Just like any other electronic device your computer overheats with continuous and heavy usage. Actually, it is the CPU i.e. the central processing unit that handles the bulk of your tasks that get heated. If you ask for the reason for its overheating then there can be several reasons like the vents are clogged with dust, improper ventilation, failure of hardware like the CPU cooling fan, and obviously due to the heavy load of multiple processes running simultaneously.
Now if you find that your computer is getting heated then obviously you want to check CPU temperature. But the question arises, how?
In this article, we have answered the question of how to check CPU temperature in Windows 10. So without further ado let’s start.
Why Do You Need to Check CPU Temperature?
Before learning how to check CPU temp, let’s first quickly discuss why we need to check it. As we all know, the CPU is the core of the computer that is responsible for processing all the instructions received from either software or hardware. Now, when a CPU receives a bulk of requests to process then its temperature starts to rise. So if you don’t monitor its temperature, then it can cause considerable damage to your entire device.
Therefore to avoid any such damage, periodic pc temperature monitoring is very much required.
How to Find the CPU Temperature in Windows 10
There are basically two methods to check CPU temp. One is the manual method in which you have to dig into the BIOS and the other is using a third-party tool. We will discuss both ways in detail so that you can decide which way of pc temperature monitoring suits you the best.
The manual way to check CPU temp is a bit complicated and you have to navigate all deep to your BIOS also known as a basic input-output system.
The BIOS is the very first software residing directly on the motherboard of your computer that loads when you press the power button on your computer. It is the BIOS responsibility to ensure that all the hardware attached to the computer is turning on and running properly.
BIOS that existed from many years ago in our computer is now being discontinued by many PC manufacturers for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) software. It is expected that this new software(UEFI) runs much faster as compared to BIOS and has lesser limitations.
To check which BIOS/UEFI software your computer has, you need to press a designated key(depending on the pc manufacturer) i.e. one among them F12, F2, ESC or DEL when your computer boots up.
How to check BIOS in windows 10 from advanced start menu
- Open Windows Settings on your Windows computer or PC and click on the Update & Security option.
- Now in the new window that opens, select the Recovery option from the left panel.
- Now in the right panel click on the Restart now button under Advanced startup option.
- Next from the reboot screen select Troubleshoot option.
- On the Troubleshoot screen click on Advanced options.
- Next on the Advanced options screen, select UEFI Firmware Settings.
- On the UEFI Firmware Settings screen click on Restart.
Now you will be taken to a screen where you can discover the CPU temp either under the PC Health Status or System Hardware Monitor.
How to Check CPU Temp With a Software: Core Temp
Yes, we too realize that the above method is a bit lengthy and complicated, however, there is a faster way to check the CPU temperature is by using a third-party cpu temperature monitor program. There are various apps available on the internet both for Windows as well as Mac that help you to check CPU temp easily and quickly. One such application is the Core Temp app.
Let’s find out how to check CPU temperature using Core Temp app:
- After downloading and installing the app you will find its icon on the desktop of your computer.
- Next, double click on the app icon to launch the application.
- Once the application is launched you can find the temperature of the processors at the bottom of the product widget.
- For a quick access to Core Temp program and check for CPU temperature you can navigate to the bottom right of your taskbar, and click on select “show hidden icons” .
What is the Optimal CPU Temp for Your Computer?
To prevent your computer from overheating it is recommended that one should keep the temperature of the CPU below 60°C. Anything below this temperature will help you to get the optimal performance from your computer without overheating. And in case your cpu temperature in Windows 10 is going above 60°C, then it’s a sign of overheating and you should take effective measures to decrease the temperature.
Below are the few tips that will help you to keep the temperature of your computer in standard range i.e. below 60°C.
- Clean your computer from time to time. You can use a cotton cloth or compressed air duster to remove the dust from the exterior and interior of your computer.
- Overheating issues in computers can be resolved by removing the old layer of thermal paste (responsible for transferring the heat from CPU to cooler) with a new one.
- Another tip to prevent CPU overheating is to increase airflow from the CPU by using a laptop stand.
- Keep a check on air vents and if they are clogged by the dust then clean them immediately so that the airflow increases.
And in case after following the above method you still face problems in cooling your computer, then it is the time to change the old fans with new ones.
So folks this is how you can effectively check CPU temp and prevent it from overheating, and any further loss that can be caused due to excessive heat.