One of the cornerstones of computer maintenance is keeping the central processing unit temperature within safe limits. The central processing unit (CPU) is essentially the “brain” of your computer, since it is responsible for processing data, performing millions of calculations, and prioritising activities.
If your CPU becomes too hot, it may throttle down, reducing its clock speed and slowing down your system. Additionally, it can shorten the life of your CPU and cause Blue Screen of Death crashes.
We’ll show you the finest CPU temperature monitoring tools for Windows 10 and Windows 11 so you can keep your computer running at peak performance.
But First – What’s a “Bad Temperature”?
It’s not easy to tell what’s a good and terrible temperature for a CPU. Is it good or bad if the processor idles at 30 degrees Celsius? How about 40, 50, 60, and 70 degrees Celsius?
In order to determine the maximum temperature that your processor can handle, you need look up the product page for your particular CPU on the Internet and locate the section that specifies the processor’s maximum recommended operating temperature.
If the temperature is specified as “Maximum Operating Temperature” or “T Case,” then it is recommended that you operate your CPU at or below that temperature as much as possible. Keep everything at least 30 degrees Celsius cooler than the “T Junction” temperature (as shown above).
(In the previous scenario, our goal temperature will be below 70 degrees Celsius.) Either way, you should be alright as long as your computer stays below this temperature for the vast majority (or, preferably, all!) of the time.
An integral part of this equation is the presence or absence of gaming. The central processing unit (CPU) will be taxed with the graphics processing unit (GPU) when playing graphically demanding current games.
Again, CPU temperature restrictions vary widely; nonetheless, it is not unusual for temps to reach the 80s while under severe gaming stress. This is generally safe (albeit hot on the palms for laptop users) and only warrants concern as you begin to approach the 90s.
Now that we know the maximum temperature, we can investigate the many methods available in Windows 10 and 11 for checking the CPU’s temperature. Third-party software is needed for this purpose so that you can monitor the temperature of your processor.
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1. Ryzen Master (AMD Ryzen CPUs only)
The only people for whom this is the most precise method of monitoring CPU temperature are the lucky owners of Ryzen processors. The reason for this is because it can read the CPU temperature in a way that no other CPU monitoring programme can.
Given Ryzen Master’s popularity as an overclocking tool, it makes perfect sense to prioritise accurate CPU temperature data.
To check the current temperature, all you have to do is launch the app.
On Make Tech Easier, we’ve gushed at length over the undervolting utility Throttlestop. (For evidence, see our manual on undervolting!) By undervolting your CPU, you may reduce its operating temperature and avoid the performance-reducing practice of throttling.
You should investigate undervolting if you want to lower your CPU temperature, although Throttlestop can also serve this purpose.
The temperature of each core can be seen in the main Throttlestop window, and you can also choose to have your CPU’s temperature shown in the system tray.
Select the “CPU Temp” option by clicking the Options button at Throttlestop’s bottom.
When you use Throttlestop from now on, a little number will appear in the system tray to let you know how hot your processor is running.
This programme does a lot more than merely keep tabs on your CPU’s temperature, but it displays all you need to know, and then some, on a single screen. You may find your CPU and its specifications displayed at the bottom of the main HWMonitor window.
Each core’s voltage, the percentage of CPU utilization, and most crucially, its temperature, will be shown. Current, minimum, and maximum temperatures are all shown.
There’s not much to investigate because everything is shown on that one screen. For those late-night bouts of monitoring, a dark mode is available; a status bar may be toggled on, and a record of monitoring data can be saved with the simple press of Ctrl + S.
4. MSI Afterburner
MSI Afterburner is a great temperature monitoring application that was developed with gamers and overclockers in mind. Keep in mind that MSI Afterburner isn’t compatible with all processors; in particular, it is known to hide temps from AMD processors.
After you’ve downloaded, installed, and launched Afterburner, you’ll see a graph on the main screen detailing the current state of your graphics processing unit (GPU), central processing unit (CPU), and other hardware.
The absence of a temperature setting indicates that your CPU may not be supported, but there is still hope! Select the arrow with three dots below the Monitoring tab to access further options:
The available plugins are now shown. MSI Afterburner can take readings from an external CPU temperature monitor or you may activate the “CPU.dll” feature.
Afterburner’s “Settings” menu has a “Monitoring” submenu, where you may rearrange the graphs to put CPU temperature towards the top. Using this menu, you can select which widgets will appear on the home screen and rearrange them so that the most important ones are at the top.
All you have to do is click OK after repositioning the “CPU1 temperature,” “CPU2 temperature,” and other CPU temps near the top of the graph. The widgets will show up on the homepage in the order you choose.
The CPU temperature can be displayed in the corner of the screen anytime the OSD shortcut is used by checking the “Show in On-Screen Display” box. (The “On-Screen Display” options area in Afterburner allows you to customise this feature to your liking.)
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5. Open Hardware Monitor
Using Open Hardware Monitor, you can easily get all the data you want in one convenient location. This can provide information on the temperatures of your central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU), as well as the voltages and fan speeds of your computer.
This makes it a powerful instrument for monitoring the temperatures of many systems simultaneously.
The temperature of your central processing unit may be found in the subheading that contains the name of your CPU. A temperature reading for each core in your CPU is displayed.
In many cases, you may even have the temperature displayed right there on your taskbar. If you’re running intense processes on your computer and need to keep an eye on the temperature without switching between windows, this is a great option.
Click “Show in Tray” from the context menu after right-clicking the CPU temperature to have it appear in the system tray.
If the reading is buried under the “extra icons” area, you may move it to the primary active tray by dragging and dropping it there. As long as the taskbar is shown, it will be accessible at all times.
6. Core Temp
Core Temp is an excellent option for checking the CPU temperature in Windows 10 and Windows 11 if you’d want something a little more processor-centric.
It tells you all you need to know about your CPU, including what kind of CPU it is, how many cores it has, and most importantly, how hot it gets. The maximum T Junction temperature for your CPU is also displayed as “Tj. Max.” above the temperature readings.
The system tray temperature indicator should be on by default for those who find it useful. If it isn’t, go to “Options,” then “Settings.”
Select “Windows Taskbar,” “Enable Windows 7 Taskbar features,” “Temperature,” and “OK” from the resulting menu.
Speccy, another all-in-one suite, is a handy bundle of useful system diagnostics that includes a CPU temperature monitor for Windows 10 and 11. As soon as you launch Speccy, you’ll be presented with a comprehensive overview of your laptop’s temperature.
Make a mental note of this programme to use whenever you need to learn more about your computer, whether it’s the OS or the motherboard.
More specific data about your processor is available if you select “CPU” on the left.
Choose “View,” then “Options,” to add the current temperature to the tray.
Select “CPU” after clicking “System tray,” “Minimize to tray,” “Display metrics in-tray,” and “System tray.”
You can now check how hot your CPU is running even while Speccy is minimized.
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Help! My Processor Is Too Hot!
Don’t freak out if you do the aforementioned procedures and find out your CPU is running hot. There are a variety of methods available for reducing the processing speed of your device. Check our article on CPU cooling to see if any of the suggestions there might help you get the temperature of your CPU down to a more acceptable level.
Checking the Heat
A laptop with an overheated processor is a reason for concern because it is a crucial component. However, you can make sure your computer’s processor is running as cool as it should be with the help of third-party programmes in Windows 10 and 11.
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