Ideal CPU Temperature and GPU Temperature For Gaming

A proper maintenance is required for your gaming PC for ultimate performance. A few years back when we play games on PC without knowing the capacity of computer peripherals. After playing games the computer goes to break down and it is mainly because of overheating. Nowadays people using expensive gaming machines and to run it flawless there is essential to track CPU temperature and GPU temperature. There are built-in sensors to track CPU temperature.

In this article, we will discuss to how to track CPU temperature /GPU temperature, what are the optimal gaming temperature and the reasons of temperature increase in the PC.

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Optimal Gaming Temperature

Optimal Gaming Temperature

The initial temperature of CPUs is the bit lower than before, with using complex technology to make new generation processors. The initial temperature is varied in different models of various manufacturers. There is no exact temperature is decided for ideal gaming.

Still, the question is what is the appropriate temperature?


cpu temperature

It mainly depends on which processor you use. The gamers have a choice between Intel Core series and AMD Ryzen series.

The Intel identify the maximum operating temperature is 95 degree Celsius while AMD at 100 degree Celsius, but these temperatures are for if you doing some heavy overclocking with insufficient cooling.

When we use Intel Core or AMD CPU with using stock cooler and factory clock settings for overclocking the temperature is slightly go up than 85 degree Celsius. Sometimes overclocking may cause permanent damage to the processor and prevent from it use extra cooling systems for it.

In this table, we listed the average CPU temperature for Intel and AMD processors.

Processor Series Average Temperature
Intel Celeron 65°C – 85°C
Intel Core 2 Duo 45°C – 55°C
Intel Core i3 50°C – 60°C
Intel Core i5 50°C – 63°C
Intel Core i7 50°C – 66°C
Intel Pentium II 64°C – 75°C
Intel Pentium III 60°C – 85°C
Intel Pentium 4 44°C – 65°C
Intel Pentium Mobile 70°C – 85°C
Intel Pentium Pro 74°C – 86°C
AMD A6 45°C – 56°C
AMD A10 50°C – 60°C
AMD Athlon 85°C – 95°C
AMD Athlon 64 47°C – 60°C
AMD Athlon 64 X2 47°C – 57°C
AMD Athlon 64 Mobile 80°C – 90°C
AMD Athlon FX 45°C – 60°C
AMD Athlon II X4 50°C – 60°C
AMD Athlon MP 85°C – 94°C
AMD Athlon XP 80°C – 90°C
AMD Duron 85°C – 95°C
AMD K5 60°C – 70°C
AMD K6 60°C – 70°C
AMD K6 Mobile 75°C – 85°C
AMD K7 Thunderbird 70°C – 95°C
AMD Opteron 65°C – 72°C
AMD Phenom II X6 44°C – 56°C
AMD Phenom X3 50°C – 60°C
AMD Phenom X4 50°C – 60°C
AMD Sempron 85°C – 93°C


GPU temperature

There are only two major companies manufacture GPUs which are Nvidia and again AMD. These two companies make GPUs but there are also some partner hardware companies make their own graphic card with their cooling systems.

But that doesn’t change the maximum temperature listed by Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon. The temperature of both manufacturers GPUs touches 95 degree Celsius as their upper limit but AMD Radeon generates more heat due to its robust GPU architecture.

Identical to CPU temperature & GPU temperature not cross the 85 degree Celsius under heavy overclocking. It depends on different cooling systems which used by various manufacturers and because of it the average temperature is also varied.

There is mostly two technique used by manufacturers.

First is Open-air

The Open-air is widely used to cool down the GPU. There are mainly one to three fans uses to push air through a heat sink. It can work better with proper airflow and support of case fans.

Second is Blower fan

The blower fan can easily see on all the models of the graphics card. In this cooling system, the entire graphics card is covered and there is only one fan which sucks cool air and blows away hot air from the back. This is not quite popular as open-air as the graphics card with blower fan run hotter. It is preferable for only who have limited space and not proper airflow.

There is also a feature called smart fan technology and most of modern-day graphics card comes with it. So what does it mean?

The smart fan technology controls the speed of the fan which means the fan is at its idle speed when the temperature is between 35 and 40 degree Celsius and it is not necessary to run a fan at high speed for low temperature and also reduce noise and power consumption.

The graphics card with a non-overclocked condition it hardly goes more than 85 degree Celsius with the proper fan.

How to Track CPU Temperature /GPU Temperature

There are ample amount of sensors are comes inbuilt in CPUs, GPUs and motherboards and with it, the user can see the temperature of each component.

Is there any other software you use to see the CPU temperature & GPU temperature?

First is the Motherboard BIOS

First is the Motherboard BIOS

For many users, the most common way to check the CPU temperature is through BIOS. To use it you have to restart your PC and during boot-up, you have to simply press Delete switch from your keyboard.

The drawback of using BIOS is when you want to start BIOS you have to restart your PC every time. It is good if there is not required to continuously check the temperature and there is no requirement of installing any third party software.

The Intel, Nvidia and AMD processors and graphics cards come with useful utilities for convenient.

As talking about CPU, the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and Ryzen Master Utility provides programs for various specifications, easy overclocking and mainly it shows CPU temperature.

Now GPU, there are Nvidia Control Panel and AMD Catalyst Control Centre. With these, we can see and access function of graphics card and also can monitor temperature. The partner hardware manufacturers include their own overclocking abilities and can see and control with MSI Afterburner, Asus GPU Tweak, Gigabyte Aorus Graphics Engine etc.

Now let’s discuss some third party software

There is so many third party software which also can be used for temperature monitoring. Among them, Open Hardware Monitor and AIDA64 are recommended and very famous.

open hardware monitor

Open Hardware Monitor is totally free third-party software which provides utilities like temperature, voltage, fan speed and many more. But the problem is it is still in beta development stage so it may be not worked with all the systems and components.

The next one is AIDA64 which is very powerful and famous among users for providing large numbers of functions including temperature monitoring. The twist is it is not free, you can use the trial version for some days but if you want to use for the longest time you have to buy it.

Is the temperature affecting the performance?

The answer is NO. Some users have confusion that at the lower temperature the computer runs better and on the higher temperature, the performance is decreased.

If the temperature is within an ideal condition there is no effect on performance. The CPU can work fine between 35 to 80 degree Celsius and the temperature not affects the performance at least.

What to do with High PC Temperature?

There are various reasons behind heat built up in CPU and GPU.

Few of them are

    • Dust in Heatsink
    • Poor Airflow
    • Ambient Temperature
    • Defective Component

      1. Clean The Heatsink

computer heat sink

  • Users have to clean their PC time to time. If you using PC for a long time and never clean it, there is dust build-up inside the case. There are many ways to clean it and there are also some cleaning gadgets are available to remove dust.

      2. Check The Airflow

  • Another reason for rising in temperature is poor airflow. The CPU and GPU fans are depending on cool air comes from outside and due to this, the temperature is increased. If this happens the motherboard temperature sensors show the temperature hike and for that users have to check CPU cooler and make sure that it must be cleaned.
  • There is another way to increase airflow in the case is installing two fans in the case. One is on the front and other on the back. The front fan sucks cool air and backside fan push hot air out. If the case does not support two fans the single fan can also work properly with mounted on rear or top or on the side.
  • If you don’t want to buy additional fans, open the case of the computer and this will help to minimize the heat build-up.

       3. Check The Ambient Temperature

  • The surrounding temperature is also affecting the computer system. If you are living in a hot climate and also who live in regions where the temperature is always high required proper cooling for smooth performance.
  • Here is an extra attention required because the stock coolers do not work properly in ambient temperature. So run your cooling at optimal capacity means disabled power saving or silent mode. It is good to upgrade the case-mounted fans than changing the CPU or GPU coolers.

       4. Take it to expert

  • If the problem is still occurring of overheating after taking the appropriate steps that users have to find the defective component. Any components from the power supply, fan and even the processors.
  • After checking the fans that run properly and not in silent mode, then you have to check the hardware.
  • In the end, if you find any defective component whether it is processor or motherboard or power supply, simply go to the dealer where you bought or contact the certified technician to run your system smooth and cool.

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