1st of all , let me mention my hardware :
HP G6 laptop with win8 :
amd a4 4300M, radeon graphics : 512 MB 7420G + 1GB 7670M , 4 gb 1600 Mhz ram.
4 yr old Desktop running xp sp2 :
amd athlon x2 250 , inbuilt graphics : 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a, ram : 2gb DDR2 800Mhz ,
Long Story short : i think speccy doesnt give accurate results on win8 + HP hardware , or , is bugged somehow , and causes CPU temp to shoot to astronomical levels.
if you care about how i come to say this , read below :
I wanted to note the CPU temerature of my laptop , and i have always been a speccy user , so installed the latest speccy in the lappy , and ran it. i was surprised to see an idle temperature over 86 degrees Centigrade. i ran a kasperky scan , and it went upto 120 degrees !! i thought it must be a mistake , so i installed coreTemp , and a bunch of other monitors. All showed the same readings !
whereas , in my desktop , they all show an idle temp of around 33 deg (recently changed the thermal paste) and under load ( Photoshop rendering ) it went upto a max of around 44 deg.
it has been around a week since this event , iv contacted hp , and an engineer had visited , opened up the laptop and changed the thermal paste ( a note on this later ) , but still no use. Speccy continued to show 85 deg plus. so did the other monitors. frustrated i unistalled them all and stopped using my laptop.
only about an hour ago , i read about OpenHardwareMonitor , and as a last attempt , thought id give it a try , as i hadnt used it earlier. i ran it on the lappy , and SURPRISE : idle temp around 36 deg!!
i ran a kaspersky scan , and even under 70% cpu usage , temp hardly touched over 45 degrees !
but as soon as i ran speccy to cross check , OpenHardwareMonitor's temperature shot upto the 85+ mark , and speccy showed the same. and even after i closed speccy , OpenHardwareMonitor still showed 85+ temp while idle.
i restart , run OpenHardwareMonitor again , and temp has so far not gone up above 45 , and for the majority of the time , stays below 36-38 degrees.
i am assuming speccy had some bugs which caused this to happen.
i share this here hoping it might be of use to somebody else.
- my friend also has the same model laptop , and there also , speccy is acting exactly the same as it did on mine.
- the HP engineer slobbered the APU with thermal paste , i mean like he put WAAAY TO MUCH paste there , and i am sure when the heat-sink sat in , the paste would have spread out of the die area and into the surrounding region. i would like to know if there is any potential damage it may cause ?