3 ways to know the temperature of your computer

3 ways to know the temperature of your computer
3 ways to know the temperature of your computer

An overheating system can cause serious stability problems and even damage hardware components. If you have the impression that your cooling system is faulty, the first step in fixing this problem and determining its origin is to measure the temperature of your computer.


Method 1 of 3: Check BIOS temperature

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Step 1. Restart your computer

Press the key that allows access to configuration at startup. Information about this key is displayed when the manufacturer's logo appears. Most of the time, these are the F2, F10, F12 or Del keys. When you press this key, your computer's BIOS menu will appear.

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Step 2. Navigate to your computer's system screen

Each BIOS is different, but they share some common characteristics. You should be able to find information about the temperature under the labels Monitor, Health Status, System Health, Sensor, etc.

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Step 3. Take note of the temperatures

You will see a series of temperatures displayed, which correspond to the different components of your PC. The temperature of your graphics card may not be visible in this menu. If so, try installing computer diagnostic software.

Method 2 of 3: Check the temperature using software

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Step 1. Install diagnostic software

Some motherboards come with hardware diagnostic software. There is also a multitude of temperature control software on the internet, free or paid. One of the most famous is SpeedFan [1], because it is free software and low in system resources.

SpeedFan comes with many advanced features that may damage your system if you do not use them properly. If you are not sure how the other features should be used, just use this software to control the temperature of the computer

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Step 2. Check temperatures

Open SpeedFan or any diagnostic software of your choice. In SpeedFan, a series of temperatures will appear in the right column. Several temperatures are measured. They are expressed in degrees Celsius.

  • GPU: This is the temperature of your graphics card. Some programs that make heavy use of the graphics card, such as 3D video games or HD videos, can increase the temperature of the graphics card.
  • HD: this is the temperature of your hard drive, with multiple data if you have multiple hard drives.
  • Temp.: this is the ambient temperature in the computer case. Different types of enclosures will have different numbers of room temperature sensors.
  • Core: this is the temperature of your processor. If you have multiple cores, multiple data will be displayed in this category. Most computers have dual-core or quad-core processors, so you will have two or four different digits.

Method 3 of 3: Know the importance of temperature

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Step 1. Understand that high temperatures can damage components

The cooling system must be very well managed to avoid any degradation. The more components such as the graphics card, processor or hard drive are used, the more heat they give off.

  • Heat dissipation is not much of a problem for most users who use factory-built computers. On the other hand, if you are building your computer yourself from spare parts or upgrading one, you need to be mindful of cooling and temperature.
  • The older a computer, the more sensitive it will be to overheating. Indeed, the cooling system can deteriorate or break down and the accumulated dust ends up interfering with a good dispersion of the heat.
  • Overheating components can be permanently damaged. Overheating can therefore cause system crashes and loss of data.
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Step 2. Note that the maximum acceptable temperature for a component is generally estimated to be 80 to 90 ° C

However, this maximum temperature varies from one component to another. The average temperature of a properly cooled system fluctuates between 40 and 60 ° C.

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Step 3. Upgrade your computer's cooling system

There are various ways to increase the cooling capacity of a computer. The most obvious method is to clean the dust in the case with compressed air. This is because dust slows down fans and impairs the efficiency of heat sinks. Regularly dust your computer case so that it can run at as low a temperature as possible.

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