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Aarne, this threw me off at first too, but it seems Intel decided to use a relative scale. Makes sense after thinking about it. Tempurature only has meaning if you are familiar with or have a reference for what is an acceptable range. Actually the green, yellow, red zones provide that frame of reference, but using "thermal margin" instead of tempurature means we only need the number to quickly assess thermal status of a component.
For example, a thermal margin of 2 on the processor indicates you're at the upper limit of acceptable operating tempurature. How accurate the sensors are is another question, but relative values allow us to judge thermal health with a single piece of information (no gauge or reference required). If this is incorrect, hopefully someone who really knows will jump in.
Hi Steppingwolf,your reply went somewhat over my head. I need more time to figure out Intel's Relative scale and the benifits of it.
Your reply was very helpful. Now I know that everything is O.K. with my Intel Desktop Utility. Thanks ,Aarne
Arnie, for clarity I should have included a contrasting example where the thermal margin is a very large number like 75. (This happens to be the current average margin for my processor at idle). In that case you know there's a comfortable margin between your current temp and a thermal emergency (margin of 0). But it sounds like you've already got the idea. A big number now means we're OK.
Hi Steppinwolf, thanks for clearing up this matter for me and hopefully for others too. I think I understand it pretty well now.
Thanks again, Aarne