How to Monitor CPU Temperature on Windows 7 & 10
Have you ever wondered exactly what temperature your CPU is running at? There are quite few freeware temperature monitoring programs which let you monitor CPU temp on windows 10 and other Operating systems respectively. Commonly there are two groups of users worried about the temperature of their computer: Overclockers… and pretty much anybody with a powerful laptop.
In this article, I will show you how the best CPU temperature monitor applications Core Temp & HW Monitor can be used for basic & advanced temperature monitoring. These are the best hardware monitoring software’s for windows 10 & Windows 7.
How to check CPU temperature using Core Temp for basic monitoring
Core temp is the best CPU temp monitor which is freeware program. It can be used for basic PC temp monitoring. The processor in your computer is the most important temperature to measure. It’s simple, a 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.
Download Core Temp or get it from the official website and install it on your PC. During the installation process, it asks you to select additional tasks. I suggest you uncheck all these options and third-party software installation.
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.
Here is core temp interface, It gives you bunch of useful information about your computer,where you check temperature of each of its cores, model and speed.
With Core Temp you can find CPU Temp in Celsius. If you need to know how hot is too hot for my CPU, take particular note of the”TJ.Max“value. It is the maximum CPU temp value, at which manufacturer has rated the 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. Typically average PC temperature should be around 45 – 50 degree Celsius which is considered to be safe and good for optimal PC performance.
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 lets you monitor CPU Temperature all the time without having to remember to start it up. But if you like to view CPU Temperature occasionally, it’s better to turn it off.
- Another handy feature of Core Temp if you turn on “Start core temp with windows.” Check out 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 a variety of options including display the temperature of CPU, Max Temp per processor, App icon, Ram Utilization, Processor load and Processor Frequency.
- Enable Overheating 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 degrees. I suggest you activate specified temp. You can manually put the value keeping in mind you should put at least 15 degrees lesser to TJ Max value. ( In my case TJ Max value is 105 degrees, So I put 90 degrees). If your CPU Temperature is anywhere near this temperature, it shows you the notification at the task bar or shows you balloon pop up. Shutdown options allow you to put the 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 optimal CPU temperatures.
HWMonitor Advance CPU Temperature Monitoring Across your Entire System
When it comes to advanced CPU Temp monitoring, HWMonitor is considered to be the best hardware monitoring software.
CPU Temperatures are considered to be the vital temperature to monitor. HWMonitor can be used to check temperature across your system such as Graphics Card, Motherboard, Hard drives.
Download HW Monitor latest version from here. It is also available in Pro version for further features and options regarding HW Monitor 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 is different than Core Temperature. CPU temperature appears under motherboard for some PCs. You should monitor Core Temp.
I recommend you to check CPU temp once in a while. It is also observed that user always complains about overheating. If your PC is regularly overheating, there probably deeper cause which you need to look into. You can simply check CPU temperature 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 clean up your Computers fans with compressed air so that fans keep the temperature down. In the end we will advise you to know what is the best CPU temperature for your computer
Core Temp & HWmonitor supports Windows 10/ Windows 8.1/ Windows 7/ Windows Vista & Windows XP in 32-64Bit.