Is your PC’s CPU temperature too hot? If you are facing a power shutdown of your PC again and again, or it might be a shutdown during extensive tasks over and over again, then yes, your PC’s CPU temperature is too hot and crucial for the other components of your PC. You must know the basics of how to check your PC’s CPU temperature as well.
You must be thinking that can you check CPU temp in Windows 10? There is, by default, no software in Windows to check the temperature until you know some knowledge about BIOS. It’s not for non-tech people. Wait here, don’t get upset yet. Fortunately, there are third-party softwares that can be used to see the real-time temperature of your CPU and answers the most common and typical question of how do I know if my PC is too hot?
How to Check Your CPU Temperature – 2 Easy Ways
The simplest and the easiest way to check your CPU temp is to install Core Temp. The installation process is simple. The size of the software is also less as compared to other softwares in town.
It only shows the necessary basic information on its front dashboard. It means no more data to analyze in-depth. It’s good for people having the need to check the temperature of their CPU only.
The Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source software that doesn’t only check the CPU temp but also check the fan’s speed, voltages, loads, and clock speeds of a computer as well. It has a comparatively better dashboard than Core Temp.
Users easily see the overall PC temperature, power consumption, memory usage, and disk status.
Do many people ask that how do I check the temp of my gaming PC? The answer is pretty simple. Yes, you can check the temp of your gaming PC with the NEXT’s Cam software. It is famous for checking the overall PC performance, especially for gamers. It has the best GUI and dashboard. It has the ability to analyze the usage of your PC. Gamers can check their CPU performance with respect to their games.
Gamers can overclock their CPU and see the temp of their CPU. Is it good to overclock? No, it’s not a good idea to overclock your CPU. If you are not a gamer and you don’t have a high-performance CPU, then don’t put an extra burden on your system.
What’s the best temp for your CPU?
The best temp for your CPU depends on the processor and varies with the manufacturer. Generally, the processors these days can handle hot temperatures compared to relatively old processors. Many people question that what is the normal temperature of a CPU in a PC? Is 70c too hot for CPU? It’s not always fixed; some might differ from others. There is a generic rule to determine the best temperature for the CPU.
Under 55° C: Everything is normal, and you are running great.
Between 55° C to 70° C: Running still fine; check for the dust or blocking vents of your fan.
70° C to 80° C: Normal for the overclock users, but if you are doing a normal task, then definitely you need to check and make sure that your fans are working fine. There should be enough airflow.
80° C to 90° C: Now, this is probably a warning sign even If you are overclocking your CPU. The performance will decrease above 85° C then why overclocking for more. Time to reduce your settings for a while.
Over 90° C: Dangerous, Shutdown, and Run Forest Run!
What is a good CPU temp for gaming?
Now that you know the temperature ranges. A good CPU temp for gaming is between 50° C – 85° C. This range is for every gamer. Most gamers overclock to 85° C, and even some overclock to 88° C as well. You can also test your RAM to see if it’s the cause of rising CPU temperature.
How to Lower Your CPU Temperatures
Now, this is interesting. Here are the four steps to lower your CPU temperatures:
- Firstly, clean out your PC well. It will solve the issue because after several years of PC use, dust forms and clogs the fan, causing no airflow to the system. Vents might also get blocked due to dust. If still the issue remains, then go to the second step.
- Secondly, make sure that your vents are not blocked, and all your fans are working correctly. This will hopefully reduce the CPU temperature. Many people have solved their heating issue up to this point but still, If not, then go to the third step.
- Thirdly, remove the thermal paste by rubbing alcohol and then apply a new layer of thermal paste to your processor. It is because thermal paste might have dried out, causing low heat transfer from your CPU to its cooler. In most cases, this will lower the CPU temperature. If not, then go to the last step.
- Lastly, if all the steps didn’t solve your heating issue, then time to change your cooling system. It’s not doing enough to keep up with your CPU’s heat output. Most of the time, if you overclock, then consider getting a better cooling system that has the capacity to keep up with the CPU temperature.
M Hamza Malik is a writer, blogger, and engineer who loves to create, write, and share his insights about computers, products, and technology. Hamza has spent the last years reading books, tech, and computers, which brings him to writing, giving his character a spark! Therefore, PCFIED is where he started his journey professionally.