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Motherboard Monitor

By Alex van Kaam Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

Motherboard Monitor's documentation may not explain every detail of the program, but it is safe to call it a sensor monitor for your PC. The interface is a collection of dials, check boxes, and taskbar icons that read data from motherboard CPU temperature and fan speed sensors. While it isn't a mess, it is difficult to accurately predict where to find settings and information.

Setup is not for novices. You first need to know the make and model of your motherboard and then be prepared to answer quite a few questions that may stump even some advanced users. If you've answered everything correctly, Motherboard Monitor places icons on your taskbar. (The icons depend on which sensors are available on your motherboard.)

The program stores data over time and can shut down overheated systems. You can fine tune the program, but the documentation is spotty. On our first test machine, Motherboard Monitor reported the temperature of our CPU and case at the freezing point of water. Adding to the disappointment, the program can't determine if you've input the correct board manufacturer and revision. Many of our test machines had motherboards not recognized by the utility.

If you're an advanced user who has overclocked your system, this program will help monitor your CPU. Everyone else has little use for Motherboard Monitor.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.3.7

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added March 27, 2006
Version 5.3.7

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 327,489
Downloads Last Week 7
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Developer's Description

Motherboard Monitor (MBM) is a tool that will display information from the sensor chips on your motherboard in your Windows system tray. MBM supports a wide range of chipsets and sensor chip combinations. It can sense temps from CPU, HDD, and GFX. It does also sense fan speeds. If it senses that your hardware is overheated it can protect it by shutting it down (user configured). To see if MBM5 supports your hardware check out the Motherboard List. It does also record all temps and fans for later viewing. This is a great invention if you want to overclock. Example to see how well cooled your computer runs over a time. Full load or idle time. Its recomended for all home built systems. Specially if you make your own heat sinks or just test you newly overclocked CPU or GFX card.