Many motherboard manufacturers provide a voltage monitor as a feature in their BIOS. Below are a list of common locations for this utility:
|X79 - X299
|Z68 - Z390
|SR2 & P55
| PC Health Status
| System Monitor
|*Based on most recent BIOS version. Previous revisions may vary.
|Other Common Manufactures
|Enter Advanced mode, on the right hand side is Hardware Monitor, at the bottom is the voltage readings.
|Enter Advanced mode and click on Hardware Monitor on the middle right side. At the bottom is the System/3.3v, System/5v and System/12v readings.
|From Advanced mode, go to H/W Monitor, scroll to the bottom and find the voltage readings.
|If you see a "M.I.T" option select it and go to PC Health Status. Otherwise, go to Home and find the voltage readings on the right side.
The 12v rail should read between 11.4v and 12.6v . It should be stable, with little to no fluctuations. A slight fluctuation of up to .05v is generally fine as long as it happens no more than once every 10-15 seconds. A larger fluctuation, up to .1v can be safe as long as it happens no more than once every 1-2 minutes. A fluctuation higher than .1v, or more often than every 10 seconds could be an indication of an issue with the 12v rail, and you should consider having your power supply tested or replaced.
These readings are taken at an idle state, and may not indicate a more severe issue that occurs when the system is under load. Testing under load with a multimeter is the most accurate way to test a power supply for issues.
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