Monitor Your Computer’s CPU Temperature With CoreTemp & Hwmonitor


Have you ever wondered exactly what temperature your CPU is running at? Well there are quite a few freeware temperature monitoring programs which let you monitor CPU Temp. Commonly there are two groups of users worried about temperature of their computer: Overclockers… and pretty much any body with powerful laptop.

As I mentioned above about windows based temp monitoring programs. In this article I will show you how you can use Core Temp and Hwmonitor for basic & advanced CPU Temp monitoring. These programs are carefully picked and yet they proven to be best hardware monitoring software’s.

Best Hardware Monitor - Cpu Temp

Core Temp For basic CPU Temperature Monitoring

Core temp is the best freeware program, which can be used for basic CPU temp monitoring. The processor in your computer is the most important temperature to measure. It’s simple lightweight program, which shows you actual temperature of your computer without cluttering it up with other stuff. In addition to this you can customize and even runs with other apps like rainmeter.

You can download Core temp from here or from the official website and install it on your PC.  During the installation process it asks you to select additional tasks. I suggest you to uncheck all these options and third party software installation.

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When you run the application, it will appear as series of icons in your system tray showing the exact temperature of your CPU. As most of modern CPU has multiple cores, it shows multiple icons for each core. In this case it shows you Core temperatures in the task bar.

Core Temp System Tray Icons

Here is core temp interface, It gives you bunch of useful information about your computer including the model, speed, and the temperature of each of its cores.

CPU Temp Download

Core Temp show CPU Temp in Celsius, Take particular note of the”TJ.Max”value. In the above screenshot it shows 105 degree Celsius, this is the highest processor temp at which manufacturer has rated this CPU to run. Keeping in mind if your CPU Temp is anywhere near that temperature, it is considered overheating. Unless you have overclocked your CPU, it is best to keep at least 15 – 25 degrees lower than TJ Max value. Even if then you are anywhere close to the TJ Max value it usually means something went wrong.

Go to the setting to configure some of Core Temp more handy features.

  • In the Settings click the General Tab which allows you to”Start Core Temp with Windows”: This option let you monitor CPU Temp all the time without having to remember to start it up. But if you like to view CPU Temp occasionally, it’s better to turn it off.
  • Another handy feature of Core Temp if you turn on “Start core temp with windows”. Checkout and turn on Start Core Temp minimized option inside Display.
  • Notification Area Icons allows you to customize how core temp appears in your system tray. It gives you variety of options including display the temperature of CPU, Highest temp per processor, app icon, Ram Utilization, Processor load and Processor frequency.
  • Enable Over heating Protection. By enabling this feature you prevent your CPU against overheating. You can activate at the specified temperature  or if TJ Max value is reached below 5 degree. I suggest you to activate specified temp. You can manually put the value keeping in mind you should put at least 15 degree lesser to TJ Max value. ( In my case TJ Max value is 105 so I should put 90 degrees). If your CPU Temp is anywhere near this temperature it shows you notification at the task bar or show you balloon popup. Shut down options allows you to put system to sleep, Hibernate or Power down.

Core Temp can do a lot more than this – but these basics should be all you need to keep an eye on your CPU temperatures.

HWmonitor Advance Monitoring Across your Entire System

When it comes for advanced CPU Temp monitoring, HWmonitor is considered to be the best hardware monitoring software.

Hwmonitor Download

CPU Temperatures are considered to be the vital temperature to monitor. Hwmonitor can be used to see temperature across your system such as Graphics Card, Motherboard, Hard drives.

You can download Hwmonitor latest version from here. It is also available in Pro version for further features and options regarding Hwmonitor Pro you can visit the site.

To find out CPU Temp, mine, for example, is an “Intel Core i5 3320K” and look at the “Core #” temperatures in the list.

Cpu Temp

CPU Temp is different than Core Temperature. CPU Temp appears under motherboard for some PCs. You should monitor Core Temp.

I personally recommends you to monitor your CPU Temperature once in a while. It is also observed that user’s always complains about overheating. If your PC is regularly overheating, there probably deeper cause which you need to look into. You can simply check by opening the Task Manager and see if any processes using your “CPU” and stop them. Especially for laptop user’s make sure you aren’t blocking any of the vents. It is very commons that laptop fans are filled with dust and dirt. Below the vent out with compressed air. Always periodically cleanup your Computers fans with compressed air so that fans keep the temperature down.


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