How To Check GPU and CPU Temperature

Is your pc running hot or CPU temp is higher? Then you have to check immediately that what the problem is. The heating issue may damage your pc or it may reduce the performance. It also affects the lifespan of your pc.

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Ways to check the temperature of your CPU and GPU


First is the Motherboard BIOS

The famous one is BIOS. As the system doesn’t provide any settings, to check system temperature. The only way is BIOS. The BIOS is very simple and easy way to find the temperature.

You have to simply restart your pc and during boot-up simply start pressing delete key from the keyboard until BIOS open.

The BIOS may be looking like different with various motherboards especially with gaming motherboards. Just don’t scare with BIOS, actually, it is easy. Simply navigate to different settings and you will find CPU settings and the temperature will be displayed there.

The temperature is displayed in the settings if it is not seen on the control screen.

For primary users, BIOS may be looking like difficult to operate. But don’t worry whenever accidentally made any changes the message box pop and ask to save changes and you can correct there.

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The main issue with BIOS is whenever you want to access BIOS you have to restart your computer.

So if you don’t want to do this here are some options are available.

CPU Utility


Both the AMD and Intel have their utilities called Ryzen Master for AMD and Extreme Tuning Utility for Intel.

These utilities provide overclocking options but you have to stay alert when you use them else you could make your temperature issue more complicated.

GPU Utility


Like CPU, the AMD and NVIDIA provide their control panels to watch on the temperature of GPU. There is AMD Control Center and NVIDIA Control Panel. These controls are already installed with graphics card drivers but if not, you can simply download from AMD and NVIDIA site as per component.

Moreover, the GPU manufacturer includes a separate overclocking utility which also works as temperature monitors. It is good to use utility as it comes with driver disc so using them is not a problem.

In the end, any utility is compatible with any GPU like you can use MSI Afterburner on an Asus card and use Asus GPU Tweak on MSI card.


The Open Hardware Monitor


The open hardware monitor is a free program that you can download from here. It is an open an open source and but it is in beta, still it gives system information along with temperature.

It runs smoothly with all Intel CPU except Kaby Lake and it doesn’t officially support Coffee Lake or Zen architectures. Note down that this software may not be work flawlessly even your CPU supported because it is still in beta.

In conclusion, the Open Hardware Monitor is a simple yet effective way to track CPU and GPU temperatures.

There are also other options like Core Temp, HWInfo, NZXT’s Cam software and SpeedFan. With all these, you can simply check your CPU and GPU temperature as well as other important information and you can track the performance of a particular component in a motherboard.

The question rise, what is the ideal CPU temp?

The ideal temperature for CPU varies from different models. In most of the software, you can find as Tj. Max means temperature junction or the highest operating temperature.

If you didn’t find it, just go to CPU World Website and enter your CPU’s model number to find it. All the above programs show the processor’s model number so it is easy to find.

So what is the temperature that we have to worry when CPU temp reaches there?

Here is the list for it.

Under 60o C: The system runs fine.

60o to 70o C: The system is fine but it runs for the longer time it gets hotter and time to clean dust from PC.

70o to 80o C: It is not good for an ideal run unless runs on overclocking. If it is not overclocked then check and find the problem.

80o to 90o C: it is very hot. Now time to check the dust built-up and fans. Sometimes the gaming laptops heat 80o C only at intense gaming sessions but are an exceptional case.

Above 90o C: Time to call fire brigade!

How to lower down CPU Temperature

If you are suffering from higher CPU temperatures, here are some ways to minimize it.

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Very first is clean your PC. The main reason behind high temperature is dust build-up in PC, faulty fan and poor air flow. There are various ways to remove dirt using canned air but you have to check that every fan works properly and sufficient air supply.

Sometimes people use thermal paste, which is very nice and transfer heat to cooler. But after applying for the longer time it may be dried and may be a reason for temperature hike. You can refer our thermal paste buying guide..

If it is no problem then the cooling is not sufficient for the system and not cool down the system properly. If you are using high-end chips and perform overclocking you need a serious cooling setup for flawless performance.

The Closed-loop liquid cooling solutions known as CLCs are far better than regular fans. There are various types of CLC fans are available. You can check liquid CPU cooler and Normal CPU Cooler.

The performance of any computer is based on the cooling system and it has to be equivalent.

If the reason behind temperature hike is not dust than it must be poor air flow or defective component.

Whenever you set up the PC make sure that CPU unit is placed in the ventilated area. If it is put on the surface, make sure it is plain surface otherwise there may be an issue with PSU air intake.

Now talk about defective component may be a reason for heat generation. It is because of coolers which cool down them, it is easy to change CPU fans but if there is an issue with GPU fan, take to the professional.

At the end to maintain the temperature in CPU, add the case fans and are affordable and helpful in lower down the temperature.


In conclusion, these are the ways to track temperature and cool down the CPU. But if you want more specific tracking than more powerful AIDA64 and CPU-Z for constant monitoring.

Check the CPU and clean it time to time to avoid build-up and also check hardware and compare performance with its ideal performance.

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