If you feel that your computer is running too hot and increasing the ambient temperature in your room, check the temperature of all components and see which one is causing the most problems. The temperature of a PC increases the most when you play as all the components are used intensely, including the GPU and CPU.
When a PC gets too hot, it chokes performance during high-intensity tasks so that it runs cooler, and this is the last thing players want, as it will reduce FPS and cause stuttering. A PC can also have multiple BSODs (Blue Screen of Deaths) or spontaneously shut down. This also means that you can not overclock your PC to improve performance, as this will heat up the components even more.
To keep your PC stable, you need to keep all temperatures in check and work with the hottest components. The best way to keep your PC cool is to wipe dust off it regularly and thoroughly so that there is efficient airflow that helps keep the components cool.
How to check the temperature of the PC
Unfortunately, Windows does not offer a way to check the temperature of all the components. Although you can boot into the PC BIOS where all the information is displayed, it is often too much work and does not allow you to monitor the PC in real time. However, there are many free reliable programs on the internet that allow you to do just that.
How to check the GPU temperature
Here are some simple ways to check how hot your GPU is running.
- Task Manager: If you are using Windows 10, open Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar and clicking “Task Manager”. If you are using Windows 11, you can press “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” to do the same. Continue by clicking on “More details” at the bottom left. Go to the “Performance” tab and on the left you will see your GPU (where the temperature is displayed below).
- AMD Radeon: If you have an AMD GPU, you can check the GPU temperature by opening the AMD software and clicking on the “Performance” tab. Here you will find information about power consumption, fan speed, GPU clock speed, VRAM clock speed and GPU temperature displayed.
- NVIDIA GeForce Experience: If you have an Nvidia GPU, you can check the temperature by opening the installed software, clicking the overlay settings button at the top right, and clicking “Performance”. A lot of GPU statistics will be displayed, including the temperature.
The GPU should not run above 90 degrees Celsius under heavy load, and at idle it should be at 40 to 55 degrees Celsius.
How to check the CPU temperature
Windows offers no way to check CPU temperature, so here is a list of software that is reliable and free.
- Open the Hardware Monitor
- NZXT camera
All of the above software will display CPU information and more. They can be downloaded via their official website.
Once installed, you will see the temperature of each core of your CPU, including an average reading of the entire package. You need to look at the core average and monitor it under heavy load to see how hot your CPU is running.
The normal CPU temperature is between 40 and 50 degrees Celsius when inactive, the average is anywhere between 70 and 80 degrees Celsius under load, and anything higher than that is considered hot.