How To Check CPU Temperature On Windows 10 PC

Keeping your CPU temperature in order is one of the basics of taking care of your computer. The CPU is the central nervous system of the computer, the brains of the whole thing. It performs hundreds of thousands of tasks, performs millions of calculations, etc.

If your CPU becomes hot, it can damage your system. It can alter the clock speeds and slow them down. It also causes BSOD crashes. Your CPU will deteriorate, and it will have a short lifespan. So, you are in for a massive loss at the end.

To aid in checking the CPU temperature and maintaining the healthy lifespan of your computer, we have composed this article specifically for you. So, keep reading, folks.

What’s A Bad CPU Temperature?

What actually is a bad temperature is the question that we ask ourselves and others. Unfortunately, it is not apparent what a good or bad temperature is. If you would like to know the maximum temperature of your processor, we suggest searching the Web for the specific CPU that you own. Then find the ideal temperature of your processor.

The CPU temperature might be listed under “Maximum Operating Temperature” or “T Case”, so that is the temperature which you should aim for. Otherwise, if it is listed under “T Junction”, you should aim to keep the temperature 30 degrees below the suggested temperature.

Another aspect to consider is gaming. If you play games that are high end, are graphically intensive and require vast loads of power, then both your CPU and GPU will be under a tremendous amount of load.

How To Check CPU Temperature On Windows 10 Using Bios

Sadly, you cannot check CPU temperature on Windows 10. That is because Windows 10 fails to offer a way to check your CPU’s temperature. This is why you have to tap into your system’s BIOS. But this method is quite the headache.

It is not the best way to check the temperature. This is because modifying BIOS causes problems, and it might cause your computer to not boot properly. However, many free programs that go by the name CPU temperature monitors exist, allowing you to check the temperature hassle-free.

How To Check CPU Temperature On Windows 10 Using Third Party Application

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Core Temp is one of the easiest ways and also the fastest to check your CPU temperature. However, you should be really cautious while installing the app. Since it is free, it installs bloatware. Make sure to uncheck boxes that you feel are unwanted. Then, when downloaded, install it. Once you open it, it will display your current CPU temperature readings.

If you wish to look at more detail, click the Show Hidden Icons button, which is located in the system tray. This allows you to see temperature listing for all the CPU cores in your computer.

Besides Core temp, you can also try HWInfo. It is a system monitoring tool and provides vast details about your hardware. For example, if you wish to run it in sensors only mode, then scroll down to the CPU section. It reveals the current CPU temperature and other necessary details.

Another popular software is NZXT’s Cam. It is easier to read compared to other software. In addition, it shows useful information about the CPU, GPU, memory and storage.

Open Hardware Monitor and SpeedFan are other apps to help you check the temperature of your CPU. So, there are tons of options out there. Choose one which suits you best.

How To Lower Your CPU Temperature, Which Is Too Hot?

Stay tuned if you have downloaded CPU temperature apps and still have a very hot CPU. There are so many solutions available, and you can use these methods to help achieve a reasonable temperature. Check out the article “How to Prevent Computer Overheating to Keep your PC Cool.”

How To Check CPU Temperature:

1. Ryzen Master

The most accurate way to track the CPU temperature is through the Ryzen Master. This is because it uses the AMD proprietary method. In addition, the Ryzen Master is an overclocking utility worldwide, so the CPU temperature readings are more critical.

You have to open the app, and the temperature will be displayed upfront.

2. Throttle Stop

A lightweight tool, Throttleshop lets you maintain your CPU at only coo temperatures and prevents throttling. This allows your CPU to function much better. If you want to cool down your CPU, look into undervolting. An added bonus is using it as a temperature monitor.

In the main Throttlestop window, you see each individual core temperature. In addition, the CPU temperature also appears in the notification area. To achieve this, click Options at the bottom and click “CPU Temp” in the middle.

3. HWMonitor

Not only does this tool monitor CPU temperatures, but it will display all the information you need and much more as well. Scroll down to locate your CPU listed with all the necessary information in the main pane.

The voltage is displayed, the CPU being utilized and the temperature of each core. The current temperature and the minimum and maximum temperature are shown as well.

4. Msi Afterburner

This is designed specifically for gamers who want to overclock their PCs. It monitors your PC temperatures. Install and open it. You will see a graph on the home screen, and the CPU, GPU temperature, and other data will be displayed.

If you cannot see temperature, then your CPU might not be supported by the app.

5. Open Hardware Monitor

This app shows your CPU temperature, GPU temperature, voltages, and your system fans’ speed. In addition, it lets you keep an eye on all the system temperatures.

6. Speccy

Speccy is a complete package and includes checking CPU temperature in Windows 10 and 11. The minute you open the app, you will see all the relevant temperatures, plus it provides you with some additional information.

7. Core Temp

If you prefer something focused on the processor, then Core Temp is a good choice. It displays everything you need to know, like the name, the core it uses, the temperature. It will even inform you of the T junction limit.

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Nick Miller

It's Nick Miller a 25 year old tech enthusiast and senior editor at Flexgate, i try to make tech simple for the everyday person. You will find review about tech, tools and Computer hardware here.

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