Checking your computer’s temperature is incredibly important when we face certain issues with our systems. This is where computer temperature monitor tools come in handy, giving us a great way to keep track of how individual components are working, ultimately preventing any long term damage when things aren’t right.
So whether you are facing performance issues or are just interested in what temperatures your system is running at, we are going to go through some of the best tools for the job.
Well, a lot of the time we actually don’t and many will only start to check the temperatures when they are facing performance issues or have installed a new component.
Before we look at the different computer temperature monitor tools, let’s take a quick look at what can cause a computer to overheat in the first place.
Modern CPUs, whether it’s AMD or Intel, can take a lot of heat before you start to see your component degrade. Despite this, you should still adequately cool your CPU and that is why most come with a stock cooler (apart from high TDP CPUs). If your cooler isn’t powerful enough for your CPU, this can cause the temps to rise higher than you would normally like. Another reason could be that you didn’t install your cooler properly, leaving gaps, and making the cooler less effective. The main issue that usually causes CPU temps to rise is old or poorly applied thermal paste.
Whatever the reason, monitoring your CPU temps will keep you in the know when things get too heated.
The graphics card is most likely your highest TDP component, meaning your GPU probably outputs the most heat. Aftermarket GPUs come with one, two, and three fans, to adequately dissipate the heat they produce and actively cool down the card.
Most high-end graphics cards use passive cooling to give you the best of both worlds from an acoustic and cooling perspective. This means the fans on your card will only start to spin when the CPU reaches a certain temperature. Graphics cards run hot, so don’t worry, but they do have their limits so monitoring their temperatures with a tool is a wise decision.
Dust build-up is an inevitable part of PCs. To this date, there is no way of stopping dust getting inside and that is bad news for your components as they clog fans and heatsinks, making them less efficient and compromising airflow.
Let’s take a look over the best computer monitoring tools for stress testing your PC and checking those temperatures.
HWMonitor is a great tool for more than just checking temps. This tool is straightforward to use and will give you real-time information on the thermals, clock speeds, core voltage, operating frequency, and power usage. You can also use HWMonitor for your GPU to monitor its fan speeds, and much more.
Core Temp is another relatively simple tool to monitor your computer temperatures and it does exactly what the name suggests. This tool is explicitly for real-time CPU temp reading. Core temp allows you to keep track of core temps and loads and is specifically better for Intel CPU owners. If you have an Intel chip, you can track core temps and loads for each individual core.
HWiNFO is quite an advanced computer monitoring tool, with the ability to track multicore components in a fairly user-friendly manner. You get a lot of information about your system with this tool, with it not only showing you temperatures and loads but also the ability to save the data, helping you keep track of your PCs performance over time.
This tool is not for beginners but is certainly something you should download when you feel comfortable with your PC’s components.
AIDA64 is the only computer temperature monitor tool on the list that you would have to pay for. You may think “what is the point”? But this tool is very versatile with a lot of functionality. Not only will this give you the same information as the free options but you will be able to stress-test your system too. This tool also comes with diagnostics, benchmarking tools, and tones more.
Speed Fan is yet another CPU temperature monitoring tool. Like most, if not all, on this list, this tool can show you real-time information on CPU and other hardware. What sets Speed Fan apart from the rest is the ability to change your fan’s speed through the software itself.
This tool is really simple to use and features different customization options, well worth considering.
There are loads of different computer temperature monitor tools out there and most of them work really well. Keeping track of your system’s health should be high on your list of priorities as a healthy system will stop you from having to shell out on a new expensive replacement.
Most of these tools will give you a great bit of insight into what is going on with individual components and could be the early warning you need to save a CPU or GPU from overheating.