Originally Posted by Raytonium
How do you set a temp. alarm? Is it an option in NHC that I'm not seeing?
I'm using an older version of the program, but it should be similar...
First, open NHC, and go to the settings tab, click on "show advanced NHC settings". In this page, I click cpu temp, and cpu clock so I can tell in the tray if I've got it on max performance or switching by the speed. It also shows the cpu temp in the systray.
Next, go to ACPI tab. Under ACPI notebook temp, there's a "cpu temp warning". Click on that temp and change it to what you want. I set mine at 87 deg C. It won't interrupt your game, but if the temp goes past your setting, when you quit the game you'll get a balloon with text that your cpu has exceded your temp. When mine does this more than once, I clean out the radiators and fans, and sometimes I re-apply AS5.
Under the status tab, you can use the image on the right to set up monitoring, where you can have graphs of temps and other properties shown on your desktop on a running graph. I don't do this anymore as the temp in the tray is good for me.
Also, once you have something like the temp or speeds shown in the systray on the bottom right, you can right click on that number, and a quick menu will open up so you can switch from max performance to dynamic switching without opening the full interface.
When I game, I set NHC to max performance, then open systool. Under systool, I hit "CPU overclocking", choose nForce4, and hit read. I set the fsp to 199.80 so it's set at standard speed with no overclocking. I then hit "Cool&Quiet", click read, and it shows the multiplier at 12x when on max, and VID of 1.450 volts. I set the VID down to 1.425 and click write.
With these settings, I can game for hours with the temps not going over 83deg C. After gaming, I right click on the temp in the tray, and reset NHC to dynamic switching. This overrides the cool&quiet setting in systool and returns the system to stock setup for normal use.
When dynamic switching is on during gaming, the fans are on and off, which lets the temps spike. With max perf. on all the time, the fans are consistent, and so are the temps.