How to find out the temperature of the processor
In this manual, there are some simple ways to find out the temperature of a processor in Windows 10, 8, and Windows 7 (as well as a method independent of the OS) both with the help of free programs and without their use. At the end of the article, general information will also be given on what the normal temperature of the processor of the computer or laptop should be.
The reason why the user may need to look at the temperature of the processor is the suspicion that the laptop or computer is shutting down due to overheating or other reasons to believe that it is not normal.
View CPU temperature without programs
The first way to find out the processor temperature without using third-party software is to look at it in the BIOS (UEFI) of your computer or laptop. On almost any device, such information is present there (with the exception of some laptops).
All you need is to go into BIOS or UEFI, and then find the necessary information (CPU Temperature, CPU Temp), which can be located in the following sections, depending on your motherboard:
PC Health Status (or simply Status)
Hardware Monitor (H / W Monitor, just Monitor)
On many motherboards with UEFI and a graphical interface, processor temperature information is available directly on the initial settings screen.
The disadvantage of this method is that you cannot get information about what temperature the processor is under load and the system is working (since the processor is idle in the BIOS), the displayed information indicates the temperature without load.
Note: there is also a way to view temperature information using Windows PowerShell or the command line, i.e. also without third-party programs, it will be considered at the end of the manual (since few equipment works correctly on which equipment).
Another way is Core Temp, which is a simple free program in Russian for obtaining information about the temperature of the processor, it works in all recent OS versions, including Windows 7 and Windows 10.
The program separately displays the temperatures of all processor cores, and this information is also displayed by default on the Windows taskbar (you can put the program in startup so that this information is always in the taskbar).
In addition, Core Temp displays basic information about your processor and can be used as a processor temperature data provider for the popular All CPU Meter desktop gadget (to be mentioned later in the article).
There is also a native desktop gadget Windows 7 Core Temp Gadget. Another useful addition to the program, available on the official website – Core Temp Grapher, for displaying graphs of load and processor temperature.
CPU temperature information in CPUID HWMonitor
CPUID HWMonitor is one of the most popular free views on the status of the hardware components of a computer or laptop, which also displays detailed information about the temperature of the processor (Package) for each core separately. If you also have the CPU item in the list, it displays information about the socket temperature (current data at the current time is displayed in the Value column).
Additionally, HWMonitor allows you to find out:
The temperature of the video card, drives, motherboard.
Information about the voltage on the components and the load on the processor cores.
For novice users, the easiest way to see the temperature of the processor may be Speccy (in Russian), designed to obtain information about the characteristics of the computer.
In addition to a variety of information about your system, Speccy also displays all the most important temperatures from the sensors of your PC or laptop, you can see the processor temperature in the CPU section.
The program also shows the temperature of the video card, motherboard and HDD and SSD (if appropriate sensors are available).
The SpeedFan program is usually used to control the fan speed of a computer or laptop cooling system. But, at the same time, it also perfectly displays information about the temperatures of all important components: processor, cores, video card, hard drive.
At the same time, SpeedFan is regularly updated and supports almost all modern motherboards and works adequately in Windows 10, 8 (8.1) and Windows 7 (although in theory it can cause problems when using the cooler rotation adjustment functions – be careful).
Among the additional features – built-in graphs of temperature changes, which can be useful to, for example, to understand what is the temperature of your computer’s processor during the game.
The free HWInfo utility, designed to obtain information about the characteristics of a computer and the state of hardware components, is also a convenient way to view information from temperature sensors.
In order to see this information, simply click the Sensors button in the main program window, the necessary information about the processor temperature will be presented in the CPU section. There you will find information about the temperature of the video chip if necessary.