How to Check Your CPU and GPU Temperature

When your CPU, GPU, and fans are overheating,
you’re unlikely aware of it. Here are some free solutions to check and monitor CPU & GPU
temperature in real time, particularly when gaming.

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The Optimal CPU and GPU Temperature While Gaming

Today’s optimal CPU temperature when gaming should not exceed 80 Celsius and should be kept between (75 to 80 Celsius) on average.
Average GPU temperature range greatly since they are manufactured with different cooling solutions.
Though this is the case, they are usually capped at around 95 Celsius while the optimal temperature when gaming shouldn’t
go over 85 Celsius even when they are heavily loaded.

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4 More Ways to Check CPU Temp and GPU Temp

These methods are applied when you are not in games

1Use CPU Utility

Both AMD and Intel have their own overlocking utilities – the Ryzen Master and the Extreme Tuning Utility respectively.
They not only provide you with an option to overlock CPU to give your games better performance, but also, they allow you to check CPU temperature whenever you want. However, as for Ryzen Master, when I installed it for the first time, my system crashed and never started again. So, be extremely carefully when using these 2 utilities if you’re not a sophisticated user.
Ryzen Master
Extreme Tuning

2Temp Check in BIOS

There’re many utilities on the market to monitor temperature of different hardware, but if this is not your thing or you only want to check CPU temp once you suspect it’s overheating, then, use Basic Input-Output System (BIOS).
Step 1 Reboot your PC.
Step 2 Press the BIOS key. The key varies relying on your hardware manufacturer. Typical keys include F2, F10, and Del. The correct key will be displayed on the same screen as the manufacture’s logo’s. If you don’t hit the key in time, your PC will start normally and in this case, you will need to restart it again.
Step 3 Different BIOS versions can have different section labels. Some of the common labels include H/W Monitor, Status, PC Health, etc. And under the section label, you can find CPU.
Temp check in BIOS

3Run nvidia-smi.exe

If you want to check GPU temperature directly on your PC, you can choose to run the file nvidia-smi.exe in CMD.
Hit the key win + R to open the Run option, type cmd and hit the Enter key and you’ll see the black window pop up. Then, navigate to C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NVSMI and locate the file nvidia-smi.exe. Drag this file to the black window and hit the Enter key. Finally, you can check the GPU temperature along with other data in the window.
Nvidia-smi

4Install A Heat Probe

On the hardware side, you might as well consider installing a temperature probe that attaches to the GPU directly. The other end of the probe will attaches to a digital display console, which usually fits into a 3.5” or 5.25” drive bay. This console display the temperature of the video card.
Heat probe

Cool Down Your PC

Overheating of your PC can be due to different reasons. However, the commonest is dust clogged up in the machine. Your PC mostly relies on constant airflow to keep the system cool. But what come with it are those particles which accumulate within the system over time. This phenomenon is more common in laptops but is still a serious problem in gaming desktops.
Here, I provide some effective ways to deal with this overheating issue.

Let Your Computer Breathe

Make sure that your fans and vents are not blocked by dust. Open your computer and blast out the dust using compressed air. If air cannot flow over the components, heat will rise.

Apply New Thermal Paste

Thermal paste is what conducts heat from your CPU to the heat sink to keep the hardware cool. Over time, the thermal paste degrades. There are different opinion on how often should the thermal paste be replaced, but if you are experiencing higher than normal hardware temperature, this can be the best way to fix it.

Replace Your Heat Sink

If your CPU is consistently running hot, maybe, your current heatsink and fan no longer work properly. In this case, you are supposed to find a new heatsink/fan combo that will fit in the case and move more air than your existing setup. However, you should also remember larger fan setups can lead to more ambient noise.

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