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One of the standard features on the Epox EP-MVP3G-M, EP-51MVPE-M and EP-58MVPC-M Super7 motherboards, which are a real plus as far as I am concerned, is the Winbond W83781D hardware monitoring chip.  If the CPU or the system gets too hot, the motherboard sounds a distinctive speaker alarm which allows you enough time to shut-it-down your computer before the CPU starts corrupting data or becomes a crispy fry.   Believe me, it can happen.  During the dog days last summer I saw more than one hard disk scribbled-all-over with garbage being pumped-out by a hot CPU and more than one burned-out, expensive processor.

Previously,  with these motherboard's, one had to go into the CMOS setup to see the system monitoring parameters and set the alarm thresholds. Now, Epox has improved this capability with a Windows wpe1.jpg (24654 bytes)95/98 Unified System Diagnostic Manager (USDMTM)With the USDM you can see your CPU temperature, the system temperature, and power supply voltages, and set the alarm thresholds from Windows 95/98.  And if you have a 3-pin CPU fan (one that plugs into the motherboard) you can actually see the fan RPMs. The monitor allows you set high and low alarm points for all of these system-critical measurements.

The software is presently a Beta version, but it was stable in preliminary testing by yours truly.  So, skip over to Epox and grab yourself a copy.  Epox also has a version for their Pentium II motherboards with the LM75/78 monitoring chip.


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