configurable. The unit pulls hardware temperature info from the system via an internal USB2.0 connection and can also be equipped with temperature probes for taking readings at locations of your choice.
 

Jamie Marsala

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I just use HWInfo64 to monitor pretty much everything. Gives me all the fan speeds and temps for everything you ever need to know in the system. I set my fans curve up in the BIOS. All based on the temp of the CPU except the chipset fan which has its own curve and I have never seen even turn on.
 

DWD1961

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AFAIK, SpeedFan is still maintained, but it's basically one guy doing it as a hobby. That said, most modern enthusiast-level motherboards do come with some basic fan curve functionality baked into the BIOS.

There are third party fan controllers as an option as well. I'm fond of the Aquacomputer ones. Their flagship Aquaero will be overkill for an air-cooled system, but one of the smaller Quadros gives you four 2.5a PWM/DC headers that are fully configurable. The unit pulls hardware temperature info from the system via an internal USB2.0 connection and can also be equipped with temperature probes for taking readings at locations of your choice.
It says the last update was 2015. That's the same guy who was doing it back in 2010.
 

DWD1961

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I tried AIDA64.I remember just before I left computer world that I loved Aida 64, but it's kinda worthless now unless you pay for the additional information.

I use to use Open Hardware Monitor, and I really liked that program. The last time it was updated was 2016, though. That would probably be just fine for my old rig though.
 

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Speedfan will also trigger some anti-cheat software. I don't know about low end boards but most mid-high end have customizable fan curves now. I still used speedfan because it can control fans based on CPU and/or GPU temp. Now I use Argus Monitor, it is a lot like speedfan except a lot easier to setup. It is not free though.
 

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I tend to like HWinfo64

I use www.rainmeter.net with custom skins to get things exactly how I like them.

The actual skin set i'm using right now is called Gadgets:
https://www.deviantart.com/silverazide/art/Gadgets-5-1-0-522574269

It's colorful and super easy to read at a brief look, but there are far more subtle and more visually appealing monitoring skin choices. Just gotta look. Some of them use rainmeters built in software, other ones hook into stuff like Aida64 or HWinfo to be more accurate and more powerful.

https://www.deviantart.com/iamanai/art/ModernGadgets-1-6-2-649485648 etc.
 

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Good discussion here - its important to keep an eye out as some of the hardware that we used when building/tweaking a previous system may no longer be supported and/or supplanted by better offerings.

The following are, to my understanding no longer maintained and/or defunct - be wary when using as they may not be up to the task on recent hardware.
SpeedFan (last update in 2017)
RealTemp (last update 2012)
Open Hardware Monitor ( last binary release 2016.) NOTE: Updated fork exists!


CoreTemp - is a nice CPU temp monitor and thankfully is still being updated. I suggest using more than one temperature monitor though, as some of them can interpret things differently (ie CPU vs CPU package etc..) or can report higher or lower than usual ; that's why its good to have at least 2 applications able to run simultaneously for confirmation.

GPU-Z and GPU-Z - are nice hardware info applications; great for their intended use but not designed as sole live monitoring tools. They also allow validation of overclock and (if desired) contribution to a database or even "hall of fame". Note that hardware manufacturers may offer their own skinned/tweaked versions of these programs (ie Asus ROG used to have one if I recall).

HWMonitor / HWMonitor PRO- reads temp, voltage, and other common component sensors, providing a good bit of information. The "PRO" version is *PAID* and adds remote monitoring and a few other ancillary features atop the basic feature set; $24 or so for a license.

AIDA64 Extreme - *PAID* Very comprehensive monitoring, benchmarking, and other system info software. Something of a solid all-in-one and useful, though those who don't wish to pay can find similar individual functions in other utilities. 30 Day trial version is available but certain sensor readings or components will be deactivated and instead just read out as "TRIAL" or some such. As I recall, a license key from the site itself is about $40 though there may be cheaper ones sold elsewhere.

HWiNFO - Comprehensive system info and monitoring, many forms of data reporting, and has 3rd party addons for interfacing with certain other software.

Libre Hardware Monitor - ( https://github.com/LibreHardwareMonitor/LibreHardwareMonitor ) - An updated and enhanced fork of the now deprecated OpenHardwareMonitor. Monitors temps, fans, and most other sensors. Frequently updated, compatible with both Windows and Linux, and as the name suggests, is free/libre open source software!

Aurora - ( https://github.com/antonpup/Aurora ) - libre/open source program to unify addressable RGB lighting peripheral support across all the varying standards and implementations. Each motherboard manufacturer and a good assortment of peripherals seem to have their own implementation, where Aurora looks to bridge the gap.

When I have the opportunity, I prefer open source and its nice to have Linux support as well. Sadly there has been less of an array of PC hardware enthusiast/overclocking monitoring/benchmarking/controlling tools on Linux, but they do exist. Likewise, finding modern hardware based monitoring or control (temp, fan, watercooling/pumps, RGB addressable etc..) that do NOT require or heavily depend upon Windows only proprietary software in order to interface with them, can be an issue .

Hope this helps!
 

DWD1961

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Good discussion here - its important to keep an eye out as some of the hardware that we used when building/tweaking a previous system may no longer be supported and/or supplanted by better offerings.

The following are, to my understanding no longer maintained and/or defunct - be wary when using as they may not be up to the task on recent hardware.
SpeedFan (last update in 2017)
RealTemp (last update 2012)
Open Hardware Monitor ( last binary release 2016.) NOTE: Updated fork exists!


CoreTemp - is a nice CPU temp monitor and thankfully is still being updated. I suggest using more than one temperature monitor though, as some of them can interpret things differently (ie CPU vs CPU package etc..) or can report higher or lower than usual ; that's why its good to have at least 2 applications able to run simultaneously for confirmation.

GPU-Z and GPU-Z - are nice hardware info applications; great for their intended use but not designed as sole live monitoring tools. They also allow validation of overclock and (if desired) contribution to a database or even "hall of fame". Note that hardware manufacturers may offer their own skinned/tweaked versions of these programs (ie Asus ROG used to have one if I recall).

HWMonitor / HWMonitor PRO- reads temp, voltage, and other common component sensors, providing a good bit of information. The "PRO" version is *PAID* and adds remote monitoring and a few other ancillary features atop the basic feature set; $24 or so for a license.

AIDA64 Extreme - *PAID* Very comprehensive monitoring, benchmarking, and other system info software. Something of a solid all-in-one and useful, though those who don't wish to pay can find similar individual functions in other utilities. 30 Day trial version is available but certain sensor readings or components will be deactivated and instead just read out as "TRIAL" or some such. As I recall, a license key from the site itself is about $40 though there may be cheaper ones sold elsewhere.

HWiNFO - Comprehensive system info and monitoring, many forms of data reporting, and has 3rd party addons for interfacing with certain other software.

Libre Hardware Monitor - ( https://github.com/LibreHardwareMonitor/LibreHardwareMonitor ) - An updated and enhanced fork of the now deprecated OpenHardwareMonitor. Monitors temps, fans, and most other sensors. Frequently updated, compatible with both Windows and Linux, and as the name suggests, is free/libre open source software!

Aurora - ( https://github.com/antonpup/Aurora ) - libre/open source program to unify addressable RGB lighting peripheral support across all the varying standards and implementations. Each motherboard manufacturer and a good assortment of peripherals seem to have their own implementation, where Aurora looks to bridge the gap.

When I have the opportunity, I prefer open source and its nice to have Linux support as well. Sadly there has been less of an array of PC hardware enthusiast/overclocking monitoring/benchmarking/controlling tools on Linux, but they do exist. Likewise, finding modern hardware based monitoring or control (temp, fan, watercooling/pumps, RGB addressable etc..) that do NOT require or heavily depend upon Windows only proprietary software in order to interface with them, can be an issue .

Hope this helps!

Thanks much for taking your time to do that. Especially, thanks for the link to Hardware Monitor fork. HWM was the best tool I found back in the day. It did everything. Aid64 free version is so crippled it's practically useless. I uninstalled it. Anyway, thanks for the HWM fork. Wonderful piece of software.
 

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I tend to like HWinfo64

I use www.rainmeter.net with custom skins to get things exactly how I like them.

The actual skin set i'm using right now is called Gadgets:
https://www.deviantart.com/silverazide/art/Gadgets-5-1-0-522574269

It's colorful and super easy to read at a brief look, but there are far more subtle and more visually appealing monitoring skin choices. Just gotta look. Some of them use rainmeters built in software, other ones hook into stuff like Aida64 or HWinfo to be more accurate and more powerful.

https://www.deviantart.com/iamanai/art/ModernGadgets-1-6-2-649485648 etc.

Kinda forgot about rainmeter, thanks for posting.
 

DWD1961

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I've been using Libre Hardware Monitor. Perfect, just like Open hardware Montior--because it is, just forked and updated frequently!

Thanks to "Rance Justice" above
 
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