How to See the CPU Temperature in Windows 10

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) essentially implements the instructions received from software and hardware. This causes the CPU to warm up and if it becomes too hot for a sustained period, hardware problems can transpire. As part of regular computer maintenance, an occasional CPU temperature check will help to protect your PC’s internal components.

How to See the CPU Temperature in Windows 10

We’ll show you how to monitor your CPU temperature using a selection of third-party tools best for Windows 10. Also, our FAQs include tips on how to reduce the CPU temperature.

What Is a Normal CPU Temperature?

Get to know the “normal value” or tolerance range of your computer. External conditions such as your computer’s location or the room temperature may affect the CPU temperature.

Since the normal temperature depends on the computer’s processor type, the following is a ballpark guide for estimation:

  • Minimal processor usage (typical processing): approximately 30 to 50 °C (86 to 122 °F)
  • Intense processor usage: up to 95 °C (up to 203 °F)
  • Whenever possible, the temperature should not exceed 100 °C (212 °F) – especially for a prolonged time

How to See the CPU Temperature in Windows 10 Using ThrottleStop

ThrottleStop is an application designed to monitor and fix the three main types of CPU throttling: Thermal, Power Limit, and Processor Power Module. To have ThrottleStop launch automatically on Startup and have your CPU temperature displayed on your taskbar:

  1. Download the latest version of ThrottleStop.
  2. Click on the “Start” button.
  3. Next select “Settings,” “Apps,” then “Startup.”
  4. Locate the ThrottleStop app and enable it.

Alternatively, if the “Startup” option isn’t in “Settings”:

  1. Right-click on the “Start” button.
  2. Click on “Task Manager.”
  3. Click on the “Startup” tab or “More details.”
  4. Select and enable the ThrottleStop app.

To display the temperature in your taskbar notification area when launched:

  1. Locate and launch the ThrottleStop app.
  2. At the bottom of the main window, select “Options.”
  3. Then check the “CPU Temp” box, under the “Notification Area” in the middle.

How to See the CPU Temperature in Windows 10 Using HWmonitor

HWMonitor will monitor your hardware. It reads the PC’s main health sensors: temperatures, voltages, fan speeds, and new CPUs on-die core thermal sensors. To use HWMonitor to check your CPU temperature:

  1. Download the latest version of HWMonitor.
  2. Locate and launch the app.
    • The main window displays listing all of your CPU information.
  3. Scroll down towards the middle for the “Temperatures” section.
  4. The current, minimum, and maximum temperatures for each CPU processor will display.

How to See the CPU Temperature in Windows 10 Using MSI Afterburner

The MSI Afterburner tool was designed to cater to gamers. It supports monitoring in-game graphics performance, benchmarking, overclocking, and video capture. It doubles up as an excellent tool for observing computer temperatures. To find out your CPU temperature using MSI Afterburner:

  1. Download the latest version of MSI Afterburner.
  2. Locate and launch the app.
  • The home screen will display your CPU temperature and related information.
  • To get your CPU temperature graph to appear first:
    1. Select “Settings,” then the “Monitoring” tab.
      • From the menu, you can choose what you want to be displayed on the home screen. Then drag your selections in the order you’d like them to appear as graphs on the right.
    2. Once you’ve dragged the CPU temperatures to where you want them, select “OK.”
      • Select a “CPU temperature” and then check the “Show in On-Screen Display” box. The current temperature will display in the corner every time you launch the “On-Screen Display” shortcut.

How to See the CPU Temperature in Windows 10 Using Open Hardware Monitor

The free open-source software, Open Hardware Monitor, observes a PC’s fan speeds, temperature sensors, voltages, and load and clock speeds. Making it an excellent all-around tool for monitoring your PC’s temperatures.

To check the CPU temperature:

  1. Download the latest version of Open Hardware Monitor.
  2. Locate and then launch the app.
  3. In the main window, beneath the category with your CPUs name, the current CPU temperature will display and list the temperatures of each core processor.
  • To have the temperature display in your taskbar:
    1. Right-click on the temperature, then select “Show in Tray.”
    2. If the temperature is hidden under the “additional” section, drag and drop it onto the active tray.

How to See the CPU Temperature in Windows 10 Using Core Temp

Core Temp is a lightweight and powerful processor, and other essential information, monitoring tool. Like some of the other tools we’ve looked at so far, it displays the temperature for each core processor. It also shows real-time fluctuations with changing workloads.

To see your CPUs temperature in Core Temp:

  1. Download the latest version of Core Temp.
  2. Locate and then launch the app.
  3. In the main window, under the “Temperature Readings” section your CPU temperatures are displayed.

How to See the CPU Temperature in Windows 10 Using Speccy

Speccy provides comprehensive stats on all your computer’s hardware, including CPU, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, and more. The temperatures for each hardware component are displayed; therefore, highlighting any potential problems.

  1. Download the latest version of Speccy.
  2. Locate and launch the app.
    • All applicable temperatures will display.
  3. To the left, select “CPU” for more focused processor information.
  • To display the temperature in “System tray”:
    1. Select “View” and “Options.”
    2. Click on “System tray,” then “Minimize to tray.”
    3. Now select “Display metrics in tray” then “CPU.”

Additional FAQs

What’s a a good temperature for my Windows 10 CPU?

Many third-party hardware component monitoring tools will identify what the maximum temperature for your specific processor is and let you know if your CPU is nearing or has exceeded it.

Because a normal temperature can vary per processor, the following is a rough guide for estimation:

• Minimal processor usage (typical processing): approximately 30 to 50 °C (86 to 122 °F).

• Intense processor usage: up to 95 °C (up to 203 °F).

• Whenever possible, the temperature should not exceed 100 °C (212 °F) – especially for a prolonged time.

What are consequences of running hot for too long?

An overheated CPU, especially for a prolonged period, can have the following consequences:

• The PC responds slowly to inputs or completely freezes

• Random characters and symbols appearing on the screen

• “Screen of death” or the dreaded blue screen appears

• Spontaneous rebooting or shutting down

• The motherboard’s voltage regulator module and surrounding components may be adversely affected

• The hard disk drive may have difficulty reading and, in extreme cases, need replacing

• In some cases, the CPU or further down the line the motherboard may need replacing

How do I lower my CPU temperature?

The following are tips for reducing your CPUs temperature and keeping it low:

• Allow for better internal airflow. The aim is to get more air into your PC’s box and less air out. You can achieve this by having more intake fans as opposed to exhaust fans or vice-versa

• Ensure your fan blades are dust and debris-free. You can do this by either blowing the dust away or using a can of compressed air

• Keeping the cables tidy and in place also helps to encourage airflow

• Ensure your computer is placed in a well-ventilated area

• Keep the case on to prevent dust and debris from clinging to the components.

• Depending on your usage, consider investing in a better CPU cooler.

• Consider setting higher fan speeds in Windows 10 via Control Panel’s “Hardware and Sound,” and “Power Options.”

Helping Your CPU to Keep Its Cool

The CPU of your computer processes millions of transactions, essentially to return information to your monitor. All this work causes it to warm up. By keeping an eye on its temperature, you can ensure it doesn’t warm up too much for too long and potentially causes major problems for all components.

Now that you know how to check the CPUs temperature and how to keep it at a reasonable level, did you use any of the third-party tools discussed to monitor it? If so, which one did you use, and how was your experience using it? Let us know in the comments section below.

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